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Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story

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Stephen Lang, Arnold Schwarzenegger

23 Hours 20 Minutes

Simon & Schuster Audio

October 2012

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In his signature larger-than-life style, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Total Recall is a revealing self-portrait of his illustrious, controversial, and truly unique life.

The greatest immigrant success story of our time.

His story is unique, and uniquely entertaining, and he tells it brilliantly in these pages.

He was born in a year of famine, in a small Austrian town, the son of an austere police chief. He dreamed of moving to America to become a bodybuilding champion and a movie star.

By the age of twenty-one, he was living in Los Angeles and had been crowned Mr. Universe.

Within five years, he had learned English and become the greatest bodybuilder in the world.

Within ten years, he had earned his college degree and was a millionaire from his business enterprises in real estate, landscaping, and bodybuilding. He was also the winner of a Golden Globe Award for his debut as a dramatic actor in Stay Hungry.

Within twenty years, he was the world’s biggest movie star, the husband of Maria Shriver, and an emerging Republican leader who was part of the Kennedy family.

Thirty-six years after coming to America, the man once known by fellow body­builders as the Austrian Oak was elected governor of California, the seventh largest economy in the world.

He led the state through a budget crisis, natural disasters, and political turmoil, working across party lines for a better environment, election reforms, and bipartisan solutions.

With Maria Shriver, he raised four fantastic children. In the wake of a scandal he brought upon himself, he tried to keep his family together.

Until now, he has never told the full story of his life, in his own voice.

Here is Arnold, with total recall.

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  • Julie W.

    Well 50% of this book is political bs. I love Arnold, still do and love his honesty and detail. I didn’t mind some of how he felt politically or where it stemmed from but once it got to being governor it was snooze the rest of the way. BORING and WAY to detailed. His body building and movie career is great, his building a family and coming to America great and keeps you fully engaged. Very cool and interesting. 23hr book, he could have just made a second book for the political lovers which clearly I’m not. The rest of it, GREAT. Arnold is a great motivator and love his takes and drive on success expressed in this book. All in all, a good book and recommend it

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  • Eleanor B.

    What a fabulous audiobook! Enjoyed every minute of this great story. Still love Arnold!

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  • Kim s

    As much as I would've loved for Arnold to narrate the whole book I thoroughly enjoyed the person who did the majority of it. This story was so inspiring and amazing! There is so much information about several subjects I knew nothing about I love learning about new things. I definitely recommend for anyone!

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  • Josh M

    Incredible story and very inspiring. I loved the entire book. Highly recommend.

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  • Elton Grant

    Awesome book what a life. Funny and inspirational Arnold is the man.

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  • Jose Ayora

    Very inspiring !!! I didn't like Arnold before and now he has inspire me to stay hungry! Great book!! Hope Maria gets back to him

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  • Karen Martinez

    My new favourite book. Fire ignited from the inside out is what I felt while reading this book. The blunt and funny delivery of the story had me hooked on from page 1

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  • Dean Hetherington

    This is a super book by an incredible if somewhat outlandish man . An inspirational and fascinating story .

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  • Michael Wisnicki

    Awesome book! Would recommend it to any Arnold fan

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  • Louis Carette

    Excellent! A truly amazing story that was hard to turn off till my next drive, and I drive 8 hrs per day so it made my week. Will be hard to find my next listen after hearing this great bio.

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