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Total Recall Audiobook

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.

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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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    Andrew 04-24-13
    Andrew 04-24-13
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    "Surprisingly A Great and Informative Story"
    What did you love best about Total Recall?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shade 03-22-13
    Shade 03-22-13
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    "amazingly entertaining and inspirational !"
    Where does Total Recall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this is certainly one of my favorite audiobooks.


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

    Steve Jobs biography, both great achievers and fascinating people with an uncommon vision


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

    Arnold


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 09-11-13
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 09-11-13 Member Since 2016

    I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.

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    "Get to the Chopper, the Book!"
    What did you like best about Total Recall? What did you like least?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just learning more about someone who I admire and what makees him tick.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Stephen Lang and Arnold Schwarzenegger ’s performances?

    I am not a huge fan of biographies as a whole, but I would consider it.


    Could you see Total Recall being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe a mini-series, but I don't think the demand would be there. WHo should be the star? Seriously... Three guessess ha-ha.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an interesting listen if you can get past the slow points and wooden narrarator.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Graham Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-11-12
    Graham Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Just what you would expect."

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Elia 05-10-16
    Elia 05-10-16
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    "Semplicemente Fantastico!"

    la miglior biografia mai ascoltata!
    Un storia di vita vera e verificabile
    migliore di qualunque testo di crescita personale..
    Anrnold è un personaggio fantastico
    ha raggiunto TUTTO partendo dal nulla..
    non aveva nulla
    (nemmeno un garadge da dividere Woznjak..)
    noostante questo ha avuto Andy Worrol al suo matrimonio...
    ha cenato con il Papa, e fatto allenamento con Il presidente Medvedev..
    Oltre ad aver ottenuto decine di record in ogni campo dove abbia mai deciso di intraprendere un azione!
    Da ascoltare tutto.. Rigorosamente in palestra o correndo

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 05-06-16
    Andrew 05-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Inspirational"

    An amazing story of a life lived to the fullest. This book inspired me to never waste a day and shoot for the stars

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    Jason E Souther 05-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Inspirational!"

    This excellent book highlights a true leader's life.

    This resource provides great motivation to develop your leadership skills.



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    TeamTito 05-03-16
    TeamTito 05-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Very entertaining"

    I was a little disappointed that Arnold him self didn't narrate the bio but all in in all his story was very entertaining and full of surprises. I might consider actually reading this book.

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    David 05-01-16
    David 05-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Inconsistent narration"
    Any additional comments?

    It was great having Arnold narrate the first and last chapters. The writing is in his voice and when read by him really comes across well. While Stephen Lang is a good narrator as well, it becomes a bit anticlimactic going from Arnold reading his life story to a narrator doing the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Keith
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    "Worth a listen"
    What did you like most about Total Recall?

    The rags to riches story. As soon as he hit the ground, he set about buying land or property. His goals included finding land or real estate including superstores and an airport. His goal was a million dollars for a movie but this overtaken very quickly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Arnold and his ambition and rise to fame. He never took no for an answer.


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

    Arnold.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes I finished it within a few days.


    Any additional comments?

    Good value for 1 credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PJ
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    2/28/14
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    "A man with hidden depths"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Arnie's story is one you really couldn't make up. From the poverty of post war Austria, he trained as a tank driver during National Service, moved to America s Mr Universe, studied business, became a property millionaire and then a movie star. Oh, and then served two terms as the Governor of California. A very intelligent, honest and warm account, written by the man himself.


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

    Maybe the Steve Jobs official biography.


    Have you listened to any of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Stephen Lang ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, but this one was excellent. Stephen Lang does most of the work but you feel it's Arnie speaking throughout. A very listenable voice.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh certainly and thoughtful about how scarily focused this guy is, compared with the way I am!


    Any additional comments?

    There's a lot more to Arnie than meets the eye. Even allowing for the fact this is a politician telling his own story, there's enough documented evidence in this book that he has a life worth reading about if you like biographies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Luke
    CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom
    2/5/14
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    "Disturbingly Inspirational"

    Having grown up on Arnie's action movies and being slightly bemused at his move to politics, it was the promise of juicy Hollywood tales that first attracted me to this title. As soon as Arnold began recounting his childhood in his heavily accented drawl I couldn't help but smile. Sadly Arnold only narrates a few chapters but Lang takes over pretty seamlessly, loosing the accent but retaining the important inflections that characterize Arnie's voice. The story is as the title suggests 'unbelievable', being a first hand account of an individual who sought, and achieved, the American Dream. The first third being a fascinating insight into the world of bodybuilding in the '60s and '70s. This moves to more familiar territory with his witty anecdotes from various film sets and movie premiers offering more than a few startling pieces of trivia. I was less enthralled with the last act which focuses on Schwarzenegger's relationship with his in-laws and the political ramifications that result from this culture clash. Fortunately it is well handled and easy to understand even if one has little or no familiarity with U.S. politics and the contemporary setting makes it an interesting acccount of recent history. If anyone doubts the power of self belief and hard work then this is sure to challenge their perspective. At a hefty 23 hours this is one of the best value titles I have encountered. Fascinating and inspiring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mr
    St. Florence, United Kingdom
    12/22/13
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    "Great"
    Where does Total Recall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Really enjoyed this book. Very open about all parts of his life. Best audiobook I have read so far.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    Shepton Mallet, United Kingdom
    12/15/13
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    "Does what it says on the tin"
    What did you like most about Total Recall?

    A fascinating insight into the life and times of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Covering all of aspects of his life from his early years and family, to the body building, films and politics, this book does give you some idea of what it takes to be Arnie. This is one determined individual. I am not sure it is a model for success that many could follow but there are certainly lessons to be learned.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • nick
    Bradford, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "Inspiring true tale"
    If you could sum up Total Recall in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating inspirational witty


    What did you like best about this story?

    This bio certainly surpassed any expectations I had by far. It’s witty, interesting, and conveys the character of this celebrity in great depth from his strict childhood upbringing to his latter day stardom and the incalculable odds of achieving his successes to become the biggest movie star on the planet.


    What aspect of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Stephen Lang ’s performance might you have changed?

    My only criticism would be that The author only reads the first and last chapters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alex
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "Terminated"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, it's a long book and there's a lot of waffle


    What did you like best about this story?

    The film stories were a highlight


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    Did Total Recall inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    There's not enough about the films for me but it is his whole life. It is a bit too long for me and his descriptions are very laboured. I would have liked Arnie to have done some more of the narration himself, if only for some added comedy value.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • TIM
    SALISBURY, United Kingdom
    10/24/13
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    "Enjoyable but not particularly balanced."

    What you need to know:

    1. Arnie narrates just the first and last chapter. The other narrator does great job, & to be honest it might have been a bit much having Arnie read the whole thing.

    2. The first 8 hours is pretty much about his body building & nothing else (in forensic detail), the movie stuff is after that and then the politics. Lots of detail on Conan, then less & less detail as the movies progress. Not much said about T2 to be honest.

    3. Loads of funny moments here & great anecdotes.

    4. Don’t expect a balanced assessment of his acting career, personal or political life. Arnie breezes over some of his bad moments and simply skips other stuff. His interpretation of some events is a bit questionable if you’re familiar with his career. The Nanny incident is covered in just a few paragraphs at the end of the book, it feels like it was there because he had no choice. He talks about how secretive he is and that comes across throughout the book.

    5. His story is undoubtedly amazing & inspirational.

    Overall enjoyed this, it does read like a self-help / motivational book at times (the entire last chapter is “Arnolds rules for success”), and updating us on his $ earnings every 5mins is a bit wearing - but is still a great advert for the American dream.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ben
    Chesterfield, United Kingdom
    10/14/13
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    "Unbeliveably moddest"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Total Recall to be better than the print version?

    This is as good as the printed book. The entire book is written from the authors point of view and this is further emphasised as the first and last chapter is read by the author.


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

    The most memorable section for me is when Arnold is describing his 10 rules to live by, very motivational.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If possible I would have listed all the way through but it is the sort of book you will make time to listen to a little bit more even if it is only 10 minutes, or so. Additonal I could also listen to this over & over and not get bored.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    9/17/13
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    "Really good book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Total Recall to be better than the print version?

    yes - flows more easily


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

    the story is great - he is quite an impressive man


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Arnold's reading adding something but I was glad it was just the first chapter


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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