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To Pixar and Beyond Audiobook

To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History

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Publisher's Summary

An Amazon best book of 2016 in BUSINESS & LEADERSHIP

The never-before-told story of Pixar's improbable success.

"Hi, Lawrence?" the caller asked. "This is Steve Jobs. I saw your picture in a magazine a few years ago and thought we'd work together someday."

After Steve Jobs was unceremoniously dismissed from Apple, he turned his attention to a little-known graphics art company that he owned called Pixar.

One day, out of the blue, Jobs called Lawrence Levy, a Harvard-trained lawyer and Silicon Valley executive to whom he had never spoken before, in the hope of persuading Levy to help him get Pixar on the right track.

What Levy found in Pixar was a company on the verge of failure. To Pixar and Beyond is the extraordinary story of what happened next: How Levy, working closely with Jobs and the Pixar team, produced and implemented a highly improbable roadmap that transformed the sleepy graphics art studio into one of Hollywood's greatest success stories.

Set in the worlds of Silicon Valley and Hollywood, the book takes listeners inside Pixar, Disney, law firms, and investment banks. It provides an up-close, first-hand account of Pixar's stunning ascent, how it took risks, Levy's enduring collaboration and friendship with Jobs, and how Levy came to see in Pixar deeper parallels that apply to all aspects of our lives.

©2016 Lawrence Levy (P)2016 Audiobooks.com Publishing

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    Emielke 04-22-17
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    Lovely insight into the beginning days of Pixar. Insightful with heart. Pleasant narration to listen to.

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    HouseOfRoos 04-13-17
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    "Inspirational"

    I loved this book and wish it kept going. Lawrence is a phenomenal story teller that inspired me in business, creativity and personel development.

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    @ChrisRising 11-17-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Great read, really enjoyed this window into Pixar and Steve Jobs"

    Loved this book, well written and great audio performance.

    Some interesting stories about how Pixar was built, the issues it overcame and how they create magic.

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    Henrik Westerlin (HkWe) 06-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    I hadn't expected such a topic could be that captivating!
    Great story, excellently and emphatically captured.

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    S. Shelton 05-27-17
    S. Shelton 05-27-17

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    "Interesting"

    The book was very well written and the story was great . . . however it was more about the financial details of the company from its inception until it was sold to Disney. I would have enjoyed a different spin on the story of Pixar, however through this point of view the story was told about the constant up hill battle of all aspects of this fabulous company, even at times struggling to make payroll.

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    Matthew 02-24-17
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    "Simply amazing!"

    One of the best books I have ever read. You will not regret this decision!

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    Damian Amamoo MINNEAPOLIS, MN, US 11-20-16
    Damian Amamoo MINNEAPOLIS, MN, US 11-20-16
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    "Fascinating, informative, compulsory listening"

    Highly recommended for anyone interested in film, animation, entertainment, Hollywood, dealmaking, IPO, leadership and Steve Jobs.

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    GameMaker Portland, OR USA 02-08-17
    GameMaker Portland, OR USA 02-08-17 Member Since 2012

    Mainly a sci-fi, and fantasy junkie who also enjoys horror, whodunnits, and books about animals and sports. I'm also an amateur filmmaker.

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    "Focuses Exclusively On Financials"

    This is a book written by the ex-Pixar CFO, and not surprisingly he writes about what he knows, namely, the financial challenges that he guided Pixar through during the early(ish) years.

    Unless you are really fascinated by creating business plans, stock options, financial negotations, financial modelling and projections, and such things, you'd be much better off with pretty much any of the other pixar books. The other books focus much more on the people, technology, and movie-making, where this one is mostly just the financials.

    Bronson Pinchot was a very unusual choice as the reader of such a book, but he does a reasonable job. Not great, but not as bad as I had feared. Overall it's a pretty boring book.

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    "Surprisingly fluid"

    It has been a marvelous performance. The story is simple, no grandiose dramas or ups and downs, but I can certainly feel the heart of the author, and that is touching and brings the book much closer to its audience.

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    Zach 09-13-17
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    "Fantastic and insightful story"

    the story was gracefully told and is enjoyable by those even outside of corporate business and animation. it really gives a new light to Pixar's history with a mixture of excitement and emotion.

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    "great insite into pixar"

    Enjoyed listening to inside information on how pixar was run as a company. great read.

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