I learned today, thanks to The Daily Show, that Nick Offerman (best known for playing Ron Swanson on “Parks and Recreation”) has a new book titled “Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers”. I loved his first book, “Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living” and gave it a rare five star rating. I would listen to him read the back of a box of breakfast cereal. So I was elated to learn that his new book was available on Audible.com and rushed over there to purchase a copy.
Some of the Audible listener reviews from conservatives are jaw dropping. The first is from Erin Gilmore who writes
It’s not as good as his first book. Very heavy on politics and religion, and sadly Mr. Offerman adheres to most of the Hollywood ideology. While he tries to come across as middle of the road, he most definitely spouts off his hatred against anyone who believes in God and anyone who is conservative. I honestly think he’s still trying to figure out what he truly believes.
Erin is clearly not reading (or listening) for comprehension. It was absolutely clear in Offerman’s first book that he is a “Hollywood” liberal and has a low opinion of evangelical Christians (which Erin appears to be). I honestly don’t understand how she could be surprised that he continues to exhibit disdain for people like her in his second book. Too, I still don’t understand how a “Hollywood” liberal differs from someone like myself; a software engineer with zero artistic ability but a very liberal viewpoint.
The second is from Kenny who writes
I really wanted to like this book. Unfortunately he seems to be stereo typical Hollywood liberal. Stating very many opinion that have very little facts to support then. Corporations are evil, GMO’s, hydraulic fracturing, cars, technology, USA are all evil. It seems to me he wishes that the country in the world would stay in the 1900s and have stopped evolving since then. His writings on World War II are downright juvenile. Overall there are some very interesting characters that I hadn’t know the ton about before hand. Unfortunately his spouting made me want to constantly turn this audiobook off.
I love that Kenny can say with a straight face that “His writings… are downright juvenile.” while being incapable of writing a grammatically correct sentence or coherent paragraph. Something most people who read books are able to do by the time they reach adulthood. Kenny also felt the need to post the same review twice.
I don’t know if Cody is being sincere or trolling but I agree with the sentiment about Offerman’s first book when he comments that
Mr. Offerman has come into his own with this book writing thing. His second book is exponentially better than his first and I enjoyed the first more than a colonoscopy. That being said, I can’t wait to read his sixth book