• Bossypants

  • By: Tina Fey
  • Narrated by: Tina Fey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (59,540 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Spirited and whip-smart, these laugh-out-loud autobiographical essays are "a masterpiece" from the Emmy Award-winning actress and comedy writer known for 30 Rock, Mean Girls, and SNL". (Sunday Telegraph).

Before Liz Lemon, before Weekend Update, before Sarah Palin, Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: A recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true.

At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon - from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've always suspected: You're no one until someone calls you bossy.

Includes special, never-before-solicited opinions on breastfeeding, princesses, Photoshop, the electoral process, and Italian rum cake!

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2011 Tina Fey (P)2011 Hachette Audio

Editor's Pick: Best of the Decade

Tina Fey wears the pants
"I still remember the first time I listened to Bossypants in 2011. I was a recent college grad and my tastes were embarrassingly snobby, but I liked Tina Fey and thought it would just be soooo subversive to listen to a best seller. Imagine my shock when Bossypants showed me how much pure, uncomplicated joy I could get from a book. I never looked back. Before Tina Fey we had Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball, and Joan Rivers, but Bossypants came at just the right moment when the floodgates were opening for women in comedy. Its best seller status made Tina Fey a household name and paved the way for excellent (hilarious) memoirs that would follow by Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler, Tiffany Haddish, Ali Wong, and so many more. Bossypants launched a cultural phenomenon. What I love best about Tina Fey’s book is her voice, both figuratively and literally. It's a joy to spend five and a half straight hours in her brain, hearing her perspective on comedy, career, and crushes gone awry. The audiobook's use of clips from Saturday Night Live was also revolutionary and elevated this memoir to a whole new level. No matter which comedy memoir I end up falling in love with next, Bossypants will always hold a special place in my heart as the first—and the decade’s best."—Rachel S., Audible Editor

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Tina Fey broke my new SUV

With 3124 on my new SUV's odometer, I was laughing so hard listening to Tina that I clipped a cement highway divider driving to work.

That's not the funny part.

I kept on laughing.. Tina Fey is like comedic Oxytocin.

Buy this book. Keep both hands on the wheel.

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Superb.

I am enjoying this book just as much as 30 Rock. It's brilliant and not particularly sappy, and Tina Fey does the reading of the book credit as well (some authors are not such great readers, but this is certainly not the case!).

To those who can't seem to find the PDF mentioned occasionally in the audio book: you can download it from the "library" section right under to the link for the book. It's not essential, but it's nice.

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Can't anyone be funny without swearing? :(

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I didn't make it through the book...in fact I didn't listen to very much at all. I have small children and I prefer not to have swearing and F-bombs pop out while I'm listening in the house with them. So I'm sure that won't bother most, obviously she is very popular and good at what she does....it's just not for me. Wish I had returned the book when I could have. Oh well.

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Witty and Funny

If you like Tina Fey, you will like this title The book is simply entertaining to say the least, funny, witty, insightful and generally a feel-good book. Its one of those books that you will have you cracking up from the get go. The book chronicles her life and her rise to being 'Tina Fey' we all like to laugh with and at. Childhood, teenage years, a view of her parents, SNL, Sarah Palin skit and the 30 Rock. Utterly funny through and through and you will not find a section that you cannot find some laughs in. A great listen!

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Elliott

Don't listen to this book while driving. Telling the cop after an accident that an audiobook made you shoot coffee out your nose is not a good enough excuse apparently. A side note for people looking for the PDF, go to your library at audible look under the title (Bossypants) and right under that are the letters PDF. click on that and magically, the PDF shows up on your computer. taa-daa! Funny funny book

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Thoroughly entertaining!

I loved this book so much that I didn't want to turn it off. I was listening to it while hiking at the mountain and I got some amused looks when passers-by saw me laughing out loud. It's funny, interesting, insightful and honest. My only disappointment is that it ended.

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  • 04-06-11

Great book--great listen!

She's just amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed this book! She takes us from her life as a kid in Philly to writing/starring/producing 30 Rock with the sharp wit and self deprecation that we've come to know her for. It's especially interesting to listen to what's going on behind the scenes at SNL or 30 Rock and how certain decisions were made (Sarah Palin, casting 30 Rock, etc...)

And of course, her asides are hilarious.

Loved it!

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Warning for men.

Tina fey launches another salvo in her feminist war on men by causing me to me to laugh my d-ck off. Inexcusable! They will be hearing from my lawyers.

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Disappointed, bored

What would have made Bossypants better?

Some funny! I can’t believe she’s a comedian the book is so boring.

Has Bossypants turned you off from other books in this genre?

Nope

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

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Meh

Love Tina Fey but was disappointed with this book. Her narration, while expressive and enjoyable, contained so many sotto voce asides where the volume dropped off so much that it was difficult to hear, therefore I frequently missed portions of the material the first time around. I ended up having to skip backward and turn up the volume to hear those parts - very frustrating. Also, based on other reviews I was expecting laugh-out-loud funny, but this didn't deliver. If you like Tina, you'll like this; amusing, but not a "must read."

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  • Amy
  • 04-11-21

Good if you are a fan

Not the best sound quality but Tina is a good narrator. A clip of an SNL sketch is included too which I enjoyed.

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  • Mr. Egan
  • 01-12-21

Just good enough!!

Don’t have expectations; just some great laughs! Tina is a wonderful and witty performer, and I really did laugh more than I thought I would, and have doubled my knowledge of feminine hygiene. Spoiler alert: feminine hygiene is discussed more here than in my entire lifetime...👀

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-17-20

What's funny about it?

Seriously, not worth the time. J was hoping for a funny read and Tina was amazing at reading her book, but it is far from hilarious. There are some funny moments but not yhe funny one you need to uplift you at times of covid pandemic. Bug then again, I never loved the 30 Rock show either

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  • Marta T.
  • 09-28-19

Funny and entertaining

I've loved listening to biographies read by the author and this one was no exception!

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  • Jules
  • 03-12-17

boss!

love it. have listened many times. everytime something new makes me laugh. must read for any female comedian fan.