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.

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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

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

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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- Adam

Book Details

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