What’s it about? As head writer, executive producer, and star of NBC’s Emmy Award-winning 30 Rock, Tina Fey is a woman at the top of her field. In Bossypants, Tina recalls her humble roots growing up in Pennsylvania to her days doing amateur improv in Chicago to her transition into writing for Saturday Night Live and her eventual creation of 30 Rock. As you would hope, she tells her story with all the wit, candor, and self-deprecation that has made her famous.
Is the narrator any good? Tina Fey narrates Bossypants herself. Her delivery is great, and the story is greatly enhanced by Tina’s own timing and vocal inflection. It’s hard to imagine how reading the text could be anywhere near as satisfying as listening to the audio book version.
The verdict? If you’re a fan of Tina Fey – whether from SNL, Mean Girls or 30 Rock – you’ll love this audio book for both its humor and the many peeks behind the curtain (e.g. during the six weeks Tina spent channelling Sarah Palin on SNL). If you’re not too familiar with Tina’s work (and I admit I wasn’t before listening to this audio book), then you may want to check that Tina’s humor is your cup of tea before downloading the audio book. Here are a few memorable quotes that I enjoyed:
“To say I’m an overrated troll, when you have never even seen me guard a bridge, is patently unfair”
“[Airbrushing] is appalling and a tragic reflection on the moral decay of our society … unless I need it, in which case, everybody be cool.”
“When Oprah Winfrey is suggesting that you have over-extended yourself, you need to examine your f—ing life.”
In summary this is a highly enjoyable audio book – I was looking for something entertaining and funny and it met these wishes perfectly. And I’m obviously not the only listender who enjoyed it – as I write this the audio book has a very strong rating of 4.56 / 5 based on 1209 ratings on Audible with many listeners reporting making a public spectacle of themselves in public from laughing so much. Enjoy!
Note: the audio book also comes with a PDF which can be downloaded from the “My Library” section of Audible so you don’t miss out on anything by purchasing the audio book version.