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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (125 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: A. E. Hotchner Narrator: A. E. Hotchner Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9780307712813
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Bestselling author A. E. Hotchner's intimate account of his 53-year friendship with his pal Paul Newman.

A. E. Hotchner first met Paul Newman in 1955 when the virtually unknown actor assumed the lead role in Hotchner’s first television play, based on an Ernest Hemingway story. The project elevated both men from relative obscurity to recognition and began a close and trusted friendship that lasted until Newman’s death in 2008.
 
In Paul and Me, Hotchner depicts a complicated, unpredictable, fun-loving, talented man, and takes the reader along on their adventures. The pair traveled extensively, skippered a succession of bizarre boats, confounded the business world, scored triumphs on the stage, and sustained their friendship through good times and bad.  Most notably, they started Newman’s Own as a prank and watched it morph into a major enterprise that so far has donated all its $300 million in profit to charities including the Hole in the Wall Camps worldwide, dedicated to helping thousands of children with life-threatening illnesses.
 
Paul and Me, complete with personal photographs, is the story of a freewheeling friendship and a tribute to the acclaimed actor who gave to the world as much as the world gave him.


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  • A tribute to Newman’s fun-loving spirit and fiscal generosity . . . . There’s not a self-righteous moment in Mr. Hotchner’s jokey, anecdotal account of their camaraderie . . . . They clearly shared a lot of good times over Budweisers and burgers, and Mr. Hotchner has the quotes and photos to prove it all . . . . The fun they had is unmistakable in these pages. The New York Times
  • "Hotchner's portrait of his pal is breezy and heartfelt. He obviously adored him. And reading his anecdotes of their high jinks together, it's easy to see why . . . . The actor's last words to him perfectly sum up their times together: 'It's been a hell of a ride.' Entertainment Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Fisher | 2/16/2014

    " Good story about 2 great friends and what they did together "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn Strauch | 2/12/2014

    " Fun book about the life of Paul Newman and his friend Hotchnik. Incredible how they started their salad dressing business and the Hole in the Wall Camp. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 2/12/2014

    " I loved this story of friendship and philanthropy. I laughed and cried. (Spoiler alert: Paul Newman dies at the end.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 1/24/2014

    " What a wonderful tribute to a good friend and a long friendship. Plus, the story behind Newman's Own is great. I'll never buy another brand of salad dressing again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 1/19/2014

    " Slight but heartfelt. But how old is Hotch? Must be pushing 90.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vicki | 1/19/2014

    " The book itself was so-so, but I really came away with a greater respect for Paul Newman and his Newman's Own brand after reading about its conception and inception. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barb | 1/14/2014

    " This was so much fun. Paul Newman was quite a funny guy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jayne Niemi | 12/1/2013

    " A better biography, because of its subject, and the fact that the writer was actually a writer who knew his subject well. Newman rocks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Camilla Whitright | 11/8/2013

    " Wonderful story about a fabulous friendship. I laughed out loud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karenclifford61 | 6/30/2013

    " A sweet retrospect of a friendship that can't be replaced. Surely Hotchner misses his buddy. and while reading I found myself smiling as much as they must've when recounting their adventures. A easy read with an emphasis on Paul being the grounded person we loved and now miss. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hardeep | 2/17/2013

    " What a great book. In this day and age, it is so nice to read a book about friendship and good deeds! PLN was quite a guy.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine | 2/1/2013

    " This collection of stories about the friendship between the writer and the movie star gave insight into a very private and shy actor. Lots of detail about the start-up of Newman's Own products and the Hole in the Wall camp. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 7/21/2012

    " What a delightful memoir of this close friendship and how they stumbled into their successful food industry which raised millions for camps for kids. We need more men like Paul and Hotch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug Vanesselstyn | 2/10/2012

    " very local will lone out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 2/1/2012

    " This has so many funny stories. You will get an interesting portrait of this unpretentious actor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 1/29/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book - loved that Paul Newman was just a regular guy who drank Bud & fished with his friend (who he called everything but his proper name) - the founded Newman's Own by mixing salad dressing in Newman's barn one Christmas. I laughed quite a bit and cried at the end.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 11/1/2011

    " Finally a fast moving biography that I could not put down! Just reinforced my love of Paul and his "unHollywoodness". His Hole in the Wall Camp is an inspiration and it was amazing to read the story of the food products that provided the funding. Good, fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 6/20/2011

    " This has so many funny stories. You will get an interesting portrait of this unpretentious actor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karenclifford61 | 3/19/2011

    " A sweet retrospect of a friendship that can't be replaced. Surely Hotchner misses his buddy. and while reading I found myself smiling as much as they must've when recounting their adventures. A easy read with an emphasis on Paul being the grounded person we loved and now miss. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine | 1/25/2011

    " This collection of stories about the friendship between the writer and the movie star gave insight into a very private and shy actor. Lots of detail about the start-up of Newman's Own products and the Hole in the Wall camp. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 12/13/2010

    " I loved this story of friendship and philanthropy. I laughed and cried. (Spoiler alert: Paul Newman dies at the end.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 9/24/2010

    " Slight but heartfelt. But how old is Hotch? Must be pushing 90.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hardeep | 8/3/2010

    " What a great book. In this day and age, it is so nice to read a book about friendship and good deeds! PLN was quite a guy.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 7/4/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book - loved that Paul Newman was just a regular guy who drank Bud & fished with his friend (who he called everything but his proper name) - the founded Newman's Own by mixing salad dressing in Newman's barn one Christmas. I laughed quite a bit and cried at the end.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 6/28/2010

    " What a wonderful tribute to a good friend and a long friendship. Plus, the story behind Newman's Own is great. I'll never buy another brand of salad dressing again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 6/15/2010

    " What a delightful memoir of this close friendship and how they stumbled into their successful food industry which raised millions for camps for kids. We need more men like Paul and Hotch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 5/7/2010

    " Fun book about the life of Paul Newman and his friend Hotchnik. Incredible how they started their salad dressing business and the Hole in the Wall Camp. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Camilla | 5/1/2010

    " Wonderful story about a fabulous friendship. I laughed out loud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 4/19/2010

    " A great, personal look at one of the great actors, and more importantly, humanitarians of our age. I'm a huge Newman fan, so I enjoyed this immensely. Your milage may vary.
    In any case, this book is sure to leave you with a new respect for the man. "

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