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Total Recall Audiobook

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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    Night 12-24-15
    Night 12-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A sharp mind behind all the muscle and acting"

    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.

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    Megan Haney 12-14-15
    Megan Haney 12-14-15
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    "Great book, very inspiring and interesting."

    Loved hearing the back story to his movies and adventures. He accomplished a lot more than I was aware of.

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    Brent Goodyear, AZ, United States 12-12-15
    Brent Goodyear, AZ, United States 12-12-15 Member Since 2011

    Squeeker

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    "Great True life story"

    This was very well written. It was very interesting as he progressed through the different successes of his life

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    Edward Dawson-Taylor 12-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it easy more than I thought."

    Surprised by the depth of the story and although the writing is quite arny is both intelligent and amusing.

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    Bryan San Diego, CA, United States 12-02-15
    Bryan San Diego, CA, United States 12-02-15 Member Since 2015

    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.

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    "Arnold is Living Proof of Goal Theory"

    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.

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    Jeremy Hogan 11-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "good book but 20 hours of self inflation gets old"

    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.

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    Jupiter 11-20-15
    Jupiter 11-20-15 Member Since 2015

    Ardent listener of non-fiction audiobooks. It started when I got a big dog. Exercise + audiobooks = time well spent!

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    "Arnold Schwarzenegger's exceptional life"
    If you could sum up Total Recall in three words, what would they be?

    Dreams, determination, follow-through.


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

    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.


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

    Not applicable in non-fiction.


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

    No. It's too long for that. It's very interesting but most people wouldn't listen to that much all at once.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Samir 11-18-15
    Samir 11-18-15
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    "Good but long!"

    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.

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    Doyle 11-11-15
    Doyle 11-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "5 stars for first half, 1 for the rest"
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    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.

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    Amazon Customer 10-16-15

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    "How to become the best!"

    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.

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  • Iain MacIntyre
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    "Entertaining and inspirational"

    Only chapter 1 and the final chapter are read by Arnold. Otherwise a hugely entertaining, inspirational and interesting book.

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    "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.

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  • Sean Scarah
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    8/7/15
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    "Fantastic read"
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    This book was enthralling, it gave me a real insight into the man the legend

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  • Mr. J. D. Hawkins
    7/29/15
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    "Inspirational"

    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

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  • Steve Parke
    7/29/15
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    "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

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  • Nathan
    7/23/15
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    "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.

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  • DJPester
    7/23/15
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    "Get Pumped On Life"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Total Recall to be better than the print version?

    Unless you could get Arnold to come and read to you at bedtime, this will do. I wish he appeared more.


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

    Arnold of course.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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  • Dan
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    7/22/15
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    "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.

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  • Miller
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    7/20/15
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    "excellent"

    one of the best personal development books you could possibly read. he is a fantastic role model.

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  • badger
    7/17/15
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    "enjoyable"

    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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