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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.

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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.

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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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    George 06-17-14
    George 06-17-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Inspiring and Honest"

    Total Recall, My unbelievably true life story, the biography of Arnold Schwarzenegger is a fantastically written, honest and thorough account of an extremely successful man with humble beginnings. Despite Arnold being a success in all fields which he chose to pursue, the book also concentrates on the way he thought about things and why he made decisions he chose to make. I would recommend this book to anybody who is interested in Arnolds life.

    The underlying beauty of this book is that despite all of his success, Arnold is also human and does make mistakes, which helps us blue collar people identify with him, even if it is only on a minor level.

    With a fitting title and a well performed reading by the reader, including a cameo appearance by Arnold himself, it would be unfair if i rated this anything other than 5/5.

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    R. Anderson seattle, WA Yankland 05-20-14
    R. Anderson seattle, WA Yankland 05-20-14 Member Since 2009

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    "Unbelievably entertaining"
    If you could sum up Total Recall in three words, what would they be?

    surprisingly entertaining. The book is very engaging and makes it hard to stop listening. I actually prefer the narrator over Arnold.


    Any additional comments?

    I have new found respect for Arnold.

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    Jay KATY, TX, United States 01-22-14
    Jay KATY, TX, United States 01-22-14
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    "Arnold Fans Will Love It"
    Would you listen to Total Recall again? Why?

    I would not listen to this again, because it contains too much on political achievements.


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

    Arnold reading the first and last chapters complete the experience.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Not a Total Recall :)


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    James 12-19-13
    James 12-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Fascinating Story"

    As a fan of his earlier movies, this was a must-read for me, and I enjoyed it. Like some other reviews stated - the reading can be a bit dry at times. Nevertheless, it's a great story about someone who worked hard and is living the dream. Until I read this book - I assumed that everything came easy for Arnold. This was not the case. He worked harder than anyone to pursue his dream despite a very humble and difficult childhood. Growing up in post-war Austria was by no means easy. He recalls that when he was a boy and became ill - is father had to carry him 4 miles through deep snow to the nearest doctor. Despite all of this, he used bodybuilding, and his incredible drive and business sense, to turn his life around. If there is a moral of this book - I think it would be 'Think Big and then work like hell to make that dream come true."

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  • mr
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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.


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  • 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
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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
  • Daniel
    Ireland
    7/12/13
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    "Inspiring read and very motivational"
    If you could sum up Total Recall in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting Funny Motivational


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

    Very relaxed story telling and very easy to listen to.


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

    What really moved me about the book was how Arnold formed ideas in his head for his goals for the year ahead and then how he went about achieving those goals!


    Any additional comments?

    Some very funny stories.....I wont ruin them for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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