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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.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
A very inspiring and motivating book, I only wish Arnold narrated the entire thing rather than just the beginning and ending.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful