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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This book was so much more interesting than I was expecting. I'm already an Arnold fan, but there is so much more to his story than I knew. Even if you aren't that interested in Arnold, bodybuilding or action movies its worth a listen. Stephen Lang does a good job but my only complaint is that Arnold didnt read the whole thing. Knowing Schwarzenegger's iconic voice makes it difficult at times to hear his words from Stephen Lang who couldnt be farther from sounding like Arnold. Schwarzenegger does read the first and last chapter of the book so at least we get that much. Still a fantastic book.
I love the bodybuilding parts and the behind the scenes stuff on some of the greatest action movies ever made. The business stuff was interesting but I got a little tired of the governor parts.
Stephen Lang did a good job but hes no Arnold. Arnold should have read the whole book. It was really jarring to go from Arnold reading the first chapter to Stephen Lang.
Arnold's early life was fascinating. How he came to America and literally turned nothing into something is amazing and inspiring. This book made me feel like I haven't exerted enough effort in my own life.
GET ARNOLD TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK
And I've read many. Arnold himself speaks in the first and last chapter. the narrator is appropriately expressive. if you want to learn the rules of success read this.
This book is full of good advice from someone with total credibility... you know... someone who's actually overcome challenges and accomplished big things. Grew up poor in Austria but became a world bodybuilding champion by 21? He went on to win multiple bodybuilding contests throughout his lifetime, until finally hosting and sponsoring them. Prior to acting, he also had a mail-order business and made multimillion dollar real estate deals. Then there was English lessons, college, and acting classes. Not only did he become one of Hollywood's highest-paid actors, but he was twice-elected California Governor. Listen/Read what this guy says... very few people ever accomplish one if these goals, much less all of them! I mean, WOW, we are so blessed to be able to learn from people like this. Naysayers will point to mistakes and accuse him of some moral impropriety, but let fools be fools and the wise among us will recognize the incredibly moral nature of Arnold's drive to be the best at everything he did, the discipline and dedication he put toward his health and body, and his love of helping others and being who God made him to be, in many cases. This is, by far, one of my top ten books of all time--not because I of Arnold's movies, but because of his tremendous, hard work toward being all that he can be. As he says, 'some people dream, and others have goals, In the end, what you get is in direct relation to the work you put in.' It's "reps, reps, reps."
Listening to Arnold's determination and attitude.
Arnold, who else?
Arnold's life truly is amazing. You will not listen another book like this.
"Incredible story, must read."
Read it. This book has made me want to take more risks in life and very enriching. It shows how your career doesn't need to be one thing and you can constantly reinvent yourself. 2 chapters read by arnie and the rest by an engaging American reader. 1st audio book I've listened to, nice for train journeys
Started this audiobook not knowing what to expect and have found it to be such an interesting journey.
"Really enjoyed it"
I found this audio very interesting and really enjoyable. Arnold life is just amazing and I found him inspiring (which I was not expecting prior to listening to the book). I would recommend it.
"huge hard on for schwarzenegger"
The best book I have ever had the pleasure of. Love the guy more than ever
"What an exciting life"
I'm not a fan of biographies but I was really gripped by this one. No matter if you like Arnold or not, you have to give him respect.
"An Inspirational story a MUST read/listen"
I've always been an Arnie fan "lite" in that I liked some of his films was impressed by his track record in body building and was bemused at his being governor of Calofornia.
After listening to this total recall of his life am not only an admiring fan but will listen to this again and again to pick up the many pearls of wisdom he so generously shares.
Its an inspirational story and shows not only what a mutli talented man he is but also shows you how to step up and create your own magnificent life....
ps: i listen / read many books a month and this is the first time i have been compelled to leave a review
"better than I expected "
loved it very motivational, really makes you get up and go. stay hungry never give up
Where do I start? You don't have to be into fitness to get something from this book. Arnold is a humble chap and a role model for how to strive for the best in life.
More to this man than I ever knew. Pleasantly surprised by the story and what he has achieved. Politics bit gets a little boring but is needed for context. Very good over all.
Didn't realise Arny had been so motivated in so many different fields. Obviously a more intelligent man than what he has been portrayed as in the press over the years. Sounds like he is an absolute workaholic an nothing or no one would get in his way of his goals. I'd imagine he'd be a very hard person to live with or be around due to him always having an agenda on the brain. Downside to the book is that it's not the best for movie fans, there isn't much inner detail about his films in general etc
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