Thursday 4 October 2018

Review: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Megan Mullally & Nick Offerman

Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman reveal the full story behind their epic romance--presented in a series of intimate conversations between the couple, including photos, anecdotes, and the occasional puzzle.

The year: 2000. The setting: Los Angeles. A gorgeous virtuoso of an actress agreed to star in a random play, and a basement-dwelling scenic carpenter said he would assay a supporting role in the selfsame pageant. At the first rehearsal she surveyed her fellow cast members, 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 . . . that fired a love rocket (not a euphemism). The players were Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, and the resulting romance, once 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, ignored 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. Presented as an oral history in a series of conversations between the couple, the book features anecdotes, hijinks, 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.

Review: this had to be one of my most anticipated reads of the year so it really did have a lot to live up to! But live up to it it did. As soon as I downloaded this audiobook I started listening straight away and would find excuses to be in the car or have my headphones on so I could Keep on listening, it was just so entertaining and so engaging! 

This book doesn't necessarily follow a usually 'memoir' format but then it isn't really a traditional memoir so that's to be expected. Each chapter is broken down by subject rather than have the book in chronological order. There is a certain amount of 'the happened first and then that happened' but it really is just the two authors in conversation a bit like their stage show! 

The topics covered are of course both entertaining and fascinating. They range from past relationships, careers, sex and religion. It was really interesting hearing the different level of detail the two authors not only recall but are willing to share. 

Since I did the audio I missed out on pictures but they are described in great deal by two talented actors so that doesn't really matter (although I am probably going to get a physical copy of the book so I can see them for myself!) Where listeners miss out on pictures, you do get some songs performed for you so really you're not missing out on anything! 

I finished this one and immediately wanted to listen again from the start, I think I will definitely share this one with friends, especially those who are fans of these two actors. I don't really think you have to be Uber fans of the two authors to find this either interesting or entertaining. I think you will be entertained either way. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm heading out to buy a hard copy of the book and then start reading it all over again! 

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