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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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    Tarvo Tobbi 08-05-15
    Tarvo Tobbi 08-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "True Inspiration"

    I always have get inspired by Arnold good deeds and he delivered that this time again. Thank you.

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    Evan M. 07-31-15
    Evan M. 07-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "long but good"

    the best chapters were read by arnold. I especially enjoyed arnolds 10 rules to live by.

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    Luis 07-31-15
    Luis 07-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Inspiration "

    Truly inspiring, making the impossible seem possible that makes you think a lot about life.

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    Carsmatic 07-31-15
    Carsmatic 07-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great, motivating story!"

    I only wish Arnold read the whole thing but it was good none the less.

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    Sherry Lawton, OK, United States 07-29-15
    Sherry Lawton, OK, United States 07-29-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Inspirational!"

    A truly inspiring story! Would have loved to have Mr. Schwarzenegger read the whole thing, but understand he is incredibly busy.

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    Sam Webb Florida, USA 07-27-15
    Sam Webb Florida, USA 07-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Blown Away"

    At first I was kind of turned off by the fact that this was an almost 24 hour long audio book. I'm glad I went ahead and listened anyway. I learned so many things about Arnold that I had never known before. I know so much more about his motivations and the way he thinks. This enlightening book has really made me look inward and has really inspired me to make some serious changes in my life. This book comes with my highest recommendation.

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    Gary 07-26-15
    Gary 07-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Best self help book you'll buy"
    If you could sum up Total Recall in three words, what would they be?

    Motivating, Inspiring, honest


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

    The story of Arnold's youth to winning Mr Olympia is a great insight into what people can achieve when focused.


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    If you are going to buy one biograpghy, make it this one, you get a self help book into the bargain.. this show's what focus, belief, and a little skullduggery can achieve. The world needs more Arnies.

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    Lloyd Dodgen 07-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Unbelievable"

    I absolutely loved this book. I will definitely purchase the hardcover and keep it on my shelf to read again and again for years to come.

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    Steven 07-20-15
    Steven 07-20-15
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    "Wow!"

    What an amazing man... Don't judge him by what he did wrong, think about what he did right...

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    Rally 07-19-15
    Rally 07-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Inspiring, informative, and entertaining!"
    If you could sum up Total Recall in three words, what would they be?

    23 hours well spent


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

    I loved listening to the two chapters that Arnold reads, especially the last one. You get such a good sense of who he is as a person.


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

    Several unexpected moments in the book made me laugh out loud.


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  • Paulo Bazzerio
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    6/28/15
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    "One of the best!"

    I would have given all 5 stars, however I lost interest a bit around the politics bit. Overall brilliant though.

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  • Alan P
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    "Very good"

    Nothing is missed here. Fans will love this as it shows sides to Arnold not really public knowledge.

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  • Brendan
    6/26/15
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    "What a guy, what a life"

    As much a motivation book as a biography, this is truly awesome. The early years are gripping, and his journey from boy to bodybuilding champion to property millionaire/businessman to Hollywood actor is remarkable. Love his quote "There are 24 hrs in a day..." - Makes you realise if you really want to achieve something, with a lot of hard work and dedication you really can. A top read/listen!

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  • Paul
    6/19/15
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    "Get this book"

    Get this book - totally inspirational
    I can not over emphasis how good this book is

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  • M. Millward
    6/19/15
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    "Fantastic"

    I knew he was successful but I never imagined he was that much so! Such an inspiring man! Great narration and Arnold doing the first and last chapters was extra special!

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  • Tobias
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    6/16/15
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    "Interesting"
    What did you like most about Total Recall?

    Content felt genuine and heartfelt!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Some of the stories told were very insightful and showed how being a movie star is great but not always as great as you might think.


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

    Would have been better if Schwarzenegger had read it all. Felt lazy not to do so but Lang does a good job.


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

    Listening to Arnold's honest account of the affair and his separation.


    Any additional comments?

    Well written bio that gives insight into the life and efforts needed to succeed!

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  • Kris
    6/13/15
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    "Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell & advertise"

    This book has inspired me to do more with my life than any self help book I've read!

    I'm grateful that Arnold has released his memoirs touching on 3 major parts of his career. I only thought Arnold was a bodybuilder turned actor turned politician but this man is a true Inspiration! A leader, shrude business man with ruthless intelligence. This book isn't just a presentation of his life. It contains some priceless insight into this high achievers mindset and tactics he's used for goal achieving and investing.

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  • ayo
    6/12/15
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    "Determination is great."

    Hiking through this book is extraordinary. So many great peaks, surprising and inspiring moments. Nevertheless it is a bit sanitised or too aboveboard.
    Anyone born in the 80s should read this book. 5/5 rating for great reading voice, and interesting story.

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  • Camila
    6/7/15
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    "Sensational"

    Amazing. Enjoying every minute of it. Truly inspirational story about Arnold. Will leave you hungry for success.

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    Denmark
    6/5/15
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    "Struggled To Get Through It..."

    I know that a lot of people really enjoyed this book but I really struggled with it. Maybe it's just not a book for me, but it - the book - had great trouble in holding my interest. In the end it was just too long and boring...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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