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How to Be Like Walt

Capturing the Disney Magic Every Day of Your Life
Narrated by: Paul Christy
Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
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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.

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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

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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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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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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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What an amazing man from nothing

What an amazing man, great life lessons from someone who was given no head start in life, just grafted. Narrated very well also. Great lessons to apply to life... highly recommended!

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Excellent book so many life lessons

Great life lessons for all- understanding this great man . Dare to dream and dream big

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A Deep and Inspiring Tale

This has become my most favourite audiobook and story beyond all. It’s a bold comment to make but myself, like some many others, see a small part of ourselves in Walt Disney‘s life.

Through this audiobook I have been able to delve into Walt’s life and see the man behind the brand. A man who was a dreamer, a creator and a believer. He was ever so fortunate to have Roy in his life as Pat William and Jim Denny tells us that he did not care so much for money, but only for the means necessary to make his dreams come to life.

For me that is the greatest lesson of all in this book and in Walts life. In a world where we want to have so much and becomes so grand, we need the honest and real reassurance that all that Walt Disney had, and all that he become, all started, with a mouse.

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Changed my life

I recommend it for everyone who dare to have big dreams. For everyone who are afraid to have them

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A great way to learn more about the legend.

Congratulations to Pat Williams and Jim Denney on this masterpiece of work.

I have read several books about Walt Disney and watched multiple biographies. There always seemed to be missing pieces.

The authors look into who Walt was, his history and how he ticked, how he was the ultimate salesman, his views on society/religion/ethics and how he was only interested in making the world his happy place.

I'll be listening again.

Well done Paul Christy on a great narration.

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

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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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  • Adam
  • 27-04-16

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.

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  • Kelly
  • 30-07-13

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.

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  • daniel s edwards
  • 01-08-14

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.

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.

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.

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  • Dorrence
  • 31-12-13

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!

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  • Nathan Chavez
  • 16-02-17

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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  • Scofflaw
  • 16-02-18

Solid biography but with an agenda

Pretty standard biography of Walt Disney but built around the gimmick of how to be more like Walt. No real revelations or unusual inclusions.

The author used the opportunity to do some preaching of his Christian faith for some reason. Along the lines of "Walt was like this and that. And you know who else was great? Jesus!" Followed by a sermon. Unnecessary and not what I signed up for.

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  • Chris Piner
  • 16-05-20

Very Enjoyable

I did not expect this to be as good as it was. I read a lot on Walt Disney, so I wouldn’t say there was very much new information for me, but it was all laid out very well. The title is a little deceiving and in this case I’m glad. It was a very nice biography of Uncle Walt. And I loved the narrator! He has an excellent expressive voice, perfect for this kind of book. If you are interested in the man, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in this book.

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  • Jonathan Hollis
  • 12-05-20

Best Biography!

This is the best biography I have every listened to or read. I learned countless details about Walt's life and business practices. Wonderful book.

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  • Ledezma Family
  • 27-04-20

GREAT Book with a religious undertone

I thought it was a great book but I was surprised with the religious undertone

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  • Roger
  • 07-04-20

Amazing and valuable lessons

Absolutley loved it! I feel like I've grown as a person from listening to this. So many great stories and examples from his life to live up to. The narration was also wonderful to listen to.
Thank you Walt Disney!
And thank you Pat Williams for putting this book together.