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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
never bought the book and hated that Arnold only read the beginning and someone else read the rest
I love Arnold and wanted to know his life story; I have been a fan since the 1970s.
It would have been better if Arnold read the entire book
Very fun to get Arnold's perspective on his movies!
Of course it was fun to have Arnold tell his own early story, but Stephen did a good job of covering the material.
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.
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.
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.
Really enjoyed this book. Very open about all parts of his life. Best audiobook I have read so far.
"Does what it says on the tin"
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.
"Inspiring true tale"
Fascinating inspirational witty
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.
My only criticism would be that The author only reads the first and last chapters.
No, it's a long book and there's a lot of waffle
The film stories were a highlight
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.
"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.
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.
The most memorable section for me is when Arnold is describing his 10 rules to live by, very motivational.
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.
"Really good book"
yes - flows more easily
the story is great - he is quite an impressive man
Arnold's reading adding something but I was glad it was just the first chapter
"I wanted more Arnold !!!"
Totally Amazing Story
The determination of this man is unbelievable what a legend
Laugh lots and I really felt sorry for him at parts
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 !!!
Powerful motivational compelling
The Depth of detail provided in to his life story is great
Stephen Lang's performance reading this book is great, but I was disappointed that Armies voice is only used for a short time.
I listened to this book over a several days while driving to and from work
Very motivational and inspiring what one person can achieve, if one is prepared to put the effort into what you want to do.
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