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Paddle Your Own Canoe Audiobook

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

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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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    "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
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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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    Bo T. Eriksen Oslo, Norway 04-06-15
    Bo T. Eriksen Oslo, Norway 04-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "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!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    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 Member Since 2016
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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.

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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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    "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 2016

    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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    James Oakville, ON, Canada 05-27-14
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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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    Aaron St. Louis, MO, USA 11-09-13
    Aaron St. Louis, MO, USA 11-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "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 6 people found this review helpful
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    "Offermans Life Lessons"

    Funny, meaningful, and has some genuine life lessons that I try to implement. Bravo sir, bravo.

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  • Holly Robertson
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    "Awesome for ladies and gents alike."

    I'm a big fan of Nick from parks and recreation, as a woman I wasn't sure if this book was going to be for me though. I was wrong. It's great, yes he talks about manliness, but it's much more than that. Well written and actually genuinely thought provoking. I'm off to craft my own canoe.

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    "You've never heard anyone scream like a one year old pig screaming for its balls." Offerman
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  • Ian W.
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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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    "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.

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  • 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.

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  • Rory Buckley
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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

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  • Physics Geek
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    "Great stuff"

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

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  • Angelique
    4/22/15
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    "Pure Briliance"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Nick Offerman narrating is just the greatest. He really brings his book to life and gives it an added dimension. Already a fan of his after watching him in Parks and Rec, my husband and I just loved the whole thing.


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

    Oh we laughed out loud a lot!


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone needs this book in their life, Nick Offerman is an amazing person and it was so wonderful to hear him talk about his life and his experiences. He has some interesting views on religion, food..all sorts. It's excellent from start to finish!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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