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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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.
I am what you might call a literary philanderer...
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.
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.
Great Book! Fantastic live story. Learned so much More about Arnold's live. Performance was good, but it would have been better if Arnold red the whole Story. Why didn't he do it?
Loved the story and I was inspired. I'll be recommending it to friends and family.
I wanted to read more about Arnold after Tim Ferriss had interviewed him on his podcast. His memoirs are amazing and It will be hard to find a book more interesting to read.
What inspired me most was his business acumen and intellect.
I have just devoured this book. I finished listening to the whole 23hr book while still working full time in just 3 days. It was that good!
Arnie's life is not only interesting but also very instructive.
You'll be all the better for getting this book.
"a evergreen book that I will listen to again"
I looked forward to driving and walking the dog every day so I could listen to this fantastic book. a truly inspiring person thanks mate
"Interesting man with many dimensions"
I most enjoyed the history of bodybuilding. The political side was more surprising to me. His 10 rules at the end of the book are very wise and practical.
"The title should really be "How to get Rich""
Yes - fantastic life story on how hard work, intelligence, good social skills, and appropriate direction pays off.
His life as a bodybuilder and actor.
His life in Germany, and the amount of stress he went through.
Smart guys really finish first.
Arnold's autobio is a fantastic story that everyone should get. I highly recommend it having read the book and listen to it both, on multiple times. Another recommendation is his book "Education of A Bodybuilder" his earlier bio (Amazon)- it is obligatory for all to read, and will inspire u.
If I was to summarise "True Lies", it is this - have a life plan - eg. President of the USA - use methods which u would enjoy - bodybuilding, acting - focus on that with tunnel vision and achieve to be the best - e.g. Mr Olympia - then use that as a platform to launch the next stage of ur career e.g. acting. Then work hard with focus and concentration on that. Ensure u develop ur ability to charm people so eventually they will help u, and be able to push through long areas of boredom, don't let anyone rattle u, and adjust as u go along the way.
Arnold has many of the characteristics from the book the Millionaire next door (great listen on Audible) - from being frugal to being business minded, and hard work.
Arnold's life is all about the above, and this book shows how he practically applied it. Don't waste ur money on any Trump book, or some other self-help. Learn from the master.
I have read this book and many other books on Arnold which I will summarise - but this is a great starting point.
1. Education of a Bodybuilder - inspirational book on his life - note - he comes across a narcissist, but this may have developed as many people never believed in him - not even his his own father. I suppose it was a reaction to that. But one of the top 5 bios I have read, due to the inspiration it gave me.
2. Wendy Leigh Arnold biography - get it from Amazon Kindle cheap - the best biography out there - written by a UK tabloid writer - many points on Arnold life that simply not covered elsewhere - should be turned into an audio book.
3. Arnold by Ian Halperin (available on Audible): Great listen, funny, though a bit condescending, The only other available audiobook on Audible at this time, great listen.
4. In the Shadow of the Austrian by Barbara Baker - former girlfriend of Arnold (mentioned in both of his autobiography)- nice read, but focuses more on herself than Arnold.
5. Arnold Schwarzenegger A portrait by George Butler - Great photos with some interesting background on Arnold.
Overall although there are some parts of "True Lies" which are not wholly accurate, the lessons from his life are still there.
My first book from audible and it was amazing, I have always loved his films and had no idea how colourful his life was. Well worth it
brilliant insight into his amazing life and what he has done for the body building world
"Amazing biography! truly inspirational."
Amazing story, I was engaged through the audiobook.
Arnold Schwarzenegger shows us how its done, how to work hard abd overcome obstacles in life. I couldn't recommend this book enough.
"Intelligent and inspiring."
An excellent listen from start to finish. A great story, Arnie is inspiring throughout, and is a subject that is easy to connect with, whatever your background.
Loved it, but struggled to understand first half of the book because of what happened where.....then it got better.
"I will refer that book on my friends."
Amazing story! Hot recommending!
When you reading also you become motivated inspired as well. I really like while I'm listening the great Arnold Schwarzenegger how he speak about his life.
One of my favourite moments was when he won versus Sergio Oliva or the tricks which Arnold Schwarzenegger used to beat the other bodybuilders hah that made me laugh 😁
"Fascinating and Inspiring!"
Always a fan of Arnie just from his movies, a friend recommended I give this a read/listen. This book gives you such an insight into how driven, motivated and intelligent Arnie is and what a fascinating life he lived starting from his very basic childhood through to being Governor of California . I was initially disappointed that he didn't narrate the entire book but soon got over it. An excellent story for anyone with an interest in Arnie.
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