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One of the most anticipated autobiographies of this generation, Arnold Schwarzenegger's Total Recall is the candid story by 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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  • Jannine
  • British Columbia
  • 11-01-16

Great book

A very inspiring and motivating book, I only wish Arnold narrated the entire thing rather than just the beginning and ending.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Amazing. I wish I got the extended version!

Where does Total Recall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Being the first of it's kind that I've listened to, I'm very pleased with the quality and layout of this product.

What did you like best about this story?

How it doesn't end, and when it does, you're stuck wondering "where's the rest of it, that can't be all that happened!"

Any additional comments?

I was never a huge Arnold fan until I listened to this. Now I find myself needing to do more research into his life. I have to listen again for items I missed the first time, and go over all the lessons he insist you learn from this book. The last chapter really brings it home, the first chapter really lets you know why he is the way he is.

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Excellent

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would most definitely recommend this book. I grew up watching Arnold movies and always found his story interesting. My expectations of this book was that it would be something to fill the time, but I didnt expect it to be so captivating.

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

Stephen Lang has an excellent narrative voice for this book, although I more thoroughly enjoyed Arnold's voice.

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

Yes, I definitely found myself making time to enjoy it. Great book.

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Insightful

I will admit it: I came into this book because I wanted to hear Arnold Schwarzenegger narrate an audiobook. And while it was funny at first, I was soon hooked to the story of his rise to power. Stephen Lang, the primary narrator, covers most of the audiobook except the first and last couple of chapters.

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only partly Ah-Nuld

great story, of course. unfortunately, Arnold only reads a small part of the whole. Otherwise, it was thrilling.

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Unbelievable!

At first I was reluctant to use my hard earned income to purchase this book because some of those dollars would eventually make it into Arnold's bank account. And I didn't think he needed any of my financial support! However, one of my mentors recommended this book because of a conversation we had regarding, "applied knowledge!" Having an auto-immune health issue my whole life has changed and it is a deep desire to be better today than I was yesterday! The bottom line is some of Arnold's last words, "Stay Hungery!"

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A MUST READ AND HAVE!

An amazing book that all should read, and remember anything can be done with a mindset of strength, focus, and optimism.

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absolutely love this book

I never got tires of listening to this book. every time I was in my vehicle I had to hear the rest of the story. great values too.

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Totally incredible! Don't hesitate

What a great audio book! Arnold only does a few chapters, but the other narrator is phenomenal. Don't hesitate. Very inspirational and some great lessons woven in. Highly recommended!

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best biography I ever read

Arnold is a mystical figure, but this book demystify why he achieved so much in life and inspired people to grow out of ourself to do a bigger part for the world

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  • Colin
  • 12-09-15

He's Back...

Admit it, when this title first appeared in the ‘What’s New’ section of Audible, you probably smiled or even gave a light ‘Tut Tut’ and, thinking it to be just another celebrity vanity project, moved quickly on to more ‘serious’ books. But I’d like to suggest that you reconsider, as this book is full of surprises, and is an entertaining and very engaging read. It would be unfair to allow Arnold’s larger-than-life persona to put you off.

To start with the book is very well written, and engages the reader from the outset with tales of how Arnold grew up in post-war Austria. He eloquently describes how the men of his village never really came to terms with losing the war, and seemed unable to comprehend the austerity and hardships of their country, especially after all the promises that had been made of a new and rich empire that would rule the world.

Arnold’s stint of National Service, where he enrolled as a Tank Driver (“I like big machines”) is very funny as he was, by his own admittance, the worst tank driver they’d ever had. The high command were so relieved when he asked to be discharged early so he could pursue a job offer in Berlin that they signed his release papers there and then.

And within no time Arnold finds himself in California, where he took a variety of odd jobs to make a little cash while he worked tirelessly on his physique, one eye always on the Mr Universe title.

Anyone who knows anything about Arnold will know that whilst his persona is totally larger than life, he is not a stupid man, and those who underestimated him did so to their cost. He has always been driven to achieve his goals, and once reached he merely resets his sights somewhere else and moves onward and upward. Body-Building, Property, Films, Politics, he’s been there, done that and got a wardrobe full of T-Shirts.

Park your prejudices and give this title a try, it’s a very surprising read.

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  • S Waterson
  • 12-06-15

If only Arnold had read it all

Really interesting story, honest and open. Just wish Arnold had read all of it rather than just the opening and closing chapters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-07-17

Fascinating

I couldn't put this audio book down. Inspiring. Bold. Highly recommended. Big ideas, big dreams.

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  • Suhair
  • 12-26-12

Wonderful Book!

i must admit i wasnt a fan of arnold before but i am totally blown away by his character and the hardship he went through to get where he is. just proves that you cant judge a person untill you know his life. i am now a believer and a fan.

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  • Mr. A. J. Curran
  • 07-28-17

Arnold!!

Arnie speaks only at the beginning and the end. He's had an amazing life and therefore is an amazing book.

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  • Gary
  • 09-13-15

inspiring story

very inspiring story of a man who came from nothing but thought it would have contained more interesting and funny anecdotes of the people he met along the way