Good audio book and content, but I felt that there was way too much time spent on his political career rather than his body building and movie experiences. I think it should have been more balanced. It got a little too technical when discussing legislation and political law details.
The key lessons are in the end chapters, but throughout this books, the detail of his life and honesty that goes with it; it is truly incredible. I can't listen to this book twice because of the length but I will definitely be reading the end chapters, every so often.
This book had me glued to my phone from the first chapter. He has lived such an outrageous life I found my self laughing a lot . I'll admit I have always been a fan. I found my self remembering where I was as a kid when I saw this movie or that.
His drive and commitment to put in the reps and defy every odd is inspiring.
This book is especially suited for entrepreneurs.
He had so many business going at any one time it's mind boggling. Often he was winging it, learning as he went.
He talks about many facets of life and this surprised me. His candor and humor surprised me. His devotion to his family though he F'd up surprised me.
His perpetual mastery of every task he set to do surprised me.
The book is long, 20 hrs or so . Only once or twice was I not totally captivated. Completely worth the read.
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.