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Finding My Virginity

The New Autobiography
Written by: Sir Richard Branson
Narrated by: Steve West
Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
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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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  • 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
  • 03-09-19

Self agrandizing pile of crap

Talks about himself insesantly and what he's done while taking the moral high ground on global warming and also bashing trump in the process. Couldn't finish it. Though Hillary Clinton was a nice honest person.

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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.

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  • shutterclick
  • 01-11-17

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-10-17

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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  • Filippo
  • 17-10-17

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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  • Stephen
  • Woking, United Kingdom
  • 12-12-18

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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  • James
  • 05-12-17

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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  • June
  • 18-10-17

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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  • andy mcintosh
  • 13-12-17

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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  • Charli
  • 11-12-17

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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  • Daniel
  • 08-12-17

Wow!

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

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  • Anthony
  • 05-12-17

Amazing and inspiring

This book is a fantastic listen. From the early days of business to the current day. This is a book about Richard Brandon's life. Not so much about business success tips but still great to learn about his philosophy of life and business.

The choice of narrator is excellent too. Really matches the content with his style. At times I had to remind myself that it wasn't read by the author.

I would recommend this to anyone interested in the virgin business brand and also to anyone who wants to know what life behind the brand is like.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-04-18

Good if you like Richard Branson

I’m a fan of Richard Branson so was looking forward to listening. I was a bit disappointed that it wasn’t him reading it, as it had been previously, but the reader sounded quite like him and I got over it quickly.

Some parts are good, in particular I like some of the business challenges that were touched on. In parts though I found myself a little bored as it seemed a bit more of a vanity project.

Overall worth a listen if you’re a fan.

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  • terry kneller
  • 11-05-18

Insperational

Another great book from such an Inspirational human! If only there were more influential,successful people in the world like Richard Branson.

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  • Mags
  • 30-08-19

wonderful insight into his life

It's a long book, but definitely worth the read/listen. Highly recommend it if you a Branson fan.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-08-19

stuff it let's do it

loved it. what an inspiring journey. Richard Brandon's tenatious attitude to life is very admirable

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-07-19

Wholesome

Such an amazingly wholesome story from an incredible person, worth a listen to brighten up your life

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-19

First book I've read by Richard.

Loved it, will for sure read his other books. This narrator is also good. All in all good value!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-05-19

A must "read"

Loved it! Excellent and inspirational account of Richard Branson's life and near death experiences. Highly recommended!

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  • Mim
  • 06-01-19

Engaging and insightful

Funny and heartwarming tales from the heart, coupled with sound business advice. A long listen but you don’t notice the time pass it’s such an easy book to listen too!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-11-18

Fascinating.

This fabulously engaging read comes highly recommended to anyone but especially those interested in business, travel, family & risk taking.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-10-18

Legend

Perfect example of ‘living life to its fullest’
Goosebumps all the way

Sir Richard Branson!!