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Total Recall Audiobook

Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story

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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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    Andrew 04-24-13
    Andrew 04-24-13
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    "Surprisingly A Great and Informative Story"
    What did you love best about Total Recall?

    The title "My Unbelievably True Life Story" needs to accent the 'unbelievably" part more - his story, success and adventures were an amazing listen. Yes we knew the end result of his recent marital issues, but little did i know about his path and efforts to success. I have told so many people about this book as i progressed and encouraged many to listen as well. His centrist political views are, in my opinion, a majority of the nation and he would be successful again in politics if he tried. Grew to respect the Governator more.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shade 03-22-13
    Shade 03-22-13
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    "amazingly entertaining and inspirational !"
    Where does Total Recall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this is certainly one of my favorite audiobooks.


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

    Steve Jobs biography, both great achievers and fascinating people with an uncommon vision


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

    Arnold


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

    it is a long book, so I wouldn't even try, which is what I like so it can be listened to while doing cardio or some other task and can last with its enjoyment


    Any additional comments?

    it's rare to find a book that inspires and entertains in a positive light. He is very honest in his faults, but remains a great man Whose passion in life and especially politics was fascinating to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brigham 12-15-15
    Brigham 12-15-15

    I am what you might call a literary philanderer...

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    "Arnold versus The Biographer"

    You could definitely tell when Arnold was leading the charge on the writing versus the biographer assisting him. The language changes gradually throughout and it is interesting to notice.

    All-in-all, I really enjoyed this read. At the end, Arnold gives you a list of approximately 14 items to consider when designing your life and preparing to accomplish the great things you seek to realize. The list was great but would have diminished in worth had I not read the book from start to finish. It was like an infographic but with a real punch having the story behind it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Graham Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-11-12
    Graham Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Just what you would expect."

    This autobiography offers no more or no less than what you would expect. The book provides a complete and satisfying account of his rise to fame and accomplishments. You can really get a sense of his mindset. He describes his poor rural life in Austria, coming to America, his body building days, Conan the Barbarian, Hollywood success, life in the Kennedy family, and finally his governorship. All the while he puts a strong emphasis on the virtues of hard work and salesmanship. Near the end he admits to cheating on his wife with the nanny, and says there was no excuse for it. He doesn't mention any other kinds of infidelity. He claims also that he is not trying to be a role model when he rides his bicycle in Santa Monica without a helmet. But at the same time he frames this book as a rich source self-improvement nuggets such as "do more reps", "don't be lazy", "your brain is like a muscle, exercise it" etc.

    The first and last chapters are narrated by the author. The narrator of the other chapters however is not Schwarzeneggerish in any way and refuses to use any accents at any time even though he almost slips a couple times when delivering some classic Schwarzenegger one liners.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 09-11-13
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 09-11-13 Member Since 2016

    I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.

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    "Get to the Chopper, the Book!"
    What did you like best about Total Recall? What did you like least?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just learning more about someone who I admire and what makees him tick.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Stephen Lang and Arnold Schwarzenegger ’s performances?

    I am not a huge fan of biographies as a whole, but I would consider it.


    Could you see Total Recall being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe a mini-series, but I don't think the demand would be there. WHo should be the star? Seriously... Three guessess ha-ha.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an interesting listen if you can get past the slow points and wooden narrarator.

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    Smiles McCray 08-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Over The Top, In A Good Way"

    This book is way better than one would ever expect. A lot to learn from this Austrian who has accomplished more than most, or arguably anyone. Opens your mind.

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    Coronnalvr 08-15-17
    Coronnalvr 08-15-17
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    "Best read in a while"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Total Recall to be better than the print version?

    why read a print version?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    of course Arnold was my favorite character. I have really warmed up to Arnold, this book made me a number 1 fan.


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

    Arnold.


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

    yes. it was very good. Very well written. Easy to follow. Engaging, funny, I could go on and on. I plan to give this to everyone that needs to hear how to succeed. my sons each got a copy. I love Arnold's philosophies and how he runs his life. the affair is a little disappointing, but, everything else he's done is just outstanding.


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    Albert Sjoberg (PA) 08-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Inspirational"

    This book was an inspirational listen well worth the time spent.

    I loved hearing about the life of Conan the Barbarian. Listening to his history from Austria to the governor of California is uplifting and fun.

    As with any good story, the character that Arnold presents is heroic with some flaws.
    As I am not an American and do not live in California, some of the politics was uninteresting and because I do not identify ideologically as either Democrat or Republican I will not comment on his success or otherwise.

    The only disappointment was that Arnold only read the first and last chapters. I would have loved to hear this all in Arnold's voice.

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    "Eye opening"

    what an awesome book, new perspective to Arnold. I never knew the struggle he overcame but the attitude in which he approached the struggle. The amount of energy he needed to become who he is and how he did it, very basic formula, repetition every day and always keeping an open mind.

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    Miro Z. 07-26-17
    Miro Z. 07-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "GREAT BOOK"

    Always been an Arnold fan but have a much better understanding of the man through his book and have become an even bigger fan!

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  • Aapjebaapje
    7/27/17
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    "More than three lives in one"

    If you ever thought you had a full life, listen to this book! This is well written and has something for everyone. It's honest and true. Thanks to Arnold for taking the time to write it.

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  • Anonymous
    7/27/17
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    "Always Stay Hungry and never listen to the Nei say"

    Always Stay Hungry and never listen to the Nei sayers. Always take actions and don't go where everyone else is, go where it's quite ;) You'll one day thank me

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  • Pavel Trosin
    7/26/17
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    "Top inspiration"

    Love the story. As an immigrant, could find myself in the story again and again, reading about the struggles, going against the tide, and pursue your goals no matter what. Simply loved it.

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  • Tony
    7/19/17
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    "What a Great Story"

    I have always liked Arnie, but what a great insight to his life & his determination this is. Really three stories in one. From his humble beginnings in Austria, his introduction to & and rise in bodybuilding, his business interests & meeting the Kennedys, his amazing film career and then Governor. A thoroughly entertaining listen. Just a shame he does not read it all, rather than just the first & last chapters.

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  • Patrick Fury
    7/12/17
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    "If it reads, we can rate it"

    What an inspiration to hear Arnold's life story. An embodiment of the American dream. Arnold narrates the first and last chapters only, mildly disappointing but great to hear nevertheless

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  • Anonymous
    7/3/17
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    "Such a genuine person."

    Such a genuine person. Odds of this poor Austrian boy achieving all this is not only coincidence but also a lot of hard work. Loved the parts Arnold narrated. I could have listened to Arnold through the entire book.

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  • Charlott
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    6/24/17
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    "Great!"

    It was amazing to get into the head of Arnold Schwarzenegger. His story is fantastic.

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  • Gracjan
    6/23/17
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    "inspirational"

    This was very interesting and motivated me. if Arnold can do why can't I? I recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous
    5/23/17
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    "fantastic, a must listen."

    great. so interesting now I know a little bit more about A.S. you just have to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brendon Daly
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    5/23/17
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    "Arnold the Legend"

    Arnold was a true inspiration for me in my youth. he is one of life's top achievers. Not afraid to make mistakes and his preparation has made him a true legend in my eyes

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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