Waiter to the Rich and Shameless

  • by Paul Hartford
  • Narrated by James Patrick Cronin
  • 10 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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

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- Steve Horwitz

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.
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- Jacob

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-10-2017
  • Publisher: Audible Studios