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Summary

The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney's Dream is the story of how Walt Disney's greatest creation was conceived, nurtured, and how it grew into a source of joy and inspiration for generations of visitors. Despite his successors' battles with the whims of history and their own doubts and egos, Walt's vision maintained momentum, thrived, and taught future generations how to do it Walt Disney's way.

©2014 Sam Gennawey (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • John
  • SURREY, United Kingdom
  • 03-05-15

A realy great insight

What made the experience of listening to The Disneyland Story the most enjoyable?

Lots of detail. Gave a really good inside view of the characters that made up the Disneyland story

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  • Chris
  • 24-03-15

The narration is killing me.

2 1/2 hours in but doubt I can finish with this narration. I have over 800 downloads this is in the bottom 5 narrations for me.

If you want a great book on Disney go with "Walt Disney the Triumph of the American Imagination" great book, great narration that gives you much more than Disneyland and intimately brings Walt's story to you. I listened to the unabridged version. 33 hrs. and actually listened twice with many books marks on things we can learn from one most extraordinary people there has ever been.

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  • Baloo
  • 11-11-14

I Was There

Any additional comments?

My parents moved to pre-freeway and pre-Disney Anaheim when I was two-years old. As I approached six years old I remember sleeping with my window open, smelling orange blossoms and hearing the Mark Twain whistle from a few miles away.

In short, I enjoyed this book very much. In fact, I listened to it twice, back-to-back. However, I believe my enthusiasm was because this was a page from my life.

I remember going to Disneyland many times, meeting Walt sitting at the end of main street, no crowds and enjoying all the park as it evolved.

Even my Grad Night (Anaheim High School) was held at this venue. I'm not sure if non-Disney fans will enjoy the book as much as I did. However, I can attest to the fact that it is an excellent narrative on the evolution of the Magic Kingdom.

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  • brain cloud
  • 24-07-15

Don't they have editors for the narration?

What did you like best about The Disneyland Story? What did you like least?

For the Disneyland aficionado--casual or manic--this is a wonderful book. Provides just enough of Walt's background to help the park make sense, explains what makes it unique, and helps us understand the story behind each ride, with just enough ride description to allow the Disneyland fan to close the eyes and get dreamy.

What other book might you compare The Disneyland Story to and why?

It is journalistic in style--just the facts. The narrative voice is clear and relatively unemotional. It is history with very little commentary.

How could the performance have been better?

The performance almost ruins the book. The worst part--this derives from the way the book is put together--is that the narrator does not provide enough "white space" (audible pauses) between sections. The book is written in chapters, but the chapters are very long and are divided into multiple sections with headings. The narrator hurtles from one section to the next as though just reading the next sentence in a paragraph. This results in repeated "WTF" moments for the listener. Just a slight pause between sections would serve as a transition. Although I know this is unlikely, the narrator makes it sound as though he was paid to get through the book as fast as possible, or as if he did not enjoy the job.

The author mispronounces many words. How can this be--how can a professional reader get away with these errors, and is there no one to listen, catch them and fix them before the book goes live? If I were the author I would be mortified! I suppose, unfortunately, the author has no authority to enforce corrections. A few examples: "Vermin" Von Braun (5.40), Marty "Skylar" (Sklar, 9.42 and throughout) "Saguro" cactus (should be saguaro, 11:50), and "persimmion" trees

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

With another narrator! Actually there are quite a few movies and archival documentaries on this topic.

Any additional comments?

Please re-do this book. I would listen again to another narrator!

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  • Bryan Lords
  • 07-07-16

Great content, poor reader

I loved the content of this book and would consider it a must read for any Disneyland junkie like myself. While the narrator did a good job overall I was taken aback by the repeated mispronunciations of several Disney legend imagineers. As I didn't read the book the mistakes may have been made by the author, and if that is the case I apologize to the narrator. However, given the extensive research that must have gone into this book I highly doubt it was the author's error. Overall though fantastic book and I would highly recommend it to anyone!

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  • Taylor M. Roberts
  • 26-03-16

Frustrating Errors in Narration

The book is great, but I wish the narrator would have been subjected to more scrutiny during recording. He mispronounces so many names (and other words) throughout.

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  • P. Tan
  • 03-05-15

Started stronger than ended

Really gets deep into the creation of Disneyland, especially the early years. Through the further it got in time from the beginning of Disneyland, the more it turned into high level highlights. That may be due to the material available. I really enjoyed the book overall, addicting even. I can't wait to go back to Disneyland and see it a whole new light thanks to this book.

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  • Robert
  • 24-03-15

Great story!! Very informative!

This was a very well written story about the history of Disneyland from conception to modern day. While I loved the story, it is hard to listen to a narator who misreads names (it is Sklar, not Skyler) and relatively common words. His voice and style were fine, but it would help if the narrators were more familiar with the subject matter.

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  • Lucas Bennetts
  • 20-02-18

Great story, lousy narrator

Where does The Disneyland Story rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The Disneyland Story is a great history of the park. It succeeds in being both entertaining as well as informative. Great for the casual fan or history buffs.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Disneyland Story?

The way the author weaves the timeline makes sense and makes you want to go keep going

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

I understand for someone who is not familiar with the "stars" of Disneyland to get names wrong, but James changes his pronunciation through the chapters. One bizarre mistake is saying Thurl Ravenscroft as "Thurl Ravencourt". The design company Walt Disney created was called WED as in Wedding, not W.E.D. like James says. These are only a few of the mistakes in the narration.

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  • Heather B.
  • 11-02-18

Good book, dismal reading

I am a fan of Disneyland and Disney history. I’ve met Bob Gurr, and Alice Davis, and Tony Baxter. And I was set to love this book - and it’s good, but not fantastic. The stories are all pretty standard in Disneyland history, but there were a handful of new things I learned which is always fun. The narrative jumps around a bit, even though it’s generally in chronological order it does still jump around which can be hard to follow, especially if you’re starting and stopping your listening often. I did appreciate all of the first person stories from Imagineers in the book.
If I was reading the book, I’d probably like it a little better. But this narration. Oh Jose - this narration is the pits. The readers voice is good, but it sounds like he may as well be narrating an economics textbook and not a book about Disneyland. It’s very monotone and dry. And the mistakes - there’s a small section that’s repeated, which I don’t know if that’s a book issue or a recording issue. Also, a LOT of names are incorrect. If you’re a Disney fan, you know of course it’s Marry Sklar, and not Skylar, for example.
Overall, if you’re a Disney fan it’s a good book - but I might recommend buying the actual book and reading it, rather than listening to this recording if that’s an option for you.

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  • Richard Brent Hand
  • 25-08-17

reader really sets this one back.

if you are a Disneyland fan, you're going to love this. The content here both in depth and scope are quite amazing. However the voice actor hired to read the book fails on many levels. I had to speed up the recording much faster than I normally listen to books because he reads so slow. He mispronounces many names throughout the book which could have easily been corrected with just a little bit of research. the most comical of the mispronunciations is his reference to actor Bill Nye (instead of Bill Nighy) being added to Pirates of the Caribbean. overall though this is a great book for anyone interested in Disneyland history. I would highly recommend it!