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Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History
Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History | Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally
At last, the full story behind Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman's epic romance, including stories, portraits, and the occasional puzzle, all telling the smoldering tale that has fascinated Hollywood for over a decade. The year: 2000. The setting: Los Angeles. A gorgeous virtuoso of an actress had agreed to star in a random play, and a basement-dwelling scenic carpenter had said he would assay a supporting role in the selfsame pageant. At the first rehearsal, she surveyed her fellow cast members, as one does, determining if any of the men might qualify to provide her with a satisfying fling. Her gaze fell upon the carpenter, and like a bolt of lightning, the thought struck her: No dice. Moving on. Yet, unbeknownst to our protagonists, Cupid had merely set down his bow and picked up a rocket launcher. Then fired a love rocket (not a euphemism). The players were Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, and the resulting romance, once it ignited, was . . . epic. Beyond epic. It resulted in a coupling that has endured to this day; a sizzling, perpetual tryst that has captivated the world with its kindness, athleticism, astonishingly low-brow humor, and true (fire emoji) passion. How did they do it? They came from completely different families, endured a significant age difference, and were separated by the gulf of several social strata. Megan loved books and art history; Nick loved hammers. But much more than these seemingly unsurpassable obstacles were the values they held in common: respect, decency, the ability to mention genitalia in almost any context, and an abiding obsession with the songs of Tom Waits. Eighteen years later, they're still very much in love, and have finally decided to reveal the philosophical mountains they have conquered, the lessons they've learned, and the myriad jigsaw puzzles they've completed, in a book. Featuring anecdotes, hijinks, interviews, photos, and a veritable grab bag of tomfoolery, this is not only the intoxicating book that Mullally's and Offerman's fans have been waiting for, it might just hold the solution to the greatest threat facing our modern world: the single life.
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RealLifeReading
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2. My older boy had a piano test and did great! Also it‘s been raining!
3. Japanese food
4. 28 if I‘m counting correctly
5. Happy Friday or Saturday everyone! ❤️
#friyayintro

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azulaco
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Pickpick

I loved this book. Funny and quirky, just like the authors. I listened to the audiobook, which I think is definitely the way to go with this one.

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Catsandbooks
Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History | Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5 stars I love Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, but this book was far too short! I want more! I'm not sure how this is in print form since it felt like I was listening to them have a casual conversation, but I still enjoyed it.

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Catsandbooks
Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History | Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally
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Already 2/3 through this and it feels more like a podcast than a book. By the way I would totally listen to a podcast of them just talking about whatever!

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shaynarae
Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History | Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally
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Mehso-so

This was great to listen to on audio and worthwhile to pick up if you want to listen to Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally talk about themselves and banter with each other. It was really sweet and charming. But it is a novelty book, and a fair amount of the material were stories I had heard before in Offerman‘s Paddle Your Own Canoe.

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Scochrane26
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I thought it was going to be 6 mths until I could listen to this book, but I got it much earlier. So glad I did audio, it took about 5 min to realize I was going to love it. I might end up getting the physical version later, so I can look at the pics.

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Toniyesss
Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History | Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally
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Pickpick

Listened to this on the way to and from LA with MY love. What a delight. They seem like two genuinely nice, talented, intelligent, hilarious people who love and respect each other and have built a wonderful and refreshingly normal relationship. I also like their takes on topics such as fashion, hobbies, and dogs. They have such great chemistry and riffed off each other constantly in the recording. A light and thoroughly enjoyable “read.”

BooksForEmpathy Have you seen them IRL!? We saw them a few years ago at the Masonic and they were so delightful!! I‘ll have to listen to this one for sure. 4mo
Toniyesss @BooksForEmpathy no haven‘t seen them live! I‘m jelly! I love them though, and this was basically just the two of them in hilarious conversation 4mo
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essayareayaitch
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Pickpick

So here's the thing, I didn't actually like the book. I didn't hate the book. It definitely falls into the so-so category. However the rapport, and possibly most of the ad-libbing between Nick and Megan made it fabulous. Part of me wants to pick up the physical book to see how much was ad-libbed, and how much was written. Made me want to listen to humor/comedy albums a la Mrs. Maisel

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monalyisha
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Mehso-so

While it was perfectly pleasant to listen to Megan Mullally & Nick Offerman shoot the shit, I genuinely don‘t understand how this would work as a physical book. It seemed very off-the-cuff & unwritten — which is cool for a podcast or an interview series but...shouldn‘t books give the impression that they‘ve been written?

*Review cont‘d below👇🏻

monalyisha 1/4: I loved hearing about Megan‘s love for books (it‘s rampant) & I loved hearing about their clear adoration of one another (also rampant), but there were some comments that left me questioning where their editor was. (edited) 4mo
monalyisha 2/4: The section in which they discuss babies — & their lack of babies — was particularly troublesome. The troubling part is not that they‘re happy with no children (I‘m all for that), but when Megan explains that they “casually” tried to have kids & did not succeed (her age, his low sperm count). She says that she‘s of the belief that if it‘s meant to happen, it will. That seemed like such a careless remark to me. (edited) 4mo
Tadams4 Excellent review! So candid! 4mo
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monalyisha 3/4: At one point, Nick describes his parents as participants in “benign homophobia & racism.” I get the desire to protect one‘s (very loving) parents, but “benign homophobia” & “benign racism” are NOT real things. Those beliefs always have malignant effects. Maybe “homophobia & racism based on ignorance” or “homophobia & racism without conscious maliciousness” — but that‘s *still* not benign. (edited) 4mo
monalyisha 4/4: I will say that Nick & Megan both seem like my kind-of people (funny, creative, well-meaning introverts), & that I‘m now compelled to immediately seek out Nick‘s movie (“Hearts Beat Loud”) with Jeff Tweedy (who maybe just makes a cameo?), since I forgot that I needed to watch it — & Megan‘s band, “Nancy & Beth,” since it sounds like it‘s chock full of wonderful, girl-powered weirdness. (edited) 4mo
sammisho I enjoyed the audio book, but you are right, there is no way that is how the book was written! 4mo
monalyisha @sammisho It was bizarre! I think if it‘d been presented to me as a different beast, I would‘ve liked it more. But I still wouldn‘t have loved it. It felt honest & cute but not particularly deep or well-crafted. I didn‘t go in as a devotee of either of them, though. I liked “Parks & Rec” & thought both of their voice performances on Saunders‘ “Lincoln in the Bardo” were STELLAR. I caught the occasional ep. of “W&G” & laughed. But I was no “fan.” 4mo
monalyisha @sammisho I *can* see how this might‘ve been an intentional upending of the form — an artistic, abstract experiment — but it wasn‘t for me. 4mo
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Heatherfeather
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Pickpick

On audio, less an actual book and more like two hilarious people spontaneously talking about themselves and each other. Light and funny.

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eanderson
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Pickpick

This was a fun audiobook! It was dirty and inappropriate but I enjoyed it! 🤗

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Christine
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Glad to see this won an Audie in the Humor category, because it sure does (in my opinion) deserve one! I would listen to it again in a heartbeat. 💕

WhatWouldJaneDo Love them so much! 4mo
lynneamch Will surely love this one, too. Really liked audio of 4mo
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shutterbug_mama
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I‘m on a road trip and am loving the audiobook version! Aw, they are so hilarious & so in love, it‘s inspiring! 💕 I‘ve been a big fan of them both from each of their tv shows and love how happy they are!

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eanderson
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#audioworkingout with these two this morning. I‘m glad I‘m working out in my living room and not in a studio where other people could here this! It‘s definitely raunchy and funny! 🤣

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eanderson
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I‘m so excited for this audiobook! I only have been on the wait list for 10 weeks. 😱I‘ve seen some great reviews so I can‘t wait to start listening!

Mdargusch That‘s a long time! Enjoy! 5mo
Cathythoughts I hope you love it ♥️👍🏻 5mo
StellarDoc I loved this one! 5mo
JamieArc This one came in at the same time as Dread Nation for me, and I waited so long for both of them. Now I have to choose which one and put the other on hold again 😱🤔 5mo
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PerksOfBeingABookworm
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Pickpick

This book is fun and sweet. I would highly recommend the audio format.... I only read the print version, but it‘s writing style lends itself more to audio. It‘s not a celebrity tell-all. But, if you want to know what a couple cool people named Megan and Nick think about religion, art, music, family, fashion, and more—this is the book for you.

shutterbug_mama I‘m listening to the audio version now and love it! 5mo
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RealLifeReading
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Pickpick

I have never listened to an audiobook so quickly (and at regular speed!) - Libby app now makes it v obvious that there are lots of people waiting so no chance of renewals. But really it is an absolute blast. It‘s like hearing a conversation between the two of them and they so obviously dig each other & are having fun w the audiobook. I especially love that they tried to describe the photos that are in the book! They really are the cutest couple.

Suet624 I agree that I don‘t dilly dally with a Libby book is that I can see how many people are waiting for it. I think it was a great idea to include that info on the app update. 5mo
Christine Agree with all of this!! I stayed on the library hold list for the print book just so I could see the pictures after listening, and boy was it worth it! The audiopuzzling shots are epic! 💕 5mo
essayareayaitch I've been feeling super guilty when I see people are waiting, but also all my holds seem to come in all at once 4mo
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RealLifeReading
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Working on an Erigeneia shawl in a rectangle - the idea of working a rectangular shawl diagonally is new to me so it‘s rather fun seeing it happen. This is @lionbrandyarn cupcake yarn in Gelato. Isn‘t it full of the sweetest shades? 🧶

We just had to cancel our long weekend plans - we were going skiing for the first time but there‘s a big storm so didn‘t want to risk the drive. So now to figure out our weekend!
#audiocrochet

RedxoHearts I'm going to have to try their cupcake yarn out one day. 5mo
BookHoarder32 It looks great! Awesome job! 5mo
JoScho I love these colors! 5mo
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saresmoore Lovely! Corner to corner is one of my favorite techniques. 5mo
BookNAround So pretty. 5mo
Crazeedi That's beautiful! 5mo
JacqMac I love the colours! 5mo
Stacypatrice This is beautiful 💖 At first I thought you were making underwear 😂 and I was really impressed. I never knew anyone who made their own underwear!! I‘m still impressed- gorgeous! 5mo
Lea Those colors are lovely 😍 5mo
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RealLifeReading
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Also they don‘t look very pretty but these mixed berry muffins are delicious. I substituted some dark molasses sugar and brown sugar hence the dark colour!
Riffed off this recipe from KAF
https://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/famous-department-store-blueberry-muffin...

thebluestocking I‘m very impressed. I‘ve been getting a little into baking, and it‘s harder than it looks!! ❤️ 5mo
BibliOphelia When I was little my mom would take me in to the Boston Jordan Marsh for the blueberry muffins. 💙 5mo
Crazeedi Yummy! 5mo
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RealLifeReading
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#audiobaking today with this absolutely adorable audiobook - 4 hour baguettes

https://food52.com/recipes/27433-dan-leader-s-4-hour-baguette

valeriegeary 🤤🤤🤤 5mo
JackOBotts What @valeriegeary said! 🤤 5mo
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Kelican17
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Pickpick

Listened to the audiobook after reading the suggestions in Litsy comments. I was not disappointed! I love them both, and listening to them talk about their lives was funny, interesting, surprising, and heartwarming. 👍🏻👍🏻

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RealLifeReading
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I‘m a bit confused by this AMAZING audiobook. It‘s such fun to listen to (that‘s not the confusing part) because a lot of it is a conversation between Megan and Nick. And that makes me wonder, how then does the printed book work? I‘m on chapter 3 and chapter 1 and 3 are these conversations between the two of them. Chapter 2 is Megan reading from the text. So does that mean the audiobook has more than the print?

kyraleseberg The book is divided into chapters of their dialogue and between chapters were essays alternately written by Megan and Nick. The pictures were great, I definitely recommend borrowing the book just to look at them! 5mo
RealLifeReading @kyraleseberg I just reached the part in the audiobook where they're trying to talk about the pictures! 5mo
kyraleseberg @RealLifeReading Now I want to check out the audio to hear their commentary on the photos! 5mo
RealLifeReading @kyraleseberg it‘s so cute. They actually try to describe the photos! 5mo
monalyisha I FELT THE EXACT SAME WAY! Also, even though the audio was fun, I wouldn‘t have guessed it‘d be Award-winning. 🤷‍♀️ 4mo
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RealLifeReading
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Only 14 minutes into this audiobook and I can declare that this is one of the greatest audiobooks I have ever heard.

Sharpeipup That‘s quite a compliment! 5mo
Christine 😂 Yes!! 💕 5mo
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Morr_Books
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I walked to get coffee today. I hope this counts as a Store Sign toward the #litsywalkers bingo. Fun audiobook too. @kaye

Kaye Very good Sarah ! Yep this counts. Great job on your first bingo and your walk. Glad you enjoyed your audiobook 🌷 5mo
Kaye BINGO- store sign 5mo
DarcysMom 👍👍😁 5mo
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MellieAntoinette
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Pickpick

Well, these two are the adorbs of adorable. I‘m slightly stumped because they very much proved they are The Greatest Love Story ever told and yet they just bantered back and forth like a good married couple talking about nothing much for 10 hours. And I was riveted!!!

That is talent folks! Mr. Mullally and Karen could literally read the phone book and I‘d be there! (Nicest people you‘ll ever meet too!) #24in48 #24B4Monday #onedown

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Eggs
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📚 There you have it
🥙🍇🍎 pack it or eat at home
👂🏽 talking about a person who, unknown to me, was behind me listening
🌺🌸🌹fresh flowers
🎶🎶Red Grace
#friyayintro @howjessreads

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Samwise_Gamgee
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Currently listening to the audiobook. Spending a lot of time laughing out loud....

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mariaku21
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Pickpick

The offbeat, raunchy, yet honest recording captured their wittiness as they bantered with each other and had me laughing and sighing as Offerman waxes poetically and generously about how much he loves Mullally and Mullally, in turn, had me laughing with her side commentary ("Not her again.") and gushing over how she fell in love with him.

Jdav9613 I love her....she is so funny! 5mo
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captainpunchmerica
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Pickpick

It‘s freaking hilarious and a super quick read. I stole it from my brother in law and I don‘t regret that.

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Lauram
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Mehso-so

My fondness for Ron Swanson and Tammy from Parks & Recreation are definitely influencing my rating for this book. I listened to the audio version and found it to be entertaining in small doses. I didn‘t mind the informal structure but it was 2-3 hours too long and repetitive. I skipped the section in which they described photos from the book. It was unnecessary.

monalyisha Oh, I kind-of liked the section where they described their photos. 😅 I agree that it was too long & repetitive, though. I thought it was just kinda...fine. 🤷‍♀️ 4mo
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mrosecook8
Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History | Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally
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Mehso-so

I think my expectations were too high for this one. I adore both Nick and Megan but “Greatest Love Story” just never quite hits its stride. It feels like they hit record and just started chatting— cute and charming for a chapter or two but ultimately aimless, uninteresting, and kind of oddly condescending. I‘m bummed.

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Bookjunkie57
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️

Well 2.25 if I go by my scorecard.

monalyisha YUP. 4mo
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theshrinkette
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I'm so glad I'm listening to this on audio, they're funny and sweet with each other.

8little_paws Yes it's perfect on audio and I can't imagine otherwise! 7mo
Hannah_Haymond I looooove this one! I did do the print edition but once I finished I put the audio book on hold at the library 7mo
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Sarz
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Mehso-so

2.5 ⭐
I probably had high expectations of this one, but it failed to get there for me. I found the audiobook confusing (were they actually reading the book or just talking about it?) and I wasn't really entertained. I also felt like it was a little patronising... but maybe that's just me?

Bookjunkie57 It‘s not just you. 6mo
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TofuandBooks
Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History | Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally
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Pickpick

I love these two. Really quick audio book. Funny and sweet. Definitely recommend.

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Lauram
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I started listening to the tagged book this morning while taking a short walk at one of my favorite places. The back and forth conversation between Nick and Megan is entertaining.

jmofo Where is this? It is beautiful. 7mo
Lauram @jmofo The Ledges Trail at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. 7mo
jmofo @Lauram 😍 7mo
Lauram @jmofo I love national parks, and I‘m lucky to just a few minutes away from this one. 7mo
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cariashley
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Pickpick

This may be one of the least audiobook-like books I‘ve ever listened to - it‘s more like Nick and Megan are sitting in a recording booth chatting together, and it‘s wonderful. Fully enjoyed and highly recommend, they are a fantastic couple.

eanderson I just put a hold on this through Libby! I can‘t wait! 7mo
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Heideschrampf
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Panpan

I‘m a bit disappointed with this. As much as i like those two, this is a rambling ennumeration of „things we like and dislike“ empty of content beyond this. It‘s obvious they just set down their iphone and started talking without a clear goal in mind (except having another book on sale). This is why you need an editor, even if you‘re Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally. If it were anyone else i would have stopped listening after chapter one.

saresmoore Disappointing. 7mo
monalyisha I wasn‘t super into it, either. 4mo
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BookishBlonde12
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I never wanted this audiobook to end!

This is the epic Romance of Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman. That includes stories, portraits, sometimes the occasional puzzle, and they share their love of books and each other.

5 ✨‘s

cariashley Ah I just started this audiobook! It‘s sooo good! 7mo
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BookishBlonde12
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Well this #audiobook is just hilariously fantastic!

Traci1 It was a hoot. They are awesome. 7mo
BookishBlonde12 Yes! My coworkers probably think I‘m crazy since I‘m cracking up at my desk 🤣 7mo
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Traci1
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I still have just over 8 hours left for the #25inFive, so I'm doubtful I'll make it. But it was loads of fun.

I finished this one late last night. I listened to the audiobook, and my only complaint about that was that I didn't get to see the photos in the book. On the other hand, Nick and Megan did describe said photos in minute detail, so... Overall, I thought it was a delightful book about their life together.

Johanna414 Omg I‘d love to hear their descriptions! 😂😂😂 7mo
Traci1 @Johanna414 they were a hoot. What I wouldn't give to spend a Saturday evening with them putting a puzzle together. 7mo
Andrew65 Still a stunning success even if you don‘t get to 25 hours. Well done 👏👏👏 (edited) 7mo
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Erika13137
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The Greatest Love Story next my love story. This was such a fun read. They‘re both so relatable and they do set good #relationshipgoals

My favourite chapter was the one on puzzles. Highly recommend.

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Merethebookgal
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Mehso-so

I had high hopes for this audiobook. I‘ve never seen Will & Grace but love Parks & Rec and thought this would be funny. It was, but it was... weird. I don‘t know if they went way off-script, but it was so conversational it felt like listening to a 6.5 hour long podcast episode and it kind of dragged. I can‘t imagine what this would look like as a printed book. They also spent like 30 min trying to describe photos in the printed book 🤷🏻‍♀️

Schlinkles I saw them talk about this book at a Bookseller‘s conference and they said it was just essentially transcripts of them having conversations in bed. They would start a recorder and just start talking. They assumed it would be edited more, but the publisher liked it as it was. 7mo
Merethebookgal @Schlinkles Yeah.... I wish it had been edited because it didn‘t feel like a book at all. It probably didn‘t help that I listened to it in one day on a road trip. That‘s a long time to listen to disjointed conversations lol. I bet listening in small bits would be much more enjoyable. 7mo
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ReadingSusan
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This book was terrific! I loved it so much and I imagine the audiobook is amazing too. I laughed so much and loved the photos.

8little_paws The audiobook is a complete delight 7mo
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Jilly6183
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Listened to this on audio and really enjoyed it. They were so natural that it felt like I was sitting in on a conversation between Megan and Nick rather than listening to them read their book. And this was my first successful audio! I think I've found my preferred memoir/non-fiction format (though I'll stick to physical books for fiction).

ReadingSusan I am the same. I much prefer non fiction audiobooks! 7mo
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ReadingSusan
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I work late today since we have our annual Polar Express PJ Party tonight so I am curled up in bed reading this hilarious book!

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Lchnessmnstr

I‘m listening to this on Audiobook since it‘s read by Nick and Molly and thought they would really add to the experience. Unfortunately, I‘m 4.5 hours (of 6) and pretty underwhelmed by the whole thing. They seem like great people and I love their acting but I don‘t feel like I‘ve gotten anything from the book. 🤷‍♀️

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Hannah_Haymond
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Like pretty much all celebrity memoirs, you'll adore the book if you're a fan of the person, and for me this was an insanely easy one to adore. I LOVED their approach here, a combination of back and forth conversations and also deeper dives into their individual backgrounds. These two share a deep sense of humor, a good dose of self-deprecation, and such mutual respect. A quick, giddy, loveable read.

Ericalambbrown I ❤️ them both SO much! 7mo
Hannah_Haymond @Ericalambbrown Agreed, and he will ALWAYS be Ron Swanson to me #parksandrecforever 7mo
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ReadingSusan
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We got this at work today and I immediately snagged it. Looks so funny! I can‘t wait to read it.

Burghbookaddict I loved this one! 7mo
Mowen036 The audio is fabulous! It‘s a great book!!! 7mo
Prairiegirl_reading It‘s a fun one! 7mo
ReadingSusan @Mowen036 yes as I am reading it I am thinking oh this must be fabulous as an audiobook. (edited) 7mo
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sebrittain
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3.5/5

I'm a pretty big fan of funny celebrity memoir audiobooks, which written out seems like a weirdly specific sub-genre.

I enjoyed this story focused on Nick and Megan's lives together. With both of them recording together, the book felt super conversational, more like a long podcast than a book. I also loved how they handled the chapters with photos.

It's a super fun read/listen, especially for fans of one or both of them.

hermyknee I am also a big fan of this oddly-specific sub genre! 8mo
sebrittain @hermyknee Trevor Noah's book is the next on my list in this genre. 8mo
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