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The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

An Oral History
Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
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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 an audiobook. Featuring anecdotes, hijinks, interviews, photos, and a veritable grab bag of tomfoolery, this is not only the intoxicating audiobook 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.

©2018 Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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  • Queen Mo
  • 27-10-18

Hostess Twinkie equivalent of a memoir

If you are looking for a deep, quality "memoir", you are in the wrong place. Go listen to Trevor Noah's incredibly moving and insightful memoir instead. Then come back and listen to this fun book.

Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman do as much riffing off each other as read their respective chapters. That will either thoroughly entertain you, or annoy you. If you are annoyed, you are not the right audience for this highly funny couple.

If you are a follower of them on social media, if you love their TV characters, you will have fun with this light, junk food snack of an audible book.

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  • Chan Wan On Ann
  • 03-10-18

Not sure if I like or not.

It's like listening to a podcast (2 people chatting), more than reading from an already written book. I wonder what's actually in the book? A direct transcripts from their hours of chatting? And this doesn't come with the photos download!

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  • Kristin B Lappala
  • 31-10-18

Meh

I like both of these actors but I thought this book was boring and only marginally entertaining. As one reviewer mention, none of the pictures they talk about for 2 sections are available. Descriptions of photographs are tedious and do not make for fun reading. You feel like you’re in the back of the crowd and can’t see the show. Tina Fey found a way to include photographs. Maybe she could offer some suggestions. The book is presented so you almost feel like you’re sitting with them and listening to a spontaneous conversation, which I enjoyed. They came off a a little insufferable. I know their lives are nothing like mine and expected that. In between the few funny bits, they came across as preachy and spoiled. I really wanted to like the book but it just fell flat for me. As a couple who says they enjoy audio books, I would have thought they would have had catered a little more to others who also enjoys them.

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  • Ruthi
  • 03-10-18

Perfect comedy memoir audiobook

I think this is by far the best comedic memoir I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. And in audiobook format it is absolutely perfect; I can’t imagine enjoying this book any other way. Megan & Nick have far too great of chemistry to not hear them narrate. If you need a happy, hilarious book- get this one!! You can’t get any better!

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  • Shian
  • 06-11-18

Not the greatest love story ever told

Listening to the book was more like listening to a podcast, which was different but not necessarily unpleasant- the whole time I kept thinking did they go through their actual book and make notes on how they can make the story into a conversation? So it was a little distracting that they acted like they had never heard the story the other person was telling.
It’s very bland- they spend a short amount of time on how they met and fell in love and more time talking about their individual upbringing and stories.
At the end of the day I stopped the book with 1 hour 20 min left (I kept waiting for it to get good) and I returned the book for a credit I can use on something else.

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  • Juan Carrillo
  • 24-10-18

It’s ok

While meggan and nick are very funny the book does come across at times pretentious at times. Also there back and forth was at times funny some times it seemed forced.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-05-19

Meh

I wanted to love this book so much, but sadly it's not THAT book. It's basically a double biography with no real fun or juicy stories, just plain old life tales. There are some quippy moments between Nick and Megan, which helps with the boredom of this book.

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  • Nicole
  • 28-03-19

It was ok

It wasn't quite as detailed or as funny as I had expected, but it does give you an understanding of just how normal these two are.

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  • Chickabee
  • 08-02-19

Sadly lacking

I don't know what I expected, maybe something a little funnier, a little more intimate, a little more "greatest love story?" It was just okay. The anecdotes and chapters were full of mediocre stories, though, the performance was like listening to a podcast, as if I was listening to a real time conversation with the two love birds, which I enjoyed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-01-19

Very Uneven

I think maybe I went into this with my expectations too high. I've seen them both performe in so many different ways and just generally love them together. And I think I still loved Offerman in this, but Mullaly was just not funny.something about her personality in this just grated on me. I think she's a fabulous performer and I love Karen Walker, Tammy 2, and other characters she's portrayed.

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  • Cinderpad
  • 08-08-19

Great Listen

Occasionally filthy, fantastically charming and wonderfully delivered tale of two great people. Falling in and maintaining love and connection.

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  • David Evans
  • 05-04-19

Love it!

If you are a fan of Megan or Nick you will enjoy this book! Feels more like they are having a conversation rather just reading a book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-19

Highly recommend !!

I truly have nothing negative to say about this book it’s incredibly funny and sweet. If you’re a fan of these two I highly recommend getting this book, and you’ll love them even more !!

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  • Ruby Joy
  • 14-12-18

Short but sweet!

Enough for a day of entertainment and an extra 'audio only' chapter. Worth a listen.

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  • Morningside Man
  • 02-12-18

Alright.

Nick and Megan read this in their own funny so to hear it in their own way of speaking with each other in a natural way is a plus. But what they're actually saying is not that interesting. Some family background, but mostly kind of small talk. It's fun to hear them talk to each other so lovingly and funnily, but you won't really learn much new about either of them.

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  • Stretch
  • 20-11-18

Loved it!

Smashed through this in a few days. Loved listening to their sage advice. Thanks for making it! It was a pleasure to hear their voices and their story.

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  • chalevan
  • 24-10-18

wonderful couple

a beautiful love story. they are a hilarious couple with so much devotion to each other. xxx

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  • Joe
  • 17-10-18

Great Story

This is a great story. It's not life changing. It's fun though. I'm not sure it's the greatest lovestory but it is a lovestory

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-10-18

Couldn't love them more!

A great, feel-good listen. It's nice to hear about how they balance their home life, work life and being regular human beings. It was a gift to listen to.

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  • K. J. Noyes
  • 04-10-18

Funny couple make for a funny listen.

Showcasing a healthy, happy relationship, a funny audio monologue from a pair of genuinely funny actors.

4.5 stars.

I'll be honest, I clicked on this because my husband has a bit of a 'man crush' on Ron Swanson (whose picture rests next to my own on his desk at work), and Parks and Recreation is also one of my favourites. I was honestly interested to hear about Offerman's and Mullally's lives and loves, knowing the kind of comic characters they've portrayed, how entertaining this was likely to be.

The narrated version is a joy, I love Offerman's rich voice, though I'm afraid Mullally, though very witty grates a little on me (sorry! Personal taste). As well as learning about their own history and lives, they talk about general themes on finding 'a mate' and relationships themselves.

I loved hearing them talk together, clearly scripted at times, but also improvised and making each other laugh at others. A warm partnership that I almost felt jealous of. There were a couple of slightly over-done moments (the chapter on sex was a bit uncomfortable) of lovey-doveyness, but on the whole they stayed on the right side of affectionate.

It's a fairly short listen, I managed it in just a couple of days, and while I probably wouldn't go for a second listen, I would recommend to fans of either actor, to those interested in 'behind the scenes' of TV/film, to those who enjoy comedy and relationship reads.

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.

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  • Monica
  • 20-06-19

Book is meh but gosh they're charming & funny!

Honestly I'd be shocked if I found out they spent a very long time writing this and even more shocked if they had a writer go over it/help them because it comes across as pretty spur of the moment BUT that is also what makes it a good audiobook.

If you are a fan of Megan Mullally and/or Nick Offerman and/or their romance, (which I'm assuming you are because why else would you be here?) then you will still really enjoy this because, well obviously, they are adorable together, they talk quite openly & honestly about their childhoods, how they fell in love etc and they do so in a very natural way that leaves you feeling more as though you've been invited to wine and d&m with your most charming and hilarious friends than as though they're reading pages of a book to a recording device.

Basically, If you're here for a charming night in with Megan and Nick then purchase, if you're here for a solid read then move on.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-02-19

didnt make it past the first chapter

normally i am a fan of both authors' work. i just didnt find this funny or endearing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-19

So much fun in intelligent discourse!

Couldn't get enough of this. Like being at dinner with fun, interesting guests and discussing life, love and being a good person.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-10-18

Brilliant! 5 gold stars!

Honest, witty and oh so good. i laughed out loud the entire time. so great!

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  • Abby
  • 09-10-18

Love these two, pity there was no PDF

Cute story, felt like they were telling me about their lives over a 6-hour long dinner party. Just wished there had been a PDF of all the photos they referred to.