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How to Be Like Walt Audiobook

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!

    6 of 6 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.

    4 of 4 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.

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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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    Jeremy 12-26-15
    Jeremy 12-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Comprehensive"
    Where does How to Be Like Walt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was well spoken, the speed is slightly slow, I listened to the whole book at 1.25x speed.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the most comprehensive biography's i have ever encountered in my life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jacob 11-25-15
    Jacob 11-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    A great look into Walt's life, outlook, and his life philosophy. There is much we can learn about how to live life gom Walt Disney and this book definitely helps guide you; however, I could have done without the biblical messages. Walt was a spiritual man and the author uses this to occasionally go off on his own mini sermon. Regardless, I still loved it and even got misty eyed when the author wrote about Walt' s death

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    Amazon Customer Austin 11-23-15
    Amazon Customer Austin 11-23-15
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    "Now I Know What to Do"
    If you could sum up How to Be Like Walt in three words, what would they be?

    Enlightening, entertaining, empowering


    What other book might you compare How to Be Like Walt to and why?

    I've never read anything like it.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Christy – was your favorite?

    Walt


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

    No tears, yes laughter. Mostly musing laughter. Surprised scoffs.


    Any additional comments?

    I really want to be like Walt. I'm so disappointed we've let his Epcot dream die, especially as a professional innovation strategist - a city of experimentation and rapid prototyping would have been incredible. Expensive, yes. But worth every cent. And I will never smoke cigarettes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dustin Walton, KY, United States 10-21-15
    Dustin Walton, KY, United States 10-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Really interesting book"

    I really enjoyed this book. The narrator was great and it really summed up Walt's life well. It was a great story of Walt. My only minor complaint is there were a couple times where I felt like the author was delivering a come to Jesus message. Outside of that though, it's a great book.

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    Alex 08-25-15
    Alex 08-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Dull, disorganized, repetitive"

    I got three hours in and couldn't bear it any longer. Given the amazing subject material, this book is wildly dull and repetitive. Much of the material is made up of short, generic quotes about Disney & makes such a clunky attempt at telling his story. Story lines are often interrupted for ten minutes of random quotes & what sometimes seems like lectures. Where is the magic? I am on the lookout for a different Disney bio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Think and grow Rich 08-08-15
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    "Loved it!!"

    I've admired Walt Disney ever since I was a little girl. His work was an inspiration to my career. But I've never read a more interesting Disney's biography than this. Such a well-told story. Strongly recommend.

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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.

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