The Bassoon King: Art, Idiocy, and Other Sordid Tales from the Band Room

By Rainn Wilson, Narrated by Rainn Wilson

I must admit I never jumped in on The Office fandom. It came on and became popular in that weird time when I was in veterinary school and had no time for TV. That said, you don’t have to be an Office fan to enjoy this book.

Wilson wrote my favorite type of celebrity memoir: one that encompasses his whole life from childhood to fame and beyond. Being a veterinarian and enjoying gross things, I found some of the anecdotes from his childhood (like getting intestinal worms) funny. The stories aren’t all gross, though! Despite having an unconventional upbringing and struggling in his early career, Wilson never takes pity on himself and actually makes you laugh out loud at moments in his story. Fans of The Office won’t be disappointed. There are two funny chapters that provide insight into the show.

His narration is excellent. Wilson incorporates on-point comedic timing several times in this memoir. But, he can also be serious. He is very passionate about his Bahá’í faith and gives a mini history of the religion at the end of the book. The gravity of his wife’s near-death experience in childbirth is also addressed in a more serious tone. Overall, I was very happy with Wilson’s narration. Chalk him up on the celebrities-that-can-narrate-well board!

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