• The Bassoon King

  • My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy
  • By: Rainn Wilson
  • Narrated by: Rainn Wilson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 11-10-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio
  • 4.5 (1,363 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 best-selling 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 Bahá'í faith he grew up in.
©2015 Rainn Wilson (P)2015 Penguin Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Rainn Wilson narrates his own story with such perfection that the only disappointment is the fact that it ends. The memoir is smart, inspirational, and funny, so the addition of Wilson's performance adds delectable icing to a tasty cake." (AudioFile)
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By Johanna on 11-13-15

Exquisite narration!

Rainn Wilson is an awesome narrator. You will get the most out of this book by listening to him read it rather than reading it yourself.

I enjoyed Wilson's prose and storytelling. Likewise, he has a unique way of defining spirituality and happiness that is beautiful and understandable--not creepy or weird at all.

I did find a few parts of the book to be somewhat tedious, but overall it's very well written.

As a side note, this book has absolutely nothing to do with the bassoon besides a few funny quips. If you're also a bassoon player like me, let's face it, you're probably going to get this book for Christmas. Luckily, it's worth reading, although Wilson's unfortunate bassoon experience doesn't accurately reflect the joy that I encounter daily from my bassoon students. I suppose any publicity is good publicity, right?

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By E F on 11-12-15

A poignant, hilarious and sweet story!

Rainn Wilson gives us a well written and hilarious story of his childhood, moves on to his training as an actor, and finally his adulthood where he finds stardom on TV. You will get to hear about the office, but you also get to hear about him as a high school nerd and his belief in God. You can tell how he gives the character of Dwight (in "The Office") such depth, because he has the background in his life to understand how to play him. While parts of the character Dwight are completely ridiculous, you can see a very sad and real person underneath, which is part of what made him so funny. If you liked Dwight, you will love listening to the man brought him to life. Even if you didn't like the Office, there is a lot to like in this book!

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By mikes reviews on 03-28-17

Could have done without the faith stuff

If you're interested in actor biogs, this won't disappoint as there's plenty of stuff about his career and, in particular. 'The Office'. However, there are a couple of chapters you might want to skip where he talks about his faith. In brief, he can't imagine the Big Bang so there must be a god!

The final chapter tells you all about the Baha'i faith.

Some of the stuff written as Dwight misfires slightly but there isn't that much of it and he's an excellent reader.

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By Courtney Smyth on 02-17-17

What a guy!

I enjoyed this book in audiobook format when I walked with the pram. I downloaded it because I LOVE the office and wanted to know more about Rainn's life. What a story he has to tell. This is an amazing book and the fact the audio book was read by the man himself made it all the more enjoyable. There is a lot of humour in the book but also a lot of thought provoking stories. 100% worth the 5 stars I've given it and I'd recommend it to anyone.

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