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Finding My Virginity

The New Autobiography
Written by: Richard Branson
Narrated by: Steve West
Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Twenty years after his iconic memoir Losing My Virginity, the world’s ultimate entrepreneur is back with the rest of the story.

Richard Branson’s Losing My Virginity shared the outrageous tale of how he built Virgin from a student magazine into one of the greatest brands in history. No challenge was too daunting, no opportunity too outlandish to pursue. And each new adventure started with five simple words: “Screw it, let’s do it.”   

Now, 50 years after starting his first business, Branson shares the candid details of a lifetime of triumphs and failures and what he really thinks about his unique life and career. Finding My Virginity is an intimate look at his never-ending quest to push boundaries, break rules, and seek new frontiers - even after launching a dozen billion-dollar businesses and hundreds of other companies.   

As he led Virgin into the new millennium, Branson fearlessly expanded the brand into new categories such as mobile, media, fitness, and banking and into every corner of the globe - all while preserving its iconoclastic, scrappy spirit. He even brought Virgin into space with Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline. Finding My Virginity takes us behind the scenes of the incredible brains, heart, and sacrifices that have gone into making private spaceflight an imminent reality - even after the biggest crisis Branson has ever faced.   

But this book is much more than a series of business adventures. It’s also the story of Branson’s evolution from hotshot entrepreneur to passionate philanthropist and public servant, via Virgin Unite’s environmental and health initiatives and through the Elders, a council of influential global leaders. And it’s the story of his personal quest to become a better son, husband, father, and “grand-dude” to his four grandchildren.   

Featuring a supporting cast that includes everyone from Bill Gates to Kate Moss, Nelson Mandela to Barack Obama, this is the gripping account of a man who will never stop reaching for the stars, in more ways than one. Find out how Branson did it for the first time - all over again.

©2017 Richard Branson (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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Boring book

A terribly boring story about him and there is no business insights. All about how gentleman or wild stuntman he was. Not inspiring.

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A great listen from start to finish!

Brilliantly performed, well written, and a great addition to any library. Can't wait for the next installment!

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Not good for entrepreneurial tips or business insight

Very little business insights in this book. Most autobiographies from successful entrepreneurs provide good insight into unique business strategies. This book is more focused on his personal life and family. If you are hoping to learn something new I wouldn't recommend.

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EXCELLENT - A Must Listen!!

This is an excellent publication, and the audiobook was such a breeze to listen to - from the storyline to the narration by Steve West (who actually does such a great job you'd think it was Sir Richard Branson reading this himself). There's a lot to learn about living a great life and achieving great success (a lot of facts to list, so please grab a copy and listen). I am now ready to go out into the world and live a more fulfilling life!

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Truly inspiring

A must read for anyone struggling to find their way in business and in life.

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Incredibly entertaining.

This title was incredibly entertaining offering vivid story recounts while leaving us with wise advice and wishing the book was even longer. Time well invested! Thanks a million Ritchie!

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Great motivation and drive!

This listen is for the driven and motivated full of exciting tails and near death misses. One of mankind's true elders is Sir Richard Brandon !! The only downside would be that it seemed to Trail off in the last few chapters sounding more like a letter to his family than a how to become successful and find your own mark in the world. All in all a good listen!

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Exceptional book, what a whirlwind adventure t

An exceptional read to one of the world's most fascinating men. He inspires me to be a better entrepreneur and contribute to the world in a new way and new vigour. To take on bold challenges in the funnest ways and to live live with passion and drive.

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Amazing Book!

Great book! I assumed it would be a business book but was mistaken. It was a book on life and how to live it, mixed with how he has been so successful in business.

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Smack average

Found the book to be rather dry and mostly just Branson bragging on what he has achieved and the adventures he's had as an billionaire. Great life to have lived but really all I can make from the book is he got lucky taking all the risks he took and mad a bucket load of money because he was first to a lot of tasks and in many ways ended up being a great marketer more than anything else. Did not learn much from Branson's life. #Audible1

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  • Tom
  • 2019-12-18

Couldn't finish it!

I read a lot and thought this was very dry and had many slow parts. i made it half way and the last couple hours were really a struggle. Read Elon Musk instead, it was better written and the performance was phenomenal.

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  • randell carlson
  • 2018-05-31

More than a story of money.

Loved the story, the ambitions and behind the scenes background of events and struggles of the Branson family. it's not a story of money, but a relay of motivation, the why and how and the caring that accompanies the actual newlines!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-05-26

Phenomenal in every possible way.

Phenomenal in every possible way. Do not think twice before picking this up. The wisdom this genuinely good and honest man shares in his book is beyond words. Reading this book is like living and absorbing the wisdom of an entire lifetime, if not more... and the performance by Steve West is equally exceptional. 5 stars does no justice.

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  • Sylwia Urbanska
  • 2019-05-05

"Blowing his own horn"

Full disclosure: I only listened to the first 3 hours so maybe down the road it would get more inspirational and entertaining but I just can't get passed the horn blowing happening in the first 3. I listened to Branson's ted talk and was looking forward to an inspirational book- maybe 10% was- too little for me to waste another 15 hrs. Disappointing.

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  • Jarae
  • 2019-02-11

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struggled to finish the book. the content was generally not to my taste at all

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  • Alex
  • 2017-10-18

Fantastic Book!

Well written and compelling coupled with a great narrator and message. I'm very picky about audio books and I recommend this one highly.

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  • Trent
  • 2017-10-22

Wow!

What a life! Very inspiring book! Shows how anything is possible and one person can help change the world for the better!

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  • KB
  • 2019-11-14

Upside: Great story. Downside: Somewhat political

I like how Richard pulled this together. Great success that deserves notice. Maybe a touch to much I in the story. Also, he mentions staying away from political affiliations in business, although clear in the story that they play a big part. Overall great.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-11-28

A long rambling brag

I really like autobiographies and have listened to many good ones but this one was very disappointing. It was hard to follow as it just seemed to hop from one random thought about how great he thinks he is to another. I didn't know too much about Richard Branson before this book, he always seemed interesting, but I was left with a bad taste in my mouth for him after this book. I fought my way through most of it after turning it off many times in frustration but couldn't get through the last couple hours.

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  • M. F.
  • 2017-11-10

Screw it, let’s do it!

I have never heard of anyone doing 2 autobiographies so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Well, it did not disappoint. Richard Branson is definitely the most interesting man in the world and should start Virgin Beer just so he can make those commercials.
Highly recommend and can’t wait for the third installment of the trilogy that is his life.

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