I don't write book reports.
The biography on "Walt Disney" by Neal Gabler is tedious, dull, and boring. I was expecting more of Mr. Disney's life and the magic kingdom, but too much detail on the business, going broke, and the making of Snow White. I almost couldn't finish this book because there were too many footnotes after footnotes. I bought the wrong book because I learned nothing on the creator, other than being a tyrant. It was like waiting in line and being disappointed with the ride.
Great narrative about a creative focused visionary
I was already a Walt Disney fan but to hear his story from youth to legend was very interesting.
I enjoyed hearing all the stories I have heard about the early days of Disney (plus some others) put together in a coherent whole.
That it's real.
It makes me truly glad that I never met Walt Disney himself to let him ruin my appreciation for his work.
There is a tremendous amount of pop psychology in this book. There's nothing that Walt Disney ever did that Gabler can't come up with some dark psychological reason for, as opposed to just letting the reader/listener figure out motivations for themselves. Sometimes we just need to accept that people do things because it seems like the right thing at the time.
There is no way around this: this is the definitive biography on Walt Disney. The only issue that I had with it was getting mired in minutia. Nevertheless, after reading this you will have a full understanding of the man. The miss will melt away, and present itself not for the façade that some plain it is, but for the single part it plays in the life of a multifaceted person.
Growing up on Pinocchio, Davy Crockett, Lady & The Tramp, Peter Pan, The Mickey Mouse Club, etc, etc., I knew Walt Disney aka "Uncle Walt" was very special person but I had no idea of the devastating lows he had to soldier through on the road to his many stunning achievements A lesser person would have given up
This is a careful and comprehensive study of Walt Disney's life from beginning to end. Well researched and well-written it shows Walt in all his facets. Neal Gabler is objective, not fawning or hypercritical, and his work makes for a fascinating story of a true American genius!
PS: The narrator, Arthur Morey, was easy to listen to and his low key style did not get in the way of the words.
I kept wondering how long this book could be, and when would it ever end. I dragged the last five hours of audio out for weeks, because at that point; I didn't want it to ever end.
this is a very detailed great book that shows despite his dysfunction in life or obstacles his tenacity and drive propelled him to amazing Heights.
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