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.
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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.
Really interesting story, honest and open. Just wish Arnold had read all of it rather than just the opening and closing chapters.
Addicted to reading!
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.
"Amazing. I wish I got the extended version!"
Being the first of it's kind that I've listened to, I'm very pleased with the quality and layout of this product.
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!"
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.
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.
Stephen Lang has an excellent narrative voice for this book, although I more thoroughly enjoyed Arnold's voice.
Yes, I definitely found myself making time to enjoy it. Great book.
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.
"For Me Personally Incredible Book"
I did not think the book would be so interesting i enjoyed gettin to experience an overview of Arnolds life and hearing his thoughts on the events of his life. I will seek out other autobiographies of people that interest me and hope they are this good.
A very inspiring and motivating book, I only wish Arnold narrated the entire thing rather than just the beginning and ending.
"Sad that Arnold didn't read more of it"
First of let's put it out there: I'm an Arnold fan, so I'm biased.
In my mind this book is two things. Firstly it's Arnolds tale, depicting his motivations and goals, his hardships and how he achieved success.
Second it serves as a motivational pinnacle. It's not trying to, but listening to the stories of him reaching his goals in bodybuilding, acting, investing and politics all serve as a reminder that our goals need to be sharp and direct.
The book manages to sound more historical and less boastful, the text is well written and the reader speaks clearly without extravagant voice changes.
"Loved it from start to finish!"
Wish it was fully narrated by Arnold himself but the narrator did a fantastic job as well. Powerful story of a great man. Thank you for the motivation Arnold!
"If you are an Arnold fan or an entrepreneur..."
Great inspiring story. Arnold Is not only a celebrity and a star, he is a very smart business person. Loved the biography and will read it again at least once per year
"Amazingly interesting life!"
Still my all time favorite movie action hero. I wish Arnold would have narrated more of the book.
"Life lessons from Arnold!"
So much better than I expected it to be! The last chapters themselves are worth price of this book!!!!
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