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Finding My Virginity

The New Autobiography
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Random House presents the unabridged audiobook edition of Finding My Virginity by Sir Richard Branson, read by Steve West. 

Fifty years ago, Sir Richard Branson started his first business. In his new autobiography, Finding My Virginity, the Virgin founder shares his personal, intimate thoughts on five decades as the world's ultimate entrepreneur. 

In Finding My Virginity, Sir Richard Branson shares the secrets that have seen his family business grow from a student magazine into a global brand, his dreams of private citizens flying to space develop from a childhood fantasy to the brink of reality and his focus shift from battling bigger rivals to changing business for good. Following on from where best-selling Losing My Virginity left off at the dawn of the new millennium, Finding My Virginity takes the listener on a roller-coaster ride with the enigmatic entrepreneur. Learn how Branson created 12 different billion-dollar businesses and hundreds more companies across dozens of sectors, going from a houseboat to his own private island. 

But this audiobook goes far beyond the numbers - it is a journey into the heart and mind of Britain's best loved businessman. Join Sir Richard as he juggles working life with raising his children, Holly and Sam; building a marriage with his wife, Joan; and creating a unique company culture. Discover how he created a new life on Necker Island while continuing to grow the Virgin brand into all corners of the world. Get the real story behind adventures and run-ins with everyone from Bill Gates and Kate Moss to Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama. Go behind the scenes as Sir Richard Branson creates the world's first commercial spaceline, Virgin Galactic, and handles the biggest crisis he has ever faced. Get under the skin of world record attempts on land, sea and air, and see how the original business hippy adapted to becoming a doting 'grand-dude' to his four grandchildren, Eva-Deia, Etta, Artie and Bluey. 

This is the true account of how the Virgin founder reinvented himself and his brand for the 21st century while continuing to push boundaries, break rules and reach for the stars in more ways than one. This is the story of the man behind the beard, the business, the bravado and the brand. Find out how the ultimate entrepreneur did it for the first time - all over again. 

©2017 Richard Branson (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"A fantastic book...offers valuable guidance and inspiration to anyone looking to become a leader, chase a dream or try something new...and reminds us to embrace original thinking and innovation." (Sheryl Sandberg)

"A terrific read." (Bill Gates)

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A must read! Truly inspirational

Just amazing that one person can achieve so much across so many different areas....and he's still not done yet! Richard Branson should be cloned. Virgin Clones ? ;-)

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Great book, dreadful narration

I tried and tried with this because I wanted to hear all about Richard Branson . . . but the narration is monotone and entirely lacking in emotion. Day after day I tried but eventually it was all too tedious and I had to give up. Richard, when you get a spare few hours perhaps you could redo this with your voice as I believe it would make it a stand-out autobiography if you did?

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Rollercoaster ride

This is a fascinating, open and honest account of his personal and business life spanning from the beginning and looking into the future. His laid back approach to life and business is something we should all adopt. So many pearls of wisdom and take homes from this book and I thoroughly recommend. Thanks for sharing RB!

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A Must-Listen For Richard Branson Fans.

Listen! You're going to love this audio book! If you're not that much into reading a book (the book is bigger than you think) then listening to the audio will suit you. Steve West is an amazing narrator! When you listen to him it sounds like Sir Richard Branson himself is reading the book. A great choice for a narrator.

Without boring you with too much info, this autobiography basically picks up from where it left off. Anyway... enough of me scribbling words. Go out and buy it and check it out for yourself. Screw it! Just do it! ;)

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A wonderful listen, I would soul hearlty recommend

This is a brilliant story from Richard about he's life, very inspirational and excellent advice on business and life

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Honest and inspiring - the antidote to 2017.

If you've ever wondered why the Virgin brand walks, talks and acts in the way it does, then this book is for you. Gripping, entertaining, and honest. Start to finish I was hooked. It's like having a conversation with Richard - wonderful.

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A book of 2 halves

The first half of the book is excellent about how Richard Branson built his business and dealt with challenges. The second half is too much about how wonderful Richard is according to Richard and I'm a Richsrd Branson fan - I should gave left it half read

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  • 18-01-19

Sir Richard Branson ...a bit too perfect....

First off let me say that I admire Sir Richard Branson enormously as an entrepreneur. But with that said I was not so impressed by this book. It is interesting and I did enjoy listening but it is a bit too self agrandising for my tastes. Obviously with a biography one is not going to tell all the bad stuff. But there is very little (really nothing) in here about any business mistakes etc. In fact if you took this biography at face value Sir Richard has not put a foot wrong in the last 20 or so years. When he overruled his senior team ... he was right ... when he agreed with them ... he was right ...when he decided to do something or not do something ... he is right. You get the idea. Overall I found too much of the usual self publicity that Sir Richard does so well ... it is just that I am not always entirely convinced that it is true. Certainly I have had experiences with the Virgin brand where the 'legendary' customer service that is mentioned lots of times in the book was really not so great. I am pretty certain that I can't be the only one. But the hype of course is impressive! I also have an issue with the layout of the book. Of course I understand that you can't necessarily have a chronological order. But for me there is way too much jumping around with the same topics, eg say Virgin Galactic, dealt with at a number of different times. Finally I am of course aware that Necker is Sir Richards home. So I don't see the need to mention constantly that he was eg: 'sitting in his lounge on Necker writing this / doing that' ... etc. It feels a little bit like bragging after a while and got a bit annoying. Overall I was a little disappointed and found there to be a bit too much preaching for me. But this is just my two penneth worth. I guess bang goes my visit to Necker now! lol

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inspiring and good feel to the man!

a must read. changed my mind about Richard. it's an invite into his life and times. enjoy

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Inspiring

I didn't really even know who Richard Branson was or what Virgin was so I can't explain why I picked up this book, but I am so glad I did! what an exciting life and what an inspiration! I feel like I've learnt loads and I'm motivated to do loads!

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  • André Camargos Spolaor
  • 03-04-18

Great book, but feels a bit disconnected

It's a great book and insight to Richard Branson life. However it feels more like a collection of notes, so it feels a bit on the surface, without digging much deeper on any subjects.

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  • martin
  • 12-10-17

Listened to it in one go.

I was waiting for this book for ages. Did not disappoint at all. Can not wait for the “finding my virginity”. Please please Richard, do not dare to do something stupid to kill your self. This world needs you. Love Martin.

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  • Susanna J
  • 20-04-20

Loved every minute of it!

I absolutely admire Richard Branson. His mindset, his wit, his business smarts. I would definitely listen a few more times.

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  • Timothy Hill
  • 30-01-19

Respect

I have always been a huge fan of Sir Branson and love the way this story picks up from 2000 onwards. The man has balls and I respect the fact that even though he falls from time to time (and literally in some instances), he has the uncanny ability to pick up where he left off having learned a lesson and with an optimistic approach. The narrator of this story could be Richard himself and I was totally absorbed in the story and felt at times that I was there in the thick of things!

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  • ccolo
  • 11-12-18

Story collections from the life of the author

This book shares a collection of stories from the author without a cohesive narrative. I think it will have been a great addition to the previous book but perhaps that will have been made it a little too long

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-10-18

incredible stories! highly recommend it

incredible stories! i highly recommend it for everyone! richard is such an incredible personality. Great read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-08-18

Inspiring

Really recommend this for any one who who want to become a entrepreneur!! Loved it!!

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  • Lesia
  • 16-08-18

Enjoyed this thoroughly!!!!

Very engaging!! It usually takes me a while to finish a book but this took me little over a week. The stories captivated me and his humor kept me awake. Only downside is a few curse words. I’m a Christian so that was a bit off putting. However, that did not take away from the book. Well, for me anyway. I’m an entrepreneur and try to be generous but I realize I should be doing much more for the poor and young.. Currently on vacation but gonna set up a foundation that focuses on education or should I say re-education when I get home. Looking forward to that!! I’m from Jamaica in the Caribbean. Also going to purchase Losing my Virginity although I should have listened to that first!!🙃

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  • Walter B.
  • 11-08-18

Living example on how to fully live.

The second part of the story of an amazing life. Leaves you wondering: Have I enjoyed my life and lived it to it's best?

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  • Shannon
  • 04-08-18

Forever a Virgin

at one point i felt as though Richard himself was next to me. Really amazing job. The book felt complete with enough to keep me praying for the Knight to reach well past 100 in order to get the 3rd book in the series. With this Inspiration I hope to live out every lesson shared in my own ventures.