This book is just awesome, the only reason it didn't get 5 stars is it didn't follow up on Eisner leaving Disney. As it ends he is still there, the book was released before Eisner departure. Still it's fascinating knowing the background of how he took Disney to being a major Media company.
The print version was much better as the audio edition was full of mistakes and bad edits. This was distracting to the flow of the information.
All is not Whistling While You Work in the former land of Disney. The story shows the cut throat and Machiavellian ways of many of the Disney board prominent. Although much has occurred since, it gives the reader a large piece of history of the Disney company from Ron Miller to Bob Iger (although the story precedes Iger's placement slightly). It gives insight into the Disney company's rapid growth and expansion into PG and R movies and the purchase of Family and ABC, and alludes to the corruption of power.
The narrator was fine, just the production was poor and could easily be redone to improve the book.
The rise and fall of Michael Eisner.
This is less about a war at Disney than it is a detailed (and exhaustively documented) history of Michael Eisner's time as the head of Disney, and the changes to the company and its culture that he oversaw. As an employee of the entertainment industry, I found this book very interesting, and the insider information, especially as much of it occurs in recent memory, is entertaining without being titillating. This is strictly an insider's view of the inner workings of Disney, however; what is missing is the context to put the events depicted in comparison to the workings of other entertainment companies. Fans of Disney may find this book interesting, since it explores what makes the Disney experience so distinct, and questions whether Eisner has improved that experience or not. The narration was good but not great; Lawlor's voice was more informal than I would have liked, and he seemed a bit rushed to get through the pages.
Compelling from the start till the end. Grabs you right away. A fascinating look at the behind the boardroom politics at one of the largest entertainment companies in the world....with egos to match.There were a few snafu's in the editing and performance, but they in no way took away from the story or pace.
Getting an insight in to the corporate culture.
The board meetings.
No. This was spread out during my commute to and from work.
This is good book, but it can get a little dry. You certainly start rooting for the bad guy to get his.
I loved the story and the the narrator did a great job, but the production was terrible- did no one proof this before it went out? There are numerous instances when a selection is repeated, sometimes with completely different inflection. I have never heard such a shoddy product from Audible before. It's clearly not the narrator's fault- unless, of course, he is supposed to proof this audio. As for the actual story, I have always been an admirer of Michael Eisner, but after this book, I wouldn't let him run a lemonade stand.
I would recommend this book to a Disney stock holder or a person thinking of purchasing stock. I think they need to know how crazy this good company was once run.
He isn't the best and I wouldn't listen to a book because he was reading it but it wouldn't stop me from purchasing.
An interesting story that not only delved into the history of the company, but intersected with other stories (like the Pixar elements that overlapped with the recent Steve Jobs biography). It was a captivating story that left me wanting more beyond the timeframe when the book was published in 2004.
The depiction of Michael Eisner and the believable delivery of the author when quoting him.
He sounded a lot like the real Michael Eisner and was really able to bring the hostility that was presented by the author.
No. The author dramatizes too much to which he could not have been privy and states his conclusions without attributing his sources, or justifying his opinions with unbiased information - this is not non-fiction, it's a fictionalization.
Only in as much as I will be avoiding this narrator and he does seem to be cast for quite a bit of non-fiction.
I found his accent and timbre a little too strident to be comfortable to listen to for long, but that's possibly subject. What isn't subjective is Lawlor's raging case of 'tag lag' - when a narrator allows the emotion of dialogue to continue into the tag so, " "Oh no!" she said." becomes " "Oh no," she said!" It's not a problem on occasion (though a good director aims not to let any slip through) but it's constant in this book (and probably made worse when the listener is already annoyed by the dramatization anyway.)
It would only be a MOTW and no.
I hate to say this (as someone who directed audio books for many years) but I think this book probably suffered for being made into audio :( I might have to get a print copy out of the library to see if it works better on the page than in audio - perhaps Stewart used footnotes to attribute/explain the liberties he took with dramatizations (though it should be in the main text.)
Excellent reader. I found a few facts to be inaccurate. Overall it would have been good but I kept being distracted by all of the production errors. It is as if they skipped the editing step when producing the audio.??
Yes. One of the best readers.