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Fascinating Walt Disney Audio CD – Audiobook, October 1, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0963897213 ISBN-10: 9780963897213 Edition: 2 CD

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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Hollywood Stories; 2 CD edition (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780963897213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963897213
  • ASIN: 0963897217
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,243,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 10 Up-This rags to riches story of the creative genius known the world over as the father of Mickey Mouse is packed with enough Hollywood tales and Disney lore to satisfy even the most demanding fans. Beginning with Walt's childhood, Fascinating Walt Disney tells the little known stories behind his most famous artistic creations. Many listeners will be surprised to learn that Fantasia, Pinocchio, and Bambi all failed in their initial releases, and that Walt experienced a number of financial and personal obstacles to his ultimate success. Fully orchestrated background music and extensive sound effects more than compensate for the merely average quality of the narrator's voice, which is artificial, overly dramatic, and unable to successfully sustain different characters. Although the production takes a somewhat disingenuous tone and offers a naively wide-eyed perspective of Disney's life, there is some mention of his less pleasant side-notably the "benevolent dictator" role he played with his artistic staff. For all his complexities, Disney represents a truly American icon, and this biographical offering will find a receptive audience.
Cindy Lombardo, Orrville Public Library, OH
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review

Exceptionally Entertaining! --The Saint Louis Post Dispatch

The Disney tale is complicated and full of twist and turns -- just the sort of thing Walt Disney might love to turn into a movie. --The Knoxville News Herald

Schochet emphasizes Disney's perserverance and determination in both bringing animated films to the screen and realizing the seemingly impossible project of Disneyland. --Booklist

This is a real-life fairy tale that is humorous and inspiring for kids and adults. --The Indiana Munster Times

Fascinating Walt Disney from Hollywood Stories is a fascinating audiobook experience that takes readers along for a ride through the life of the legendary Walt Disney. Anyone who loves Walt Disney movies will enjoy this audiobook which is available on CD or cassette. Through the over an hour and a half experience, listeners learn how Disney raised much needed funding for his full-length animated movie, Snow White and much more. Ever wonder how Mickey Mouse came to be? How did Walt Disney come up with the idea for Disneyland? These and other questions are answered along the way in Fascinating Walt Disney.

The audiobook tells how Disney never gave up hope, even with the initial failure of classics such as Fantasia, Pinocchio and Bambi. Hear how his dream for an amusement park with clean walkways and friendly people evolves from a visit to an amusement park he attends.

This production features fully orchestrated background sound effects that bring each story to life. Along with the sound effects and music is the voice of Stephen Schochet who does a great job telling the story of Walt Disney. Schochet spent 10 years researching the life of Walt Disney and has told his stories while giving tours of Hollywood. He has even been called Hollywood's Ultimate Tour Guide by CBS radio. --The Borger News Herald

Ages 10 and Above. Author/narrator Stephen Schochet recounts the career of Walt Disney in this audio biography punctuated with sound effects and background music. The saga of Disneys many trials is not chronological, a device which adds interest for older children and adults. Schochet emphasizes Disney's perseverance and determination in both bringing animated films to the screen and realizing the seemingly impossible project of Disneyland. Especially good for public libraries biography collections. --Booklist

"May well set the standards for cassettes/CDs about Hollywood and/or its personalities in the future. This is one of the most interesting stories in this or any other form we have run across. We recommend it highly."

SOURCE4: The Knoxville News Sentinel --Hollywood Inside Syndicate

"The Disney tale is complicated and full of twists and turns -- just the sort of thing Walt Disney might love to turn into a movie." --.


More About the Author

"At high noon on a cold November day in 1974, sixty-seven-year-old John Wayne faced off with the staff of the Harvard Lampoon on the famous campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The students had issued their challenge by calling the beloved American icon a fraud. Wayne, who had his new movie McQ to promote, responded by saying he would be happy to show his flm in the pseudo- intellectual swamps of Harvard Square. After the screening, without writers, the former USC footballer delivered a classic performance. When one smart young man asked where he got his phony toupee, Wayne insisted the hair was real. It wasn't his, but it was real. The appreciative underclassmen loved him and after the Q and A session, they all sat down to dinner. Later Wayne, who was suffering greatly from both gout and the after effects of lung cancer (sadly the Duke only had fve years to live), said that day at Harvard was the best time he ever had."

Hollywood, CA--Just when you thought you've heard everything about Hollywood comes a totally original new book. Hollywood Stories: Short, Entertaining Anecdotes About the Stars and Legends of the Movies! by Stephen Schochet contains a timeless treasure trove of colorful vignettes featuring an amazing all-star cast of icons including John Wayne, Charlie Chaplin, Walt Disney, Jack Nicholson, Johnny Depp, Shirley Temple, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, Errol Flynn and many others both past and contemporary.

A special blend of biography, history and lore Hollywood Stories is full of humorous tales often with unexpected endings. What makes the book unique is that the reader can go to any page and find a completely engaging and illuminating yarn. Sometimes people won't realize that they are reading about The Three Stooges or Popeye the Sailor until they come to the end of the story.

A professional tour guide in Hollywood, Stephen Schochet has researched and told thousands of entertaining anecdotes for over twenty years. He is also the author and narrator of two audiobooks Tales of Hollywood and Fascinating Walt Disney. Tim Sika, host of the radio show Celluloid Dreams on KSJS in San Jose has called Stephen," The best storyteller about Hollywood we have ever heard." For more information about Hollywood Stories, or to schedule an interview, please contact Stephen Schochet at (310) 876-1400 or go to www.hollywoodstories.com

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Hornbuckle on June 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
"Fascinating Walt Disney" makes a good addition to any Disney library. It provides a behind-the-scenes look at the genius who made The Magic, and can be conveniently listened to while you're in your car.
That's not to say that it's perfect. While offering some interesting insights and anectdotes that I hadn't heard before, a number of the stories about Walt have already been covered elsewhere. But a bit of overlap is to be expected, considering how many people have already written about him.
I had trouble following the chronology of the book, as it would occasionally skip forwards and backwards in time for no apparent reason. While not a show-stopper, it was mildly annoying.
The music and sound effects in the background were high-quality and helped to set the mood for the stories. Sometimes the use of music to punctuate the punchline of a story went a bit overboard, but overall it was rather well-done.
I also have a complaint about the track layout of the CDs. The narration on each CD consisted only of a single track. This can make things difficult if you want to stop listening to the CD at some point and then come back later. You have to manually "fast-forward" all the through the track to the point where you left off. And folks with CD players that don't have a fast-forward button (the player in my car doesn't) will have to listen to parts that they've already heard in order to get to the point where they left off. It would've been great if every 10 minutes or so of audio was its own track, but "Fascinating Walt Disney" certainly isn't the only CD to fall into this trap. Patrick Stewart's "A Christmas Carol" does the same thing.
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Fascinating Walt Disney is a throughly entertaining and extensively researched presentation. Although there is an incredible amount of information present, the narration is easy to listen to, and flows nicely. I had no idea that Disney wasn't always the huge success it has become today. I respect Walt Disney more and feel, in a small way, that I have met him through listening to Fascinating Walt Disney
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What a movie this would make -- and I imagine someone will make it soon.

Disney is a hero not only in entertainment, but also in business.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Frank Mancini (irg@ix.netcom.com) on November 17, 1999
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This Audio book truly inspires people. You get to truly understand the dynamics of Disney's success. A must for the American family.
By the end, you feel as if you met old Walt or perhaps you'll want to meet him.
Truly enjoyed it!
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