Despite his massive ego, I love Richard Branson. He's a swashbuckling entrepreneur, and he loves to remind you of that at every turn. There are some exciting bits in this book, but too often it amounts to little more than shameless self-promotion and, at times, surprisingly dull details of his various enterprises. Regardless of the shortcomings, I consider this audio book, on the whole, a worthwhile listen.
The narrator is top notch and helped to hold my interest during the low points.
I found this book rather dull and disappointing. I could be wrong, but I found the overall description of the lead character unconvincing and not always credible. Most of the narrative just plods along, dwelling on mostly mundane details of uninteresting low-lifes and their purported crimes. Not worth the time or money, in my opinion.
I totally agree with some of the other reviewers regarding the narrator. I've listened to hundreds of audio books, and have NEVER heard such verbal butchery. People, places, foreign pronunciations - nothing is spared. There are literally hundreds of errors made throughout the reading. Has this person ever read a newspaper, watched the news, been to school? Where is the editor? It's pretty shocking.
The story itself is usually entertaining and interesting. If not for the glaring ineptitude of the narrator, it would have been far more enjoyable.
A very entertaining listen that is very well produced in all aspects of the audio format. The author does a great job with admittedly sometimes scant and speculative material.
Prof. Williams provides an excellent overview and insight to the age of exploration. I found his deliberate delivery very helpful in better understanding and retaining the material. Very interesting and entertaining.
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