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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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    John H. Michel 05-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Nothing missing"

    Good life lessons included. Never give up. Smile at the naysayers in your rear view mirror. Do more than you think you can do. Then, do it again; Reps ! Strong portrait of his clear ability to side step neurotic hand-wringing and get on with life. Representative mix of his lives...bodybuilding, entrepreneur, Governor and social. Interesting view to his interpersonal MO. (accurate in relationship with Franco, Lou, Sergio, Bill fellow body builders and Joe and Betty). Honest approach throughout. Shows few regrets, except for that A FunnyThing Happened tune that as you listen you feel must echo in his head....,,,,"everybody ought to have a maid".
    Narrator : picked up Arnold's speech pattern, amazing,...but needs to work on his Calves.





























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    Craig A. Steele American in England UK 05-08-15
    Craig A. Steele American in England UK 05-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow! Beyond fantastic. Facinating and inspiring."

    Incredible insight and drive. Just an amazing human being. Excellently read. Arnold's ending chapter 69 (is that coincidental in a sexual way???) is a masterfully presented summary of inspiration! Loved the listen and the man, but not in a "Girlie" kind of way!!!

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    Antonio S. Maciel Jr. 05-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "inspirational"

    This book is awesome. very relatable. more people should read it. Thank you Arnold. truly motivational

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    Patrick 05-06-15
    Patrick 05-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Exceptional!!"

    Incredible story
    Read wonderfully
    Honest and open, as any good memoir should be, an amazing and inspiring life!
    But honest about his transgression and accepting of all of his decisions both good and bad. A hundred good decisions for every bad one. We are all human, some more exceptional than others.

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    DIANA L INGLES 05-01-15
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    "Great story! No punches pulled."

    I got a lot out of Arnold's life story. Pretty amazing really. I wish he would have read the whole book. Very motivating and authentic guy.

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    Adam Smith VA 04-29-15
    Adam Smith VA 04-29-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Found a whole new respect for Arnold!"
    Where does Total Recall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is the top autobiography that I have listened to. He just tells his story no BS just plain in simple. Kinda like Mick Foley did. It makes it great to hear how he came from nothing to become a superstar. He set his goals and worked his tail off to acheive them. Then he set new goals and followed that same method from body building, movies, to being Govenor.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His honesty about his life, what he did to make it, his mistakes and failures to his triumphs and success.


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

    Yes but at 22 hours that wasn't possible.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing I would have preferred is to have Arnold read the whole book. The narrator wasn't bad by any means but I just think it would have made the book that much greater!

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    Daniel Klein United States 04-28-15
    Daniel Klein United States 04-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent book"

    It was a very good book, the narrator was great, but I would prefer Arnold

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    Waleed Mahmoud 04-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Love the book - not so much the narrator"

    The narrator, not Arnold Schwarzenegger, seemed to struggle with the content of the story. The story itself is fascinating.

    Schwarzenegger is a very intense guy who accomplished a ton through hard work and dedication. I think everyone should listen to this book

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    michael 04-25-15
    michael 04-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "amazing"

    loved it especially the chapters Arnold narrates. I could imagine his voice saying some of the lines in other chapters

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    ERadicchi 04-24-15
    ERadicchi 04-24-15
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    "Arnold the social climbing Jackass"
    Would you be willing to try another book from Arnold Schwarzenegger? Why or why not?

    He's not that interesting


    What else would you have wanted to know about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s life?

    Zip.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are going to put everything out on the table, then do that. People are not stupid and can tell when you are lying.

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  • Jakob Bisgaard Knudsen
    3/29/15
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    "Inspirational! but"

    Mr. Lang does a fine job but it is mr. S.'s life and we know his voice and accent. It would feel much more like he wanted to share his experiences if he himself had taken the time to read it all.
    I'm sure he read the book several times, and I would wish he had read it into the microphone once for me to hear.
    But the story is still there and it makes me dream!

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  • amazonlover2011
    3/29/15
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    "fantastic"

    best book ever.
    loved hearing about the life of Arnold the highs and lows of fame and his life in Austria.

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  • Jarno
    3/23/15
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    "Great listen. Shame Arnie didn't do more reading."

    Great listen. Shame Arnie didn't do more reading. Covered more of his life than I thought it would.

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  • BR
    3/19/15
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    "An exceptional story"

    An amazing and inspirational story. I was of the view that this guy is all Hollywood and muscles. This account of his life gives a real insight into the highs and lows of his life to date.



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  • Mr S
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    3/17/15
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    "Love it, listen to it twice!"

    loved this book, I've actually listen to it twice. this book will inspire many people I'm sure! its inspired me to refocus my goals in life and how to go about achieving them!

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  • steven boyes
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    "Loved the story! Disappointed by narrator"

    If your a fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger, body building, films, politics or humour you will love this book. With ups and downs Arnold really opens up about everything in his life. World class book! The only thing that I was disappointed with was that Arnold Schwarzenegger did not read more of the book. I found parts of the book boring because of the narrator and found myself wishing it had that hard thick Arnold accent behind the world and a little emotion to it but all in all a really good book well worth the money

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  • Kate
    3/3/15
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    "You have to listen to this mind blowing stuff"

    loved it from beginning to end it's amazing how life works out from the gym to the governor I couldn't stop listening I was listening at the gym my trip to work in bed anywhere I could

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  • Mr
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    "Great book"

    A very interesting and honest insight in to his life. I liked the chapters read by Schwarzenegger at the beginning and sets the tone

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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