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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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    "Not my cup of tea"

    I wanted to like it and I think others would like. It seemed preachy in a way I couldn't get past. Maybe I had different expectations for it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric 09-22-15
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    "Slow read, but worth it. Great story."

    Nick's story gives regular chump's like me hope. Although we equally have sassy love buddies, I'll still paddle my own canoe.

    #RainbowSong

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan 04-05-15
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    "Thank you so much!"

    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.
    GREAT book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mills 04-01-15
    Mills 04-01-15
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    "F*cking Glorious"

    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.

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    "Amazingly written, good damn book."

    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.

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    Bryan 03-29-15
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    "Made me try new things"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 02-13-15 Member Since 2016

    I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.

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    "A nice love letter from Nick to his wife"

    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.

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    James Oakville, ON, Canada 05-27-14
    James Oakville, ON, Canada 05-27-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Moderately interesting at time but way too preachy"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    OK, so the author isn't into religion or other people who openly profess their beliefs. I get it. But after the sixth time of going onto other topics and coming back to express his dislikes on this topic yet again? You don't see the hypocrisy and banging on and on about the same topic here?

    As for the rest of the story? Moderately interesting and sometimes gave me the odd chuckle. Not great and not terrible.


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    Aaron St. Louis, MO, USA 11-09-13
    Aaron St. Louis, MO, USA 11-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Nick Offerman For President... of Something Cool"

    I don't know how helpful this review will be, because I am finding it difficult to contain the gushing adolescent praise that keeps bubbling up. What is this book? It is kick ass. It is awesome. Oh my god, it's totally awesomely kick ass. If you hate deep wisdom carved right in the middle of gut laughs, then sister, you have found your Mein Kampf. However, if you like things that are manufactured with care, love, and absolutely not one iota of pretension or sense that in order to be intelligent you have to be obtuse and obfuscating, then... what are you waiting for? Click the thing, and get crackin', friend.

    Nick's story is great not because I am interested in how to become a famous actor (although he crafts a pretty good blueprint for that) or because I was an athlete who grew up in a small town (I did grow up in a small town around the same time as him, and one state over, but I really didn't care for the jock archetype at all) or because I am unsure of how to become a proper man (all the chest hairs are present and accounted for)... it's just that there is so much humor, warmth, intelligence, and wisdom in the words here writ that I challenge you to not find yourself guffawing, talking to friends about it, and hitting repeat so that you can nod along with what he's saying in an attempt to milk every bit of understanding from this comely and delicious basket of concepts. This is A Good Book, the best book I have read or listened to this year, and probably one of my very favorite works of humor ever. Nick Offerman: 21st Century Mark Twain? Maybe not, but probably as close as we're likely to get. For god's sake, why are you still reading this? Download the book!

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    Justin NEW PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA, United States 10-23-13
    Justin NEW PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA, United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2016

    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.

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    "Ron Swanson"
    If you could sum up Paddle Your Own Canoe in three words, what would they be?

    Funny nonstop listen


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was narrated by nick offerman


    Have you listened to any of Nick Offerman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Just as entertaining as his well written character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and felt his passion for life.


    Any additional comments?

    Please narrate more books nick. Genius.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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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
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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.

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  • David Pontoppidan
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    "Trivial ramblings and most of all plain dull"

    While Nick Offerman offers humour, wit, and insight in his role as Ron Swanson, his book displays little else than trivial ramblings and a desire to seem like an outcast, in spite of being mainstream all the way. I was thoroughly disappointed of the man who so expertly was able to play someone interesting.

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  • vainsteinmartin
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    "Exquisite"

    Enjoyed every single word. Narrated by Nick unique voice, big bonus if they are any.

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  • vigroovian
    4/12/17
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    "As delicious as it says on the tin."

    As a fan of Offerman's "Ron Swanson" (if you aren't... we have nothing left to discuss) and being of such a volition as to enjoy the outdoors, the feel of hefting an axe to split wood and spending time in the great outdoors (by foot, bike tyre or canoe) I was excited by the prospect of this audiobook but had no idea really what to expect ...

    Thoroughly engaging, insightful, thought provoking, entertaining and hilarious, "Paddle your own canoe" is, well, pretty damned delicious. Like an early morning bacon sandwich on a cold day, Offerman's delivery is rich and the perfect antidote to the hussle and bustle of everyday life.

    More a selective autobiography and perhaps also tip giver for life / work / working in the arts, I found it thoroughly enjoyable and would recommend to anyone who needs a little focus or just wants to relax and hear someone talk positively and seemingly honestly about the good stuff in life.

    Top notch. Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. Ham
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    2/26/17
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    "Truly enlightening and down to earth"

    Fantastic book. his voice is so easy and welcoming to listen to. Interesting life and very humble. People need to realise he is his own man, he only plays Ron Swanson

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matt Stagg
    11/17/16
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    "Philosophical and funny"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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