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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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    Brent United States 11-17-13
    Brent United States 11-17-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Imagine An Evening With Arnold"
    What did you love best about Total Recall?

    Arnold has meant so much to men of my generation. It was fun to learn more about his personal life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Total Recall?

    I especially enjoyed the section about his early years in California and his years in body building.


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    K. Good Fayetteville, AR 09-17-13
    K. Good Fayetteville, AR 09-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Random Whim Paid off!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I thought the story was so unexpectedly good. I paused when I saw the title pop up, and almost laughed. Then I thought about the little I did know about Arnold's life and realized there has got to be one hell of a story there. I was not disappointed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Arnold. You really get to know him. I had no idea he was such a savvy businessman and so good with his craft, but when you think about it, he couldn't have gotten where he is today without having those qualities.


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    Alan Pakenham, Australia 09-12-13
    Alan Pakenham, Australia 09-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great listen/Read"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Total Recall?

    The indepth details


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the first 40mins with Arnold naratting


    Any additional comments?

    It sounds like its only scratched the top of all the stories, but loved it.
    I got the 12hour version, but could listen for another 12 hours of details.

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    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 05-29-13
    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2009

    Hi, I'm an alumi of NYU and I'm also huge into MMA. I love books I read a lot and review the stand outs. I'll give you guys the goods.

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    "This was a great work from an interesting man"

    Let me put it right out there in the open Arnold is an egoist. From the way the book is written your not going to fall in love with the man Arnold, but you might learn to respect his utter ruthlessness. Arnold is not a nice person; hell he might not even be a good person;but he is an interesting person and Total Recall is very good book.

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    Sylvia CLINTON, SC, United States 02-26-13
    Sylvia CLINTON, SC, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "So THAT is why Arnold is a success."
    Would you listen to Total Recall again? Why?

    Yes, probably, but not for a while since it was pretty long. Arnold's story is really fascinating. This is definitely a guy who worked very very very hard to be a success. Planning every step of the way and striving to meet every goal he set for himself. You would never walk away from this story and think, "What a lazy ungrateful guy." The forsight and drive he had from the time he was 14 is just amazing. Did you know he made millions on real estate before he ever became an actor? I also thought it really showed a great balance of his conservative and liberal views. He himself describes himself as a series of contradictions-- an environmentalist who drives a hummer, a fitness freak who smokes cigars-- and it was really refreshing hearing somebody who was open to a multitiude of ideas, even if they contradict his own. It also made clear what Maria Shriver saw in him. He tells his life story with such enthusiasm and humor, you are never left thinking "yeah yeah, shut up" or "I've heard it all before."


    What did you like best about this story?

    His humor and reasoning behind each of his views. It makes sense that he's a republican when you hear this story. How could he not be?


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

    It's about Arnold, so of course he's my favorite character.


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

    The death of his family members was sad. Also, this is a great immigrant story, which is always moving.


    Any additional comments?

    Some slightly annoying things are that Arnold only reads the first and last chapter. I found the main narrator's voice to be fine, but the switch from Arnold to this other guy was distracting (which is why I gave performance just 4 stars). Also, this book doesn't explain why he cheats on Maria or anything like that. He definitely brushes past the personal/emotional bits dealing with that, although throughout his book he talks about how detached he is from emotions and how he has had to learn how to connect with that part of himself throughout his life. Really interesting.

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    Yvonne Panama City Beach, FL, United States 02-20-13
    Yvonne Panama City Beach, FL, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Love it..!"

    I really am a fan of autobiographies..especially on audio books. I love the journey from nothing to everything. I am NOT an Arnold fan. I really am not into body building or body builders...nor am I am action flick person or a republican. I think I have only seen Kindergarten Cop and Twins of his movies. But, I just thought he would have an interesting story...and I was right. Its his journey from post war Austria,...to body building..and how he translated that into a successful movie career. His marriage to Maria, a Kennedy..to his political career. He really is a fabulous business man...very savvy. He was a millionaire by 22 and he made that from real estate. Its a nice long book....I listen while I am walking and driving. Great book.

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    Amy Olathe, KS, United States 02-16-13
    Amy Olathe, KS, United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "An incredible life!"

    What at amazing man Arnold is! He was able to conquer so many things in life out of sheer will and determination! His work ethic is so admirable. I found the part about his California governship to be a little slow, but other than that, this book was extremely entertaining. An added bonus is that the author reads the first and last chapters of the book.

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    ardi Auckland, New Zealand 02-13-13
    ardi Auckland, New Zealand 02-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Arnold Should have read the whole book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Total Recall to be better than the print version?

    Absoloutly


    What did you like best about this story?

    His life story is great. Very inspiring


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

    Arnold Schwarzenegger


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

    I wish I had the time for it


    Any additional comments?

    at the beginning it was kinda wired to listen to Arnold's accent but later on it was all good and I was so sorry that it switched to someone else.

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    Evan Honolulu, HI, United States 02-12-13
    Evan Honolulu, HI, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2010

    Business owner , philanthropist.

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    "Entertaining as his Movies!"

    The first part and last part are narrated by Arnold. It sounds like someone doing an impression of him. It is hilariousness it self.
    On top of that really interesting and a bit educational.

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    Carlos United States 02-11-13
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    "A good listen."
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    Suprising details about Arnold's original rise to financial heights. Thought he became wealthy through movies and not his other ventures.

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  • Daniel
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    7/12/13
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    "Inspiring read and very motivational"
    If you could sum up Total Recall in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting Funny Motivational


    What about Arnold Schwarzenegger and Stephen Lang ’s performance did you like?

    Very relaxed story telling and very easy to listen to.


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

    What really moved me about the book was how Arnold formed ideas in his head for his goals for the year ahead and then how he went about achieving those goals!


    Any additional comments?

    Some very funny stories.....I wont ruin them for you.

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  • Derek
    Perth, United Kingdom
    7/5/13
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    "Love it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, ever need inspiring, this is it


    What did you like best about this story?

    The rags to richest element


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

    Balance was right, I think Arnold reading the full book would become tiresome.....or would it?


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What are the odds.....


    Any additional comments?

    Obviously skims over the scandals, but does talk about 2 of his affairs

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  • __Steve__
    Celbridge Ireland
    7/3/13
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    "Great Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Total Recall to be better than the print version?

    Possibly it was a long audiobook but very enjoyable


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

    I don't think there's ever been anyone else in the world who has accomplished so much so no one


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

    No


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

    Yes laughed alot Arnie was and still is a very interesting man


    Any additional comments?

    I would have loved if the whole story was narrated by Arnie but then I was constantly wondering if "he'd be back" and he was in the end. amazing story all the same don't think I'll ever hear another like it

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  • Matheus
    Diemen, Netherlands
    4/13/13
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    "Reps reps reps"

    When reading biographies from rich and powerful people, you see how bad person they were in life and how they step on people to arrive where they are now. But not Arnold Schwarzenegger. I was very impressed how hard worker he is, and how he could achieve all his goals and dreams by working hard on it, believing in himself, studying and winning on life. A true inspiration.

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  • Ben
    BRISTOL, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Bigger than just the biceps"

    I have always found Arnie an interesting character. Having first seen his films, then read some of his books. This story was however by far and away the best. It was interesting to learn of his background and development as both a body builder and a business man. By definition, autobiographies are likely to portray a more than positive spin on the trials and tribulations of the author, I felt that this was no different. However on the whole a great book and one I really enjoyed, but probably for fans only.

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  • Pete
    United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "A life story and self-improvement manual in one!"

    I have to admit up-front to being an admirer of Arnie and all he has achieved in his life. I approached this book expecting it to be a tale of his exploits during his rise to fame, maybe a little salacious at times, and a fun read. Instead what I got was an absorbing story of a man who through his own determination and focus achieved almost everything he set out to, told with wit and a fair measure of self-deprecation. The difficult times in his life (his split from Maria Shriver, for example) were told with honesty and sensitivity. And his advice to the reader was most inspiring - after listening to this I was raring to get on with those challenges I had always promised myself I would go for but never seemed to get round to.



    What also made interesting reading/listening was his time as Governor of California, which I thought would be far less interesting than his Hollywood years. I had no idea how much he achieved in his time in office, and the good he did for the citizens of California and the environment.



    In terms of the narration, the first chapter is read by the man himself, and lends a certain intimacy to the text that I really enjoyed. So I was somewhat disappointed when Stephen Lang took over the telling for the rest of the book (until Arnie comes back for the final chapter, talking about the breakdown of his marriage), but soon forgot and found myself almost hearing Arnie speaking as he read with confidence and clarity.



    One of my most enjoyed biographies for a long time. Recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wellbys
    Castle lane, bramber, Steyning, United Kingdom
    4/10/13
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    "Long but interesting"

    This was an unusual choice for me as I am a huge film fan but with only a passing interest in Arnie's films.



    The early chapters about his life growing up in post wwII Austria were fascinating as was his clear business ability on his arrival in the US. A surprisingly small proportion of the book was given over to his film career but then it's a long book! Likewise his time in politics was always very interesting.



    The challenge for me in this book was how much time he spent talking about body building. Clearly it has been a major part of his life and success but it was, for me, a very dull part of an otherwise fascinating story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matt
    Brixham, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Who knew??"

    An interesting and honest account of Arnold's life. I knew about the bodybuilding, films and governorship but not about how he got there or what it took to be a champion and maintain it for so long.

    Although a relatively long book at no point was I bored, on he contrary I was inspired. All in all a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timothy
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    2/28/13
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    "A good Listen, however a bit to long"

    What an amazing and interesting life Arnold has had. Was rather disappointed that Arnold did not read more of his book, however did feel it went on a little bit too long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Olivier
    thouare sur loire, France
    1/24/13
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    "Inspirational and entertaining"

    This audiobook begins being read by the "man" himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and although his accent takes a few minutes to get used to, by the end of the first chapter, one is disappointed to get a rather bland reader for the remainder of the book (this might not be a fair comparison, as any reader is sure to sound bland after Arnold).



    The book is a fantastic telling of the story of someone who rose from nothing to mult-millionaire and being elected to the Governorship of the 8th largest economy of the world. Arnold Schwarzenegger seems to be someone who always drove himself hard, accepting no excuses from himself, and this makes what could have been a self-serving autobiography, seem like quite an even-handed story of his life.



    The one point that annoyed me a bit (hence only 4/5 stars) is that, beginning with his meeting Maria Shriver, he goes overboard groveling to her parents (hoping, I guess, that they would read these passages and intervene in his marital disputes?). It gets really tiresome to hear how Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy Shriver were "always so nice to him". After hearing it a dozen times, we get the point.



    Still, all in all, a great biography; inspiring and very funny at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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