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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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    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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    Brian in Louisville 03-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome"

    Incredible stories. Amazing examples and unmatched accomplishments. Plus an entertaining sense of humor to boot! I highly recommend this audio book.

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    Edward Sturm 03-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "For 23 hours I got to hang out with Arnold"

    A wise man once said: "You are the people that you surround yourself with and the books that you read"

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    Wade Charles Anderson 02-26-15
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    "Great storytelling and very inspiring!"

    Enjoyed hearing Arnold read a couple chapters. His ambition confidence are inspiring. He also tells his stories in a very engaging way.

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    Ron 02-26-15
    Ron 02-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Simply Amazing!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Total Recall to be better than the print version?

    I am not certain as I have not read the print edition but having Arnold narrate the frst and last chapters made the audio book worth it's gold.


    What other book might you compare Total Recall to and why?

    A really great motivational book with great stories.


    What does Stephen Lang and Arnold Schwarzenegger bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Arnold's narration is priceless. I could listen to him read the entire book! Stephen Lang did a great job of telling the story on his behalf.


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

    The last chapter read by Arnold may have been my favorite.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't say enough great things about this book and will be gifting the Hardcover to friends. I will go through this book again one day!

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    Rachelle 02-26-15
    Rachelle 02-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Truely amazing and inspiring!"

    Arnold's life and story is truly amazing. This is by far one of the most inspirational piece of literature I have read.

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    Joseph 02-26-15
    Joseph 02-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Bold!!"

    Living Bold! Not asking for permission.
    Being Himself through out his journey.

    I appreciate his encouragement and insight.

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  • Paul
    Bowers Gifford, United Kingdom
    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
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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
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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
  • PJ
    United Kingdom
    2/28/14
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    "A man with hidden depths"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Arnie's story is one you really couldn't make up. From the poverty of post war Austria, he trained as a tank driver during National Service, moved to America s Mr Universe, studied business, became a property millionaire and then a movie star. Oh, and then served two terms as the Governor of California. A very intelligent, honest and warm account, written by the man himself.


    What other book might you compare Total Recall to, and why?

    Maybe the Steve Jobs official biography.


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

    No, but this one was excellent. Stephen Lang does most of the work but you feel it's Arnie speaking throughout. A very listenable voice.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh certainly and thoughtful about how scarily focused this guy is, compared with the way I am!


    Any additional comments?

    There's a lot more to Arnie than meets the eye. Even allowing for the fact this is a politician telling his own story, there's enough documented evidence in this book that he has a life worth reading about if you like biographies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Luke
    CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom
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    "Disturbingly Inspirational"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mr
    St. Florence, United Kingdom
    12/22/13
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    "Great"
    Where does Total Recall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Really enjoyed this book. Very open about all parts of his life. Best audiobook I have read so far.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    Shepton Mallet, United Kingdom
    12/15/13
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    "Does what it says on the tin"
    What did you like most about Total Recall?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • nick
    Bradford, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "Inspiring true tale"
    If you could sum up Total Recall in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating inspirational witty


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What aspect of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Stephen Lang ’s performance might you have changed?

    My only criticism would be that The author only reads the first and last chapters.


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

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alex
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "Terminated"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, it's a long book and there's a lot of waffle


    What did you like best about this story?

    The film stories were a highlight


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    Did Total Recall inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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