I really enjoyed this autobiography. Arnold is candid about his experiences, goals and how he achieved what he set out to achieve. He narrates the first and last chapters, I just wish he could have done more because it's all the more real in his iconic accent.
This incredibly driven man shares his life from his starting out body building, doing time in the army as a tank driver, moving to America, getting into real estate, becoming an action movie actor and defining the genre, to becoming governor of California.
This was money well spent. I've complimented my reading by watching all of his movies in chronological order which is also quite a ride!
Probably not, not because it isn't good but I've done it, once is enough.
Getting to understand the man's diligence, dedication and commitment to his goals. He was going to succeed at whatever he set his mind to.
Stephen read very well and I could definitely feel Arnie's personality coming through. I was disappointed that Arnie only read the beginning and end. Particularly the more personal stuff about Maria and his family, Arnie should have read that.
Told you I'd be back
An enjoyable read, but I am not big on bios, have only done Steve Jobs and Arnie.
Well, it really gives everything you could hope for. Everything from his rivalry with Sergio, to his affair with the maid. If I had it all to do over again, I would definitely buy this audiobook. This book is so multi, multi, multi dimensional. I could not believe how comprehensive it was.
Sergio Oliva. You realize how much respect Arnold had for Sergio, and you get a pretty vivid picture of the kind of guy Sergio Oliva is.
As with any audiobook, it is just easier to consume. You don't have to strain your eyes. It was pretty funny when he was talking about how heartbroken he was when Barbara left him after 6 years. He obviously loved her very much.
I enjoyed the book. But due to it's comprehensive nature, it is just impossible to listen to all at once. It took me like a week.
I would have liked to have heard him talk about the highly controversial 1980 Mr. Olympia and conflict with Mike Mentzer. But, I guess he did'nt think it was a good idea to speak ill of Mentzer after he has died. Also, he spent a lot of time talking about each individual movie. Well, that part was a bit tiresome, but that is just my personal preference, since I was more interested in the bodybuilding part. I would also like to have heard more dirt exposed on the Weiders, and the bodybuilding industry. Arnold just the same as admitted that he hyped some of the supplements, to the extent of outright lying about the benefits, I would have like to have seen a bit of remorse about that. But, hey, that is not a comment about the quality of the book, but the values of the man. He also lied to people when he was in the bricklaying business and took advantage of the Americans who trusted him. That is kind of dirty, and I would have like to have heard an apology for that. Add it all up and I reckon Arnold did a lot more good for the world than bad. Nobody is perfect, and the should not be expected to be.
I expected more from Mr. Schwarzenegger. It just wasn't interesting.
His childhood was interesting but went on and on.
It was difficult to understand.
I would have shortened the beginning.
I will be listening to this book more than once. Every once in awhile I find a book that inspires or a book that entertains or a book to increase my knowledge capital. This book did all of that.From bodybuilding to acting to leading California Arnold's journey was an inspiration. What I liked best about the book was that it demonstrated more than just the wins in Arnold's life, but also the failures along the way. Not just a machine, this book showed the true man behind the exceptional feats that he accomplished.
Yes... Arnold has an amazing story to tell...
Arnold's 10 rules for life are worth listening to for anyone needing inspiration..
The inside workings of the Terminator
Great Book to listen to.. I couldn't stop listening as every chapter was engaging... Arnold was a hero of mine when I was a teenager into body building... I wish that this book had of been around back then for inspiration as he lets known his secrets to his body building success that wasn't ever told in the muscle mags or articles... His movie career is one that he shaped and didn't just fall into... Arnold proves that he is no slouch when it comes to using his intellect as a lot of politicians found out during his time as California's governor.. His honesty with every aspect of the success of his life is commendable... I would recommend it to any person to read or listen to.. Fan or not...
Its at the top for entertainment. I usually listen to self-help type books
Arnold, of course, his determination
The transition from bodybuilding into movies was fascinating.
No, its too long
Absolutely. So many life messages to absorb. I wish I had been in my teens when I read this book. I would have done things very differently.
The visions of Arnold
Yes, because it is inspiring and interesting. Arnold's philosophy of staying hungry can be a great inspiration to many people.
Don't have any idea.
I liked when Arnold himself read, that was more enjoyable. It made it more interesting that way.