Narrator: Tina Fey
on January 3, 2012
Genres: Humor, Form, Essays
Source: Hachette Audio
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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 all 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!)
audio review: Fey’s narration was only okay for me. Her delivery seemed a little stiff at times, and though it was fun to hear an author narrate their own novel, it wasn’t the best narration I’ve heard. I know a lot of people were crazy about her narration, but I’m afraid I must be the voice of dissent on this one. Also, the pretty frequent profanity made this more difficult to listen to on audio.
book review: I went into Bossypants not really knowing what I was getting into. Was this book about her life? her career? or just a collection of funny anecdotes about her experiences? I’m not really into TV, have seen only a few episodes of SNL, and maybe one full episode of 30 Rock. Call me a fuddy duddy, but I just don’t get that show. But, I did want to see what all the fuss was about.
Was Bossypants funny? At times, yes. But, mostly I found it to be unfocused. I would have loved more stories about her parents, since those were the stories that I found most interesting. I just couldn’t figure out if it was supposed to be a purely humorous book or if I was supposed to glean out some advice about working in a male-dominated environment. (which, as an aside, I do). But, I just felt like neither of these things were done very well.
I know that a lot of readers will really connect with Fey’s stories. And there were plenty of things in there that I did enjoy. But, I just wanted a little more depth or humor that wasn’t as crass.