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Total Recall Audiobook

Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life 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.


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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 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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cameron 10-01-16
    Cameron 10-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "READ THIS BOOK!!"

    Absolutely fantastic! I did expect something great, but not on this level that exposes Arnold as a genuine human, and an extraordinary man.

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    Alexander 09-27-16
    Alexander 09-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great autobiography"

    fantastic narrator love Arnold contributions as well. love the Fantastic detail and the thoughts about every detail in his life

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    Blake 09-22-16
    Blake 09-22-16
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    "inspiring"

    I just wish Arnold would have narrated a larger portion of this book. The story was great, but hearing Arnold's voice added character and depth to the beginning and end.

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    Josh Pham 09-20-16
    Josh Pham 09-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "get unabridged over abridged, it's worth it!"

    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.

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    Brett Burky Orlando Florida 09-14-16
    Brett Burky Orlando Florida 09-14-16 Listener Since 2005
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    "Arnold is a living legend."

    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.

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  • Amazon Kunde
    9/6/16
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    "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!!

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  • Jon
    8/31/16
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    "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.

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  • Rob
    8/27/16
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    "Excellent"

    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

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  • Amazon Customer
    8/19/16
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    "good but..."

    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.

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  • paul
    7/28/16
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    "Enlightening"

    A sometimes moving story of a battle against adversity. Grit and determination win through. Inspiring.

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  • MR HOWARD HUGHES
    7/15/16
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    "Worth a read"

    Inspiring book. I can relate to view on life. A must read. A+ Very good

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  • Amazon Customer
    7/13/16
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    "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

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  • Nathan
    7/13/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • christiaan
    7/11/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J A Johnson
    7/6/16
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    "Amazing - inspirational"

    Really great story of his life. Quite self-serving, granted, but these things usually are.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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