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The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

An Oral History
Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (191 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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snooze fest

I'm a big fan of them both but couldn't get through it. big time snooze fest

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Not interesting

A profound overuse of the terms “salt-of-the-earth” and “uncanny.” Overall it’s just annoying. It reminded me of when people insist on showing you their family photo albums..... only this time it lasts for over six hours. Seriously, there's a chapter where they describe childhood photos of themselves. It would be interesting to nobody except the two authors. It doesn't even really tell their love story. It just talks about their backgrounds for a very long time, they stroke each others egos, and then at the end they list a bunch of stuff they don't like. This book adds nothing to the world and isn't funny.

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cant beat it

you really cannot beat listening to these two amazing people, actors, comedians! they are incredible and entertaining and truly inspirational.

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  • JG
  • 2018-10-19

The Second Greatest Love Story Ever Told

I could write the Second Greatest Love Story Ever Told about my love for this book. It’s a wonderful story, narrated by the most charismatic couple around. Basically, if you have a problem with this book, that says more about the quality of you than the quality of the book.

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love nick & megan

these two love birds made me laugh and were easy to listen to, enjoyed the story of how they met and more important home much they still like each other.

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Loved It.

Such a fun story of the lives of Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman. They are such an amazing pair and its a great listen.

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Borrrrring

It listens like a boring conversation that you just happen to overhear. I'm 3 hours in and for the first time I do not think I will finish this audible book.

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  • L&A
  • 2020-04-29

Snore

Snore! This is incredibly boring. They drone on and on about the most humdrum, trivial BS! Couldn’t finish it.

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loved it!

the love they have for each other shines throughtout the whole book. thank you.

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cute but many boring chapters

cute but many boring chapters especially near the end. explaining what pictures from the book look like could definitely be cut.

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  • Laura
  • 2018-12-13

Not my favorite

Imagine you are having dinner with two people you don't know. They talk nonstop for over six hours about themselves and you never get a word in. Sometimes they forget they told you something and so they tell you again. They are eager to share mundane details of their lives like, "I always loved to read." They back up this information with stories of going to the library and checking out books. That is how I felt listening to this book. I admit, I only got about a third of the way through. There are some funny tidbits. If there had been some serious editing, this could have been a solidly hilarious 45 minutes of a book. The six hour version is only for diehard fans of these two. If Jane and John Doe had recorded this same book it would not have gotten published.

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  • Chickabee
  • 2019-02-08

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
  • 2019-01-09

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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  • Queen Mo
  • 2018-10-27

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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  • Shian
  • 2018-11-06

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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  • Chan Wan On Ann
  • 2018-10-03

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
  • 2018-10-31

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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  • Juan Carrillo
  • 2018-10-24

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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  • Ruthi
  • 2018-10-03

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-02

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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