The Bassoon King

The Bassoon King

My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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Rainn Wilson's memoir about growing up geeky and finally finding his place in comedy, faith, and life. For nine seasons Rainn Wilson played Dwight Schrute, everyone's favorite work nemesis and beet farmer. Viewers of The Office fell in love with the character and grew to love the actor who played him even more. Rainn founded a website and media company, SoulPancake, that eventually became a bestselling book of the same name. He also started a hilarious Twitter feed (sample tweet: "I'm not on Facebook" is the new "I don't even own a TV") that now has more than four million followers. Now, he's ready to tell his own story and explain how he came up with his incredibly unique sense of humor and perspective on life. He explains how he grew up "bone-numbingly nerdy before there was even a modicum of cool attached to the word." The Bassoon King chronicles his journey from nerd to drama geek ("the highest rung on the vast, pimply ladder of high school losers"), his years of mild debauchery and struggles as a young actor in New York, his many adventures and insights about The Office, and finally, Wilson's achievement of success and satisfaction, both in his career and spiritually, reconnecting with the artistic and creative values of the BahA'i faith he grew up in. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape ; [Prince Frederick, Md.] : [Distributed by] OneClick Digital, 2015, p2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780553544701
Characteristics: 1 online resource (8 hr., 49 min.)
Additional Contributors: Wilson, Rainn
Books on Tape, Inc

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A comedic memoir by the actor best known for his portrayal of Dwight on "The Office" traces his experiences as a young misfit, his early career struggles, and his post-success reconnection with the artistic and creative values of his Bahâaâi faith.


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mitchelclay
Dec 01, 2017

What a fantastically crafted and narrated audiobook. Rainn Wilson has so much to share with the world, and I'm so glad that he's found a voice here. I devoured this book. It was so hard and sad to turn it off between listening sessions. Fact - If you're a fan of The Office, memoirs, or narrative driven personal stories, this book is for you.

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jandt_mcmurray
Mar 18, 2017

I chose to read this book because of my immense love for his best known character Dwight K. Schrute from "The Office". It was interesting to find that so much of what made Dwight such a fun character is actually a reflection of the real man Rainn Wilson. What a fascinating life story. From extreme hippie parents, to living in Nicaragua as a child, growing up poor, & finding fame in a TV show that wasn't slated to last more than the pilot show, Rainn has experienced it ALL!

He does talk about his faith journey from hippie parents to his own religion of choice, Baha'i. I am not discouraging people from learning about & researching the background of various faiths, but as a parent, I like for my husband & I to be the ones that oversees the timing & way in which these ideas are introduced to our children. As Christians, I believe it is imperative that we learn as much as we can about the faiths of those around us so that we can be the most effective missionary possible. Since Rainn is very clear about his thoughts on his religion as well as many others, including Christianity, I believe it is best for a parent/guardian to determine when/if this book is suitable to introduce to their children. My age recommendation is based on these thoughts & my own beliefs.

Age recommendation: 14 & older

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it a 7.

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2monkeyreaders
Nov 02, 2016

I picked this book because I was intrigued by the title. I really didn't read it because of his role in The Office. However, I found it to be an overall enjoyable read. I learned about his religious perspectives, and I enjoyed learning about his life.

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thepudman
Aug 23, 2016

Ok, I didn't rate this because it wouldn't be fair - BUT - I barley made it past the inane forward. I listed to about 2 mins of Chapter One and then returned it as fast as I could!

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jandt_mcmurray
Mar 18, 2017

jandt_mcmurray thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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