We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Wisdom of Walt Audiobook

The Wisdom of Walt: Leadership Lessons from the Happiest Place on Earth

Regular Price:$19.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Put Walt to Work for You

How do you go from dreaming of a theme park to building one? Walt Disney laid the blueprint. Learn how he did it, and how his wisdom can guide you toward achieving the things that you dream of.

The experts told Walt it'd never work. A giant theme park, where parents and children could play together? Crazy! So Walt put all of his money into this crazy dream of his. He put his reputation on the line. Anyone else would have quit, discouraged and disillusioned, but Walt built Disneyland. How did he go from dreaming to doing? And how can you do the same, no matter what your goal?

In The Wisdom of Walt, Professor Jeffrey Barnes distills Walt Disney's vision, his knowledge, and his methods into a series of actionable lessons. Through historical vignettes about Disneyland, as well as plentiful examples and exercises, Barnes creates a framework through which you can apply Walt's wisdom to improve your career, your company, and your life.

Learn to:

  • Listen to your "Walter ego" and start trusting yourself
  • Go "beyond the berm" with the secrets of Disneyland's success
  • Make a "Main Street impression" on everyone you meet
  • Create "E-ticket experiences" that keep them coming back for more

    WITH THE WISDOM OF WALT, YOUR SUCCESS IS JUST A DREAM AWAY!

    ©2015 Jeffrey A. Barnes (P)2015 Jeffrey A. Barnes

  • What Members Say

    Average Customer Rating

    4.7 (28 )
    5 star
     (22)
    4 star
     (4)
    3 star
     (1)
    2 star
     (1)
    1 star
     (0)
    Overall
    4.6 (28 )
    5 star
     (22)
    4 star
     (3)
    3 star
     (2)
    2 star
     (0)
    1 star
     (1)
    Story
    4.7 (28 )
    5 star
     (21)
    4 star
     (6)
    3 star
     (1)
    2 star
     (0)
    1 star
     (0)
    Performance
    Sort by:
    •  
      Chris Malek 06-11-16
      Chris Malek 06-11-16
      HELPFUL VOTES
      2
      ratings
      REVIEWS
      1
      1
      FOLLOWERS
      FOLLOWING
      0
      0
      Overall
      Performance
      Story
      "Please listen to this audiobook from Jeff Barnes"

      Jeff Barnes audiobook version of "The Wisdom of Walt" is truly inspirational and thought provoking. The book (and audiobook) is easy to understand and follow along with.
      Soooo many interesting Disney facts and tidbits intertwined with great stories from Jeff's personal experiences.
      I HIGHLY recommend this book (and audiobook)!!

      2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    •  
      Sam USA 04-18-16
      Sam USA 04-18-16
      HELPFUL VOTES
      28
      ratings
      REVIEWS
      29
      29
      FOLLOWERS
      FOLLOWING
      2
      0
      Overall
      Performance
      Story
      "Great Lessons"

      I really enjoyed listening to this book and was engaged straight away - because of the subject matter and the performance. The principles put forth in the book are original and give a lot of food for thought. I would wholeheartedly recommend listening to this book over reading it as Al's voice adds so much more than if you read it yourself!

      2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    •  
      Basil Sands 12-18-15
      Basil Sands 12-18-15
      HELPFUL VOTES
      22
      ratings
      REVIEWS
      155
      11
      FOLLOWERS
      FOLLOWING
      0
      0
      Overall
      Performance
      Story
      "Excellent and Insipiring"
      What did you like best about this story?

      A well written, and well spoken, inspirational book that encourages us to go for our dreams, even if others think we're crazy. Great information about Walt, but even better is the connection the writer makes to the listener by turning Disney (both the park and the man) into much more than just a theme park.


      What about Al Kessel’s performance did you like?

      Perfect match of voice and text. Al's voice is excellent and very well suited to the material.


      1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    •  
      J. Gonz Roch. NY 09-27-16
      J. Gonz Roch. NY 09-27-16 Member Since 2016
      ratings
      REVIEWS
      2
      1
      Overall
      Performance
      Story
      "Engaging and thought provoking"

      I enjoyed the connection between leadership a passion of mine and Walt Disney a man I admire. I was able to reflect and be inspired by Walt Disney's work. The analogies of the host of Disney land to Leadership allowed me to access learning in a "fun" way.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
    •  
      Mark Bowser 08-23-16
      Mark Bowser 08-23-16 Member Since 2008

      Mark E. Bowser

      HELPFUL VOTES
      2
      ratings
      REVIEWS
      17
      8
      FOLLOWERS
      FOLLOWING
      0
      0
      Overall
      Performance
      Story
      "Awesome book! Get it now!"

      I really enjoyed "The Wisdom of Walt." You get the joy of Disney and the history of how it came to be, plus some great success lessons to go with it. Great job!

      Mark Bowser
      Author of "Jesus, Take the Wheel" & "Sales Success"

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
    •  
      Amazon Customer 07-26-16
      ratings
      REVIEWS
      1
      1
      Overall
      Performance
      Story
      "GET THIS BOOK! IT'S ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!"
      What made the experience of listening to The Wisdom of Walt the most enjoyable?

      This is an ABSOLUTE MUST READ/LISTEN for anyone interested in Walt Disney, Disneyland, and personal development. Walt once said, “Of all the things I’ve ever done, I’d like to be remembered as a storyteller”. Dr. Jeff Barnes does an EXCELLENT job emulating Walt’s example as a storyteller: about Walt, Disneyland, and his own trials and triumphs with themes we all can relate to: “work, family, childhood, success, failure, and love”.

      Jeff shares his extensive knowledge about the history of Disneyland (he has a Ph.D. in history and created a college course on the topic!) through stories that grab your attention, stimulate your curiosity, and bring you to the edge of your seat in anticipation. Furthermore, his ability to translate these stories into inspiring life lessons is AMAZING!

      While going through the book, you feel like Jeff is taking you on a personal tour of Disneyland, pointing out interesting facts that you might not have ever known (Did you know Doritos were invented at Disneyland?!). Jeff helps you to see the park (and your LIFE) in a brand new way! Walt said, “I would rather entertain and hope people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained”. Well, now you don’t have to choose. With The Wisdom of Walt, by Jeff Barnes, you can be entertained and educated all at the same time!


      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
    •  
      sweete13 06-23-16
      sweete13 06-23-16 Member Since 2014
      ratings
      REVIEWS
      30
      2
      Overall
      Performance
      Story
      "Excellent, Entertaining and informative"

      The author does an amazing job of telling the story of Walt Disney / Disneyland and of teaching us lessons learned not only by Walt's successes and failures but also by his own. While the subject matter is fun and entertaining the lessons ring with truth and wisdom. You couldn't ask for a more amusing experience.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
    •  
      ronald 06-20-16
      ronald 06-20-16 Member Since 2016
      ratings
      REVIEWS
      24
      1
      Overall
      Performance
      Story
      "Great book"
      Would you consider the audio edition of The Wisdom of Walt to be better than the print version?

      Yes far better.


      Would you recommend The Wisdom of Walt to your friends? Why or why not?

      Yes. If you love Disney like I do this is a must listen. The narration is top notch and a joy to listen to.


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

      Al Kessel's work is always outstanding and a joy to listen to. I am looking forward to further readings by him.


      If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

      There is more Disneyland than meets the eye.


      Any additional comments?

      I thought that I knew almost everything there was about Walt and Disneyland but I was surprised to her some new and interesting facts. The narration wear great and I truly enjoyed my time listening to this book. It was like I was talking to an old friend.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
    •  
      peter P. 06-07-16
      peter P. 06-07-16
      HELPFUL VOTES
      1
      ratings
      REVIEWS
      1
      1
      FOLLOWERS
      FOLLOWING
      0
      0
      Overall
      Performance
      Story
      "Very enjoyable and informative"

      Being a Disney crazed fan, I loved hearing the stories. Now to put the lessons into practice. Thank you Jeff for helping give me to tools to make myself a more successful paramedic and person.

      1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    •  
      S. Franklin 04-27-16
      S. Franklin 04-27-16

      scarlette barbie

      HELPFUL VOTES
      5
      ratings
      REVIEWS
      137
      13
      FOLLOWERS
      FOLLOWING
      0
      0
      Overall
      Performance
      Story
      "The Wisdom of a Great Teacher!!!!"

      Jeffrey Barnes , the author of this awesome book is one of those Teachers that everyone fights for a spot in his class. He's inventive, insightful, & not afraid to try something new! His review of Walt Disney was delightful & I learned so much! I would love to visit Disneyland and experience it for myself. I would also love to take his class. I don't think he would want to come to Alabama. I thought I knew a lot about WDW & the history behind it but he has me beat by far. You will enjoy reading this book if you like or love anything about Walt, Mickey, or Disneyland,

      🎵Who's the leader of the class that's made for you & me, J.E.F.R.E.Y.🎵 B.A.R.N.S...🎵.....fForever let Us Hold Our Banner High..🏳...Come Along & Sing🎵 Our Song And Join Our Jamboree 🎪.. J.E.F.R.E.Y🎵....B.A.R.N.S.......Yeah Jeffrey!!!!🏳🚩🏳🚩

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
    Sort by:
    • J. Carter
      U.K.
      12/23/15
      Overall
      Performance
      Story
      "Unusual tale of success"
      Would you consider the audio edition of The Wisdom of Walt to be better than the print version?

      I haven't read the print version


      What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wisdom of Walt?

      The success principles, refreshingly like nothing you've ever read in other books about following your dreams or success.


      What does Al Kessel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

      Al doesn't get in the way of the story, allowing you to interpret it for yourself.


      If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

      Walt's surprising secrets to success


      Any additional comments?

      Really got into this book & enjoyed listening.

      I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful

    Report Inappropriate Content

    If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

    Cancel

    Thank you.

    Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.