How to Be Like Walt

  • by Pat Williams, Jim Denney
  • Narrated by Paul Christy
  • 16 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.


What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- daniel s edwards

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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- Dorrence

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-25-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios