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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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    Giuliano 03-26-15
    Giuliano 03-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Truly Unbelievable"

    This book met all my expectations and more. It was very intriguing and it felt very sincere. I did take one star off for performance since about the 16 or 18 hour mark, I briefly felt bored with a political story of it. Aside from that I truly enjoyed the book, if you are an Arnold fan like myself then you'll love this book. Specially when he talks about the bodybuilding and movie side of his laugh. Great and fun read.

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    Don Draper St. Louis 03-26-15
    Don Draper St. Louis 03-26-15 Member Since 2014

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    ""It's not a tumor""

    I'm an Arnold fan as an actor and growing up I loved reading about his rise in bodybuilding. What an interesting story of how he traversed so many different obstacles and made so many opportunities. He had his flaws, but who doesn't? An inspiring read if you look at it from the right perspective. It's not an in-depth analysis on his political career...

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    joseph romain 03-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story"

    Truly motivating, loved it, honest and authentic easy to listen to... Would recommend it to any one with big dreams

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    Bryan G 03-19-15
    Bryan G 03-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining and inspiring"

    I've been a fan of Arnolds since I was a kid. I liked this book overall. I listened to it on Audible. I enjoyed hearing about the not so perfect parts of Arnolds life as well as his upbringing. I found the story of his success to be inspirational as he was not born into money but made his whole life happen from the bottom up. The book seemed honest although I wonder if he held back some about his more recent mistakes. I enjoyed that even though the media had him looking like a bad governor in the end he really did a lot of great things. Arnold is not perfect and he admits that. I'm still a fan for sure!
    Hearing the book in the narrators voice was strange at first but i got used to it. I would have preferred the whole thing in Arnolds voice.

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    Suhaib 03-18-15
    Suhaib 03-18-15
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    "fantastic"

    This is an amazing book. it's highly informative, educational, productive, and a lot of fun to listen to.

    highly recommended to anyone

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    Chris Bartlo 03-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow, I never knew. Inspirational Story."

    Motivational and Inspiring with every failure it took to finally reach his goals. Great lessons to learn from this amazing story.

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    Alex Lasek 03-12-15
    Alex Lasek 03-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story about the man who had only one goal."

    One goal to be the best in everything he does. Despite of problems and difficulties he was focused and concentrated on what he wants. Great & motivationional story!!

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    Diane 03-11-15
    Diane 03-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story. Learned a lot."

    Arnold has had a very interesting life. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing his story. I would recommend to friends.a a a

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    Jay Kilgore 03-07-15
    Jay Kilgore 03-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Totally Worth Adding To Your Library!"

    Super Cool book covering Arnold's Amazing Life. Surprisingly to me I really enjoyed the stories of his mother the most! Kinda wish Arnold himself narrated more of the book, but it's still top self material in my opinion!!

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    Rune 03-06-15
    Rune 03-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Nicely Read, great story and inspirational themes"

    The story Was well Read. it gives a very good effekt to let the author Read the beginning and the end, if he cannot Read the whole story. The story of Arnolds life is incredible and very interesting - it Was a Joy listening to it.
    Most important Was the themes presented in the story, a fem of them is: Courage, drive, succes, strugle and the way of life.
    This is a recording, but most of All, a book i will recomend everybody to Read, regardless of their current view on Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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  • Alex
    2/24/15
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    "Amazing and inspirational"

    Everyone could learn something from this book. I love that along with all his success the mistakes he has shared in this book just proves that even Arnold is only human. Truly amazing book.

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  • Simon M.
    2/12/15
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    "inspirational "

    I think people forget how much this man achieved but the way he went about achieving his goals is the real inspiration. I didn't want it to end because every time I listened I found there was something new to take away.

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  • M. McDermott
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    "Boring Narrator, but interesting tale nonetheless."

    The introduction is by Arnold himself, but it is badly edited, sounding more like it is cobbled together from a conversation in a pub.

    Once the real story starts the narrator doesn't even bother to mask that he is just reading a book. Worth a listen though.

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  • Karen
    2/3/15
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    "Arnie at his best"
    Would you listen to Total Recall again? Why?

    Yes, I will listen to it again. It wa a pleasure to hear such an inspirational story


    What did you like best about this story?

    It covered all aspects of his life


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

    No


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

    Yes, didnt want to put it down


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sylvia
    2/3/15
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    "Inspirational amazing story"

    Found out so much about a guy I thought I already knew so much about. Yes, he has some faults (who doesn't?) But the stories and motivation within the book make it an amazing read and one worthy of being on anybody's reading list!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • B. Longworth
    1/23/15
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    "I hope you left enough room for my fist......"

    .....because I am going to ram it into your stomach....who is your daddy and what does he do?....I lied.

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  • Paul
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    1/21/15
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    "Fantastic, hard to turn off!"

    From the beginning to the end, the book flowed really well and was an easy and very enjoyable listen. Arnold doesn't shy away from all subjects including his illegitimate child.

    Only slight annoyance is that he does tend to pay himself on the back a lot but I guess he is just confident.

    Well read as well.

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  • Ronan
    1/5/15
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    "loved it!"

    Loved it... great insight into one of the most iconic men of the last 50 years.

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  • Mr
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    "You can't help but be impressed with Arnold"
    If you could sum up Total Recall in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating , Insightful , Entertaining


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Arnold's Character. A Genuine larger than life personally, who created his whole life story from nothing, very humble origins.


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

    Arnold's of course.


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

    His mothers death - a strong woman who's stubborn reluctance to look after her own heart and take doctors advice was ultimately her own undoing


    Any additional comments?

    Arnold's story is told with honesty, and his drive and character to achieve all he sets out to do is a fascinating feature of his personality that you can't fail to be impressed with, as with all the best and most interesting he is far from perfect, and has his own contradictions, loyal but unfaithful, successful but failed his wife and ultimately a failed marriage, in his latter political career he achieved a great deal for the people of California , arguably as governor of California his achievements surpassed that of his film career, a brilliant and inspirational story well told in a true and faithful fashion.

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  • Keith
    7/7/14
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    "Worth a listen"
    What did you like most about Total Recall?

    The rags to riches story. As soon as he hit the ground, he set about buying land or property. His goals included finding land or real estate including superstores and an airport. His goal was a million dollars for a movie but this overtaken very quickly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Arnold and his ambition and rise to fame. He never took no for an answer.


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

    Arnold.


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

    Yes I finished it within a few days.


    Any additional comments?

    Good value for 1 credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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