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Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story

Chronicling his embodiment of the American Dream, Total Recall covers Schwarzenegger's high-stakes journey to the United States, from creating the international bodybuilding industry out of the sands of Venice Beach, to breathing life into cinema's most iconic characters, and becoming one of the leading political figures of our time. Proud of his accomplishments and honest about his regrets, Schwarzenegger spares nothing in sharing his amazing story.
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Publisher's Summary

One of the most anticipated autobiographies of this generation, Arnold Schwarzenegger's Total Recall is the candid story of one of the world's most remarkable actors, businessmen, and world leaders.

Born in the small city of Thal, Austria, in 1947, Arnold Schwarzenegger moved to Los Angeles at the age of 21. Within 10 years, he was a millionaire businessman. After 20 years, he was the world's biggest movie star. In 2003, he was elected governor of California and became a household name around the world.

Chronicling his embodiment of the American Dream, Total Recall covers Schwarzenegger's high-stakes journey to the United States, from creating the international bodybuilding industry out of the sands of Venice Beach, to breathing life into cinema's most iconic characters, and becoming one of the leading political figures of our time. Proud of his accomplishments and honest about his regrets, Schwarzenegger spares nothing in sharing his amazing story.

©2012 Fitness Publications, Inc (P)2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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    smartchickdina 12-30-12
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    "Read by the author, my eye!"
    What made the experience of listening to Total Recall the most enjoyable?

    This is a wonderful telling of Arnold Schwarzenegger's life. I say telling because while the audio book is advertised as 'read by the author', in fact, Stephen Lang reads all but two chapters. I would have preferred to hear the story in the author's words. The details are very well presented and the listener gets a real insight into the life of Mr Schwarzenegger.


    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Russell Keswick, ON, Canada 01-23-13
    Russell Keswick, ON, Canada 01-23-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Totally Worth It"

    I must have picked this audible book up on sale. The life of Arnold never was an inspiration to me. When I started listening my plan was to skip over the bodybuilding part. Who knew that this would be fascinating and the entire autobiography would be such a pleasant inspiring read.

    Schwarzenegger has accomplished a lot in life and his formula for success in the three diverse fields of bodybuilding, acting and politics is worth hearing about. Although there are probably some distortions in his account, enough of the measure of the man comes through that demands your respect.

    I am not a Republican by nature but would be happy with Arnold as a leader because he knows the value of compromise and he thinks independently and does not blindly follow an entire ideology.

    Whatever your political inclination is - you have to admire this man who always got results.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 10-02-12
    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 10-02-12

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    "True LIES and Alibis~ Brilliant ~ 5 STARS"

    Arnold's Bio~ This starts with his life as a boy in Austria with a less than close relationship with his father. His drive to get ahead by body building which takes him by storm as a teenager. While other boys had girl pin ups Arnold has american body builds in his room leading his mother to worry about his sexuality. His "goal" was to become a body builder and win the biggest titles using this to gain wealth and move to the USA and become a movie star. His very intelligent approach to business and his amazing ability to FOCUS. As his body becomes huge he wins several World Titles and he ends up in LA at the Gold Gym he read about in his teens. He sets up a mail order business selling body building phamplets His first efforts in the movies was PUMPING IRON which caught the attention of the Hollywood crowd. He becomes a millionaire and invested in buildings and land. He gets an education taking business courses. He became an American Citizen. At a fund raiser he comes in contact with the lovely Maria Shriver. He evenutally marries. His movie career takes off to make him the highest paid and biggest box office star. Arnold makes his own decisions even after he is married. He decided not to tell Maria he needed open heart surgery. He was planning on running on the republican ticket for Governor of California and told Maria only *days* before his David Letterman annoucement. Arnold is at best brilliant but perhaps is the worlds great salesman. He can sell himself in bodybuilding, acting, and republican governor in a very democratic state. He finally confessed a life changing "secret" the day after was no longer governor. He has a 14 year old son with his housekeeper. He stated he only suspected the boy was his after the boy was 7. Arnold has a trick he uses throughout his book. His ablity to ignore anything that would cause him trouble. He puts in a "compartment" in his mind and trys his best to keep it "under raps". Arnold comes across as a very intelligent and interesting man. His EGO is as big as he is. We see the flaws in this bigger than life man and his secrets that help destroy his marriage. Arnold at best is a survivor. This is an excellent audiobook. It is very well written and the story flows along. The Reader Stephen Lang is very good and Arnold reads parts himself. I give this 5 STARS over all for a better than I ever expected Bio.

    51 of 58 people found this review helpful
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    Tuan Edgewater, NJ, United States 10-09-12
    Tuan Edgewater, NJ, United States 10-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A modern day renaissance man"

    Arnold Schwarzenegger is a prime example of someone whose focus and determination set him apart from other people. Athlete, businessman, actor, public servant, philanthropist...the list goes on and on. He embodies so many qualities that I find admirable. I grew up watching his celebrity rise through movies and then peak as governor of California. I always wondered what kind of man could go to a foreign country without speaking the language and become so successful. The book provided insight into his motivations, ambition and intelligence. I found his life story fascinating, although I think there were times he did not give us the whole story. Some may fault him for his foibles and peccadilloes, but who among us is perfect in thought and deed? In fact, I believe his weaknesses make him easier to relate to. I highly recommend this autobiography from a truly exceptional modern renaissance man.

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    Justin OZARK, MO, United States 10-21-12
    Justin OZARK, MO, United States 10-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Very interesting"
    What made the experience of listening to Total Recall the most enjoyable?

    Agree with him or not, it is a very interesting story about a very eventful life. I enjoyed the story greatly.


    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Balwyn, Australia 02-19-14
    Sarah Balwyn, Australia 02-19-14
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    "Very much enjoyed"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Total Recall to be better than the print version?

    Yup, but only since I don't like reading


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Total Recall?

    There were quite a few throughout the book. I don't know much about american politics but quite enjoyed his account of his years spent as governor. Also enjoyed how he talked about body building and the physical requirements. There are a few funny stories too!


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Lang and Arnold Schwarzenegger – was your favorite?

    Arnold of course.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Same as the title.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    johan Double Bay, Australia 06-26-13
    johan Double Bay, Australia 06-26-13
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    "Oustanding. Inspiring."
    What did you love best about Total Recall?

    It was impossible to stop listening. His story is simply awesome.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Total Recall?

    His bodybuilding years were great.


    What about Stephen Lang and Arnold Schwarzenegger ’s performance did you like?

    It really did not feel like i was listening to someone else than Arnold. His tone was great.


    Any additional comments?

    Best bio sofar.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shopcoholic55 Corvallis, Oregon, United States 01-17-14
    Shopcoholic55 Corvallis, Oregon, United States 01-17-14
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    "Arnold should read it by himself"
    What did you love best about Total Recall?

    Great story, well written, but it loses a lot since Arnold reads only a small piece of it by himself. Really disappointing. With another person's voice, it felt strange - not really false, but not as true as when Arnold reads his chapter.


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    Jack Merritt 10-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "The Authornator hits a home run!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Although this book follows the life of this amazing person, it's much more, it explains why Arnold made all of the major decisions in his life. He is extremely fair pointing out all of the both his bad points as well as the good. Here is a man who came to the United States with next to nothing and became a successful business person, the world's best bodybuilder, one of the world's top grossing actor, led the nation in a push for physical fitness and became the governor of California. He has mingled with Presidents, business giants and celebrities and yet in his mind he is still a regular guy who just worked extremely hard and did well. It's truely the best example of the American dream. You can't listen to this book and not be motivated. Arnold did more than say that the United States of America was the greatest country in the world he proved it.


    What does Stephen Lang and Arnold Schwarzenegger bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The book is read by both Arnold and Steven Lang. It's a great mixture. It's great to hear Arnold tell his story and Lang jumps in for the bulk of the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was so impressed with a young Arnold buying an apartment building when most everyone else would have waited until they were better suited. He did plenty of research and began his empire when the rest of us would have still been dreaming. He is a man of action and this more than all of his other accomplishments demonstates this fact.


    Any additional comments?

    As Arnold indicates, don't copy all of his actions, learn from his example and improve your life and the lives of those around you. He gave up countless millions to be governor of California so he can give back to the country that allowed him to be such a success, we can all learn from his example.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Oakville, ON, Canada 10-24-13
    Paul Oakville, ON, Canada 10-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fascinating and engaging!"
    Where does Total Recall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Excellent biography. Felt honest and provided insight into a persona that I had mainly formed an impression on from Arnie movies.

    Arnie narrates the first and last chapter in first person so it's a little weird when Stephen Lang takes over, but you soon get used to him speaking in first person without the Austrian accent!


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    12/23/12
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    "An excellent biography"

    I loved listening to Arnold Schwarzenegger's biography as he it talks you through how he started as a body builder then going to America and finding employment in films and his time spent as the Governor California. it is well worth listening to

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sarahelneil
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    12/23/12
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    "Excellent and a cracking good listen"

    This book is written in a very engaging conversational style - brilliant to listen to as an Audiobook. The story of Arnold's early years when determination, incredible hard work and relentless focus saw him achieve incredible goals- is very compelling. The book is peppered with wonderful little anecdotes and sub-plots. For someone who has earned much public criticism lately - one cannot help but have some admiration for him after listening to this brilliant read. The only unfortunate - which detracts a bit from the book - the author only narrates the first chapter - thereafter the story is told by an unknown voice. PLEASE FEEDBACK - Audiobooks are at their ABSOLUTE BEST when the Author narrates the whole story. Very glad a bought this. Definitely deserves 5 stars

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BASINGSTOKE, United Kingdom
    11/14/12
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    "An absolute Legend!"

    This is Arnold Schwarzenegger and I feel humbled that he has shared his life story. If there is one book you buy this year or ever, this is the one. Arnie's pearls of wisdom are also great motivator. What a guy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    godstone, United Kingdom
    10/11/12
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    "Its Arnold Schwarzenegger!"

    Great book, There are things that he says that make you think if everybody though that way there would be a lot more successful people!



    Loved it!

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  • NateOT
    12/12/14
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    "Great listen"
    Would you listen to Total Recall again? Why?

    It was very interesting to hear about Arnold Schwarzenegger's life and how he got to where he is however I don't think I would listen again becuase once you've heard it once you've heard it all.


    What other book might you compare Total Recall to, and why?

    Any other memoirs book that talks through from being a child to a an adult and the adventures along the way.


    What about Arnold Schwarzenegger and Stephen Lang ’s performance did you like?

    I was disappointed that Arnold Schwarzenegger only read a couple of the chapters, Stephen Lang reads most of it however both were very good and kept it interesting.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    From solider to body builder to film star to politician, Arnold Schwarzenegger tells all.


    Any additional comments?

    Based on listening to this I would say Arnold Schwarzenegger's had a pretty interesting life so this book is well worth a listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rob Wilson
    6/2/14
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    "not much of arnie speaking"
    Would you try another book written by Arnold Schwarzenegger or narrated by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Stephen Lang ?

    His life story is actually quite interesting and when you stand back to think about what he's saying also quite funny. Arnie speaks for only 2 chapters probably about 1:30 max which annoyed me but he also rambled quite a bit when he spoke so perhaps it was better to have Lang to read.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    yeah ok arnie rides again


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Stephen Lang ?

    not really sure


    Do you think Total Recall needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no because his life is pretty dry now


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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