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Publisher's Summary

For many years, television comedy was an exclusive boys' club - until a brilliant comedian named Carol Leifer came along, blazing a trail for funny women everywhere. From Late Night with David Letterman and Saturday Night Live to Seinfeld, The Ellen Show, and Modern Family, Carol has written for and/or performed on some of the best TV comedies of all time. This hilarious collection of essays charts her extraordinary three-decade journey through show business, illuminating her many triumphs and some missteps along the way - and offering valuable lessons for women and men in any profession. Part memoir, part guide to life, and all incredibly funny, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying offers tips and tricks for getting ahead, finding your way, and opening locked doors - even if you have to use a sledgehammer.

©2014 Carol Leifer (P)2014 Tantor

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"An amusing, amiable read. Leifer wants you to love what you do and learn to move on from failures and rejections - and please, always shower before a job interview." ( Kirkus)

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  • Brian Burns
  • 19-09-2014

The funniest business book ever!

Would you consider the audio edition of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying to be better than the print version?

You have to get the audible version because Carol's delivery is priceless.

What did you like best about this story?

It was so natural and authentic. Carol has a clear and honest view on life that does not ignore our sensitivity. That and her humor will make you howl in laughter.

Any additional comments?

Be careful to play this in private because you will lose it several times. Carol has a way of surprising you will a perfect observation when you least expect putting you into a surprise laughter that is uncontrollable.

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  • Tiel Pearce
  • 10-04-2014

Great And Funny Advice

Where does How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best audiobooks I have read as of late.

What other book might you compare How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying to and why?

Bossypants by Tina Fey. It is that level of greatness.

Which character – as performed by Carol Leifer – was your favorite?

I liked her impression of her father.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The part about Joan Rivers sticking up for her.

Any additional comments?

I loved this book.

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  • Claudia H
  • 03-08-2015

Common Sense

I think this book mostly gave advice that was common sense; it wasn't very original. Of the celebrity books that I've read I wouldn't say it was in the worst, but certainly not very highly ranked. It talks a lot about sexism, which after a while just feels like you're beating a dead horse. I don't think it's really worth the credit, but it is a nice easy listen if you're in the mood, the narration makes up a little bit for what it lacks in insight.

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  • Casey Keller
  • 18-12-2014

Great Pep Talk For People Beginning Their Careers

I'm a retired TV writer and from time to time young people ask me how to get their careers started in entertainment. In the future, I'll refer them to this book.
It's loaded with great advice, much of it good for people beginning any kind of career,all of it illustrated with examples from Ms. Leifer's life.
While I'm sure most people don't need to be reminded to bathe or to show up for job interviews on time, the best advice she gives is to be fearless and relentless.
If you're beginning your career, as my children are, I think you'll get a lot from reading Ms. Leifer's book.

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  • leif
  • 15-12-2014

Easy to listen and fun book

I really enjoyed this book, Carol Leifer has some great advice. I'm really glad I got this book. She has some excellent stories with Sainfield and other actors.

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  • Crystal
  • 02-04-2018

Not that interesting

What disappointed you about How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying?

Good story but wasn't very interesting.

Has How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying turned you off from other books in this genre?

It was read very flat with no inflection in Leifer's voice.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

She has credibility within the industry.

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  • Moira
  • 03-10-2016

Great title, enjoyable narration, employmen advice

A listenable combination of recollections, job interview tips, and advice on attitude, told through anecdotes.

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  • Terra
  • 05-07-2016

overall, a great story

I really enjoyed the book, and will definitely listen to it again. I only wish she would have let a little more personality shine through....the reading was a bit dry and stiff, but awesome lessons to be learned. I wrote down and will implement her Top Ten, and want to thank Carol for a wonderful educational experience!

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  • M. Levine
  • 11-06-2015

Great Vehicle for Life Lessons

Nice mixture of stories and lessons about life and work. It moves along quickly and is fun, as well as enlightening. Highly recommended for teens and young adults, too.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-05-2015

A little cheesy, but stories are interesting

It's a quick listen and it is entertaining but some of the humor is outdated.