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Summary

Richard Branson is an iconic businessman. In Screw It, Let’s Do It, he shares the secrets of his success and the invaluable lessons he has learned over the course of his remarkable career. As the world struggles with the twin problems of global recession and climate change, Richard explains why it is up to big companies like Virgin to lead the way in finding a more holistic and environmentally friendly approach to business. He also looks to the future and shares his plans for taking his business and his ideas to the next level.

Richard reveals the new and exciting areas into which Virgin is currently moving, including bio fuels and space travel, and brings together all the important lessons, good advice and inspirational adages that have helped him along the road to success. This is a fantastic motivational book that will help listeners achieve their own dreams.

©2010 Sir Richard Branson (P)2010 Random House Audiobooks

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Good content, bad narrator

I admire Richard Branson greatly and was looking forward to hearing his story. Disappointingly the narrator didn't inspire me one bit with a very odd rhythm to his reading often leaving vital information off the end of a sentence rendering it nonsensicle e.g. " My favourite time of day is evening. On Necker." as opposed to "My favourite time of day in evening on Necker" which I can only assume is what was written. His tone often adds an almost arrogant edge to RB's writing which I'm sure was not intended either...

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • john
  • manchester, United Kingdom
  • 07-06-12

Good book spoilt by bad narration

Sort it out Adrian.

it sounded like it was being read by a computer programme for most of the time. Very odd cadence and missing of beats.

I'm guessing it was a rush job done in one take. I may be wrong, but it made it hard to listen to at some points.

That aside it is a very good and insightful book.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Helen
  • Isle of Lewis, United Kingdom
  • 16-08-11

Good entertainment plus some great tips for life

The book is great and the narrator is completely right for the part. You could think it was Richard Branson! I really enjoyed listening to it in the car to work

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Screw it! What a great book!

What made the experience of listening to Screw It, Let's Do It the most enjoyable?

The book is set out as a story rather than formal prose on how to become successful in business, as a result its much more compelling.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Richard Branson...of course. But he does also reference a number of influences in his life including his very understanding parents and wife.

What about Adrian Mulraney’s performance did you like?

The narrator was very easy to understand and did a good job. Its just a shame that RB himself didn't narrate. Although I sure he's far too busy for that.

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

I was very inspired by the central messages in the book. The main thing is to act on ideas, however good they are. Focus on the upsides as well as the downs. Have fun and realise that life is very short so you should enjoy it.

Any additional comments?

A great book, very inspirational. Definitely worth listening to every so often to keep up you motivation, especially during tough times.

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I have admired Richard Branson, now my admiration has gone sky high after reading this book.

What I like most is his foresight, there is just no fear factor once he has thought about something. His drive and his vision is something that I truly admires and wished that I too could possess this.
The book is insightful, it's enlightening and refreshing to listen to, and the thrill factor and Richards craving for adventure is scary but very exciting.
I loved the book and recommend it highly, especially to entrepreneurs.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great tips on how to 'connect the dots' in busines

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this audiobook to anyway that runs a businessor is hesitating to start one. The story convays lots of hsnds-on experience and dows great to boost one's motivation.

What other book might you compare Screw It, Let's Do It to, and why?

Grant Cardone's 10X focuses more on motivation and performance, but I believe these books complement each other.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I was stunned by the way Sir Branson solves the problems and never hesitates to ask, even very daring question '(and thus succeed in buying his dream island or starting an airline).

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moment author ponders about the role of ''having fun' while doing business impressed me and changed the way I look on my business.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Reader is monotone and just awful

Having listened to other Richard Branson books with Richard Branson reading, I was looking forward to this. Apart from the fact the content is very similar to previous books, the reader is awful, completely monotone.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Inspirational

Loved this book. Branson is as good writer and narrator as he is a businessman. And this book showed me he has a great heart, too.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Simply Brilliant

He doesn't blab on all about himself...which is refreshing. He talks about key life lessons in no-nonsense way. His writing just flows and the narration is good too. Buy it, you'll love it :)

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Really good one

A good and fun insight into the life of one of the greatest business men. Recommend it.

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  • anonymous
  • 14-03-17

Disappointed

This is just a book about the risks he has taken. It started off slow, and stayed that speed. I enjoyed hearing about his plans with environmental protection, but he lost me when he started talking about girlfriends having abortions. I won't be finishing this book.

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  • Christopher
  • 09-10-14

Turns into 4 hour global warming campaign

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Book started out alright but plunged quicker then one of Branson's hot air balloons. To break this book down:
Try hard and find a way to make it happen
An hour of hot air balloon stories
4 hours about global warming and his airline
All sprinkled with name dropping of politicians

If you are looking to learn something or inspiration, avoid this book.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • THAMINDER
  • 04-03-13

Terrible only heaving hot air

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

pathetic talking about himself, no management. Waste of time i wish i had read the reviews earlier.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • MDTruman
  • 10-07-11

Screw it, I just wasted my money!

He reminds me of Bobby Knight...he was popular..he won games...but he was full of crap. Knight's crap was his anger and abuse...Branson's is self love and self adulation....you can learn from both about strategy but you also have to deal with the crap. I will save you money so u don't have to listen to him tell you how awesome he is:

- Do what you love
- Believe that you can succeed
- Never give up
- Don't listen to the naysayers.

He learned all that from his Mum...he is not some brilliant innovator but followed a brilliant strategy ..he just knew what the people wanted and went into action. His nature was formed by his Mum...he emulated her....he got rich because he did the same thing she did but in profit making companies....that's it.

With some bits of strategy, he mostly talked about his social concerns; basically, to put it in an analogy - he said how he's wonderful because he gave a poor man a fish and announced to the world that it was HE that gave the poor man a fish...but he solved nothing!!!! The poor man was just as hungry the next day! Teach him how to fish and THEN teach him how to sell at the fish market and he'll be fed everyday as well as his family and neighbors.


Note to Branson, Bono and rich folks who love glorifying themselves about how they help others, but really don't help anyone - you want to lessen hunger, lessen disease, lessen wars?....then follow me....I know how to do it.....BUILD UP THE FREE MARKET SYSTEM IN EACH OF THEIR MAJOR CITIES!!!!!!

Save your money and buy a book about Steve Jobs. You will get great ideas and the motivation you're looking for without the continuous nauseating self praise.

24 of 32 people found this review helpful

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  • Phil Hudson
  • 24-04-15

Screw It!

Wow, Richard Branson has always been a powerful figure in the world, but never has he been so inspiring. I've lived a life working to gain and grow my own future by struggling every day to change my family tree. I don't enjoy life and I don't think globally. It's time to change that and this book has done that for me. I am excited to look for more opportunities for growth and have him to thank for that.

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  • Chris N
  • 23-06-18

Losing my Virginity remixed

It's pretty much a shortened version of his famous autobiography -Losing my Virginity - remixed in chapters that are supposed to be his principles in life and business. This book didn't feel it added anything to the autobiography, to be honest, but it felt like a nice refreshment. He expands on the idea of Gaia Capitalism and sustainable models of making business, but not really dwelling on the topic. I'll give it 3 stars because I like Branson and his sincere devotement to making the world a better place not just making money, but otherwise I wouldn't bother to pay for this book if I had already listened to the original biography.

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  • Barbara J Davis
  • 01-12-17

Business and adventure!

Richard Branson does not disappoint! He chooses to use storytelling to illustrate the points he would like to make. Truly his can-do attitude and lack of aversion to risk (once a careful analysis is completed) are what make him great. I truly admire this man even more after listening to this book. His words provide confirmation for me to continue down my chosen path of self employment.

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  • Henry
  • 06-08-17

Entertaining and insightful

I'm very glad I finally got to this book. It was extremely entertaining and motivating.

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  • Jason
  • 09-05-17

another great life story by Sir Richard Branson

another great life story by Sir Richard Branson!! highly recommend re listening for extra tips

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  • Abraham T.
  • 13-01-17

good read

I love reading these inspirational stories of entrepreneurship. Richard Branson's style of doing business is unique, and the stories portray him as being very grounded and human, but with superhuman goals and expectations. Love it!