• A Mouse Divided

  • How Ub Iwerks Became Forgotten, and Walt Disney Became Uncle Walt
  • By: Jeff Ryan
  • Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 07-03-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (46 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Almost everything you know about Mickey Mouse is wrong: He wasn’t Disney’s first star; Steamboat Willie wasn’t his first movie; Mickey wasn’t a nice guy - and Walt Disney didn’t invent him.

In 1928, two very different best friends invented Mickey Mouse. And the success tore them apart. Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks’ friendship is a story of betrayal, love, war, money, power, tragedy, intrigue, humor, despair, and hope. You’ll love them both - when you don’t want to drop anvils on their heads. Discover the men behind the mouse and the mystery behind the magic. 

A Mouse Divided is a stirring depiction of two underdogs. One invented Mickey Mouse - and one said he did. You’ll love Walt Disney more than you ever thought possible - until you don’t. And you’ll sympathize with Walt’s friend-turned-rival Ub Iwerks, always in Walt’s shadow. 

This true story of how the Disney empire was made is a captivating, addictive listen, endlessly fascinating and revealing. And it’s never been fully told - until now.

©2018 Jeff Ryan (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"This is a fascinating story about the early years of what would become the Disney empire. Walt's a big part of it, but others - particularly Ub Iwerks - played critical roles, which are thoroughly explored in this breezily readable book. Disney fanatics - you know who you are - will love it." (Dave Barry)

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And they all lived happily ever after... Not quite.

Wow... Just when you thought you knew a seemingly public story it's amazing how little we often know. In full disclosure I am a complete Disney fan (heck, in my youth I worked at Disneyland and still live only minutes away), but I found myself completely captivated by this Disney story that has been lost to time and propaganda. Given my lack of familiarity with Ub's story, at first I thought this story was going to be yet another story of the genius of Walt Disney ...but as the complex relationship between Walt and Ub unfolded (often seemingly reflected in the personalities of the characters they created), it became very much a story of an inconvenient truth that never quite fit the narration that Walt wanted to present to the world. Despite the human drama between these visionary men, this is an excellent exploration into the early history and art of animation. The narration of JD Jackson is utilitarian but not outstanding. Given the very dry monologue, this felt like and audio version of a Ken Burns documentary. However, the fascinating seldom told story held my attention with little distraction.

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  • Robert
  • Lakeside, Ca United States
  • 10-07-18

Needs more Ub

Not as much about Ub Iwerks as I had hoped. its much more Disney focused than I would have thought.

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A love letter to Walt, Mickey and the indefatigable Ub!

Don’t be fooled by the first few lines. This is NOT a ‘hatchet job’, but rather a reasoned and researched look at two very different men and the character — and company — they created.

There are a lot of interesting anecdotes, little known facts and some genuinely beautiful writing. A great read for Disney fans looking to dig a little deeper!

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Interesting historical picture

This was very interesting! The history was very insightful. I wish I could hug Ub Iworks! He's a very notable man. I'm grateful for the Disneys and what they did for my childhood as well as many others. It was fun googling each episode that was talked about especially the ones that were not popular like Flip the frog.

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Very Interesting Listen!!!

If you are a Disney fan, or just interested in the history of companies that are successful, this is for you. It gives you insight on how compromise and copying brought about a company that's unstoppable. Walt Disney was just like the other successful people in business, full of ego but very capable. Its also interesting to hear that Walt really wanted to have live action movies first before cartoons. If he was alive now I think he would be very happy with where they arrived.

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Not even a big Disney fan likes it...

If you have a even a passing interest in Disney and enjoy history, this is a great book. The narrator is pleasant enough and the content actually quite intriguing. I found myself discussing the content with others. I would recommend the listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-15-18

Fascinating!

An enthralling story of hardships, resilience, betrayal and the ultimate success of Mickey. Who was his father? Perhaps this question is not as important as the creative spirit that gave him life and the wonderful optimism he represents. Highly recommended to all Mickey lovers and anyone in business.