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Summary

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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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 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 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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Aweful, self indulgent.

Couldnt make it past chapter 6. I appreciate it's an autobiography, but the entire book is a8med at inflating Richard's ego as oppose to providing any detail or interesting insite.

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Way too superficial

No substance. Very Disappointing. Listens like an extended CV. No heart to the story. Other biographies much better.

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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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Wow!

The heading says it all! What a life and he's still going... Quite the inspiration.

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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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.

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  • Carsten Korch
  • 02-05-18

What an inspiration!

I loved listening to the life story of Sir Richard Branson.

In particular I enjoyed the chapter where he mentions the importance of his father in his life, which reminded of what a wonderful father I also have and how much I love to visit him and my mother.

You’d love this book, if you allow Richard Branson to inspire and seek the best in every situation life offers.

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  • Marcin
  • 17-04-18

Inspiring, optimistic, fun

the book summarises Branson's style of doing business - he is the same in writing. Highly recommend it to anyone looking for inspiration in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation,management, self-help

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  • Stanley Hamilton
  • 04-04-18

Great Read

Really enjoyed this book very entertaining, would recommend this book to anyone
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  • ISAAC RODRIGO OCHOA LEON
  • 12-12-17

breathtaking

A must Reading for every dreamer who aspires to change the world. Thanks a lot Richard