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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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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!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Great stories, good biography, too preachy.

I've always been a Walt Disney enthusiast but I learned and heard so many new stories and history in this book it never got old. It's a great biography relating to Walt Disney's character and mannerisms. I loved hearing the stories of Walt Disney's values and work ethic. The only part I didn't like was the constant talk of religion. I don't mind hearing about Walt's religious views and values, but most of the time it came off as straight up preachy. In one part of the book, there's a whole five minute bible thumping tangent that doesn't even mention Walt Disney. This became repetitive and got old pretty fast. I would have rather heard more stories about Walt's work ethic and stories about the various projects he worked on. Overall I enjoyed the book and thought it was very insightful and informational about the man behind the mouse.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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. <br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>

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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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it'll do

the story of Walt's life and the anecdotes and research was well put together. the only problem I had with this book was the authors repeated need to highlight anything Walt did positively in his life with his, the authors, personal beliefs in Christianity. Walter Elias Disney was a spiritual man and did not believe in organized religion and the need to go to church to prove you were a good person. he understood that a personal belief is just that, a personal belief. he was a true utopian believing that all Humanity should be able to coexist no matter your race, religion, sexual orientation, Financial class, and so on. you just needed to be a good person with a strong moral conviction and willingness to help others. it is a great book and Walt was a phenomenal man but please keep your views of God away from Walter Disney.

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Story interesting lessons dull.

Fascinating bio but the lessons are dull and pedantic and interrupt the flow of the narrative

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What a legend!!

This book is a great mix of Disney history, autobiography and a deep dive into what made Walt Disney the great legend he will always be!

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Walt Disney....A True Gift from God.

May the lessons of Walt's life inspire us all to do our share to make this world a better place; may all the dreams God has planted in your heart come to pass. God bless.

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Walt's Interesting - The Book's Rough

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The book starts from a position of idolizing Disney. That's a fine conclusion to come to, but it feels like propaganda throughout. A more balanced narrative would be nice.In terms of production: there is nearly a whole chapter that repeats in the middle of the book. How that got missed in editing, I don't know, but it's very confusing and disruptive as you have to skip ahead, without knowing how far you actually need to skip.

What aspect of Paul Christy’s performance would you have changed?

The narration felt like what you might get for a 30-second documentary or news reel. It was a bit hard to keep focused on that style of narration through a whole book.

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

I'd see a movie about Walt. I would not see a movie based on this book specifically.

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Great Story and Life of Walt Disney

I highly recommend this uplifting and inspiring book. 1 person's life can make a difference

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  • Mr. R. Butler
  • 03-12-17

A wonderful tribute to a world changing man

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It reveals so much of the magic behind Disney the man and Disney the company, he really is an inspirational man that we should be like

What did you like best about this story?

Stories about Mary Poppins

Which scene did you most enjoy?

A scene where walt disney grants a wish for a dying boy

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

I wanted to, but it is so long that I enjoyed it in lots of sittings whilst driving, I stopped listening for a while when I knew I had 30 minutes left as I didn't want it to finish, really loved the book

Any additional comments?

If you love Disney then definitely listen

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  • tommy jackson
  • 07-22-16

for disney fans

if your like me and love all thing disney this is for you, the teaching and lifestyle choices of walt disney will make you think about how you can look at thing with in your life.
my only criticism for this book is that it goes on about God quite a bit I don't mind it so much but I'm not a Christian and walt disney was and it's a book about him so it's not so bad

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  • Miss A L TAYLOR
  • 09-25-15

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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  • Adam
  • 03-27-17

Enjoyable Listen

Great learn about someone I have only ever know as something. The humble beginnings of the Disney empire.

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  • Richard
  • 03-25-17

Good as a biography but too much Bible bashing!

Excellent as a biography, but towards the end it feels like you're in Sunday school. Waaaay too much religion, which really spoilt it for me.

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  • Megan Gallagher
  • 01-27-17

Amazingly well researched!

Loved this book so much and the narrator was fantastic! Just didn't like all of the preaching in the last chapter!

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  • Bill
  • 02-10-16

excellent

loved it ,...................... . . . . . . . . . . . . .,"' % % & + # @ - y

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