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
If you enjoy crass story telling....
Instead of the clever humor of his show he relies heavily on expletives to make his points.
I actually only made it through about an hour of the book. I was looking forward to listening to a comedy, as I usually choose pretty heavy books to read. Unfortunately, this book was more of a soap box than anything else. Within the first hour, he pontificated on at least 3 or 4 very heated, political topics. I was hoping for something much lighter, but all this did was stress me out. I very rarely quit books. I made it through Moby Dick, so come on.
I actually liked his reading voice. I'd describe it as deep, real, and engaging.
If you want a political commentary, go for it. If you want a light comedy, steer clear.
Would not recommend. I don't think I need all the profanity to understand his life. I would suggest if someone would like to know Nick Offerman without the expletives, watch "Parks and Recreation".
Nick has been able to mold his character and his life basically into one over time.
As I enjoyed the giggles while he read some of his more favorite times, his autobiography would have meant more if he had respect for the listener.
This has been one of the lesser autos I have read. If one wants more of "Ron Swanson" than what you are getting from television, this would be the more adult version.
This is a good story of Nick's life and his philosophy on life. He, clearly, has strong opinions on how one (or at least how he) should live his life. But he conveys those opinions in such a non preachy, down to earth, way that I would recommend this book very highly.
He is a talented voice actor
This is a story of a narcissistic, immoral actor with a charmed life. the story has bits like: my top ten intoxicants. If you are into this sort of thing, this is the book for you. the voice work is great and some stories are funny. Overall, there was nothing uplifting to take from it. The tone was negative, crass and self indulgent.
better than expected
the biography of Mr. Offerman
He touched on subjects I didn't think he would, like religion and politics a lot, but I enjoyed it.
I thought "Paddle Your Own Canoe" would be funny. The book may have been funny had Nick Offerman omitted his pompous lecture in which he laughs that the faith/beliefs of the religious of the world are purely founded on fairy tales.
The primary point of all this hilarity is his understandable detestation of self-serving politicians and charlatans who quote the Bible as if it were law, who attempt to force upon the public their religious beliefs as a part of political platforms and positions and who otherwise profit in the name of their higher power.
I agree with what appears to me to the chief *point* of his mini-lecture; these religion-profiteers, panderers and politicos also sicken me. I don't need an actor/comic to point out the obvious by laying a sermon on me (ironically) mocking religious faith as nothing but bullshit based on fairy tales, chuckling that the Christian religion (mine) is composed of legions of mindless sycophants to a sort of comic-book superhero Son of God (Swanson's label).
Why would Megan Mullally's husband need to ruin his big-shot book by taking potshots (near the book's beginning) at an almost certain majority of his target audience (white males, age 25-54)?
Apparently it's true: no matter where you come from (be it Oklahoma City or Minooka, IL), initiation into the Tinseltown fraternity/sorority of "acting" intellectuals includes learning to loathe religion and God-fearing people and to ridicule them and their institutions by brandishing biased generalizations in service to a "high-minded" bigotry, Hollywood-style.
Make it worth listening to.
The worst book that I have listened to on Audible. A very bad imposter of Anthony Bourdain or Steve Martin. Really worthless.
Humor, a point, too many things to list.
No, but it has turned me off from other books by Nick Offerman.
The performance is actually pretty good, but then again Offerman is reading his own book. If anyone should do it well, it should be him.
There may be some in the second half of the book, but I'm not willing to continue listen on the off chance some exist.
I'm not a Parks and Recreation fan and had no pre-conceived notion about the character Ron Swanson or of Nick Offerman, so I bought the book primarily based on the description and a 4 star rating. I'm not sure if this book is supposed to be humorous, a guide for living, a memoir, or what. I do know it's horribly boring. Once Offerman quit his rant against organized religion, he goes into telling his life story. Perhaps the book improved in the second half, but I'll never know because I'm not willing to slog through any more.
It would be gracious to say that this sounds like the work of the love child of garrison keillor and keith olberman trapped in a recording studio with a thesaurus.
Leave diatribes against Christianity to the professionals like Hitchens and Harris. In my opinion, this medium isn't conducive for his brand of humor. (I'm hoping, because this book is frighteningly unfunny)
You know what they say.... Nope.
This was a 10 hour grab for cash, and it worked - i can't get my money or time back.
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