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.
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"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
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
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.
"One of the best books I've heard yet!"
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!
The lessons from Walt's life that can be applied to anyone's life.
No, this was my first.
No tears, but I have been running it through my mind and discussing it with friends every since.
We all can be dreamers and imagineers!
"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.
"A biography. Good, rare interviews."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hands down, this is the best Audiobook i have ever listened to. Walt Disney was an amazing man!
"excellent and Motivating"
it's not just about money. our job is to be like Walt and make this life a better place for all
I have admired Walt Disney since I was a child. Listening to this book I laughed, learned, and even wept. do yourself a favor and take a listen, it just might change your life.
"worth listening to."
Great subject matter, great performance and great information. This one is terrific.
The little extras about Walt.
"Extraordinary man. Extraordinary book."
Love Author's ability to show the resistance Walt faced with each new venture/idea. The author does an excellent job of capturing the nuances of Walt's life and Personality. And the narrator does an excellent job of capturing the author's voice. It is as if the narrator new Walt personally and was excited to tell about him.
"Kept going....and going...."
This book started out strong - good history of Walt's childhood and the evolution of the Walt Disney company. A mid-book detour praising Walt's Christianity should have been a clue, but I kept going and soon we were back to biography. But at the end, it detoured back into Walt's religion, completely going off the rails into speculation about the hidden Christian messages in his films (Snow White is eve! The poison apple is the apple of knowledge from the garden of eden!). I couldn't finish the last 30 minutes or so.
Good delivery; I enjoyed the performance.
Go out and find a proper history of the Walt Disney Studios and of animation as I've learned that those are the points that most interested me.
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