One of the better Hollywood biographies I have read in the past several years, whether or not you believe Arnolds' "Unbelievably True Life Story." It is up to the listener to try and piece through what is real and what is exaggerated or faked by Schwarzenegger. No doubt Arnold's real last name is not "Schwarzenigger". It is probably "Knapp" or maybe "Mannheim". Although the behind the scenes chatter in this book is engendering, It's unfortunate the Hollywood found in this book can't be as genuine as us every day folks.
Fantastic audiobook. Do not let personal biases against the author disuade you from reading or listening to this book. Total recall is full of important lessons that are useful for everyone. Choose the unabridged version over thr abridged as youd lose so many interesting parts.
I got this book because someone I know trained with Arnold in the 70's and I was curious. I did not expect to much of the book but boy oh boy what a surprise. It is full of life lessons and I think any person that has his/her own business should read/listen to this book - so much insight! Definitely one of my top books ever read/listed to! Thanks Arnold
I would recommend this book to a friend. Prior to listening to it, I saw Arnold as a one-dimensional, big, action-hero-guy. Sure, he has an ego and has definitely done some not-so-politically-correct things in his day. But like all people, he is multi-faceted and has a kinder, gentler, more human side. No major mud-slinging in this book, just a good, straight-forward story.
His passion for fitness! Not just for himself, but for kids. He describes his involvement in Special Olympics and the President's Council on Physical Fitness. His enthusiasm when talking about this subject was inspiring.
I loved the parts read by Arnold himself. I could just picture him sitting in a comfortable chair and spinning his story while smoking a cigar. A little harder to understand with the accent, but worth it. Stephen Lang is a good narrator, but there is something about hearing a person's story from their own lips that makes it extra special.
I was surprised about the joy he expressed when talking about his body building days. Emotion in a hulking body builder? So simple, though there was strategy in competition.
I appreciated how he treated Maria (and others) in the book. He was kind and respectful of her and her family. I found it interesting that he could "compartmentalize" his life, a life in three acts as it were. Body builder, actor, politician--what will he do next? I can't wait to see!
never bought the book and hated that Arnold only read the beginning and someone else read the rest
I love Arnold and wanted to know his life story; I have been a fan since the 1970s.
It would have been better if Arnold read the entire book
Very fun to get Arnold's perspective on his movies!
Of course it was fun to have Arnold tell his own early story, but Stephen did a good job of covering the material.
If you're a fan of Arnold's movies, but don't know much about his background, this book is for you. Arnold himself reads the first couple of chapters, and the last chapter, and I did wish that he would have read the whole thing, as I like his accent and his enthusiasm comes through when he speaks.
Arnold is already one of my great hero's so I automatically enjoyed this story.
For any one into bodybuilding this helps bring into perspective the introduction and misleading information that current supplement marketers have created.
And for anyone else, this is a man with big dreams and a funny accent.