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Paul Newman: A Life | [Shawn Levy]

Paul Newman: A Life

In Paul Newman: A Life, film critic and pop culture historian Shawn Levy gives readers the ultimate behind-the-scenes examination of the actor's life, from his merry pranks on the set to his lasting romance with Joanne Woodward to the devastating impact of his son's death from a drug overdose. This definitive biography is a fascinating portrait of an extraordinarily gifted man who gave back as much as he got out of life and just happened to be one of the most celebrated movie stars of the 20th century.
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Paul Newman, the Oscar-winning actor with the legendary blue eyes, achieved superstar status by playing charismatic renegades, broken heroes, and winsome antiheroes in such revered films as The Hustler, Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Verdict, The Color of Money, and Nobody's Fool.

But Newman was also an oddity in Hollywood: the rare box-office titan who cared about the craft of acting, the sexy leading man known for the staying power of his marriage, and the humble celebrity who made philanthropy his calling card long before it was cool.

In Paul Newman: A Life, film critic and pop culture historian Shawn Levy gives readers the ultimate behind-the-scenes examination of the actor's life, from his merry pranks on the set to his lasting romance with Joanne Woodward to the devastating impact of his son's death from a drug overdose. This definitive biography is a fascinating portrait of an extraordinarily gifted man who gave back as much as he got out of life and just happened to be one of the most celebrated movie stars of the 20th century.

©2009 Shawn Levy; (P)2009 Random House

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    Glory Thomasville, NC 07-25-09
    Glory Thomasville, NC 07-25-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Charismatic subject makes for great reading"

    What a man! I listen to a lot of biographies and loved hearing the details of Paul Newman's life and learning what a nonconformist he was. It was so captivating that I think I listened to the whole thing in 2 days. Well written and read--the icing on the cake.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Toronto, Ontario, Canada 05-27-09
    John Toronto, Ontario, Canada 05-27-09 Member Since 2007
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    "A little dry"

    I'm a big Paul Newman fan but I found this book to be a little on the dry side. Reciting movie plots by rote can get tiresome after a while but I did learn a little about the man. Not a bad read but a little disappointing.

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    cheryl United States 10-18-13
    cheryl United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2010

    I love to read southern fiction, family sagas, romance and a bit if fantasy

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    "Loved Paul & the book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes anyone who enjoyed the man & his work will love the stories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The stories about a very talented good man.


    What does Marc Cashman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He read it and it seemed like he knew Mr. Newman


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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    This was my first audio book what a way to begin!

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    C.S.Kelly United States 10-01-11
    C.S.Kelly United States 10-01-11 Member Since 2011
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    A wonderful journey and true insight into the life of a very private-very public person. When done read Hotchners book "Paul and Me"...a very nice follow up.

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    "POOR PAUL..."

    considering his brilliant life and attainment, regrettably he should have written and narrated it with the title and sub head - MY LIFE - and screw you all - this book was factual, fast-forward and flat, therefore missing everything he stood for and made him unparalleled in the late 20th. century. this book - while i love modern day biographies - was a huge disappointment.

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