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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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    MK 02-18-17
    MK 02-18-17
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    "One of the better celebrity books"
    Any additional comments?

    Nick Offerman's book is insightful, funny, and well written. It is a lot better book than some of the other books written by celebrities. If you love his character and performance on Parks and Rec then you will love this book. This book is hilarious and it gives you insights into his personal life. Unlike other celebrity books, this was well formulated from start to finish.

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    Amazon Customer 02-14-17
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    "Great!"

    Great story, this audio book was really worth my time. I found myself unable to do much of anything else while I listened because I just didn't want to miss anything. Nick has always been a favorite actor of mine and after I saw American Ham, he then became one of my favorite comedians. This audio book was really good. I will gladly listen to it again someday.

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    Olaf Berzerkerr 02-10-17
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    "Great Listen"

    The funniest, filthiest, and sweetest book I've listened to in a long while. If you love his work, or just want to know what it's like growing up in the rural midwest, this book is for you. From one lucky bastard to another, this book is awesome.

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    A. Knox 02-02-17
    A. Knox 02-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A Legend"

    Nick Offerman is a hero for anyone who wants to grab life by the balls but doesn't know how.

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    Christian S. 01-31-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Best way of living"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. the morals and the teachings that are mentioned are something I admire.

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    Czarina Pempe 01-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Listen to this on repeat!"

    I never thought an autobiography would be a type of book I'd want to listen to again, but as soon as this ended I am sad to the point of wanting to start it over again. I will force myself to move on to my other waiting books, but if I ever have a down day I will let Nick Offerman's confident voice remind me that with a little hard work and luck everything will work out. I am also encouraged to buy some good handmade furniture whenever we start replacing our second-hand, fake wood furniture. It also helps that I'm from Morris, IL so I know most of his local references.

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    Amazon Customer 01-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Funny, wise word play & extremely entertaining!"

    loved the humor, stories, & brilliant verbage that Nick has written. With him narrating, his dry humor & stories capture the scenes vividly. I absolutely love this book!

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    Mike b. 01-18-17
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    "Good while driving"

    Offerman is the man! I used this on my drive from Wichita to Chicago and it kept me entertained the whole time.

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    Tom Stalcup 01-10-17
    Tom Stalcup 01-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic telling and lessons from Nick Offerman"

    Loved the book, anecdotes, and lessons read eloquently and Manly from Nick Offerman. Really great to hear read in his voice.

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    patrick 01-04-17
    patrick 01-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "an awesome book people should take advice from"

    this book is amazing. nicks story will hopfully inspire you to get outside or at the very least enjoy a single malt scotch

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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 .

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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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • LMac
    2/8/17
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    "Excellent"

    offerman is a true comedy legend and all round swell guy. very well read also.

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  • Tony
    1/3/17
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    "Splendid"

    Loved this from start to finish. Nick's narrating is a joy and really adds worth.

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  • Steven M
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    12/4/16
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    "Fantastic!"

    Nick Offerman has made me look at things differently in life. I love this man

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  • Matt Stagg
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    "Philosophical and funny"

    A mix of autobiography and philosophy written and narrated by a minor deity.... Entertaining and interesting

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  • kobayashimaru 85
    10/28/16
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    "Nick Offerman's dulcet tone is a pleasant listen"

    The performance on this recording is excellent. The book seems to flip between advice for 'delicious living' and autobiography in a sometimes awkward way but always entertaining. I recommend for people who are fans of Nick Offerman.

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  • ash87
    6/17/16
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    "1 of the best autobiographies"

    I have read and listened to many books in my time, I have enjoyed a lot of them. this is definitely 1 I have immensely enjoyed.
    it has left me wanting to grab life by the balls and just make myself happy. I want to work with wood. I want to enjoy nature. whilst this is comical, it is also a feel good story. I would recommend this to anybody and I will ensure that my children listen to this book when they are teenagers as i think it will allow them to see that it's all good.

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  • LifeToLawrence
    5/18/16
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    "Easy & Great listen!"

    A funny story told in a comedic fashion, full of great little tid bits and lessons. Easy to listen while working away or sitting giving it your full attention.

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  • Amazon Customer
    4/27/16
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    "Delicious listening"

    I will endeavour to now make my life as delicious as nick's. I'll always try to paddle my own canoe.

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