Wednesday, July 31, 2013

346 (2013 #30). Bossypants

written and read by Tina Fey

I purchased this audiobook for my university library because it won two awards at the 2012 Audies for audiobooks:  best Biography/Memoir, and the big one, Audiobook of the Year.  It was also nominated for a Grammy.

Actress, comedian, writer, and producer Tina Fey reads her own work.  Although she reads a bit too fast (in my opinion) and speaks a hard-to-hear sotto voce for some asides, I can't imagine anyone else as this audiobook narrator.

This memoir outlines Tina's life through humorous anecdotes from her childhood in the 1970s and 1980s, her early jobs at a YMCA and with Chicago's Second City comedy group, her years with Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, and her personal life (for example, her honeymoon and being a mother).

For me, one of the funniest parts was that honeymoon, which Tina and her husband spend on a cruise because he doesn't like to fly. I love cruising, but some of her observations about it are spot-on.

Fey doesn't pretend she's not on an audiobook, even helpfully referring, at appropriate times, to the PDF file on the final disc that includes photographs from the print version.  The photos have brief captions, but would best be looked at while actually listening to the audio, as some are directly related to the text.

On the other hand - the audiobook has both an audio of the famous Sarah Palin - Hillary Clinton opening sketch from Saturday Night Live in September 2008, AND a video (on the last disc) of the same sketch.  I borrowed a copy of the print book from the local public library - the sketch script is typed out (with handwritten corrections), but I think hearing it (and seeing it) is much better.

I would recommend this fun, light-hearted audiobook that also has some profound observations about being a woman.

© Amanda Pape - 2013

[The audiobook, and a print copy for reference, were borrowed from and returned to my university library and local public library respectively.]

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