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Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story | [Arnold Schwarzenegger]

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.

©2012 Fitness Publications, Inc (P)2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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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.


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    Andrew 03-22-13
    Andrew 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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    Amazon Customer 12-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Total Recall unabridged audiobook"

    Fantastic audiobook. Do not let personal biases against the author disuade you from reading or listening to this book. Total recall is full of important lessons that are useful for everyone. Choose the unabridged version over thr abridged as youd lose so many interesting parts.

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    Lynette Pretoria, South Africa 12-02-14
    Lynette Pretoria, South Africa 12-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great!"

    I got this book because someone I know trained with Arnold in the 70's and I was curious. I did not expect to much of the book but boy oh boy what a surprise. It is full of life lessons and I think any person that has his/her own business should read/listen to this book - so much insight! Definitely one of my top books ever read/listed to! Thanks Arnold

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Holly 11-20-14
    Holly 11-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Surprised and delighted!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend. Prior to listening to it, I saw Arnold as a one-dimensional, big, action-hero-guy. Sure, he has an ego and has definitely done some not-so-politically-correct things in his day. But like all people, he is multi-faceted and has a kinder, gentler, more human side. No major mud-slinging in this book, just a good, straight-forward story.


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

    His passion for fitness! Not just for himself, but for kids. He describes his involvement in Special Olympics and the President's Council on Physical Fitness. His enthusiasm when talking about this subject was inspiring.


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

    I loved the parts read by Arnold himself. I could just picture him sitting in a comfortable chair and spinning his story while smoking a cigar. A little harder to understand with the accent, but worth it. Stephen Lang is a good narrator, but there is something about hearing a person's story from their own lips that makes it extra special.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was surprised about the joy he expressed when talking about his body building days. Emotion in a hulking body builder? So simple, though there was strategy in competition.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciated how he treated Maria (and others) in the book. He was kind and respectful of her and her family. I found it interesting that he could "compartmentalize" his life, a life in three acts as it were. Body builder, actor, politician--what will he do next? I can't wait to see!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ginger Wilson 11-07-14
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    "awesome to hear Arnold read the start of this book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Total Recall to be better than the print version?

    never bought the book and hated that Arnold only read the beginning and someone else read the rest


    What did you like best about this story?

    honest


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

    no


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

    I love Arnold and wanted to know his life story; I have been a fan since the 1970s.


    Any additional comments?

    It would have been better if Arnold read the entire book

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    K. B. Rollins 09-29-14
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    "Sure enjoyed spending a few hours with Arnold!"
    What did you love best about Total Recall?

    Very fun to get Arnold's perspective on his movies!


    What about Stephen Lang and Arnold Schwarzenegger ’s performance did you like?

    Of course it was fun to have Arnold tell his own early story, but Stephen did a good job of covering the material.


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    Murray McEwan Tisdale, SK, Canada 08-29-14
    Murray McEwan Tisdale, SK, Canada 08-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Lengthy story but interesting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you're a fan of Arnold's movies, but don't know much about his background, this book is for you. Arnold himself reads the first couple of chapters, and the last chapter, and I did wish that he would have read the whole thing, as I like his accent and his enthusiasm comes through when he speaks.


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    Dion 06-27-14
    Dion 06-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Arnold is the man!"
    Any additional comments?

    Arnold is already one of my great hero's so I automatically enjoyed this story.
    For any one into bodybuilding this helps bring into perspective the introduction and misleading information that current supplement marketers have created.

    And for anyone else, this is a man with big dreams and a funny accent.

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  • Luke
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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.

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  • 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.


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  • 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
  • Thomas
    Chessington, United Kingdom
    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
  • ky
    warrington, United Kingdom
    8/17/13
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    "I wanted more Arnold !!!"
    If you could sum up Total Recall in three words, what would they be?

    Totally Amazing Story


    What did you like best about this story?

    The determination of this man is unbelievable what a legend


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

    Arnold !!


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

    Laugh lots and I really felt sorry for him at parts


    Any additional comments?

    I just wanted the audiobook to be read by Arnold and not Stephan, no offence to the guy but I wanted to hear Arnold tell me his life story, His accent and vocal expressions would have made the story a million times better !!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C. R. E. Jewison
    Jersey Channel Islands
    7/16/13
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    "Arnie's Back"
    If you could sum up Total Recall in three words, what would they be?

    Powerful motivational compelling


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Depth of detail provided in to his life story is great


    What about Arnold Schwarzenegger and Stephen Lang ’s performance did you like?

    Stephen Lang's performance reading this book is great, but I was disappointed that Armies voice is only used for a short time.


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

    I listened to this book over a several days while driving to and from work


    Any additional comments?

    Very motivational and inspiring what one person can achieve, if one is prepared to put the effort into what you want to do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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