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The Greatest Love Story Ever Told
The 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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readtheworld
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Mehso-so

Last audiobook of 2019! I mostly enjoyed this on audio but it felt really scattered — more like a long interview about everyday topics with the occasional pre-written essay thrown in.

I truly have no idea how this book could work in print, because I think it would lose all the charm from hearing them banter.

Happy New Year, everyone!

#audiobook #nonfiction #memoir #lovestory

Redwritinghood Happy New Year! 3w
Bookzombie Happy New Year!!🎆 🎉🥳 3w
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Eggs
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The cover 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2mo
OriginalCyn620 I love these two! 2mo
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tholmz
Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History | Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally
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Not sure how this would actually read on a page but the audiobook was like a long podcast with two nice, sweet, funny people. Not the most amazing book of all time but one that will make you feel warm and good.

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Julsmarshall
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Hilarious! Heartwarming and sweet with enough spice to prevent cavities. Great on audio though I may have missed out on some fun photos. I plan to check the book out from the library to take a peek. If you need a giggle (especially on your work commute), this may be the audiobook for you!

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Julsmarshall
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#currentlisten Funny so far . . .

readordierachel They're so cute 2mo
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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Been a while since I updated my #nonfiction2019 board:
Bossypants by Tina Fey for something that made me laugh
Ghostland by Colin Dickey for something from another POV, this is not the usual approach to ghost stories
Tagged for something with music, listened on audio and there's actual music plus lots of discussion of how important it is to Nick and Megan
You're Not Doing It Right by Michael Ian Black for my pick - really enjoyed it on audio!

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itsjustme40something
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If you love either of these two , or just want a belly aching ,eye tearing laugh..dig in

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purebugbeauty72
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Currently listening...

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Samplergal
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Mehso-so

I kept waiting but this simply didn‘t cut it for me. If your into stream of consciousness audiobooks, you‘ll love it. I can even imagine the print book. That must be something. 🙄

Scochrane26 I found the print book at library just so I could look at the pics. It really is written the way it sounds. I liked that style on audio but probably wouldn‘t in print. 4mo
8little_paws I believe I read they really did "write" this as a series of oral conversations that they recorded. I thought it was cute but I tried one of his memoirs and Just. Could. Not. With it. 4mo
AileenRR I totally bailed on the print book 4mo
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FreeReadAndWrite
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I laughed so hard. I really recommend the audiobook partly because hearing their commentary together is great, but also because you get some bonus content. It was interesting reading a memoir almost entirely about life as a couple - they pulled off that format well. Only complaint: They did a full section on fighting & how they weren't #CouplesGoals but were a bit vague about wading around in the same shit as everyone else.

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Book_Fairy_Mary
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Mehso-so

I adore both Megan Mullally & Nick Offerman, but after a while, I lost interest in this audiobook. I honestly think it was more of a me problem, just not the right time to really it enjoy it, so I'm having a hard time rating it.

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sophierayton
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Pickpick

This book is about two amazing people who not only love each other but like each other too. They seem like a great couple and the world is a better place for having them be together.

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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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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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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 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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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
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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. 10mo
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 10mo
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essayareayaitch
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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) 10mo
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) 10mo
Tadams4 Excellent review! So candid! 10mo
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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) 10mo
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) 10mo
sammisho I enjoyed the audio book, but you are right, there is no way that is how the book was written! 10mo
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.” 10mo
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. 10mo
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Heatherfeather
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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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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! 11mo
lynneamch Will surely love this one, too. Really liked audio of 11mo
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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! 11mo
Cathythoughts I hope you love it ♥️👍🏻 11mo
StellarDoc I loved this one! 11mo
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 😱🤔 11mo
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PerksOfBeingABookworm
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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! 11mo
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RealLifeReading
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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. 11mo
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! 💕 11mo
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 10mo
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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. 11mo
BookHoarder32 It looks great! Awesome job! 11mo
JoScho I love these colors! 11mo
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saresmoore Lovely! Corner to corner is one of my favorite techniques. 11mo
BookNAround So pretty. 11mo
Crazeedi That's beautiful! 11mo
JacqMac I love the colours! 11mo
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! 11mo
Lea Those colors are lovely 😍 11mo
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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!! ❤️ 11mo
BibliOphelia When I was little my mom would take me in to the Boston Jordan Marsh for the blueberry muffins. 💙 11mo
Crazeedi Yummy! 11mo
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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 🤤🤤🤤 11mo
JackOBotts What @valeriegeary said! 🤤 11mo
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Kelican17
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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! 11mo
RealLifeReading @kyraleseberg I just reached the part in the audiobook where they're trying to talk about the pictures! 11mo
kyraleseberg @RealLifeReading Now I want to check out the audio to hear their commentary on the photos! 11mo
RealLifeReading @kyraleseberg it‘s so cute. They actually try to describe the photos! 11mo
monalyisha I FELT THE EXACT SAME WAY! Also, even though the audio was fun, I wouldn‘t have guessed it‘d be Award-winning. 🤷‍♀️ 10mo
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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! 11mo
Christine 😂 Yes!! 💕 11mo
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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 🌷 11mo
Kaye BINGO- store sign 11mo
DarcysMom 👍👍😁 11mo
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MellieAntoinette
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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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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! 12mo
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captainpunchmerica
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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. 🤷‍♀️ 10mo
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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. 10mo
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theshrinkette
Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History | Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally
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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! 13mo
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 13mo
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Sarz
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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. 12mo
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TofuandBooks
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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. 13mo
Lauram @jmofo The Ledges Trail at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. 13mo
jmofo @Lauram 😍 13mo
Lauram @jmofo I love national parks, and I‘m lucky to just a few minutes away from this one. 13mo
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cariashley
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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! 13mo
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