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DisneyWar Audiobook

DisneyWar

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Publisher's Summary

Once upon a time, one man ruled America's greatest entertainment company. This is the untold story of his triumphs and failures, and of the revolt that cost him his kingdom.

"When You Wish Upon a Star", "Whistle While You Work", "The Happiest Place on Earth", these are lyrics indelibly linked to Disney, one of the most admired and best-known companies in the world. So when Roy Disney, chairman of Walt Disney Animation and nephew of founder Walt Disney, abruptly resigned in November 2003 and declared war on chairman and chief executive Michael Eisner, he sent shock waves through the entertainment industry, corporate boardrooms, theme parks, and living rooms around the world, everywhere that Disney does business and its products are cherished.

DisneyWar is the breathtaking, dramatic inside story of what drove America's best-known entertainment company to civil war, told by one of our most acclaimed writers and reporters.

Here, too, is the creative process that lies at the heart of Disney, from the making of The Lion King to Pirates of the Caribbean. Even as the executive suite has been engulfed in turmoil, Disney has worked, and sometimes clashed, with a glittering array of stars, directors, designers, artists, and producers, many of whom tell their stories here for the first time.

Stewart describes how Eisner lost his chairmanship and why he felt obliged to resign as CEO, effective 2006. No other book so thoroughly penetrates the secretive world of the corporate boardroom. DisneyWar is an enthralling tale of one of America's most powerful media and entertainment companies, the people who control it, and those trying to overthrow them.

DisneyWar is an epic achievement. In its sudden twists, its vivid, larger-than-life characters, and its thrilling climax, it tells a story that might itself have been the subject of a Disney animated classic, except that it's all true.

©2005 James B. Stewart; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Stewart has an astonishing story to tell. His notable accomplishment is that he tells it so well. The book is hypnotically absorbing." (Publishers Weekly)

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    J. C. Orthoefer 08-13-13
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    "The Eisner Years"

    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.

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    Kenneth Perryville, MD, United States 08-13-13
    Kenneth Perryville, MD, United States 08-13-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story, but bad editing."
    Would you consider the audio edition of DisneyWar to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was fine, just the production was poor and could easily be redone to improve the book.


    If you could give DisneyWar a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The rise and fall of Michael Eisner.


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    John SIERRA MADRE, CA, United States 06-14-13
    John SIERRA MADRE, CA, United States 06-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Provocative title, but the story is less so"

    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.

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    Ken PHENIX CITY, AL, United States 05-29-13
    Ken PHENIX CITY, AL, United States 05-29-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "Great book. Don't be put off by the perfectionists"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    Highly recommend

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    David United States 05-24-13
    David United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Good book about Disney's culture"
    What made the experience of listening to DisneyWar the most enjoyable?

    Getting an insight in to the corporate culture.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Good story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The board meetings.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. This was spread out during my commute to and from work.


    Any additional comments?

    This is good book, but it can get a little dry. You certainly start rooting for the bad guy to get his.

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    P 05-13-13
    P 05-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story, awful production"

    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.

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    Michael P. Markley 03-27-13
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    "The Insanity"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare DisneyWar to and why?

    None other.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Patrick Lawlor?

    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.


    If you could give DisneyWar a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The Insanity


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    J FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA, United States 03-25-13
    J FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Corporate Politics of the Happiest Place on Earth"
    What made the experience of listening to DisneyWar the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of DisneyWar?

    The depiction of Michael Eisner and the believable delivery of the author when quoting him.


    What does Patrick Lawlor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He sounded a lot like the real Michael Eisner and was really able to bring the hostility that was presented by the author.


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    DarcyB Melbourne, Australia 07-20-12
    DarcyB Melbourne, Australia 07-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Too much dramatization, poorly produced"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    Has DisneyWar turned you off from other books in this genre?

    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.


    What aspect of Patrick Lawlor’s performance would you have changed?

    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.)


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It would only be a MOTW and no.


    Any additional comments?

    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.)

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    P. Adlfinger 06-02-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Horrible Production"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.??


    Would you be willing to try another one of Patrick Lawlor???s performances?

    Yes. One of the best readers.


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