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
As big of an Offerman fan that I am, I struggled through this one. The writing was 'festoon with multifarious verdicts and befuddling patios'. It came across as forced and trying.
The flow and structure was all over the place. Jumping forward and backward in time without a coherent arch, and done so without much reason or purpose.
Lastly, while it did draw out a few chuckles, I would not be remotely tempted to place this in the humorous section.
I did enjoy the overall behind the scenes look at Nick's journey from high school theater to Parks and Recreation. Though the journey could have been a lot smoother.
Nick's dictation was pleasant when not being awkwardly forced over the needlessly antiquated prose.
Overall, it is a difficult audio book to recommend and I would steer clear of the written format as I fear it would be doubly difficult to finish.
Nick spends the first 8 chapters on a diatribe against God and Christians. It's really too bad because he's lumping all Christians in with the Westboro Baptist fundamentalist types and it's not accurate or fair. Most Christians I know are humble honest folks who are just trying to be better people and live lives of devotion to God. Hardly the types to deserve this rant. Nick then goes on to recount numerous adolescent antics he and his college buddies did while suffering from various degrees of inebriation. This is paddling your own canoe? Sounds like running with the pack, Nick.
He could have spent more time with his encouraging young people to give more consideration to hands-on occupations. He can serve as a really good example here.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
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.
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.
Funny nonstop listen
It was narrated by nick offerman
Just as entertaining as his well written character.
I laughed and felt his passion for life.
Please narrate more books nick. Genius.
"A fantastic listen"
Nick has a great voice, soothing and intriguing.
The story about his wife's breasts
The lucky bastard
Very similar to his stand up show, which is great. But Nick needs to branch out for my money.
"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.
"Excellent delivery of a solid book"
The best audiobiography I've listened to as yet - really enjoyed it. Highly recommended to any budding Swansons
Great stuff. Sound advice. Many laughs. Wonderfully read by the author. I may seek out his other work.
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.
Oh we laughed out loud a lot!
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!
"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
"Really great listen"
The essence of nick offerman in a book! loved it. Very easy and enjoyable to listen to
"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
"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!!
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