The Bassoon King by Rainn Wilson

The Bassoon King

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...

Details The Bassoon King

TitleThe Bassoon King
Release DateMay 16th, 2019
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Humor, Audiobook, Biography

Reviews The Bassoon King

  • Ashly
    3 1/2 stars -- needed more beets.
  • Jason Koivu
    If for nothing else, this should be heralded for being an almost perfectly constructed autobiography.But wait, there's more! Rainn Wilson, aka Dwight from The Office, has done a bang-up job at creating a very enjoyable read in The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy. His pacing, timing and storytelling are rock solid. Tangents and digressions are kept at reasonable lengths, are labeled as such and even apologized for, which is unneces...
  • jv poore
    I was familiar with Rainn Wilson as an actor that absolutely rocked completely quirky characters in Six Feet Under and The Office, so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to see Mr. Wilson as an author. Again, he excels.
  • Whitney Atkinson
    I loved this book!! When I read celebrity memoirs I go into it only expecting some light entertainment and a fun audiobook, but I was pleasantly surprised by how talented Rainn is at writing and fleshing out his backstory. It felt like we were let into his life in a very authentic style without the arms'-length "i'm famous and here's my success story" tone that other celebrity memoirs tend to have. His voice and humor was very genuine and his rag...
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    Edit November 28, 2015:Honestly, I have to say that I completely love Rainn Wilson in both the roles I've seen him as. Dwight, of course. And that random guy off Juno.(To be fair, I didn't recognize they were the same guy until a couple years ago.)The most I know about him is that he has a quirky sense of humor and a very interesting religion. What hooked me about this book was that the forward was written by Dwight Schrute, one of the funniest T...
  • Mariah Roze
    3.5 Stars.This book has been on my To-Read since I realized Rainn wrote a book. I have only seen him in The Office but I loved that show and I loved his acting. His writing skills and story telling is very entertaining. It is similar to a lot of famous people's writing. (Ones that are famous for something besides writing). He jumps around a lot and at times I couldn't tell what happened when. But like I said, I really enjoyed his book. It is ligh...
  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    *3.5 stars*Rainn Wilson is a very charming and interesting guy and an excellent narrator. I enjoyed The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy a great deal... until I didn't. I found his life story and move into acting to be very interesting, but (and yes I know it's in the blurb!) I wasn't a fan of his hard sell of his Bahá'í Faith. I have a friend who converted to the Bahá'í Faith for a time, and though it's a lovely religion (as f...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    I received a copy of the audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is a book I probably would have bought regardless, since I love The Office and comedic memoir.The last three audiobooks I have listened to have had strange connections to each other. The first was The First Bad Man by Miranda July, and in Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, Carrie Brownstein mentions Miranda a few times in passing because they are good friends...
  • Kricket
    In "The Bassoon King," Rainn Wilson points out how much easier and more fun it is to write scathing reviews than it is to write thoughtful well-balanced ones, and this is absolutely correct. So I will try to be well-balanced here. I liked parts of this book. I did not like other parts. I changed my mind about my rating every other chapter. So, here are some things I liked:-That he read his own audiobook. That was cool. -The stories about Rainn gr...
  • Orsolya
    Rainn Wilson is best known for his role as eccentric but likable Dwight Schrute on the American-version of, “The Office”. Wilson is, surprisingly, a lot like Dwight so perhaps his entire life was preparation for the role. Wilson reveals his climb to fame in, “The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy”.Although “The Bassoon King” is, in its simplest form, a Hollywood memoir attempting to either show how a celebrity is “one ...
  • Malia
    The Bassoon King is a fun, and at times quite thoughtful book, that fans of The Office will surely enjoy. There were parts I found really engaging - his reflections on the way he grew up, anecdotes on The Office, and his notes on spirituality - while others didn't really grab my attention so much. All in all, though, I enjoyed reading this book and seeing the elements of Dwight Schrute that are present in Wilson's personality as well:-)Find more ...
  • Kate
    This book was quite disappointing, considering that I think highly of Rainn Wilson's acting work, and that this is a genre of book that I often enjoy. Rainn Wilson is a paradox:--He seems quite intelligent, yet the writing does not always reflect that. He often relies on "shouting" in all caps to get his point across (and I have seen other authors use this well for comedic effect--this was different). He uses the word "literally" far too often, a...
  • Lindsay Wilson
    Ugh, it took me FOREVER to get through this book. I was listening to it as an audiobook, which always takes longer than reading the regular book, but still. I also considered blaming the fact that I've been super busy, but that doesn't really account for it either. The fact of the matter is, I just wasn't that into this book. For starters, my only knowledge of Rainn Wilson is from the Office, and this seems to appeal to people who are more into h...
  • Scott S.
    "You couldn't handle my undivided attention." - Dwight Shrute in 'The Office'Rainn Wilson, however - best known for his 'assistant to the regional manager' role on NBC's long-running workplace ensemble sitcom The Office (2005-2013) - succeeded in keeping my attention throughout his lively autobiography. And, true to the subtitle, he talks in-depth about his theater training and experience during his college and pre-stardom years, his deep connect...
  • Lauren
    I love Rainn Wilson. He is a hilarious, spiritual, and down to earth individual. I have been quoting The Office and Dwight Shrute since I first starting watching the show in high school. I have, to date, watched every episode over 20 times. Needless to say, I'm a fan. Rainn uses much of his book to cover the turmoils and delights he experienced trying to find his voice in acting. From high school to college to auditioning for his famous and not s...
  • Kelly Hager
    I am a huge fan of The Office and so I would've read this book even without the fact that the introduction is written by one Dwight K. Schrute. (If you love that show as much as I do, I absolutely dare you not to read it and not laugh out loud at least three times on every page. AT LEAST.)So yeah, come for the parts by Dwight and the Office anecdotes, but you'll stay for the rest of it. It's clever and sweet and just good. I always forget just ho...
  • Jessica
    Won in the First Reads giveaway.It was a funny and interesting memoir. I feel like certain racial terms could have been tweaked and there were moments of "get off my lawn"-ness. All in all, it was a very readable book.
  • Elyse
    I surprisingly really enjoyed this book! I didn't think I would like it as much as I did. Rainn is exceedingly candid about his life and it's quite refreshing. I *love* The Office and I also enjoyed Backstrom, for the short time it was on. If you at all squeamish, read this book instead of listening. It's easier to skip nasty parts (butt worm, ear mold, giving birth) that way. But it was a joy to listen to Rainn narrate. And Dwight Kurt Schrute. ...
  • Izza
    3.5 stars | I had no intention of picking this up, but it was available on OverDrive and I thought 'why not? I love The Office, I love Dwight. Might as well learn more about Rainn Wilson.' I had no expectation and I was pleasantly surprised :)
  • Ashley
    Rainn is insightful, funny, witty, and interesting. Also an insecure, elitist, snob. So there's the dilemma. His story has definitely been interesting, but sometimes he a little prone to the name drop. I don't need to hear about every single acting teacher you've ever had and how their brilliance transformed you. I don't care who they are, or what they did (starting to sound a little boy band-ish there oops). Their inclusion turns whole chapters ...
  • Katie
    (4.5 stars) Maybe because I identify with Rainn Wilson's geek status, but I enjoyed his memoir much more than the other recent Hollywood memoirs out there. His deep, resonant voice soothes you through this recording, and at once you know he is intelligent and deep and has much more substance than you expect from the guy who played Dwight. And I did love the character Dwight. Poor Rainn, having to endure that haircut for 9 seasons. READ THIS BOOK!...
  • Holly
    3.5 stars. Rainn toed a weird line between pretentious and self-deprecating. I almost think this book would have been better had it been written later in his life with a longer career under his belt. But I also realize the need to capitalize on what's popular.
  • Brenda A
    Rainn Wilson is a hardcore offbeat nerd.Not the mainstream kind that has shows like Big Bang Theory and At Midnight going for it. Rainn Wilson grew up as a perfect figurehead of the latchkey kid with parents who are totally off their rocker and far into far-out movements.He just kind of glosses over the fun bits, to be honest. He doesn't delve too deeply into the weirdness of his childhood too much, which I was looking forward to. Hippie parents ...
  • Faye Ducker
    Fairly disappointed in this book. I found it very preachy and snobby at times. If you're looking for anecdotes on The Office it's not the book for you, there are a few chapters but it feels rushed. Wilson uses tales from his life as an excuse to speak about faith and religion so much that I found myself drifting off. Oh, and if you've done anything cool in your life just know that Rainn Wilson has been there and done it before you, and he's not s...
  • Kate
  • Kristina
    I’ve got to stop reading junk like this. Rainn Wilson’s The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy imparts nothing of any real interest to the reader. If you’re a fan of The Office and think there will be cool behind-the-scenes stories, you’re going to be disappointed. Wilson is a mediocre writer and his book reveals him to be one of those “theAHter” snobs. He comes across as incredibly immature and intellectually naïve. His...
  • Amanda
    I picked up this book based on my love of Rainn's character, Dwight Schute, from The Office. I knew next to nothing about Wilson and I certainly learned a lot about him through interesting anecdotes from childhood through adulthood as well as his spiritual leanings. I wasn't shocked to learn that he played the bassoon, was a Dungeons and Dragons nerd, or a chess player. But I did learn about his peripatetic childhood, his New York years, and his ...
  • Torie
    The book became unbearable. Wilson just complains a lot. You have to hear all of his gripes in multiple asides (ie a long complaint about tv snobbery, how tv reviews compare unlike pieces of media all the time, etc). It makes whatever story he’s telling lose steam and it’s also like...WHO CARES!!!! Even his chapters about The Office got hard to listen to because he’d pepper it with complaints about something only barely related.The book was...
  • Lisa Wilkening
    Rainn Wilson’s “The Bassoon King” is hilarious and heartbreaking and thought provoking. I found myself laughing and crying and wondering what would happen next in his crazy life as I read on. I absolutely loved him in The Office and that’s why I initially bought this book, but his life story is incredible. His love and hatred of acting, his rocky relationship with his parents, finding his spirituality all over again, and inspiring others ...
  • Lori
    I would give this a 3.5. I am a fan of the show The Office" Rainn Wilson is fantastic as Dwight Schrute.This is his memoir. Rainn was born to Hippies in 1966. His parents divorced when he was two his dad quickly remarried and moved the small family to Nicaragua survived the many bugs came back at five to Washington. Rainn grew up poor but survived. A self admitted science fiction nerd, who in jr high joined band and learned the Bassoon. Rainn has...