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
Enjoyed the woodworking and farming stories when he was growing up in rural America.
Could do without the plethora of drug references and the ongoing slur of expletives but he is a very intelligent, funny guy with a great perspective on life.
Funny, honest, funny.
Why Nick, of course. I am now inspired to construct a table with my own hands without the use of nails.
What? He's narrating other books? Bring them on!
I can't point to one specific one, but I find that I'm eating more meat lately.
If I were a male, I would have cultivated some lush facial hair immediately after listening.
Yes, any friend with a sense of humor. I've never seen Parks and Recreation before, but this was the funniest [audio]book I've consumed in years. Even my grandmother would probably spit her drink out laughing.
Nick discussing his high school sweetheart, who happened to be an evangelical Christian.
He's telling jokes designed for a deadpan delivery, so it's he'll do a better job of delivering them then you could with your own internal voice if you had read the actual book.
The character background of Ron Swanson, the developments made by Nick Offerman, and his personal influences on the character.
Finding out who he's married to, that was a surprize.
Paddle your own Canoe"; Don't just float along dammit."
Great listen for those who enjoy the backgrounds of actors & their achieved goals and aspirations before the role they're known for.
I LIKE BOOK TALKY TALK
NICK IS A GREAT STORYTELLER, HE SEEMS LIKE A DOWN TO EARTH AND GENUINELY AWESOME HUMAN BEING. I WOULD LOVE TO SIT DOWN AND HAVE A DRINK WITH THIS MAN.
THIS IS NICK OFFERMAN BEING HIMSELF, HE ISNT BEING A CHARACTER AND I THINK HIS REAL PERSONALITY REALLY SHINES THROUGH, HE LAUGHS WHEN THINGS ARE FUNNY AND IT MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE HE'S JUST AROUND AND REGALING YOU WITH THE STORY OF HIS LIFE.
What was desperately needed was more of a spark, more 'umph', rather than a repetitive look down memory lane. Not only does Mr Offerman, a man whom I find spectacularly amusing as an actor, constantly repeat himself on his own religious views, but he tries to make you care for the people who made a difference in his own life. They all seem like very nice people, but his family and friends and their own morals are shoved down your ears with the same story every chapter. A very boring listen.
I enjoyed Nick reading and telling the story of his life. But at times it was a little repetitive.
It will not be made in to a movie.
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.
I would definitely listen to Paddle Your Own Canoe again. I originally thought of buying this book in hardback, yet made the choice to hear it read aloud by Nick himself on an audiobook. Instantly I realized I made an amazing choice. Listening to Nick narrate his life in his own words was as entertaining and majestic as passing a bottle of whiskey around the campfire with friends, then in a drunken stupor, shooting off bottle rockets and running around naked. The experience would be nothing of the sort if I was reading it by myself, and hearing him actually sing the Rainbow Song, the one he wrote his wife Megan Mullally's birthday, made it all the better. As a fan of Parks and Rec and an avid follower of Offerman Woodworking, this book brought greater depth to a person who is often confined to the character Ron Swanson he plays on TV. And while his tone and affect still enlivened images in my head of the mustachio'd, deadpan Libertarian, I walked away with a greater respect and admiration of a hard-working American actor and icon. He's articulate, funny, thoughtful and entertaining.
The Heming Way by Beckerman, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. Anything satirical yet honest when it needs to be.
Himself. I feel like Offerman has as great sense of self-awareness as he does humor, and often it's masked by the character of Ron Swanson. To hear his vulnerable side, his hardships, successes, blatant sex drive and of course how much he loves his wife is inspirational.
Laugh, for sure. His little ad libs as he reads along really personifies the book.
Yes - great story telling and life lessons.
If you like listening to Ron Swanson you'll like this. You get more from Nick and about his past growing up in a small Illinois farming town. He tells the stories so well I feel that I could have been having a beer with him around a fire instead of stuck in traffic. His dialect is that of a current Mark Twain.
No, but I could have. Morning and afternoon commute.
Great work and would recommend to anyone!
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