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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 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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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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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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Fascinating

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

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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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Would have liked Arnold to read the whole book

The book is really great and inspiring but it took me a while to get into Stephen Lang narrating it. It feels so much more authentic and real coming from Arnold himself as he top and tails it. Would still recommend though

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shame its not all Arnold.

the best part of the book is when Arnold narrates it, it makes you feel like you ar right there living and seeing his life. after that the story gets a bit dull but still interesting nonetheless!

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He is the Motivator

Loved this book. Truly motivational and inspirational. It has changed my life and helped me continue with my business.

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Should have got the full book!

Would be much better if Arny read it all but overall its still great. Really interesting story from a really inspiring man.

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great book

loved the book having read it I wanted it on audio.was disappointed the mad himself didn't narrate much of the book :(

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inspiring

a true inspiration to all human kind. what can be achieved with goals and a never say die attitude. positivity is the winner

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  • Dustin
  • 30-01-15

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-10-17

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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  • Jannine MacKinnon
  • 01-11-16

Great book

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

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  • Devin Moretz
  • 29-11-14

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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  • SAMA
  • 08-04-13

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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  • Albert
  • 24-07-20

mostly not Arnold reading it

it was jolting when it went from Arnold reading the first few chapters to another guy, then back to Arnold for the last few some interesting stories and insight, glad I got this book

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  • coopaloop
  • 23-01-20

Couldn't put it away

I have always loved Arnold, but now I feel inspired after listening to this book. I've been back at the gym for 3 weeks now and instead of my usual hard rock or metal I was listening to this. Well read by Stephen Lang as well. not a bad thing to say about this book

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  • Goran K.
  • 18-03-19

An exemplary life, more relevant today than ever

Arnold grew up in difficult circumstances however his story is not one of pity and sympathy, but of perseverance, motivation and dedication. He uses events in his life to teach us how to overcome our own obstacles, and as an immigrant his story is very relevant and valuable in today's political climate. I took one star off for performance because Arnold doesn't narrate the whole thing. Stephen Lang does a great job but it would have been great to hear Arnold do the whole thing.

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  • snir
  • 31-01-19

Amazing

One of the best books I've read, I listen to eat every once in a while. Best book for inspiration.

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  • Greg H.
  • 02-11-18

Schwarzenegger is an inspiration!

I really love this book! I found it not only intriguing and interesting listening to the man tell us about his life, but also there was an extreme amount of value and what he is telling us. his technique of visualization and following through is remarkable and its simplicity. and like he says anyone can do it. and it is quite funny when he describes his wife's eulogy for her father, when she states how father always taught her sons had a tree woman, and Arnold thought that she might have been referring to him, but maybe not. simply endearing Arnold!