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Losing My Virginity | [Richard Branson]

Losing My Virginity

Losing My Virginity is an amazing memoir, a definitive business guide and an inspirational story that reveals Sir Richard's unique philosophy on business, the Virgin brand and life.
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Publisher's Summary

Losing My Virginity is an amazing memoir, a definitive business guide and an inspirational story that reveals Sir Richard's unique philosophy on business, the Virgin brand and life.

©1998 Richard Branson; (P)1998 Random House Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Grabs you on page one and never lets go... a rollercoaster ride... read what makes this brilliant and hardworking man tick." (Spectator)
"Candid and humorous." (The Times)
"An incredible man, and this is an incredible autobiography... a great read - sex, balloons, intrigue and money." (Sunday Business)
"Branson has a list of achievements unmatched by any other UK businessman. For anyone burning with entrepreneurial zeal, his reminiscences are akin to a sacred text." (Mail on Sunday)

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    Neil Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom 12/04/2009
    Neil Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom 12/04/2009 Member Since 2009
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    "A fasinating insight..."

    Whether you?re a person who admires him or not, Sir Richard is and continues to be one of Britain?s top business personalities. In this book Richard personally delivers his story from beginning to date. It?s a remarkable insight into the man, and really goes a long way to explaining how things came to be and why. One of the things I find most compelling about the story is the intimacy, the personal elements, at some points you smile, even laugh, and then suddenly you?re right there in the heart of the moment as he describes a crises or personal tragedy.

    I?m reminded just why I love self narrated biographies when I listen to this, Sir Richard to me has always been one of the greats, and this book offers a close up personal look at his life and story. It?s not so much about the business itself, but more about Richard, his life, the people around him, and how the events and people close to him empowered him to become the person he has.

    A fantastic listen and highly recommended, shall certainly listen to again. If you?re looking to know more about the business and what Richard looks for in a person and the traits that outline Virgin then another title well worth listening to is Richard Branson?s Business Stripped Bare. Which to is an excellent listen and scores 5/5.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Arthur Gympie, Australia 09/08/2012
    Arthur Gympie, Australia 09/08/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "Very Good Read"

    All the 'Persona' hype aside, this is still a very worthwhile read, even when he jumps out of the helecopter !! Read by the man himself, anyone who takes on B.A. and wins gets my vote.

    Arthur . Australia

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M United Kingdom 01/06/2012
    M United Kingdom 01/06/2012

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    "Exciting, insightful and honest"

    I was addicted to listening to Richard talk about his life, trials, tribulations, loves and his businesses. It's made me love him for who he is and what he stands for: fun, honesty, hard work and adventure.

    I recommend this audiobook very highly. It is exciting from the start, and is very entertaining. I now understand what happened with the record company and with Virgin Atlantic which I was not able to fathom at the time.

    It's a stunningly candid listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L LITTLEHAMPTON, United Kingdom 03/02/2012
    L LITTLEHAMPTON, United Kingdom 03/02/2012

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    "Pleasantly Surprised"

    Not at all what I was expecting. A very intimate account of Mr B's life made all the more poignant because it is read by the man himself. Here is a man who has lived by the seat of his pants! Morally questionable, yes and yet wonderfully honest and down-to-earth. A real emotional rollercoaster where we are mercifuly spared spoonfuls of Virgin PR. For the most part, Richard manages to leave his ego out of the equation and leave us with a well-rounded overview of how he got to where he is. Hugely inspiring to be who we are. I'd like to add, he cooks a very nice pizza :-) Thanks RB.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Darren Belfast, Co. Down, United Kingdom 27/09/2009
    Darren Belfast, Co. Down, United Kingdom 27/09/2009 Member Since 2009
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    "Well worth the Credit"

    Interesting and inspiring, a must read for all budding entrepreneurs

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christian Dublin Ireland 23/10/2009
    Christian Dublin Ireland 23/10/2009 Member Since 2009
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    "Very good book"

    Really liked this book learned a lot about Richard and how he grew up and what is life story is about, i laphed and cried during some of the book and very happy i bought it. A++ for this book always keeps your attention throughtout the book.

    Very glad i got this book

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Essential 28/06/2014
    Essential 28/06/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "The best 5hrs listening ever!!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Losing My Virginity the most enjoyable?

    Just simply the best 5 hrs of listening I've ever done, couldn't stop listening from start to finish. What a great listen, esp listening to Branson himself explain was just the cherry on the top


    What other book might you compare Losing My Virginity to, and why?

    I'm a virgin myself to audible so at this time nothing I can compare to but I have just downloaded warren buffet and so far not as capturing as Branson's.


    What does Richard Branson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His voice tells the story and his passion.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and laughed it was very good


    Any additional comments?

    Mega mega mega must listen and looking forward to more listening from Branson and more audible story's

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    alan 12/05/2014
    alan 12/05/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Totally brilliant"
    If you could sum up Losing My Virginity in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliantly read, fantastically addictive listening, all round gret story, listen over and over again


    What did you like best about this story?

    Richard Branson is a natural reader, with true emotion


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jen Westbury on Trym, United Kingdom 09/12/2013
    jen Westbury on Trym, United Kingdom 09/12/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "An inspiring story"
    Would you listen to Losing My Virginity again? Why?

    Although Richard isn't the most natural narrator, it is lovely to hear his story in his own voice. I really enjoyed the story of his life and work, very inspiring and recommended, even if you aren't interested in business.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peter EDINBURGH, United Kingdom 02/12/2013
    Peter EDINBURGH, United Kingdom 02/12/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Probably the most expensive audiobook"

    Big thanks to Richard for narrating his own book - probably not the best performer but I prefer hearing auto-biographies from the author. Very interesting insights into early Virgin, which can't help but make you admire what he has achieved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Sean
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    31/10/09
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    "Great book about Virgin and the Branson"

    This was a fun book to listen to. As an entrepreneur dealing with the constants ups and downs of business - it is temping just to say "screw it" and through in the towel. The listener learns about the ups and downs of Virgin, how it got started and its constant struggle with cash flow. You hear about Virgin's success and its failures. In its early years Virgin often took 2 steps forward and then one step back to grow. I can relate.

    Branson also does a great job at revealing enough about his life and character to make the whole book work.

    Love the book and would recommend it to any entrepreneur trying to grow a business.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    27/04/09
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    "Humorous, Educating and Enjoyable"

    I will keep this short and brief.

    Losing My Virginity is a great book and is a good way to be entertained for a couple hours. Branson is quite ambitious and this book shows how he lived his life the way he wanted to and one of these outcomes was an incredible company. His stories are both educating and humorous. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking to learn the type of life Richard Branson lived.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Raghavendra Ramesh
    11/08/14
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    "Rich Virgin"
    What did you love best about Losing My Virginity?

    The man and his hatred for rules.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His balloon expeditions and ability to collect proof against BA


    Which character – as performed by Richard Branson – was your favorite?

    I loved everything


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    Inspiring read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kim
    28/02/14
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    "I absolutely loved it!"
    Where does Losing My Virginity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I was already a big fan of Branson but this book really took it to another level. It's so captivating to hear it from the horse's mouth. Quite a few laugh out loud memorable moments. A really great book narrated by a truly inspirational guy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Losing My Virginity?

    Winning a bet against his Aunt if he swam across a river as a child and getting it over British Airways - both priceless stories.


    What about Richard Branson’s performance did you like?

    He is a sensational narrator!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, unfortunately life got in the way and I was forced to split it into 4-5 sessions ;)


    Any additional comments?

    Don't hesitate - a great listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miroslaw
    Giby, Poland
    17/05/12
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    "Amazing book. Amazing Narrator."

    Richard was always my inspiration. I started a business a few months ago and decided to read/listen (finally) his book. I love it.

    Amazing stories from his childhood, first business, becoming a businessman, starting a Virgin group. And what is more important more advices from Richard. How to build, how to scale, how to have fun.

    What is THE most important. Richard reads this book. He smiles when reads about funny moments, he's sad when he read about sad moments (like story about Iraq).

    Short, great read, much value for your entrepreneurs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nigel
    Auckland, New Zealand
    10/11/09
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    "Great book read by the great man"

    I grew up admiring Richard Branson and reading this makes me understand his vitality and drive. I really enjoyed listening to him read the book in particular as you could tell at points he was getting emotional. Now I just need to find another book just as good!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Greg Balanko-Dickson
    07/02/09
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    "Entertaining, Insightful, and Real"

    I listened to this book from start to finish in an evening. I've never done that before, Branson's book was just so captivating, authentic, and inspiring - I just had to finish it. Likely the best business book I've heard or read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kelly Sze
    09/12/08
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    "Well, not much surprise."

    It is written nicely, however if you already know the guy and his past you won't find much surprise. On the other hand, if you would like to know how he became who he is. This is the book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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