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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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    Suhaib 03-18-15
    Suhaib 03-18-15
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    "fantastic"

    This is an amazing book. it's highly informative, educational, productive, and a lot of fun to listen to.

    highly recommended to anyone

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    Chris Bartlo 03-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow, I never knew. Inspirational Story."

    Motivational and Inspiring with every failure it took to finally reach his goals. Great lessons to learn from this amazing story.

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    Alex Lasek 03-12-15
    Alex Lasek 03-12-15 Member Since 2015
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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!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    9/17/13
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    "Really good book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Total Recall to be better than the print version?

    yes - flows more easily


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

    the story is great - he is quite an impressive man


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Arnold's reading adding something but I was glad it was just the first chapter


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

    no


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  • ky
    warrington, United Kingdom
    8/17/13
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    "I wanted more Arnold !!!"
    If you could sum up Total Recall in three words, what would they be?

    Totally Amazing Story


    What did you like best about this story?

    The determination of this man is unbelievable what a legend


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

    Arnold !!


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

    Laugh lots and I really felt sorry for him at parts


    Any additional comments?

    I just wanted the audiobook to be read by Arnold and not Stephan, no offence to the guy but I wanted to hear Arnold tell me his life story, His accent and vocal expressions would have made the story a million times better !!!

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  • C. R. E. Jewison
    Jersey Channel Islands
    7/16/13
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    "Arnie's Back"
    If you could sum up Total Recall in three words, what would they be?

    Powerful motivational compelling


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Depth of detail provided in to his life story is great


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

    Stephen Lang's performance reading this book is great, but I was disappointed that Armies voice is only used for a short time.


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

    I listened to this book over a several days while driving to and from work


    Any additional comments?

    Very motivational and inspiring what one person can achieve, if one is prepared to put the effort into what you want to do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    Ireland
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Derek
    Perth, United Kingdom
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • __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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
  • Amazon Customer
    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

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