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Total Recall Audiobook

Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life 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.

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    Nick 01-13-17
    Nick 01-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story about a great man. Excellent narration"

    Loved the story and I was inspired. I'll be recommending it to friends and family.

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    Tim Dierckxsens Belgium 01-12-17
    Tim Dierckxsens Belgium 01-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing life story"

    I wanted to read more about Arnold after Tim Ferriss had interviewed him on his podcast. His memoirs are amazing and It will be hard to find a book more interesting to read.

    What inspired me most was his business acumen and intellect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clive Smit NZ 01-09-17
    Clive Smit NZ 01-09-17
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    "I couldn't stop listening!"

    I have just devoured this book. I finished listening to the whole 23hr book while still working full time in just 3 days. It was that good!
    Arnie's life is not only interesting but also very instructive.
    You'll be all the better for getting this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    adrian 12-18-16
    adrian 12-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Inspirational!"

    I loved the whole book from start to finish as I have known his early days from growing up in Brazil, and then moved to California before he was the governor.

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    Justin Tetrault 12-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great life lessons throughout."

    this book is peppered with great ideas and definitely sheds some light on how Arnold Schwarzenegger a man whom no one would expect to run for political office actally became governor. not only became govener but actually makes sense why he did it.

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    Amazon Customer 12-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing book!"

    Highly recommend it! It was like walking in the footsteps of Arnold. Kind of sad that it ended. Everything Arnold has done he fought his way to the top. It's all about not giving up, busting your ass, because that's the only way to reach success.

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    Anthony Dowdell Tokyo, Japan 12-09-16
    Anthony Dowdell Tokyo, Japan 12-09-16
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    "Incredible Life Story"

    Listening to Arnold speak on how he felt his success, how he visualized it, before he was successful is incredibly inspiring. His entire story of growing up in a small Austrian town to achieving everything he has achieved is simply amazing.

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    Amazon Customer 12-09-16
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    "Drive to succeed"

    Inspiring story to keep the eye on the prize. Arnold is not the perfect human-being, but his drive to achieve and tackle goals is unprecedented.

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    N. ANDREWS 12-04-16
    N. ANDREWS 12-04-16 Member Since 2016

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

    Absolutely his life was amazing , I wasn't bored once. I don't understand how his brain works but I wish I could be more like him


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

    All of it


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Lang and Arnold Schwarzenegger ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    I would have loved to but it's way too long


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    Yumi Liang 11-30-16
    Yumi Liang 11-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Makes me feel like I'm not doing enough"

    Seriously though! My dad's a super fan of this guy and I never knew why. I've now finished this audiobook and not only have I witnessed myself thinking bigger and bigger...but I just feel like I've grown as a person listening to his life. Would recommend this book to anyone! Although I understand why he didn't; I just wish Arnold actually spoke more in the audiobook haha

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  • alexander
    2/11/14
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    "Salesmans "true" story"
    What made the experience of listening to Total Recall the most enjoyable?

    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)


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

    Lots of moments (24 hour book). Military stories were fun.


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

    I was disapointed when Arnie only done the first chapter but once the other voice took over he was very good too.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • levw49
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    4/29/13
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    "Inspirational!"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • aydin
    2/23/15
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    "Best audiobook I've ever listened to"

    Honestly is the best biography / memoir of any celebrity I have listened to. Whilst most characters (who admittedly also have interesting stories) simply have only one profession and thus can get fairly dull or tedious, Arnold's unlikely transition from bodybuilder to actor to Govenor combined with his incredible drive and work ethic makes the story fresh and intensely gripping. His ideology and backstory is one of the most inspiring to date and his name will surely go down in the record books for all he has, and surely will still to come, accomplish. 5/5 I highly recommend this to all members of the public, regardless of sporting interest or political inclination.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Wirral, United Kingdom
    1/18/13
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    "Good listen"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    12/20/12
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    "Without Fear"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kay Odiomaisia
    8/8/17
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    "Who knew?"

    This was such an inspiring story for people in business. His life is fascinating but it is not the real public Arnie which was the most interesting part but his approach to real life.
    I am now going to read the book as well!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Croydon, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Pippa Lamb
    London
    1/16/13
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    "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.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Maria
    Laindon, United Kingdom
    11/10/12
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    "More human than Terminator."

    Arnold talks a lot about his body building, his tournament wins and his drive to achieve this success. He speaks of his movie roles, his political career and the son he had with his house maid. Once I finished this listen I concluded that I sincerely hope he and Maria Shriver stay together. He clearly adores her and has suffered a great deal as a result of his selfish actions. You will hear Arnold himself speak at the start and again at the end. The speaker in the midst is good to listen to.

    I enjoyed this autobiography very much indeed. He is a human being rather than the Terminator. This book gives him a humane quality easy to understand and empathise with.

    If you like self help books this would be a good listen to see how those skills you read about are put into practice and he sums them up himself at the end.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Skydiver7
    9/21/17
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    "What an interesting guy..."
    What made the experience of listening to Total Recall the most enjoyable?

    This man has had a really interesting life. Understanding some of his business dealings away from the hollywood showbiz was a really good insight to the man behind the showman. I also found it surprisingly inspirational and was glad to see that the person we saw in Pumping Iron was the showman and not the real man.


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

    Understanding that he got into property early on is his career and he didn't just rely on his the plan for hollywood stardom.


    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?

    No - why does amazon keep asking me this?!


    Any additional comments?

    A really good listening - shame Arnold didn't narrate the whole thing. I did buy Pumping Iron after this as I wanted to see what he talked about in his book and I watched it from a new perspective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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