The Greatest Love Story Ever Told
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.

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told Details

TitleThe Greatest Love Story Ever Told
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherDutton Books
ISBN-139781101986677
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Humor, Biography, Audiobook

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told Review

  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I only got one galley from Book Expo, but it was a good one: This might be better as an audiobook. I got to see Nick and Megan do a reading of the intro at Book Expo and it was hysterical, but reading the book myself fell kind of flat.
  • Juliana
    January 1, 1970
    I received a digital arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.4.5 stars.First and foremost, I am a fan of both Nick Offerman and Megan Mullaly. I always thought they were a funny couple but they worked well together. This book just seals the fact that they are a great couple. It's a book written by them and told mostly through a transcription of them discussing certain topics about their life, apart and together. It does take a some pages to get used to but then you feel like you're p I received a digital arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.4.5 stars.First and foremost, I am a fan of both Nick Offerman and Megan Mullaly. I always thought they were a funny couple but they worked well together. This book just seals the fact that they are a great couple. It's a book written by them and told mostly through a transcription of them discussing certain topics about their life, apart and together. It does take a some pages to get used to but then you feel like you're part of one long intense interview. It's really apparent how much they love each other and that it's as if they were made for each other. It doesn't matter their age difference (over a decade) because they just work. It was a great insight to how each of them grew up, how they met, and how long it took them to get together. They do sometimes bounce around within the chapter because they get distracted (thus 4.5 stars and not 5) but it's really quite entertaining. They include pictures taken for the book as well as personal pictures from their childhood. I think my favorite was discovering their love of puzzles and them sharing pictures of puzzles they finished. They evolution of what they did in those pictures made me laugh. I enjoyed reading about their anecdotes and their history. I will say that you need to be fans of these two actors because they have a certain kind of humor that could be considered crass to a more conservative person. Then again, most people who read this book would be used to their sense of humor. Well done and a joy to read.
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  • fortuna.spinning
    January 1, 1970
    This is my favorite celebrity couple. Not only are they funny as hell, they’re total bibliophiles. If you like audiobooks, I’d recommend listening vs. print (I’ve read both formats). It’s an oral history, so it’s literally #Mullally and #Offerman speaking dialogue, much of it delightful back-and-forth banter as they guide us through a brief history of their upbringings, relationships, and careers. Their narration is a real treat. Ideally, one should devour this on audio whilst piecing together t This is my favorite celebrity couple. Not only are they funny as hell, they’re total bibliophiles. If you like audiobooks, I’d recommend listening vs. print (I’ve read both formats). It’s an oral history, so it’s literally #Mullally and #Offerman speaking dialogue, much of it delightful back-and-forth banter as they guide us through a brief history of their upbringings, relationships, and careers. Their narration is a real treat. Ideally, one should devour this on audio whilst piecing together their book cover puzzle (a B&N Exclusive). Full circle, my friends.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
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  • Susie Dumond
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not usually one to follow celebrity romances, but there's something about Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman's love for each other that just makes me feel all gooey and happy. They're so cute! In Nick Offerman's memoir Paddle Your Own Canoe, he spends chapters (CHAPTERS) talking about how much he loves Megan Mullally, and it warmed my cold, dead heart enough to make me believe in love again. I loved their comedy special The Summer of 69, and I'm a fan of both Will and Grace and Parks and Rec. I'm not usually one to follow celebrity romances, but there's something about Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman's love for each other that just makes me feel all gooey and happy. They're so cute! In Nick Offerman's memoir Paddle Your Own Canoe, he spends chapters (CHAPTERS) talking about how much he loves Megan Mullally, and it warmed my cold, dead heart enough to make me believe in love again. I loved their comedy special The Summer of 69, and I'm a fan of both Will and Grace and Parks and Rec. So yes, I'm the perfect audience for this book. And I loved it! It bills itself as an oral history, so it's pretty clear that the best way to absorb this story is through the audio version, but I also enjoyed reading it. Most of the book is written in dialogue as the two discuss their love story and relationship, and it includes some really excellent photos of the couple. I laughed out loud multiple times, and felt like I got to know both of them a little better. I can't wait to hear this on audio. If you're a fan of Megan and Nick, this is a must-read, or really, a must-listen. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Kelly 💜☕️
    January 1, 1970
    I was super excited to be first on the library hold list and get this audiobook on pub day. Such great narration by these 2 quirky author-actors. Both such creative people and so FUN! It was a quick listen that I finished in just 2 days. They have great viewpoints on creativity, being childfree, loving their dogs, not caring about their 11 year age difference, working hard and having fun hobbies. Married for 15 years & together for 18, they seem so strong and definitely #couplegoals. Now I n I was super excited to be first on the library hold list and get this audiobook on pub day. Such great narration by these 2 quirky author-actors. Both such creative people and so FUN! It was a quick listen that I finished in just 2 days. They have great viewpoints on creativity, being childfree, loving their dogs, not caring about their 11 year age difference, working hard and having fun hobbies. Married for 15 years & together for 18, they seem so strong and definitely #couplegoals. Now I need to find a copy of the book to see their childhood photos. Thanks to San Diego County Library for the digital audio version via Libby app. [Audio: 6 hours, 40 minutes]
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  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    I like Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally... but not this book.I listened the audio version, which may have made a difference, but it was like listening to a six-hour interview about not a whole lot.
  • Lisa Burris
    January 1, 1970
    Transcribed from conversations between the two actors, who are a married couple, The Greatest Love Story Ever Told is funny and quirky, just like Mullally and Offerman themselves. Each chapter addresses a specific topic, with a couple of essays by each author thrown in for good measure. The overwhelming feeling of the book, due to its recording of conversations between the authors, is one of intimacy. The Greatest Love Story Ever Told leaves the reader eager to join in the conversation, be it ab Transcribed from conversations between the two actors, who are a married couple, The Greatest Love Story Ever Told is funny and quirky, just like Mullally and Offerman themselves. Each chapter addresses a specific topic, with a couple of essays by each author thrown in for good measure. The overwhelming feeling of the book, due to its recording of conversations between the authors, is one of intimacy. The Greatest Love Story Ever Told leaves the reader eager to join in the conversation, be it about books, jigsaw puzzles, or George Jones. It's a conversation that I wish would go on and on.
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  • Fabulous Book Fiend
    January 1, 1970
    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 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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  • Hypable Books
    January 1, 1970
    Read our full review on Hypable!Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman deliver The Greatest Love Story Ever Told in a book overflowing with passion for art and each other.There was a time, very early on in my Will and Grace binge-watching days, where I would force the show (and my encyclopedic knowledge of it) upon my family. If I wasn’t seated in the shared living space executing carefully crafted episode playlists with my DVD box sets, the theme song could be heard every 22 minutes from my bedroom.T Read our full review on Hypable!Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman deliver The Greatest Love Story Ever Told in a book overflowing with passion for art and each other.There was a time, very early on in my Will and Grace binge-watching days, where I would force the show (and my encyclopedic knowledge of it) upon my family. If I wasn’t seated in the shared living space executing carefully crafted episode playlists with my DVD box sets, the theme song could be heard every 22 minutes from my bedroom.There is an episode that remains one of my all-time favorites — “Moveable Feast.” It is a Thanksgiving episode centered around the foursome trying to spend time with each of their respective families. It also happens to be the episode where Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally share some screen time.That was always my fun fact for a new viewing audience. “Do you know they are together in real life?” Beyond that, I knew nothing else. Not how they met. Not what Nick Offerman did for a living. Or even how long they were together. And even though we now live in a post-Parks and Recreation, Twitter- and Instagram-ridden world, I still don’t know too much about the pair as a couple.After reading The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, I realize that is partially by design. Not in a cruel, “Don’t give the people anything!!” type of way. But in a way that speaks to the partnership they cultivated together over the last 18 years.
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  • Katy Noyes
    January 1, 1970
    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. 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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  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    This is the story of the relationship of Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, two brilliant actors and comedians starring in television shows such as Parks and Recreation and Will and Grace and I do not say this often, this was the most BRILLIANT biography I have ever read not only in my career as a Librarian but in my entire life.First of all, I loved how the book was written with each of them speaking their mind allowing the reader to see their true personalities, like we were their friends havin This is the story of the relationship of Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, two brilliant actors and comedians starring in television shows such as Parks and Recreation and Will and Grace and I do not say this often, this was the most BRILLIANT biography I have ever read not only in my career as a Librarian but in my entire life.First of all, I loved how the book was written with each of them speaking their mind allowing the reader to see their true personalities, like we were their friends having a casual conversation. Megan's personality definitely shined through telling us stories of her personal life and what went on behind the scenes at Will and Grace. Nick really shined describing what it was like being a carpenter to an actor having a key role on Parks and Recreation making America fall in love with him as Ron Swanson. This book was so addicting that I could not stop reading it and now I get it why they recommend to be well fed and hydrated before you read this book because you won't be able to stop jumping up and down screaming YES! while you read the book! I wish I could give this infinity stars but we can only give it 5 stars! #greatestlovestoryevertold #netgalley
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  • Teresa Stenlund
    January 1, 1970
    Let me start off by saying I’m a huge Nick Offerman fan, and that started when I fell in love with Parks and Recreation. I was so excited to read this one and I devoured it. I loved that most of it was set as dialogue between Nick and Megan, their banter had me giggling constantly. I can only imagine the Audiobook is going to be amazing. I was very entertained the entire time, and the pictures on every chapter were so cute/hilarious!
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  • Jessi
    January 1, 1970
    Disclosure: I love both Mullaly and Offerman. They are both so amazing on TV and in real life. And they seem so in love. There are great stories about their childhoods, their meeting , their acting. This is set up to be an oral history and reads, in the main, like a transcription. I think that this will be much better as an audiobook and I plan on listening when the book comes out.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Mullally and Offerman are super cute together and their love story is both romantic and painfully normal. The book is an oral history, so be prepared, which means that this is probably another book where the audiobook will be much stronger than the text copy.
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  • Jessika
    January 1, 1970
    Received an ARC at BEAThis was solidly entertaining, and both of their personalities really come through. Oral histories are something of a crap shoot for me, and this was just OK. Not something I'd pick up again to reread and will happily pass this on to friends.
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  • James Biser
    January 1, 1970
    This is an entertaining book about how Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman manage their life as a famous couple in love and married in the world of entertainment. This book is full of laughs because the authors are two intelligent people who write well. This book is fun.
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  • Emily Voss
    January 1, 1970
    Cute, quick read. Fans of other Offerman books will like it. I was not crazy about the format. I agree with other reviewers that it will be a way better audiobook. I will say that I will be first in line for Mullally's memoir. Her parents seem fascinating.
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  • Faith Chaney
    January 1, 1970
    Do all actors believe their life is just wonderful? Most chapters were expounding on their perfect life as "artists".....really?
  • Jeannie
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Penguin Random House for my eBook via NetGalley. Nick and Megan are coming to my town, Palm Springs, CA on book tour October 5, 2018 and I cannot wait! Palm Springs Speaks dot org.
  • Lesley
    January 1, 1970
    Super cute. I do wish I had chosen the audiobook instead.
  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    Enjoyable as an audiobook! I would not have liked this as a physical book.
  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    I think the audiobook will probably be better.
  • Alana
    January 1, 1970
    Got this as an unfinished copy at book expo. Would definitely be better as an audio book as their banter is hilarious but not as great when you’re reading it.
  • Debby
    January 1, 1970
    Really, 3.5—just fun. They seem like nice people, individually and as a couple.
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