Excellent biography. Felt honest and provided insight into a persona that I had mainly formed an impression on from Arnie movies.
Arnie narrates the first and last chapter in first person so it's a little weird when Stephen Lang takes over, but you soon get used to him speaking in first person without the Austrian accent!
The title "My Unbelievably True Life Story" needs to accent the 'unbelievably" part more - his story, success and adventures were an amazing listen. Yes we knew the end result of his recent marital issues, but little did i know about his path and efforts to success. I have told so many people about this book as i progressed and encouraged many to listen as well. His centrist political views are, in my opinion, a majority of the nation and he would be successful again in politics if he tried. Grew to respect the Governator more.
this is certainly one of my favorite audiobooks.
Steve Jobs biography, both great achievers and fascinating people with an uncommon vision
it is a long book, so I wouldn't even try, which is what I like so it can be listened to while doing cardio or some other task and can last with its enjoyment
it's rare to find a book that inspires and entertains in a positive light. He is very honest in his faults, but remains a great man Whose passion in life and especially politics was fascinating to listen to.
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
I liked hearing Arnold's story and his take on life. Especially that he could make a lot of mistakes along the way and still be a huge success. The only weak part is that the story can drag at points and the narratation as weak at times. I definitely prefer the parts Arnold reads himself.
Just learning more about someone who I admire and what makees him tick.
I am not a huge fan of biographies as a whole, but I would consider it.
Maybe a mini-series, but I don't think the demand would be there. WHo should be the star? Seriously... Three guessess ha-ha.
This was an interesting listen if you can get past the slow points and wooden narrarator.
This autobiography offers no more or no less than what you would expect. The book provides a complete and satisfying account of his rise to fame and accomplishments. You can really get a sense of his mindset. He describes his poor rural life in Austria, coming to America, his body building days, Conan the Barbarian, Hollywood success, life in the Kennedy family, and finally his governorship. All the while he puts a strong emphasis on the virtues of hard work and salesmanship. Near the end he admits to cheating on his wife with the nanny, and says there was no excuse for it. He doesn't mention any other kinds of infidelity. He claims also that he is not trying to be a role model when he rides his bicycle in Santa Monica without a helmet. But at the same time he frames this book as a rich source self-improvement nuggets such as "do more reps", "don't be lazy", "your brain is like a muscle, exercise it" etc.
The first and last chapters are narrated by the author. The narrator of the other chapters however is not Schwarzeneggerish in any way and refuses to use any accents at any time even though he almost slips a couple times when delivering some classic Schwarzenegger one liners.
listening to the governator's story from childhood to now in full detail is amazing! if you got the abridged version, you'll only be wanting to hear more. of course, I didn't listen to the abridged version yet but I think my opinion wouldn't really change.
I have always enjoyed Arnold in movies and from his career with body building. However there is so much more to the man, the odds are not odd if you have his determination.
Reps, reps, reps - fabulous.
This book was so much more interesting than I was expecting. I'm already an Arnold fan, but there is so much more to his story than I knew. Even if you aren't that interested in Arnold, bodybuilding or action movies its worth a listen. Stephen Lang does a good job but my only complaint is that Arnold didnt read the whole thing. Knowing Schwarzenegger's iconic voice makes it difficult at times to hear his words from Stephen Lang who couldnt be farther from sounding like Arnold. Schwarzenegger does read the first and last chapter of the book so at least we get that much. Still a fantastic book.
I love the bodybuilding parts and the behind the scenes stuff on some of the greatest action movies ever made. The business stuff was interesting but I got a little tired of the governor parts.
Stephen Lang did a good job but hes no Arnold. Arnold should have read the whole book. It was really jarring to go from Arnold reading the first chapter to Stephen Lang.
Arnold's early life was fascinating. How he came to America and literally turned nothing into something is amazing and inspiring. This book made me feel like I haven't exerted enough effort in my own life.
GET ARNOLD TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK