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.
listening to the governator's story from childhood to now in full detail is amazing! if you got the abridged version, you'll only be wanting to hear more. of course, I didn't listen to the abridged version yet but I think my opinion wouldn't really change.
I have always enjoyed Arnold in movies and from his career with body building. However there is so much more to the man, the odds are not odd if you have his determination.
Reps, reps, reps - fabulous.
"witty & informative"
Loved it! The story continously had entertaining parts while staying informative on the business part of the story. He really filled in the reader with all the information, or quite many information about how he got to his goal. The feel of progression from a country boy to a multi million dollar actor seems just as real as life itself. Definitely recommend this book! & Narrator also did a very good job!!
"Get down (loading)! Now!"
An absolutely fantastic insight into a genuinely intelligent and inspiring individual. And if that last chapter doesn't make you want to go and deadlift as much as you can I don't know what will. Top marks.
Excellent book, the only criticism is that Arnie reads the first and last chapter and the rest is by Stephen Lang. Wish he did more Shame
Great story, enjoyed it but would like to have heard more about his film career and less about his political career. Wished Arnold had read whole book, narrator sounded like a computer.
A sometimes moving story of a battle against adversity. Grit and determination win through. Inspiring.
"Worth a read"
Inspiring book. I can relate to view on life. A must read. A+ Very good
"Absolutely fantastic. inspirational."
What can I say. a truly great story, true story about how someone came from humble beginnings, and achieved great things, despite the challenges he faced at every stage. there is something in this book almost everyone can take, or benefit from. like relentless drive and enthusiasm to meet ones ambitions. never give up etc. There's no secret other than sheer hard work and having the guts to take risks others wouldn't normally. highly recommended
"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.
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