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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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    Moon702 04-16-15
    Moon702 04-16-15
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    "Wow... Even at Disneyland..."

    The happiest place on earth is political, had a bully, a big bad wolf and would have disappointed Walt with some of the antics that have happened since his passing. May all the Disney family generations have a hand in the business some how, some way, always- to keep the integrity of what Walt stood for & keep Mickey Mouse our hero!

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    Maurício 04-03-15
    Maurício 04-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Must read for any creator/professional"

    Amazing book and a lesson about egos and deal making
    Must read
    Well written book and the storytelling is great

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    Yvette 01-28-15
    Yvette 01-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fascinating Read"

    I was hooked on every moment of this book. I know my friends and family are sick of me relaying the in's and out's of Disney's politics in the 90's. The narrator was awesome. I usually don't like readers to try impersonations, but there are so many names in the book that keeping voices separate that way went a long way. A must-read for Disney fans and people who like to hear how sausage is made, so to speak. You won't regret reading this.

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    Steven 09-13-14
    Steven 09-13-14 Member Since 2017

    24 year old Flight Attendant from Chicago. Always looking for something to listen to at the airport!

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    "Very Good"
    Would you consider the audio edition of DisneyWar to be better than the print version?

    Really tells the story of the Eisner days. A lot of filler but it was really interesting look into one of the biggest companies in the world.


    What about Patrick Lawlor’s performance did you like?

    You can tell he is very involved and passionate about Disney.


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

    How one man saved, then destroyed one of the worlds leading companies.


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    Suzanne Gilbert, AZ, United States 08-07-14
    Suzanne Gilbert, AZ, United States 08-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "LONG, but interesting"
    Any additional comments?

    Interesting book about behind the board room doors at Disney. The book is very long and sometimes I had a hard time keeping all of the players straight. I have a long commute, so I definitely got my money's/commute's worth for this book.

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    Cullen Chadwick 07-20-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story!"
    If you could sum up DisneyWar in three words, what would they be?

    Absolutely Great Story


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I loved the book. Great story on Disney Co during the 80s and 90s. The editing is terrible on this book though. It stops and repeats at multiple times during the book. Very annoying but story is worth dealing with the issues.


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    Shawn Lindon, UT, United States 03-31-14
    Shawn Lindon, UT, United States 03-31-14
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    "Incredible"

    I LOVE this book. Fascinating look behind the scenes of Eisner's reign at Disney. You really feel like an insider. Great book.

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    Christopher Norton, MA, United States 02-05-14
    Christopher Norton, MA, United States 02-05-14
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    "Excellent Book for the Business World"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! I was switching between reading the printed version and the audiobook. The narrator is really good and keeps your attention throughout!


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book gives you an in-depth look at how Disney was throughout the Eisner Era. You see clearly how Eisner ran this business both good and bad.


    What about Patrick Lawlor’s performance did you like?

    He seemed to be an enthusiastic reader!


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    Michelle Thornton, CO, United States 01-08-14
    Michelle Thornton, CO, United States 01-08-14 Member Since 2016
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    "True Life Corporate Soap Opera"
    Would you consider the audio edition of DisneyWar to be better than the print version?

    I do think the audio edition is better than the book because I loved the narrator. Aside from the narrator this is a big book and not a light read. It's heavy and meaty and fascinating all that the same time. However I would like to go back through the print copy and see how many times the words "million" and "billion" were thrown around.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There really isn't a character. I found myself drawn to Katzenburg's story and did additional research and reads. But I liked all of the characters because it was like one giant corporate soap opera you were always changing who you rooted for even the villain.


    What about Patrick Lawlor’s performance did you like?

    Everything! He's awesome! I actually picked up other books that he narrated. He has a recognizable voice, good pacing and inflection.


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

    Yes and no - it's big and I don't know if anyone could do it in one sitting. It took me several weeks to finish and I liked the opportunity to take a break and dig deeper into the topics such as their internet business, relationship with the directors and actors, the shows on network television.


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    Lemonia 10-21-13
    Lemonia 10-21-13 Member Since 2016

    50 year old woman, financial executive, interested in science, human behaviour and history in laymen terms & always enjoy good fiction.

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    "I was positively suprised"
    What did you love best about DisneyWar?

    Although the only book of this type I have ever read/listened to, I found it very interesting and enjoyed the business war presentation. If you think you might be interested, I recommend you give it a try.


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  • Iain
    Fortrose, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "An in-depth inside look at Disney"

    This book delves deep in to the history and the people who shaped and forged the Disney company that we know today.

    Covering many of the boardroom and board members fights and battles DisneyWar tells the stories and rivalries that the Disney brand would not want to associate itself with. The book covers many aspects of the company from the troubled construction and early life of Disneyland Paris their at times troubled partnership with Pixar and importantly the stories of many Disney movie productions and the battles that were happening behind the scenes.

    If you are interested in Disney either as a company or simply a fan of their movies you'll certainly enjoy DisneyWar.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nicholas
    London, United Kingdom
    10/10/10
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    "A glimpse behind the curtain at the Magic Kingdom"

    A delicious tale of behind the scenes boardroom struggles, set in the era of the Disney classics such as The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and the Lion King. The juxtaposition of corporate power-play against family favourites that you?ll remember from your (or your kids?) childhood and the very competent narration make for fascinating listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    6/12/16
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    "Good listen but not a novel"
    If you could sum up DisneyWar in three words, what would they be?

    Many interesting facts


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jeffrey Katzenberg


    Have you listened to any of Patrick Lawlor’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No first one


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

    Eisner....Disney saviour or dictator?


    Any additional comments?

    Good listen but not for everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Cambridge, United Kingdom
    12/13/14
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    "Fascinating insight into Disney"
    What made the experience of listening to DisneyWar the most enjoyable?

    If you love Disney, or Pixar then a great listen. I have listened to the Steve Jobs book and a Pixar one, so the next logical step.<br/><br/>If you like understanding more about corporate cultures, then this is also a great listen.


    What other book might you compare DisneyWar to, and why?

    Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography- Overlap with Pixar and Disney<br/>Creativity Inc. (Pixar)- Pixar is part of Disney, so common link<br/>Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle That Defined a Generation- Insight into the console industry and it's people and culture.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Wirral, United Kingdom
    11/19/14
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    "A fantastic listen"

    This book had me gripped from the start. It is a fantastic account of the management battles going on behind the scenes at Disney from 1985-2005.

    I would say this is written in the same style as Steve Jobs' autobiography, if you enjoyed that then I would advise having a listen to this.

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