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 am what you might call a literary philanderer...
You could definitely tell when Arnold was leading the charge on the writing versus the biographer assisting him. The language changes gradually throughout and it is interesting to notice.
All-in-all, I really enjoyed this read. At the end, Arnold gives you a list of approximately 14 items to consider when designing your life and preparing to accomplish the great things you seek to realize. The list was great but would have diminished in worth had I not read the book from start to finish. It was like an infographic but with a real punch having the story behind it.
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.
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.
Recently, I decided to get into shape for the first time in my life. Looking to mix things up a bit in the gym, I started listening to podcasts while I worked out. Somehow, I came across an interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger and found it really made me want to take on the world afterwards. The interview also mentioned this book, so I decided to give it a try.
Now I've always been an Arnold fan to some degree, but his story really caught me off guard. The complexity and dedication of this man is awe inspiring. And, at no point, does this book disappoint. I found myself doing 20 or 30 extra minutes on the stationary bike after my workout was over, just so I could get in another chapter.
From his childhood, to his early days as a bodybuilder, to his movie career or his time as governor. It's all SO GOOD. It has quickly made a place for itself in my Top 10 Books of All Time list and is probably the most inspiring read I've come across. And two months later, I haven't missed a workout yet. Thanks, Arnold!
This book is so much more than a list of events and achievements. Arnold succeeds in sharing his story, his mindset, his vision, and his drive. His account is truly entertaining and fun, but it is also insightful, reflective, and inspiring.
Arnold is also as open about his failures and bad decisions as he was clear and decisive in every comeback.
If there is something distinctive about Arnold Schwarzenegger's movie persona that is always present in his "unbelievably true story" is that he is a man of vision and a man of action. Perhaps that is his true legacy, and we can all become better if some of it rubs off on ourselves.
Though I bought the book, listening to the audio version has been a wonderful experience. Stephen Lang has a magnificent voice that makes the story come truly alive, and Arnold lends his unmistakable voice to the beginning and end chapters, wrapping up a highly recommendable audioobook.
I was really hoping for more of a story of Arnold's psyche, instead it was just the typical public story that pretty much everyone knows. It felt like an expanded version of a Wikipedia page. Arnold only reads the first and last chapters. I was hoping for more with this book, and I wouldn't recommend it. I am still an Arnold fan, I just wish this book went deeper.