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Walt Disney Audiobook

Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination

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Publisher's Summary

Seven years in the making and meticulously researched - Gabler is the first writer to be given complete access to the Disney archives - this is the full story of a man whose work left an ineradicable brand on our culture but whose life has largely been enshrouded in myth.

Gabler shows us the young Walt Disney breaking free of a heartland childhood of discipline and deprivation and making his way to Hollywood. We see the visionary, whose desire for escape honed an innate sense of what people wanted to see on the screen and, when combined with iron determination and obsessive perfectionism, led him to the reinvention of animation. It was Disney, first with Mickey Mouse and then with his feature films - most notably Snow White, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, and Bambi - who transformed animation from a novelty based on movement to an art form that presented an illusion of life.

The author also reveals a wounded, lonely, and often disappointed man, who, despite worldwide success, was plagued with financial problems, suffered a nervous breakdown, and at times retreated into pitiable seclusion in his workshop, making model trains. Gabler explores accusations that Disney was a red-baiter, an anti-Semite, and an embittered alcoholic. Yet whatever his personal failings, Disney appealed to millions by demonstrating the power of wish fulfillment and the triumph of the American imagination.

©2006 Neal Gabler; (P)2006 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"Thorough...[and] engrossing." (Publishers Weekly)
"A balanced treatment of the man and his achievements, realistically assessing Disney's considerable impact and offering insight into the hidden, restless soul who constantly challenged himself." (Booklist)
"We've all been waiting for the perfect book on Walt Disney; it has finally arrived and Neal Gabler's done it. Wonderful!" (Ray Bradbury)

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    Ernesto San Ysidro, CA, United States 02-11-13
    Ernesto San Ysidro, CA, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    If you could sum up Walt Disney in three words, what would they be?

    Great narrative about a creative focused visionary


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was already a Walt Disney fan but to hear his story from youth to legend was very interesting.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    E. Johnson 12-19-12
    E. Johnson 12-19-12

    just a reader

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    "Accurate facts, lots of pop psychology"
    What did you love best about Walt Disney?

    I enjoyed hearing all the stories I have heard about the early days of Disney (plus some others) put together in a coherent whole.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it's real.


    Which character – as performed by Arthur Morey – was your favorite?

    n/a


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It makes me truly glad that I never met Walt Disney himself to let him ruin my appreciation for his work.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rhett USA 04-27-17
    Rhett USA 04-27-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Possibly best read yet..."

    I've read a lot of entrepreneurial books of late but this was so comprehensive and well written. Something every leader should read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rudy Lawley 04-08-17
    Rudy Lawley 04-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "what an incredible story."

    great narration. super interesting and inspiring. As a fan of Disney this is a must read. I just finished I might read again for a second time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    alex 04-08-17
    alex 04-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book!"

    Overall, a really good book that details the life of Walter Elias Disney is great detail. The only hangup is the performance delivered by the voiceover. He's extremely bland and monotone in his delivery. The storyline itself is exciting but the Voiceover performance bored me and I fell asleep a few times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    fred 03-28-17
    fred 03-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Extensive research"
    If you could sum up Walt Disney in three words, what would they be?

    Very well put


    What other book might you compare Walt Disney to and why?

    The Illusion of Life. Sums up Disney's work.


    What about Arthur Morey’s performance did you like?

    Very much. Very fluid, not monotone.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The introduction quote from William Blake and cryogenic story.


    Any additional comments?

    Very long, but very interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    rubesman 02-26-17
    rubesman 02-26-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A Delightful Surprise"

    I did not expect this book to be so engaging. Well written, well researched, excellent reading (it's better at 1.25 speed).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marcellis 02-02-17
    Marcellis 02-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Very thorough."

    Maybe too thorough? This biography changed my preception of both the man and his works. A very informative and personal look into Walt Disney's life. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberley 01-07-17
    Kimberley 01-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "In depth look at Disney's life"

    This was a VERY long book about Disney's life and the everlasting impact he made on his family, the public, USA society, USA politics and the entire world. There is lot of historical information and some side info I could have done without but all in all I am grateful to Disney for the change he brought to our world and that I got to listen to some of his life's events! I'm also glad I finally finished the book! lol

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kellner 12-27-16
    Kellner 12-27-16 Member Since 2013
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    "inspiring"

    great book, great man, enough said. a a a a a a a a a a 20 word minimum

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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