The honesty about is life, feelings and revelations in his life.
All of it....
Yes, when he said he still loves Maria....
Wonderful book! He laid it all out there! The narrator is slow, so I sped it up and it was a lot better. If you have that option, do it. Other than that, Arnold speaks during the first and last part of the book.
I enjoyed this audiobook but couldn't understand the fascination/addiction over the constant references for cigar smoking. For a famous sports guru, this is the last thing I would prefered to hear about and it could have been left out without detracting from his stories in any way. Other than that, the narration is great as well as his stories about bodybuilding competition, movie making, and politics. It is refreshing how he takes full credit for screwing up his marriage.
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…The man who never reads lives only one.” (George R. R. Martin)
I liked Arnold’s bio a lot. It just wasn’t what I thought it would be – or originally wanted it to be. I’m more interested in his film career and the stories behind how his movies got made, movies he missed out on, behind the scenes anecdotes, etc. There is a bit of that here, particularly Conan the Barbarian, Twins, and Hercules in New York, but almost nothing on Total Recall, Commando, True Lies, the Terminator movies – and maybe that’s for the best. Maybe it just wasn’t that interesting to the general audience the book seems to be aimed at.
What the book does go into great detail with is Arnold childhood, his bodybuilding career, his marriage, and his governorship. The chapter on his childhood was interesting and it really helps that he narrates it. Unfortunately, he only narrates the first and last chapter of the book. I was never that interested in his bodybuilding days or his time spent as the governor of California but I did learn a lot about his policies and the way he conducted himself that I had basically no clue about before and I have much more respect for him as a politician than I did. If you are looking for a well-rounded representation of Arnold’s life – than I think you will find it here. I was a bit disappointed by the lack of movie information – which is really only one aspect of his life – it just happened to be the only aspect I was really interested in.
cover all his life
It was typical of their marriage which wa far from conventioal.which is not uncommon among very weathly well known people
I wa repelled Arnold's egocentricity
Yes if you going to write a biography tell the whole story with all his warts
The man has had quit the life and well worth hearing
I would say arnold(doooo)
It was a good book told well i could the sound very well and would tell people to buy it
I listen to books while working, it makes me want to get up an get to work especially when its a great book.
I loved hearing Arnold talk about his family life, his body building years, and the movies he made.
Arnold, his strength
When he was talking about his mother and Maria's mother, and what they ment to him. The things he learned from Maria's family.
I love Arnold, I saw Conan 7 times when it came out. He does sound a bit arrogant though. He was so much the control freak and though that led to much success in his movie and political career I think that it did effect his family life. It's sad that he and Maria have split but I don't know why he would put all that he had on the line for a one time thing with the maid. After listening to it twice, he doesnt appear to me to be a person that would make such a mistake so carelessly. I wonder..............
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.
He's an egomaniac, and still didn't tell the whole truth.
I felt sorry for the people he had hurt.
He should go and find brigitte nielsen drunk in the park and spend their wrecked lives together.
He never took responsibility for his womanizing. Whatever good he accomplished, in my opinion, was obliterated by his oversized ego.
Say something about yourself!
he did well for himself. good for him. lots of respect for his hard work. he could be more humble! Most importantly, NEVER F*CK WITH OUR KENNEDYS! Photoshopping your stupid mug for the cover makes you look more like an A hole.
At least he had the balls too make an insincere apology to Maria. I really didn't think he would put that in the book.