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Paddle Your Own Canoe Audiobook

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.
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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

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    Lg 11-23-15
    Lg 11-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Not my cup of tea"

    I wanted to like it and I think others would like. It seemed preachy in a way I couldn't get past. Maybe I had different expectations for it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric 09-22-15
    Eric 09-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Slow read, but worth it. Great story."

    Nick's story gives regular chump's like me hope. Although we equally have sassy love buddies, I'll still paddle my own canoe.

    #RainbowSong

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan 04-05-15
    Ryan 04-05-15
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    "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
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    Mills 04-01-15
    Mills 04-01-15
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    "F*cking Glorious"

    If you like the ideals and comedic values that Nick Offerman'd character "Ron Swanson" stands for then you should love this book. It will not only make you laugh out loud but in fact teach you a thing or two, if not make you think about things in a new perspective.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan 04-01-15
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    "Amazingly written, good damn book."

    The life lessons in this book combined with Nicks insights on American Patriotism and the film industry made it hard to put down. Simply amazing and honest, just what this country needs.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan 03-29-15
    Bryan 03-29-15
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    "Made me try new things"

    I wrote a song for my Lady, I planned a weekend canoe trip... This book really made me think about making my own "happy" instead of finding happiness in something or somewhere. Well done, Sir.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-13-15 Member Since 2015

    I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.

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    "A nice love letter from Nick to his wife"

    This book is all about Nick Offerman's life, philosophy and career, and his love and lust for his wife. It's a sweet story.

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    William A. Moskal Jr. 03-03-14
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    "It's Nick Offerman, yo."
    Where does Paddle Your Own Canoe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a fine audiobook. Not as funny or touching as Tina Fey's Bossypants, but nice company while I was working around the house.


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

    It was a pleasure to hear the author tell his own tales - it definitely adds atmosphere to hear it in his own voice, like sitting at a bar listening to stories of his youth.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Nick Offerman is not Ron Swanson.


    Any additional comments?

    The book includes stories of Offerman's childhood on a farm in Illinois which were sweet and charming to hear. He also talks about his time in drama school and early days on stage, as well as moving to LA.

    Offerman is primarily an actor who performs works written by others, so his book isn't as polished or tight as one written by someone who is primarily a writer. I'm not sure, for example, why a chapter about his thoughts on religion and politics was included. It wasn't very groundbreaking or particularly insightful, nor was it what I was wanting. This book is only tangentially "a guide to delicious living." It's mostly "a guide to how Nick Offerman has spent his delicious life."

    Offerman seems to have a positive and grateful outlook on life, which colors all of the memories and anecdotes he shares and makes listening to the book a good experience. When I started listening, Offerman and his Parks and Recreation character, Ron Swanson, was linked firmly in my mind, but by the end I heard him as an artist who is currently on TV.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James Oakville, ON, Canada 05-27-14
    James Oakville, ON, Canada 05-27-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Moderately interesting at time but way too preachy"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    OK, so the author isn't into religion or other people who openly profess their beliefs. I get it. But after the sixth time of going onto other topics and coming back to express his dislikes on this topic yet again? You don't see the hypocrisy and banging on and on about the same topic here?

    As for the rest of the story? Moderately interesting and sometimes gave me the odd chuckle. Not great and not terrible.


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    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.

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    "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 9 people found this review helpful
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    Harlow Essex England
    7/13/14
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    "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
  • Leo
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    "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 .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Peter James Saunders
    12/31/14
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    "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!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nick Sherratt
    2/3/16
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    "Ace!"

    "You've never heard anyone scream like a one year old pig screaming for its balls." Offerman
    need I say more?

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  • Ian W.
    9/17/15
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    "Nick Offerman. Top notch."

    Worth a listen, a truly fantastic story. Exquisitely read by an exceptional artist. Nick Offerman, top notch.

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  • M. B. Walker
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    7/21/15
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    "Great Storyteller"
    What did you like most about Paddle Your Own Canoe?

    Offerman's approach to the book as a whole, lighthearted with real knowledge and passion about what he's talking about.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mr Offerman himself of course, particularly as a child.


    Any additional comments?

    A fun, interesting listen for fans and newcomers alike.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • david
    7/20/15
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    "A fantastic listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Paddle Your Own Canoe the most enjoyable?

    Nick has a great voice, soothing and intriguing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story about his wife's breasts


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

    No yet


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

    The lucky bastard


    Any additional comments?

    Very similar to his stand up show, which is great. But Nick needs to branch out for my money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    7/18/15
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    "Offerman takes the boring idea of a memoir and turns it into something delicious"

    This is a great read about a fascinating life. Offerman's perspective on life is delightfully uplifting and as a creative person who has fallen off the horse somewhat, Offerman's words have encouraged me to get back on.

    Offerman's performance is fantastic and takes full advantage of the medium, it very much feels like he is telling you a story rather than just reading it aloud. Something I would expect from a professional actor.

    I would recommend to anyone who enjoys comedy, aspiring creative types, or anyone who enjoys working with their hands and getting dirty. Delicious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rory Buckley
    6/11/15
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    "Excellent delivery of a solid book"

    The best audiobiography I've listened to as yet - really enjoyed it. Highly recommended to any budding Swansons

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Physics Geek
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    5/31/15
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    "Great stuff"

    Great stuff. Sound advice. Many laughs. Wonderfully read by the author. I may seek out his other work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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