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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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    Knutsson Northern California 12-15-13
    Knutsson Northern California 12-15-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Nick Offerman is no Ron Swanson"
    What could Nick Offerman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I expected more humor and got mostly very foul language.
    He ether lied or remembers wrong about RoundUp in his bean field. That herbicide does not kill weeds in minutes, takes a week or 10 days depending on weather and growing conditions.
    I stayed with the book long enough to be repulsed by his description of his sexual conquest as a 15 year old, just vulgar in my opinion.


    15 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Cody G. Virginia 09-27-16
    Cody G. Virginia 09-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Love me some Swanson"

    While a little unvarnished (not family friendly) in some places, Nick Offerman delivers a great listen. I think I enjoyed the biographical parts the most. I would have liked more behind the scenes info on Parks and Rec, but this was an enjoyable read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RAY 09-22-16
    RAY 09-22-16 Member Since 2013
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    "New hero"

    I have a new hero... I had no idea Nick was so like minded. This book is inspiring.

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    Austin Sweeney 09-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant "

    Nick Offerman kills it. constantly had me laughing and thinking from start to the finish

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Jurczyk 09-17-16
    Ann Jurczyk 09-17-16
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    "Sorry I spent a credit on this one"

    Although I agree with many of his sentiments, his ego and delivery were tedious. Sorry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa Rice Bossier City, LA 09-17-16
    Teresa Rice Bossier City, LA 09-17-16 Member Since 2014

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    "A once and future humorist"
    What made the experience of listening to Paddle Your Own Canoe the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed Nick's insights (even when I didn't agree) and his story is compelling. I especially loved his adoration and respect for his wife. He has a no nonsense and direct approach to living right. Hard work. Respect. A sense of fairness that I greatly appreciated.


    What other book might you compare Paddle Your Own Canoe to and why?

    I had just read Amy Poeller's Yes Please, but they are really vastly different books. He seems to be emulating Twain with the folksy truism, but with added explicit bits about sex and drugs.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Offerman – was your favorite?

    Nick Offerman


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he talked about meeting his future wife and many other times like their wedding when his love and respect for her could make cry with empathy.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. I got it because it was name checked by Amy Poeller in her book Yes Please. I do love Ron Swanson from Parks and Rec. I was very surprised. It was not the typical celebrity memoir. He has a great deal of depth and something to say. I greatly enjoyed the insight into his relationship with his wife though I didn't need quite so many details about their sex life. I mostly responded to his great affection and respect for her. There are a lot of little moments that got me like introducing Chris Pratt to Highlander and more so his genuine respect and love for his colleagues that comes across. I loved the bit in the kitchen when he was rehearsing for his interview for Parks and Rec and his wife say something like suck it up fat boy with the aside that they do not pull their punches in the kitchen. I would have liked a lot more about Parks and Rec, but I guess that could come later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Austin Harris 09-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "LISTEN TO THIS BOOK!"

    Hilariously crass & delightfully heart warming. I don't think I've listened to a book that made me laugh out loud (at work mind you) this much... ever, while also solidifying my thoughts on life & the joys it can show us. Do yourself a favor, listen & enjoy!

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    John R Simmons Jr 09-15-16
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    "Great Listening for the Aspiring Moustache Grower"

    I love Audio books and I love Nick Offerman so it would only be right that this book and I would cross paths at some point. 10/10 Would listen again...and again...and again...

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    Kevin Jones 09-08-16
    Kevin Jones 09-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "not for everyone but definitely for me"

    inspiring. hilarious. witty. excellent. definitrly going to check out his other book. very excited now.

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    Amazon Customer 09-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Meaty and amazing."

    Wonderful for road trip listening or while doing the dishes. A great read for any occasion, rife with life lessons and chuckles.

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    Harlow Essex England
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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Leo
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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 .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Droboogie
    4/26/16
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    "Offermans Life Lessons"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holly Robertson
    4/9/16
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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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  • Nick Sherratt
    2/3/16
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    "Ace!"

    "You've never heard anyone scream like a one year old pig screaming for its balls." Offerman
    need I say more?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ian W.
    9/17/15
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. B. Walker
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    7/21/15
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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