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Total Recall Audiobook

Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story

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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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    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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    Brigham 12-15-15
    Brigham 12-15-15

    I am what you might call a literary philanderer...

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    "Arnold versus The Biographer"

    You could definitely tell when Arnold was leading the charge on the writing versus the biographer assisting him. The language changes gradually throughout and it is interesting to notice.

    All-in-all, I really enjoyed this read. At the end, Arnold gives you a list of approximately 14 items to consider when designing your life and preparing to accomplish the great things you seek to realize. The list was great but would have diminished in worth had I not read the book from start to finish. It was like an infographic but with a real punch having the story behind it.

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    Graham Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-11-12
    Graham Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2016
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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.

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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.

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    noel 04-25-17
    noel 04-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    really dam good story.
    i got some good things out of it.
    my favorite celebrity

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    ethan jones 04-17-17
    ethan jones 04-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "as a gym rat Arnold's has always been my hero"

    the greatest bodybuilder to ever live now more of hero to me than ever the story of his childhood touch my heart how he came from nothing to go on to become mr. universe mr. Olympia the highest paid action movie star and Hollywood and governor the great state of California all in one lifetime this man has done more than most people could do if they lived a thousand years

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    Aashil 04-15-17
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    "Great book!"

    Great book and narrative. It not only gives you a good insight of an immigrant who was able to achieve so much in the US, but also a deeper look into the mindset of Arnold which made it possible..

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    Amazon Customer 04-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Arnold is Numero Uno"

    True inspiration and legend. I wish more people read that book and get inspired to go big.

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    Bernadette Barba Phoenix 04-12-17
    Bernadette Barba Phoenix 04-12-17 Member Since 2015

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    "I'm hungry for more"

    This book was truly truly inspirational from beginning to and I've got to pick up the hardcover and take my time and used it as a study guide

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  • dunkinsugar
    4/13/17
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    "Very interesting, motivational read."

    What can i say, except that this is a very intermittent read, whatever you thought of Arnie, leave it the door,. This book made my laugh, smile, go to the gym, eat healthier, get my priorities straight.
    And having lost my only brother recently, cry.
    A well rounded honest, eye opener of a story.

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  • rory
    4/11/17
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    "Bit of a let down"
    What disappointed you about Total Recall?

    I got as far as chapter 33, I really like Arnie but I can see now there's not too much too him. It's admiral how hard he worked and how driven he was but it doesn't seem healthy. Everything is about beating other people and how great he is, its all too formulaic and false for me.


    Would you recommend Total Recall to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, I'd recommend some of his movies for entertainment though


    How could the performance have been better?

    Arnie reads the first and last chapter, I thought that was odd.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Total Recall?

    Skip a few details, way too much in there to keep my attention


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  • A. Hararwala
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    4/10/17
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    "Arnold's life is an inspiration!"

    To immigrants such as myself who have chosen to create a concrete path in unchartered territories, it's incredibly rewarding to be reassured that anything can be achievable with vision, persistence and hardwork.

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  • Starskey
    4/9/17
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    "V good"

    Great story. Long. Shame Arnie only narrates first and last chapters. Inspiring. Would be interesting to have another chapter now there's a new, controversial, Republican President and his take

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  • ross cooper
    3/30/17
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    "wow what an inspiring story.... legend"

    I've always been a fan of Arnie, but there was so much I didn't know about him, and bow I'm even more inspired by him and have even more respect for him :-)

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  • Mr. I. N. Dandy
    Otsu, Japan
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    "Achievement"

    At times it strays into listing his political achievements far too much which is a shame.

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  • leo francis
    3/29/17
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    "excellent"

    wish Arnie narrated it all, he does first and last chapter and you can tell he's very passionate when he talks.

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  • ben ballantyne
    3/25/17
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    "simple a great story of life"

    love it more and want to more from him and also it's very funny, hope he'll be back,

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  • Amazon Customer
    3/21/17
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    "Unexpectedly brilliant!"

    Really enjoyed this. I found the story of Arnold's life surprisingly deep and extremely inspiring.

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  • Mrs Claire Taylor
    3/20/17
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    "Great Story but narration not great"
    What did you like best about Total Recall? What did you like least?

    I found elements really interesting, especially in Arnold's early life. The bit on politics was my least favourite.


    What didn’t you like about Arnold Schwarzenegger and Stephen Lang ’s performance?

    The narration by Arnold was fine, but I found Stephen's voice monotone and really difficult to listen to. It really spoilt it for me.


    Was Total Recall worth the listening time?

    In hindsight, I would have preferred the kindle or paperback version, purely because of the narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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