The Bassoon King

My wife and I have started this tradition of choosing an audio book to listen to on car trips.  It’s a nice change from just listening to music, plus it helps us up our Cannonball Read counts (we are a competitive pair).  For me, I prefer to read a book rather than to listen to one.  Listening to more podcasts recently, has made me develop more of my auditory literacy so I’m trying to see if I can’t also develop a liking for audio books.  The Bassoon King by Rainn Wilson is the first non-fiction audio book to which I’ve listened and being read by the author himself, I think I’ve found a way for me to really enjoy audio books.

BassoonHaving Mr. Wilson himself read to me felt more like he and I were having a conversation rather than me just listening to someone tell me a story.  Since it’s his story to tell, it just seemed more natural to hear his inflections, tone, and humor conveyed in his own voice.  The whole experience of listening to it, with him sharing it with me, felt more like I was invited in to his story, rather than me just barging in on it.

Being a huge fan of “The Office”, I was interested to hear Mr. Wilson’s behind-the-scenes story of the development of the show and some of the cast details.  I was not disappointed.  Hearing about all the work casting, then shooting, then working hard to create a fan base reminds me how demanding the film and television industry is, and how much work goes into to the movies and shows we watch.  One of the interesting facts about filming on “The Office” is that while they filmed specific people, say Michael, the rest of the cast has to just sit in the office because the camera catches them in the background.  For the first season, they didn’t have internet, so a lot of the cast had to just pretend to do something on the computer.  Apparently filming could go on for twelve hours.  Talk about boredom!  They finally begged and got the internet for the remainder of the seasons.

Besides his acting career, which he’s very passionate about, Mr. Wilson also shares with us his eclectic childhood and upbringing in the Baha’i Faith.  I didn’t know much about the Baha’i Faith, but Mr. Wilson’s love for his beliefs and willingness to share with his readers served as a good introduction.  His faith seems to be the one constant in his childhood as he moved around a lot including a stint on Nicaragua’s Mosquito Coast.  While I’ve never lived that faraway, having moved around a lot as a kid myself, I could really relate to Mr. Wilson’s experience.  I highly recommend this humorous and heartfelt autobiography.

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