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How to Be Like Walt: Capturing the Disney Magic Every Day of Your Life | [Pat Williams, Jim Denney]

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

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.
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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!

    5 of 5 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.

    3 of 3 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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    "Inspiring"
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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.

    2 of 2 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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marie-Claude Ottawa, ON, Canada 05-13-15
    Marie-Claude Ottawa, ON, Canada 05-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting Disney history, hold the Jesus"
    What did you like best about How to Be Like Walt? What did you like least?

    I liked the Disney history and the anecdotes. I disliked the author's digressions into religion and personal views


    Would you recommend How to Be Like Walt to your friends? Why or why not?

    I'm sure this history can be found elsewhere without the superfluous inflections


    Did Paul Christy do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He did a great job narrating. It was very engaging


    Do you think How to Be Like Walt needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not unless Walt is unfrozen and brought back to life :)


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    Erin Spencer 04-17-15
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    "How to be like Walt"

    I loved Walt Disney before this book, but now I feel like I know him and he is one of my dear friends. I highly recommend this book to anyone, especially DISNEY fans!

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    Blind Mole 04-02-15
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    "Great insights into Walt's life"

    Really exceeded my expectations. Love how Walt Disney has such vision and "plussed" the customer experienced. He went after his goals and was a great observer of people. Inspiring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Rude Lille, France 03-02-15
    Jeff Rude Lille, France 03-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Magical"

    Great combination of Disney biography and how-to. Got many great ideas from both bio and the distillation of the meaning behind the history. Great for someone who wants to start thinking bigger and taking more risks.

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    Ray Anthony Pruitt II Charlotte, NC 01-31-15
    Ray Anthony Pruitt II Charlotte, NC 01-31-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Nice details of his life."

    Nice motivation. Narration was average, but a nice story. Nice seeing how the empire was built.

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    cajenk Mission Viejo, CA, US 01-23-15
    cajenk Mission Viejo, CA, US 01-23-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Definitely recommended"

    Best Disney Book I've listened to yet and I've listened to many of them. Enjoyable entertaining content and story. Definitely Recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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