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.
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I must have picked this audible book up on sale. The life of Arnold never was an inspiration to me. When I started listening my plan was to skip over the bodybuilding part. Who knew that this would be fascinating and the entire autobiography would be such a pleasant inspiring read.
Schwarzenegger has accomplished a lot in life and his formula for success in the three diverse fields of bodybuilding, acting and politics is worth hearing about. Although there are probably some distortions in his account, enough of the measure of the man comes through that demands your respect.
I am not a Republican by nature but would be happy with Arnold as a leader because he knows the value of compromise and he thinks independently and does not blindly follow an entire ideology.
Whatever your political inclination is - you have to admire this man who always got results.
This is a wonderful telling of Arnold Schwarzenegger's life. I say telling because while the audio book is advertised as 'read by the author', in fact, Stephen Lang reads all but two chapters. I would have preferred to hear the story in the author's words. The details are very well presented and the listener gets a real insight into the life of Mr Schwarzenegger.
Arnold's Bio~ This starts with his life as a boy in Austria with a less than close relationship with his father. His drive to get ahead by body building which takes him by storm as a teenager. While other boys had girl pin ups Arnold has american body builds in his room leading his mother to worry about his sexuality. His "goal" was to become a body builder and win the biggest titles using this to gain wealth and move to the USA and become a movie star. His very intelligent approach to business and his amazing ability to FOCUS. As his body becomes huge he wins several World Titles and he ends up in LA at the Gold Gym he read about in his teens. He sets up a mail order business selling body building phamplets His first efforts in the movies was PUMPING IRON which caught the attention of the Hollywood crowd. He becomes a millionaire and invested in buildings and land. He gets an education taking business courses. He became an American Citizen. At a fund raiser he comes in contact with the lovely Maria Shriver. He evenutally marries. His movie career takes off to make him the highest paid and biggest box office star. Arnold makes his own decisions even after he is married. He decided not to tell Maria he needed open heart surgery. He was planning on running on the republican ticket for Governor of California and told Maria only *days* before his David Letterman annoucement. Arnold is at best brilliant but perhaps is the worlds great salesman. He can sell himself in bodybuilding, acting, and republican governor in a very democratic state. He finally confessed a life changing "secret" the day after was no longer governor. He has a 14 year old son with his housekeeper. He stated he only suspected the boy was his after the boy was 7. Arnold has a trick he uses throughout his book. His ablity to ignore anything that would cause him trouble. He puts in a "compartment" in his mind and trys his best to keep it "under raps". Arnold comes across as a very intelligent and interesting man. His EGO is as big as he is. We see the flaws in this bigger than life man and his secrets that help destroy his marriage. Arnold at best is a survivor. This is an excellent audiobook. It is very well written and the story flows along. The Reader Stephen Lang is very good and Arnold reads parts himself. I give this 5 STARS over all for a better than I ever expected Bio.
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I liked hearing Arnold's story and his take on life. Especially that he could make a lot of mistakes along the way and still be a huge success. The only weak part is that the story can drag at points and the narratation as weak at times. I definitely prefer the parts Arnold reads himself.
Just learning more about someone who I admire and what makees him tick.
I am not a huge fan of biographies as a whole, but I would consider it.
Maybe a mini-series, but I don't think the demand would be there. WHo should be the star? Seriously... Three guessess ha-ha.
This was an interesting listen if you can get past the slow points and wooden narrarator.
Agree with him or not, it is a very interesting story about a very eventful life. I enjoyed the story greatly.
Great story, well written, but it loses a lot since Arnold reads only a small piece of it by himself. Really disappointing. With another person's voice, it felt strange - not really false, but not as true as when Arnold reads his chapter.
It was impossible to stop listening. His story is simply awesome.
His bodybuilding years were great.
It really did not feel like i was listening to someone else than Arnold. His tone was great.
Best bio sofar.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is a prime example of someone whose focus and determination set him apart from other people. Athlete, businessman, actor, public servant, philanthropist...the list goes on and on. He embodies so many qualities that I find admirable. I grew up watching his celebrity rise through movies and then peak as governor of California. I always wondered what kind of man could go to a foreign country without speaking the language and become so successful. The book provided insight into his motivations, ambition and intelligence. I found his life story fascinating, although I think there were times he did not give us the whole story. Some may fault him for his foibles and peccadilloes, but who among us is perfect in thought and deed? In fact, I believe his weaknesses make him easier to relate to. I highly recommend this autobiography from a truly exceptional modern renaissance man.
Although this book follows the life of this amazing person, it's much more, it explains why Arnold made all of the major decisions in his life. He is extremely fair pointing out all of the both his bad points as well as the good. Here is a man who came to the United States with next to nothing and became a successful business person, the world's best bodybuilder, one of the world's top grossing actor, led the nation in a push for physical fitness and became the governor of California. He has mingled with Presidents, business giants and celebrities and yet in his mind he is still a regular guy who just worked extremely hard and did well. It's truely the best example of the American dream. You can't listen to this book and not be motivated. Arnold did more than say that the United States of America was the greatest country in the world he proved it.
The book is read by both Arnold and Steven Lang. It's a great mixture. It's great to hear Arnold tell his story and Lang jumps in for the bulk of the book.
I was so impressed with a young Arnold buying an apartment building when most everyone else would have waited until they were better suited. He did plenty of research and began his empire when the rest of us would have still been dreaming. He is a man of action and this more than all of his other accomplishments demonstates this fact.
As Arnold indicates, don't copy all of his actions, learn from his example and improve your life and the lives of those around you. He gave up countless millions to be governor of California so he can give back to the country that allowed him to be such a success, we can all learn from his example.
Yup, but only since I don't like reading
There were quite a few throughout the book. I don't know much about american politics but quite enjoyed his account of his years spent as governor. Also enjoyed how he talked about body building and the physical requirements. There are a few funny stories too!
Arnold of course.
Same as the title.
This is such a well told story of a remarkable mans life, so much so that I have thoroughly annoyed my friends and family going on about it. I bought it for fun really thinking that Arnold hasn't released anything before really so it would be interesting, but it's so much more. From the start you know this is going to be a tale of rags to riches but throughout all of it you cant help but admire everything about him, from his determination to succeed in life and break the mould, to his gentle nature and just the way he speaks about everything as 'matter of fact' and at no point does he get bitter about events in his life or adopt the 'Woe is me' view which so many of our modern day celebrities do. This was a real eye opener to me and an inspiration, and I believe that no matter who you and what you think of him, everyone should listen to the last chapter titled 'Arnold's Rules' (narrated by arnold himself). It puts a lot of so called motivational speakers and life coaches to shame and is something I have listened to on it's own several times. I thoroughly enjoyed this and would recommend it to anyone, safe in the knowledge that they will take away something positive with them.
"Interesting life. "
A very accurate events of the authors life. The book goes into great detail about all aspects of Schwarzenegger's life from his early childhood back home in Austria to his multi million dollar movies to his body building. The man has clearly led a packed life, full of exciting and interesting moments.
He really goes into detail about his days bodybuilding and his movies, his lie life ad marriage break down.
I would really recommend this book to any fan of his movies as it allows you to understand the man behind the characters.
"Salesmans "true" story"
I enjoyed the early days and opinions of LA. His burgeoning businesses were very interestingBest part were the detailed explanations of each film. ( dissapointed commando was hardly mentioned)
Lots of moments (24 hour book). Military stories were fun.
I was disapointed when Arnie only done the first chapter but once the other voice took over he was very good too.
I wasnt moved to tears but i was amazed at the honesty regarding his "affair" with the housekeeper. i didnt excpect this to be in the book but it was handled in a very up front manner.
I remember reading arnies first biog as a child and being very motivated, now it transpires he did take steroids. This part is handled very tentatively and whilst i loved the story and its telling i think the steroid element should have had much greater importance given in this story. He mentions drug testing happens in bodybuilding now but we know bodybuilders continue to openly abuse steroids.For all his faults which he admits to, Arnie continues to have the ability to inspire. Any young person with a goal or lack of could do worse than listening to this book.Straight into my do not delete library.
Fear not, Arnie does not read all of it.
I was worried that he would read the whole book. Thankfully Stephen Lang was hired to finish the job. Arnie’s style of narrating just didn’t sound right to me and made for difficult listening.
Over all it was a good insight to the man. I do think it is maybe part of a PR campaign to recover his image. The other thing which stuck out was the references to his 'amazing wife'. Just seemed like this book was a way of sucking up to her to get her back.
Over all a great read.
"Too long, too much."
Well, his life story is quite something. But in the end I got bored by the great 'I am' that comes with such a successful life. The book does go on and on. So you have to be a real Arnold fan to wade through this. His early life is the most interesting part, after that it is all predictable.
If you are interesting as to what makes someone successful then here is one of the greatest examples. When you consider he knew no one when he got to America with limited English and a basic education Arnie became one of the greatest, certainly the most famous bodybuilders of all time. He then went on to be one of the highest paid actors of all time and then governor of California not once but twice. The remarkable thing is that he doesn’t think of himself as remarkable he just wanted it and did what was needed to get it, without fear.
"You can't help but be impressed with Arnold"
Fascinating , Insightful , Entertaining
Arnold's Character. A Genuine larger than life personally, who created his whole life story from nothing, very humble origins.
Arnold's of course.
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
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.
"Worth a listen"
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.
Arnold and his ambition and rise to fame. He never took no for an answer.
Yes I finished it within a few days.
Good value for 1 credit.
"A man with hidden depths"
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.
Maybe the Steve Jobs official biography.
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.
Laugh certainly and thoughtful about how scarily focused this guy is, compared with the way I am!
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.
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.
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