We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living | [Nick Offerman]

Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living

Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman - who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson? Combining his trademark comic voice and very real expertise in woodworking - he runs his own woodshop - Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman's childhood in small-town Minooka, Illinois, to his theater days in Chicago, beginnings as a carpenter/actor and the hilarious and magnificent seduction of his now-wife Megan Mullally.
Regular Price:$24.50
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Parks and Recreation actor Nick Offerman shares his humorous fulminations on life, manliness, meat, and much more in his first book.

Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman - who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson? Combining his trademark comic voice and very real expertise in woodworking - he runs his own woodshop - Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman's childhood in small-town Minooka, Illinois - "I grew up literally in the middle of a cornfield" - to his theater days in Chicago, beginnings as a carpenter/actor and the hilarious and magnificent seduction of his now-wife Megan Mullally. It also offers hard-bitten battle strategies in the arenas of manliness, love, style, religion, woodworking, and outdoor recreation, among many other savory entrees.

A mix of amusing anecdotes, opinionated lessons and rants, sprinkled with offbeat gaiety, Paddle Your Own Canoe will not only tickle readers pink but may also rouse them to put down their smart phones, study a few sycamore leaves, and maybe even handcraft (and paddle) their own canoes.

©2013 Nick Offerman (P)2013 Penguin

More from the same

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (1561 )
5 star
 (915)
4 star
 (399)
3 star
 (146)
2 star
 (57)
1 star
 (44)
Overall
4.2 (1423 )
5 star
 (755)
4 star
 (363)
3 star
 (180)
2 star
 (74)
1 star
 (51)
Story
4.7 (1430 )
5 star
 (1109)
4 star
 (216)
3 star
 (65)
2 star
 (18)
1 star
 (22)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Kyle Hattiesburg, Ms, United States 01-03-14
    Kyle Hattiesburg, Ms, United States 01-03-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Like bacon for your ears"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Paddle Your Own Canoe to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I read through half of the printed edition until I found out the author read the audio version. Without hesitation I downloaded this book and let ten hours fly by as I listened to this gentle, bear-like man recite prose that made my chest hair grow


    What does Nick Offerman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Is this a question? Have you heard him talk? His man giggle? Phenomenal stuff, really.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed much, but more importantly I could feel my twenty-something-year-old inner yuppie child quiver before a new mountain man like giant of self reliance and well roundedness


    Any additional comments?

    You'll love it more than Ron Swanson. I read this book going in with the idea that it'd be more of a book on life from the humorous outlook of Ron Swanson ( A character played by Offerman on Parks and Rec.) Instead, I was delightfully surprised to hear Nick's recounts of growing up with larger than life parental figures, his often humor infused humility, and his down to earth life lessons. I Will listen to it again.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  •  
    OpenMindedNotCredulous California, USA 11-17-13
    OpenMindedNotCredulous California, USA 11-17-13 Member Since 2014

    Secular humanist. Atheist. Dog lover (having had as many as four dogs in my pack). Skeptic.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    63
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    532
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "On the need to acknowledge the role luck plays"

    I don't think I've ever laughed so much listening to a book. Admittedly I'm in the ideal demographic for this book: a middle age male who enjoys living life with gusto, eating and drinking heartily, and working with wood. Still, I suspect that anyone who enjoys the TV show "Parks and Recreation" will enjoy this book. This is essentially an autobiography but with a lot of wit, wry humor and frequent acknowledgement that he's been lucky. It leaves no doubt that Nick is someone you'd be happy to call a friend.

    Warning: If you're a fundamentalist christian you're likely to be offended by his observations regarding religion in the early part of the book. But if you're an atheist or at least religiously liberal you'll enjoy those parts as much as everything else he has to say.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Eric Murphy Vancouver, Wa 11-03-13
    Eric Murphy Vancouver, Wa 11-03-13 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    23
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    42
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Entertaining listen"

    I listened to this in one sitting. I couldn't stop. Partly because Nick Offerman has a hypnotic voice, and partly because I was simply curious about what he had to say. He is a fascinating man that legitamately loves his life.

    I reccomend it highly. It seems many people wanted a book written by Ron Swanson, but I prefer this. There is a depth of charm and wisdom that wouldn't be there had this book been on meat and scotch.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Aaron St. Louis, MO, USA 11-09-13
    Aaron St. Louis, MO, USA 11-09-13 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    34
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Nick Offerman For President... of Something Cool"

    I don't know how helpful this review will be, because I am finding it difficult to contain the gushing adolescent praise that keeps bubbling up. What is this book? It is kick ass. It is awesome. Oh my god, it's totally awesomely kick ass. If you hate deep wisdom carved right in the middle of gut laughs, then sister, you have found your Mein Kampf. However, if you like things that are manufactured with care, love, and absolutely not one iota of pretension or sense that in order to be intelligent you have to be obtuse and obfuscating, then... what are you waiting for? Click the thing, and get crackin', friend.

    Nick's story is great not because I am interested in how to become a famous actor (although he crafts a pretty good blueprint for that) or because I was an athlete who grew up in a small town (I did grow up in a small town around the same time as him, and one state over, but I really didn't care for the jock archetype at all) or because I am unsure of how to become a proper man (all the chest hairs are present and accounted for)... it's just that there is so much humor, warmth, intelligence, and wisdom in the words here writ that I challenge you to not find yourself guffawing, talking to friends about it, and hitting repeat so that you can nod along with what he's saying in an attempt to milk every bit of understanding from this comely and delicious basket of concepts. This is A Good Book, the best book I have read or listened to this year, and probably one of my very favorite works of humor ever. Nick Offerman: 21st Century Mark Twain? Maybe not, but probably as close as we're likely to get. For god's sake, why are you still reading this? Download the book!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Justin NEW PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA, United States 10-23-13
    Justin NEW PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA, United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2013

    Its a fascinating tale that would begin on may 5th, 1989 in Mease Dunedin hospital and from there the legacy grew. I am adult now.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    23
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    60
    35
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Ron Swanson"
    If you could sum up Paddle Your Own Canoe in three words, what would they be?

    Funny nonstop listen


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was narrated by nick offerman


    Have you listened to any of Nick Offerman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Just as entertaining as his well written character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and felt his passion for life.


    Any additional comments?

    Please narrate more books nick. Genius.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    ANDY J LEVEQUE 04-10-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Listen"
    Would you listen to Paddle Your Own Canoe again? Why?

    Yes, it was fantastic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All


    What about Nick Offerman’s performance did you like?

    He is reading his own material, that makes it great.


    Any additional comments?

    I very much enjoyed this book, however I did feel that it is like a present that once presented the receiver must spend money to keep enjoying. Example: "Hi good friend, I got you an airline ticket to an exotic island, have fun!" Now the said friend is on the hook to get a place to stay, food, and what ever entertainment they can afford after all the other expenses are paid. But hey, they got a great gift right!
    Now after reading/listening to this book I will forever have to read/listen to any and all books written by Nick Offermen. I probably will also have to start watching Parks and Recreation, Will and Grace and anything else that has Mr. Offerman of Megan Mullally in, not to mention seeing a live performance when the opportunity arises. All this and trying to spend as much time outside...work is going to suffer.
    Thanks Mr. Offerman, thanks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Douglas 04-07-15
    Douglas 04-07-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Putting this on repeat"

    Best book ever. Restarting and listening again. I dont think I've laughed so hard in my life. Very glad Nick read the book himself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jeremy St Joseph, IL 04-06-15
    Jeremy St Joseph, IL 04-06-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great listen"

    Very enjoyable insight into Nick Offerman's rise to stardom. Narrated by the author it was as hilarious as it was insightful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Bo T. Eriksen Oslo, Norway 04-06-15
    Bo T. Eriksen Oslo, Norway 04-06-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fun and inspiring!"

    A fun and wellwriten book on how to enjoy life more inspiring than most self help books. Let's eat them steaks and head fore the woodshop y'all!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ryan 04-05-15
    Ryan 04-05-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Thank you so much!"

    Thank you so much Mr. Offerman for this offering. I couldn't have said it better myself. No really half of the words you chose I don't know what the f#@k they mean.
    GREAT book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 90 results PREVIOUS129NEXT
Sort by:
  • Amazon Customer
    Harlow Essex England
    7/13/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Nick Offerman isn't Ron Swanson"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Paddle Your Own Canoe to be better than the print version?

    I do not own the printed book, but it appears there is an abundance of visual matierial included within.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Autobiographies read by the author, have those little flourishes that they experienced at the time. Hearing Nick giggle as he repeated events from his past, if it's good enough for the author to laugh at it's fine in my book.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The whole section on belief, in relation to others. The fact people will always confuse a character for an actor and having differing opinions is an almost constant


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    NOT RON SWANSON, the story of woodworker turned actor.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this to anyone who has enjoyed Nick Offerman's acting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Milkslice
    London, UK
    4/3/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great stuff from a humble man"

    Enjoyed it thoroughly. Even if you aren't w parks and rec fan I'd still recommend it as it's an interesting tale of Nick's life

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • R Mac
    Manchester
    4/2/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Really great listen"

    The essence of nick offerman in a book! loved it. Very easy and enjoyable to listen to

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    3/1/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "great book, inspiring, amusing, charming"

    A great insight into happiness, show business and good prosperous living in general with the entertaining and oh so wise Mr Offerman. highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leo
    2/17/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "He is better than his father ."

    Listen to the book. You will find out what that means, why it's true, and why this is possibly the best autobiography on audible. And his awesome voice doesn't hurt either .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter James Saunders
    12/31/14
    Overall
    "The most amazing and joyous listen"

    As a massive Ron Swanson fan, I really thought that this audiobook would be completely different, but I'm so glad it surprised me! I truly enjoyed listening to his point of views and side with him on most, he is also a very funny dude but as you go on realise very intelligent. Thoroughly recommend this book!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-6 of 6 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.