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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (369 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Shawn Levy Narrator: Marc Cashman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN: 9781415965993
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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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay | 2/19/2014

    " A great bio of Paul Newman. Great insight, details in to a great life without being at all trashy! A must reead for Newman & Movie fans! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack | 2/7/2014

    " It never fails when completing one of these biographies, you seem compelled to sit down and watch so many of the movies described. This bio was written without the assistance of Paul Newman or his family. Consequently it is a documented timeline of Paul Newman's world as it can be defined through newspapers, magazines, film archives, other's books and interviews that both he and his wife have given. Several of the Newman's friends and work associates were also interviewd. Not to say there weren't some interesting stories and facts that I did not know about. But the book in general read much like a "just the facts" account. And if I remember correctly that is also how I felt about the REDFORD biography I read recently. I guess I perhaps prefer an autobiography! Well, I have to go and review my film selections... see what I am missing in the Paul Newman film list! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/30/2014

    " I have always liked Paul Newman so I am interested in what this author has to tell me about his life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corey | 1/26/2014

    " Not the best written bio I've ever read but Newman is a hero of mine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott Cherney | 1/17/2014

    " Good, comprehensive study of a very conflicted actor, a man who fought his own image while embracing it at the same time. a well written work by a hometown (for me) boy, Shawn levy, film critic of The Oregonian here in Portland. Good job, sir. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle (labbie) | 1/16/2014

    " Very well researched and well written book about an American icon. Besides being a fan of his acting work, I always looked up to Paul Newman for his philanthropic accomplishments. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Faith | 1/14/2014

    " Man, I love Paul Newman, but I just couldn't do it. This author is a little TOO enamored. There's just to much awe in every. single. sentence. I can't take your biography seriously if I have no trust in your ability to tell the truth. And I don't need a page and a half of rhapsodizing about New York in the '50s. Get to the part where you're talking about your subject. Fellow readers, take it from me: if you want to read a book about Paul Newman, do yourself a favor and go read Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe Bartello | 1/10/2014

    " Never was the greatest fan but this book puts his career in perspective and overall his work is impressive. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathy | 1/9/2014

    " Not so great - makes me not like Paul Newman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Todd | 1/5/2014

    " The author covered it all...acting, philanthropy, race car driving, his perfect marriage with Joanne Woodward. He was Paul Newman. 'Nuff said. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 12/19/2013

    " Shawn Levy wrote a great book on Paul Newman!!! Love the old movie stars!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene | 12/18/2013

    " finished the bk and found that it was a story of a man who used his wealth in the single pursuit of helping others. It just made me like him even more as a man, husband father and community leader. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peg | 11/30/2013

    " More about his movie career than his personal life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/25/2013

    " I love Paul Newman, so I couldn't help but enjoy the book--though there were some things that I didn't want to know. The book was slightly disorganized, but it stuck in my head. I found myself thinking about it for days after. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 10/21/2013

    " I loved this book about this remarkable actor, man, and humanitarian. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucille | 10/12/2013

    " I learned a lot about Newman that i never knew. I didn't finish the book, because I got bogged down in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 8/8/2013

    " Fall in love all over again with a true star. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek | 5/6/2013

    " One of the better biographies I have read. Shawn Levy covers him well in all aspects of his life-professional, personal and philanthropic. Mr Newman is truely a man and actor I respect "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 8/16/2012

    " This felt like kind of a cursory review of Newman's life. Decent biography but not exceptional. Made me realize that I need to see Hud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha Swanson | 7/15/2012

    " A lot of material to get through. Not an easy read, but a thorough presentation of his life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/15/2012

    " Makes me want to see all of Paul Newman's movies. He was truly a great actor and well respected. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kay | 9/9/2011

    " This is a complete book on Newman's life. It was a little too detailed for me and I found it boring. I will give the author credit - he does stick to facts which I appreciate instead of gossip which may or may not be true. I would rate it 2 1/2 stars if they had that rating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olga | 5/28/2011

    " Ah so so book. Got bored with it. "

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

    " Good, comprehensive study of a very conflicted actor, a man who fought his own image while embracing it at the same time. a well written work by a hometown (for me) boy, Shawn levy, film critic of The Oregonian here in Portland. Good job, sir. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 2/16/2011

    " dang, newman drank a case a beer a day for 30 years "

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

    " I love Paul Newman, so I couldn't help but enjoy the book--though there were some things that I didn't want to know. The book was slightly disorganized, but it stuck in my head. I found myself thinking about it for days after. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corey | 12/9/2010

    " Not the best written bio I've ever read but Newman is a hero of mine. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathy | 11/17/2010

    " Not so great - makes me not like Paul Newman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 11/10/2010

    " Really unbiased and very well chronicled. An amazing guy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 10/26/2010

    " This felt like kind of a cursory review of Newman's life. Decent biography but not exceptional. Made me realize that I need to see Hud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 1/26/2010

    " Paul Newman wouldn't be interviewed for this book, and when he declined, so did many of his friends, so it didn't come across as very personal. Still, it was a decent recounting of his life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 1/20/2010

    " Fall in love all over again with a true star. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 12/27/2009

    " Overall, I found this book a little boring. I finally started skipping through it just to get it finished in time to return to the library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 12/15/2009

    " Shawn Levy wrote a great book on Paul Newman!!! Love the old movie stars!!!! "

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About the Author

Shawn Levy is the film critic for the Oregonian and the author of The Last PlayboyReady, Steady, Go!Rat Pack Confidential; and King of Comedy. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and three children.

About the Narrator

Marc Cashman is a three-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for audiobook narration. His voice has also been heard locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally on radio, television, film, documentaries, radio plays, and video games.