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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Arnold is a lot more than meets the eye. Before reading this book, I only knew him for body building and his movies, and what I then thought was him stumble into politics but there is a sharp and strategic mind underneath all that muscle. I started to suspect as much after watching Pumping Iron recently. This biography confirmed.
His father instilled in him mindfulness from his early days by having him journal every event for each day. His father kept made great emphasis on education and I believe this is what sent his down the path for success. Arnold knows is aware of each moment and makes the most of it while many just watch each moment pass us by. This is fundamentally what I believe that allowed him to accomplish so much in life.
The quality of the audiobook was excellent, the parts Arnold read himself were on point. His voice brought real life to the story.
It's a pretty long listen, took me the better part of two weeks to complete but it was worth it.
Well done Governator.
This was very well written. It was very interesting as he progressed through the different successes of his life
I've been listening to audio books for well over twenty years (even before audible was available). Secretly, I wish I could be a narrator.
As a former businessman and MBA graduate, I've admired Arnold's entrepreneurialism and his use of goals to accomplish his dreams. Goal theory has been well researched and Arnold is living proof it works. My overall opinion of Arnold has grown tremendously after reading his autobiography. I highly recommend the book.
this is a good story that is fun and easy to listen to, but it's an autobiography that lists how smart he is, successful in business, body building, films, real estate, philanthropy, politics, etc. good but arnold is the best guy he knows gets very old.
Ardent listener of non-fiction audiobooks. It started when I got a big dog. Exercise + audiobooks = time well spent!
Dreams, determination, follow-through.
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance.You can see a lot of the same determination, grand ideas and desires in both of them. Although their aims were different, you can see that they have/had a lot of the same drive and both are admired today by hundreds of millions of people, if not more.
Not applicable in non-fiction.
No. It's too long for that. It's very interesting but most people wouldn't listen to that much all at once.
I thought it lost a bit of it's edge in the last third of the book or so. I've been very interested in politics since I was in high school but I strangely found the parts describing his political career to be unexceptional and even tiresome. He felt weaker quite frankly. That brought the book down to 4 stars instead of 5. Still a great book though!
A great read. I stared off reading a book, but moved to audible because of the sheer length of the book. At times the book was a little bit too detailed which I could have done without. My biggest take away reps, reps, reps. The journey of one man who had the odds stacked against him, but still succeeded in life having 3 very successful careers. It is only possible by take big risks and being ready.
Considering only content. 5 stars until he becomes a mafioso (or politician, as some call them), after that, 1 star. Just a different individual. Averaging up: 3 stars.
Arnold does a fantastic job swinging his life story, cluding how to overcome challenges, to show determination have a vision continue to dream to be successful this is definitely a must! it's a book, for anyone who's looking for a mentor or to be inspired by a life coach.
"Entertaining and inspirational"
Only chapter 1 and the final chapter are read by Arnold. Otherwise a hugely entertaining, inspirational and interesting book.
"What a life!"
great read/listen. highly recommend it. You think only of his size and the terminator when you hear the name. this book will open your eyes.
This book was enthralling, it gave me a real insight into the man the legend
Like most, I bought this book to learn more behind the greatest ever action hero. I was shocked Hearing about some of his other achievements in life and how he achieved them by having a clear vision and setting tangible goals. This book has not only inspired me to get down the gym more but also to try to better myself at every occasion, to make goals and keep pushing until I achieve them.
Recommend to anyone
"Great book what a joy"
Loved the flow of the book and was a joy to read. Gave a great inside look at his life and story and would be something that I would recommend to anyone
"What a story"
A great look in to a great life.... Arnold is a real like hero as well as an on screen hero... You get the good the bad and the ugly. Thanks for putting it out there.
"Get Pumped On Life"
Unless you could get Arnold to come and read to you at bedtime, this will do. I wish he appeared more.
Arnold of course.
I had a good laugh (out loud) at the more humours parts and empathised with some of the tougher times. I have definitely felt the inspiration to work harder in the gym and out of it.
A top book to read on focus and determination. He may have had some incredibly lucky moments in life, but he certainly worked hard for it. Hearing Arnold’s fortunes and falls from his own perspective definitely is inspirational and very entertaining. Highly recommended.
"Should have been half the length."
Story was good and the first few chapters were throughly engaging however I'm pretty sure it covered every aspect of his film career and every film, with how much he made and erounus details. I got a little bored about halfway though. I was not much interested in his film and love life. The story of how he grew up and got to America was interesting and the best part of the book, the rest covers the film career we've all seen with some added spice on his love life.
one of the best personal development books you could possibly read. he is a fantastic role model.
a very interesting life, lots in this book, the beginning espeically - the end bit about polotics not so much yet i liked how he was putting meaning to it
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