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How to Be Like Walt Audiobook

How to Be Like Walt: Capturing the Disney Magic Every Day of Your Life

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Publisher's Summary

An inspiring biography of one of the most influential and beloved figures of the 21st century, based on more than 1,000 interviews.

How to Be Like is a "character biography" series: biographies that also draw out important lessons from the life of their subjects. In this new book - by far the most exhaustive in the series - Pat Williams tackles one of the most influential people in recent history.

While many recent biographies of Walt Disney have reveled in the negative, this audiobook takes an honest but positive look at the man behind the myth. For the first time, the book pulls together all the various strands of Disney's life into one straightforward, easy-to-listen-to tale of imagination, perseverance, and optimism. Far from a preachy or oppressive tome, this audiobook scrapes away the minutiae to capture the true magic of a brilliant maverick.

©2004 Pat Williams (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"How to Be Like Walt is a fitting tribute to Walt's memory and an important contribution to the Disney legacy . . . Now more than ever, we need people with the qualities Walt had: optimism, imagination, creativity, leadership, integrity, courage, boldness, perseverance, commitment to excellence, reverence for the past, hope for tomorrow, and faith in God." Art Linkletter

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    Dorrence NASHVILLE, TN, United States 12-31-13
    Dorrence NASHVILLE, TN, United States 12-31-13 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the best books I've heard yet!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I didn't know anything about Walt Disney when I started this book. Now I'm an admirer and big fan. This work brought Walt to life for me and I highly recommend it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The lessons from Walt's life that can be applied to anyone's life.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Christy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this was my first.


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

    No tears, but I have been running it through my mind and discussing it with friends every since.


    Any additional comments?

    We all can be dreamers and imagineers!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Adam 04-27-16
    Adam 04-27-16
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    "Great stories, good biography, too preachy."

    I've always been a Walt Disney enthusiast but I learned and heard so many new stories and history in this book it never got old. It's a great biography relating to Walt Disney's character and mannerisms. I loved hearing the stories of Walt Disney's values and work ethic. The only part I didn't like was the constant talk of religion. I don't mind hearing about Walt's religious views and values, but most of the time it came off as straight up preachy. In one part of the book, there's a whole five minute bible thumping tangent that doesn't even mention Walt Disney. This became repetitive and got old pretty fast. I would have rather heard more stories about Walt's work ethic and stories about the various projects he worked on. Overall I enjoyed the book and thought it was very insightful and informational about the man behind the mouse.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    daniel s edwards portland, me United States 08-01-14
    daniel s edwards portland, me United States 08-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A biography. Good, rare interviews."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Be warned: It's more of a biography than the "self-help" book it sounds like front he title, but I think that's for the best. In fact, the only parts that I felt dragged, were when Williams feels the need to summarize and reiterate the bullet points of Walt's life. That's when it feels like a self-help book, and cheapens it as a serious biography, in my opinion.

    This book has a lot to recommend for both casual readers and more serious studiers of Walt. Pat Williams has talked to many people, and there are tidbits I'd never come across in any other books. Just for that, I'd recommend it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a thoroughly researched book, and while it sometimes feels like it puts Walt up on a pedestal, I'd say that can be expected from the title. Mostly, I just love all the cool anecdotes Williams pulled from former studio employees, friends, and their children.


    What didn’t you like about Paul Christy’s performance?

    Christy gives it his all, it's just a bit further into the Casey Kasem school than I enjoy. The book sounds like a really long radio dedication. He also mispronounces some things, like WED Enterprises.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't love that Williams felt the need to insert his own beliefs into the book so much. A Christian, Pat Williams has chosen to indicate all of the places in which Walt's life dovetails with his own spiritual choices. Religion is not something I disagree with, but the connection to Walt feels tenuous, or at LEAST speculative, like Williams is ascribing his own beliefs onto Walt's life.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Livermore, CA, United States 07-30-13
    Kelly Livermore, CA, United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2011

    Part time artist - Like to listen to audiobooks when I am working and creating.

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    This is a great learning book on how to be successful. If you are a fan of self-improvement and would like to learn more about success or just like reading about successful people, This is a great book. Especially if you are an artist or a creative person this was a man who had a HUGE vision. The performance was along the lines of other biographys or self improvement. It didn't put me to sleep but it wasn't super special either.All that being said, I will definately listen to this again next time with a journal to take notes.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel 07-15-15
    Daniel 07-15-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing!"

    Hands down, this is the best Audiobook i have ever listened to. Walt Disney was an amazing man!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jon V. Nadelberg 09-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A bit preachy, but still good"

    The book was a bit too religious in parts, but that's who the author is. I've read several books about Disney, and this one, even with the religious overtones, is very good. There are many quotes here that I have not read elsewhere.

    It's well worth a listen, if you are interested in the subject.

    As a self-help book...it's a bit silly. Get it for the well-researched subject matter, and skip past the handy life tips.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frank 07-21-16
    Frank 07-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "WALT DISNEY WAS THE BEST!"

    I really enjoyed learning more about Walt Disney. He was truly amazing. I've learned many awesome techniques to use in my daily life from reading this book. I definitely feel I'm more like Walt today than I was yesterday
    Thank you Walt E. Disney. God Bless

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    Vs 06-16-16
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    "Best yet biography of Walt!"

    This is the best ever biography of Walt. the author really researched to get to the bottom of the story. no speculation here. great job Pat Williams. "that will work"!

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    Dave 06-15-16
    Dave 06-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the best and most complete stories of Walt"

    I loved listening to it each day during my long commute to and from work. I have always been interested in the life and work of Walt Disney, and as time goes by, I get more and more compelled to know about the legendary creative powers of Walt. This book provides insight to all facets of Walt's personality, and also gives an appropriate history of his relevant life events. It is wonderful to hear about the compassion and down-to-earth actions of a man who kept his mind in the clouds. I thoroughly recommend this book. The only thing I felt a little bit off put at first was the strong religious overtones that felt injected by the writer, but I accepted it over time and do believe that it may fall in line with Walt's own ideological beliefs. Regardless, it is worth your time and it will inspire you to be a better version of yourself and strive to make your dreams into realities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DW 06-09-16
    DW 06-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "incredible"

    do not listen before going to sleep. you'll stay up all night inspired .. goosebumps up the wzoo

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • tommy jackson
    england
    7/22/16
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    "for disney fans"

    if your like me and love all thing disney this is for you, the teaching and lifestyle choices of walt disney will make you think about how you can look at thing with in your life.
    my only criticism for this book is that it goes on about God quite a bit I don't mind it so much but I'm not a Christian and walt disney was and it's a book about him so it's not so bad

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bill
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    2/10/16
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    loved it ,...................... . . . . . . . . . . . . .,"' % % & + # @ - y

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss A L TAYLOR
    9/25/15
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    "An incredible life and an example to us all!"

    I throughly enjoyed this and was gripped from start to finish! I read a lot of books on positive thinking and entrepreneurship and the list of recommendations in that category rarely changes. This was an off the wall choice recommended to me by a friend and it smashed them all out of the park! What a gift this man was to our world, gone too soon but an amazing legacy. Well done Pat Williams and Jim Denney - I just bought two paperback copies as gifts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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