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Waiter to the Rich and Shameless Audiobook

Waiter to the Rich and Shameless: Confessions of a Five Star Beverly Hills Server

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Publisher's Summary

A down-and-out musician chops off his hair to become a server at the top of the Hollywood food chain, discovering a cloistered world of money, fame, bad behavior, and intrigue.

Waiter to the Rich and Shameless is not just a peek into the secretive inner workings of a legendary five-star restaurant; it is not just a celebrity tell-all or a scathing corporate analysis. It is a top-tier waiter's personal coming-of-age story, an intimate look into the complicated challenges of serving in the country's most elite, Hollywood-centric dining room while fighting to maintain a sense of self and purpose.

Of the many millions of food service workers around the globe, only a tiny number ever ascend to a top-level position at a world-renowned restaurant catering to iconic celebrities, moguls, and politicians. As one of those select few, Paul ("Pauli") Hartford is the first waiter to open the door into a cloistered, coveted world of money, fame, bad behavior, and intrigue. He peels back the veneer of civility and culture at the nation's most preeminent celebrity hangout, the Cricket Room, in Beverly Hills, California. He exposes the epic human foibles of its elite clientele, the dining room's corrupt corporate culture, its clandestine culinary practices, and the heartbreaking struggles of its beleaguered waitstaff.

This keenly-observed story also traverses Pauli's 10-year evolution from a jaded, party-hungry rock musician who moonlights as a bartender, into a snobbish and pretentious waiter, and finally into a polished and sophisticated server who takes his job so seriously that it drives him to the brink of illness. Pauli finds himself at first seduced by his famous guests' glamour and self-indulgence, then accustomed to it, and finally appalled by it.

For obvious reasons, some details and specifics about the real Cricket Room have been cleverly disguised, but discerning listeners will easily connect the dots.

©2014 Paul Hartford (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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    Steve Horwitz US 01-18-17
    Steve Horwitz US 01-18-17 Member Since 2015

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    "THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ THIS YEAR"
    What did you love best about Waiter to the Rich and Shameless?

    I just finished reading the book WAITER TO THE RICH AND SHAMELESS. You won't be able to put it down. Paul Hartford takes you on the most interesting journey of his life as a server to the stars at one of the most expensive restaurants in the country. And what a journey it is! The book is fantastic, enlightening, and a GREAT READ! I know all Audible Listeners will enjoy it. On a personal level I couldn't stop listening and fished it in iless than two days. Don't miss out on Paul's wonderful story. Steve


    What other book might you compare Waiter to the Rich and Shameless to and why?

    RICH AND SHAMELESS IS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR that can't be compared to any other book I have ever read. It is simply a fantastic read. I had to purchase a hard cover for my personal library, that I rarely do. IT WAS SIMPLY THAT GOOD. I couldn't stop listening!


    What does James Patrick Cronin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration could not have been better. He made me feel as if I was having lunch with Johnny Depp. Wonderful!


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

    I could not stop listening. If I was at work I probably would have gotten into trouble for being plugged in all day.


    Any additional comments?

    Did you ever fantasize about sitting next to your favorite celebrity, politician, or favorite author and sharing a $7,000 yes seven thousand dollar glass of wine? If you have your fantasy will come true just by listening to the book WAITER TO THE RICH AND SHAMELESS! This listen is a journey and a wonderful experience. S

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Jacob 01-31-17
    Jacob 01-31-17
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    "A server's coming of age story..."

    A server's coming of age story from behind the velvet ropes...

    Listening to this memoir by Paul Hartford is like getting the inside track on the legendary stories you usually only hear second- or third-hand: the wait-staff getting the chance to rub shoulders with high-profile celebrities, only to find out that some are really huge jerks or some are even more generous than you’d expect. But this account, as incredible as it is, is as good as it gets!

    The stories that Pauli tells are hilarious, disturbing, off-the-wall, and just as juicy as a thick steak. It won't take long for you to figure out the Beverly Hills restaurant, and that’s a nod to Hartford's writing ability as he captures the essential characteristics of each celebrity like an artistic portrait. The best part of the story is how Pauli proves what we've all known the whole time -- money isn't everything. It helps, but boy, it sure doesn't buy class. This was an electric story and a fun escape into the shoes of someone else's upside-down experiences.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Emma G Boston 02-11-17
    Emma G Boston 02-11-17
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    "Very funny and sometimes sad"
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    For those of us who’ve worked in corporate, one can easily relate to the author’s dismay with the management mentality that he felt ruined his favorite job ever. This story is loaded with celeb stories and a superb ending. Hope to hear more from Mr. Hartford soon.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jestin 02-03-17
    Jestin 02-03-17
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    "Being a Server in Beverly Hills"
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    This is a well-written book by a waiter who speaks like a waiter, lives like a waiter and parties like a waiter. It’s exhilarating to go through his career from the hiring process and follow through to the corporate challenges that eventually force him out. This is Paul’s personal coming of age story set to the backdrop of a super Celebrity rich restaurant, full of funny anecdotes and life lessons learned. It was a surprisingly different book then I though I’d be getting when I bought it. And I’m hoping for more to come from this writer.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    SHANNON BOEHM 01-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Fabulous book!!"

    If you are into celebrity tell-all's or ever wish you could be a fly on the wall of your favorite celebrity?? THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU!! The writer lets us peek into a world that only a few ever get to experience. Want to know who the best tippers are in Hollywood? Want to know who is a real douche canoe? Get this book. You will laugh and you will be entertained! I have listened to about 50 celebrity books and a few tell all's, this one is the best. Other tell all's don't want to offend the celebrities they have encountered.. Paulie does not GAF!! BUY THIS BOOK!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Yari Pagani Clermont 03-08-17
    Yari Pagani Clermont 03-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    "amazing "

    If you work in this type of environment you will enjoy reading it and not only that but you will see your self in first person active as the main character. Great reading! Thanks for sharing your stories... .................

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 03-02-17
    Linda 03-02-17
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    "An awesome look into a world I’ve never even thoug"

    This book took me on the journey of a man who comes of age while serving top celebrities at an infamous Beverly Hills restaurant. The memoir is loaded with celebrity anecdotes, but what makes this book so timeless is when the author comes full circle in his own personal life while struggling corporate managers who seem clueless. Hearing his stories about feasts hosted by Johnny Depp and of Russell Crowe etc. just make his own story that much more interesting. I will revisit this story again. I highly recommend.

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    Elizabeth 02-21-17
    Elizabeth 02-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "one of the best!"

    I never take the time to write reviews but out of the many audible books I've read, this was an amazing story...couldn't put it down! more interesting then you could ever imagine!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Robart 01-27-17
    Ben Robart 01-27-17
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    "Absolutely incredible, possibly my favourite book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Waiter to the Rich and Shameless the most enjoyable?

    For a start, the narrator's voice was incredible - I'd never heard of them until today but they sound like they should be a world renowned superstar!

    The book itself was also incredibly well written, and each time just as I was about to stop listening to do something else I was left wanting more and carried on!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Waiter to the Rich and Shameless?

    I feel like the most memorable part of this book wasn't a moment but a character - The transformation we see Pauli's character make is incredible and extremely relatable! I won't give too much away but it was definitely a fascinating transition or two...


    Which character – as performed by James Patrick Cronin – was your favorite?

    Again, I'd have to say Pauli's character was my favourite - He was incredibly relatable and continued to be despite ever-changing surroundings. His outlook on life is also something we can all align ourselves with and his prominence in the book helps you to find out a lot about him.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both! There are so many sections of this book that make you laugh out loud but there are also sections where you'll either be on the verge of tears or actually crying. The balance between the two is incredibly and never overstays its welcome.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was absolutely incredible! I loved it from start to finish and was entirely hooked. I'd recommend it to both veterans of the genre and anyone who's new to the genre without any hesitation at all.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Phreq L.A. 03-09-17
    Phreq L.A. 03-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A very close look at the gears that run the show business machine of Hollywood"

    I got this book for some light and entertaining reading/listening (on Audible) but found myself pulled into the story much more than I expected to be. I usually listen while driving and I would literally find myself sitting in my garage or a parking lot to finish out each chapter if I arrived at my destination too soon.
    It's a true, first hand account of life behind the Hollywood/Beverly Hills curtain but it also takes a fascinating look at the social dynamic between those with power and those who may not be perceived to have power but actually do (you'll have to get the book to understand). All in all, a very close and entertaining look at how the many gears (gears meaning everyone including celebrities) work on the inside of the big, shiny machine we all see on the outside. One man's journey framed inside the true stories of being a waiter to the rich and shameless. Highly recommended!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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  • Colin McIntosh
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    "Surprisingly Boring"

    I try not to give up on books but this was so boring after 2 hours I gave up. Wouldn't recommend

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