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.
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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!
The title "My Unbelievably True Life Story" needs to accent the 'unbelievably" part more - his story, success and adventures were an amazing listen. Yes we knew the end result of his recent marital issues, but little did i know about his path and efforts to success. I have told so many people about this book as i progressed and encouraged many to listen as well. His centrist political views are, in my opinion, a majority of the nation and he would be successful again in politics if he tried. Grew to respect the Governator more.
this is certainly one of my favorite audiobooks.
Steve Jobs biography, both great achievers and fascinating people with an uncommon vision
it is a long book, so I wouldn't even try, which is what I like so it can be listened to while doing cardio or some other task and can last with its enjoyment
it's rare to find a book that inspires and entertains in a positive light. He is very honest in his faults, but remains a great man Whose passion in life and especially politics was fascinating to listen to.
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
I liked hearing Arnold's story and his take on life. Especially that he could make a lot of mistakes along the way and still be a huge success. The only weak part is that the story can drag at points and the narratation as weak at times. I definitely prefer the parts Arnold reads himself.
Just learning more about someone who I admire and what makees him tick.
I am not a huge fan of biographies as a whole, but I would consider it.
Maybe a mini-series, but I don't think the demand would be there. WHo should be the star? Seriously... Three guessess ha-ha.
This was an interesting listen if you can get past the slow points and wooden narrarator.
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.
And I've read many. Arnold himself speaks in the first and last chapter. the narrator is appropriately expressive. if you want to learn the rules of success read this.
This book is full of good advice from someone with total credibility... you know... someone who's actually overcome challenges and accomplished big things. Grew up poor in Austria but became a world bodybuilding champion by 21? He went on to win multiple bodybuilding contests throughout his lifetime, until finally hosting and sponsoring them. Prior to acting, he also had a mail-order business and made multimillion dollar real estate deals. Then there was English lessons, college, and acting classes. Not only did he become one of Hollywood's highest-paid actors, but he was twice-elected California Governor. Listen/Read what this guy says... very few people ever accomplish one if these goals, much less all of them! I mean, WOW, we are so blessed to be able to learn from people like this. Naysayers will point to mistakes and accuse him of some moral impropriety, but let fools be fools and the wise among us will recognize the incredibly moral nature of Arnold's drive to be the best at everything he did, the discipline and dedication he put toward his health and body, and his love of helping others and being who God made him to be, in many cases. This is, by far, one of my top ten books of all time--not because I of Arnold's movies, but because of his tremendous, hard work toward being all that he can be. As he says, 'some people dream, and others have goals, In the end, what you get is in direct relation to the work you put in.' It's "reps, reps, reps."
"A genuinely satisfying and detail account"
Arnold really does go into detail about all aspects of his life and you get a sense of how the man thinks and acts.
"I really liked it"
It's an interesting guy and a good book, I wish he had read the whole book, not that the other guy did a bad job.
"Amazing - inspirational"
Really great story of his life. Quite self-serving, granted, but these things usually are.
"Incredible story, must read."
Read it. This book has made me want to take more risks in life and very enriching. It shows how your career doesn't need to be one thing and you can constantly reinvent yourself. 2 chapters read by arnie and the rest by an engaging American reader. 1st audio book I've listened to, nice for train journeys
Started this audiobook not knowing what to expect and have found it to be such an interesting journey.
"Really enjoyed it"
I found this audio very interesting and really enjoyable. Arnold life is just amazing and I found him inspiring (which I was not expecting prior to listening to the book). I would recommend it.
"huge hard on for schwarzenegger"
The best book I have ever had the pleasure of. Love the guy more than ever
"What an exciting life"
I'm not a fan of biographies but I was really gripped by this one. No matter if you like Arnold or not, you have to give him respect.
"An Inspirational story a MUST read/listen"
I've always been an Arnie fan "lite" in that I liked some of his films was impressed by his track record in body building and was bemused at his being governor of Calofornia.
After listening to this total recall of his life am not only an admiring fan but will listen to this again and again to pick up the many pearls of wisdom he so generously shares.
Its an inspirational story and shows not only what a mutli talented man he is but also shows you how to step up and create your own magnificent life....
ps: i listen / read many books a month and this is the first time i have been compelled to leave a review
"better than I expected "
loved it very motivational, really makes you get up and go. stay hungry never give up
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