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Business Stripped Bare

Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur
Written by: Richard Branson
Narrated by: Adrian Mulraney
Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins

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Publisher's Summary

From its creation as a mail-order record company to the literal launch of Virgin Galactic, today Virgin is one of the premier ‘way-of-life’ brands in the world, trusted and enjoyed by many millions of people.

In Business Stripped Bare, Sir Richard Branson shares the inside track on his life in business and reveals the incredible truth about his most risky, brilliant, and audacious deals. What qualities does Richard look for in the people he hires? How does he manage a crisis? Who are the entrepreneurs he most admires? Find out what really happened when Virgin bid for Northern Rock and why Richard believes all businesses must work with governments to tackle climate change and invest in the future of our planet.

Combining invaluable advice with the remarkable and candid inside stories of Virgin’s greatest achievements, as well as some of its setbacks, Business Stripped Bare is a dynamic, inspirational and truly original guide to success in business and in life. Whether you are an executive, an entrepreneur or are just starting out, Richard strips business down to show how you can succeed and make a difference.

©2008 Richard Branson (P)2010 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Matthew
  • 01-09-10

Simply brilliant

Firstly you have to accept that RB has an ego and that it is so embedded in his writing that some of the statements may make you cough a little. Once you accept this you are listening to a riveting yarn.

I read this on the beach last year and the the book is full of my 'red written notes'. I felt that the audio book would be a good tool to supplement and enhance the lessons I already took.

It is a must for those like me who are both entrepreneurial and contrarian in business.

Enjoy his work and learn from him. He is very good.

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  • Alex Sabo
  • 28-09-17

I just expected much more

It's great story for beginners, but without details, routines, etc. It's interesting book, but after Steve Jobs book - this book is very soft.

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  • JOHN
  • 25-06-17

Self promoting

I have read a couple of versions of Branson's biography and got this book to get a better understanding of his decision making process. It gave me that and contained some previously unknown (to me) facts about his businesses, how they got started, etc. what is encouraging is the fact that some of the more successful companies/ideas had been rejected by the Virgin 'dragons den' selection team. Which just goes to prove that luck is often the deciding factor - the difference between making it or not.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-03-17

great book awful narration

great book but this guys voice is hard to sick. I honestly thought that it was a robot at stages.

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  • Phillip Ansell
  • 07-12-16

A great story well told

Very well put by a man who grasped the nettle on more than one occasion and with points you can take for life and business.

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  • Everfree
  • 23-09-16

Inspiring book

highly recommended read especially if you want to grow your business with good ethics to sustain our future. I hope I have the opportunity to do this at the level of Richard Branson. I'm confident I will.

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  • Kristen
  • 03-02-16

Inspiring thanks Richard

This is a grew book that gives inspiration for an entrepreneur but ventures beyond the business world into subjects that effect is all in life , such as of the climate challenges faced by the modern world . The discussion on purpose in life was thought provoking. A well written and narrated audio book .

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  • Wendy
  • 10-01-16

Great insight

This audio had me engaged all the way through. An inspirational listen which lead me to read more autobiographies of inspirational people.

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  • SteveW(director)-Wales,UK
  • 27-03-15

Annoyingly boring voice (not Branson).

I'm struggling to finish this. Is only the story that's keeping me on it. The voice is almost unbearable! Everyone who's heard me listen to this (in the car etc) have said the voice is terrible (without my comment).

Ps. So you know, It's little about Branson's upbringing and very much about his businesses and business beliefs.

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  • Aziz
  • 25-11-12

A good listen

I just could not make myself switch off this audio book. It is very good. Justifiably he does talk about climate change. Having his own airline and be concerned about climate did not sit well with me.



Overall a great book is worth 11 and 45 mins worth of listening time.