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Losing My Virginity | [Richard Branson]

Losing My Virginity

Losing My Virginity is an amazing memoir, a definitive business guide and an inspirational story that reveals Sir Richard's unique philosophy on business, the Virgin brand and life.
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Publisher's Summary

Losing My Virginity is an amazing memoir, a definitive business guide and an inspirational story that reveals Sir Richard's unique philosophy on business, the Virgin brand and life.

©1998 Richard Branson; (P)1998 Random House Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Grabs you on page one and never lets go... a rollercoaster ride... read what makes this brilliant and hardworking man tick." (Spectator)
"Candid and humorous." (The Times)
"An incredible man, and this is an incredible autobiography... a great read - sex, balloons, intrigue and money." (Sunday Business)
"Branson has a list of achievements unmatched by any other UK businessman. For anyone burning with entrepreneurial zeal, his reminiscences are akin to a sacred text." (Mail on Sunday)

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    10-31-09
    10-31-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Great book about Virgin and the Branson"

    This was a fun book to listen to. As an entrepreneur dealing with the constants ups and downs of business - it is temping just to say "screw it" and through in the towel. The listener learns about the ups and downs of Virgin, how it got started and its constant struggle with cash flow. You hear about Virgin's success and its failures. In its early years Virgin often took 2 steps forward and then one step back to grow. I can relate.

    Branson also does a great job at revealing enough about his life and character to make the whole book work.

    Love the book and would recommend it to any entrepreneur trying to grow a business.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Calgary, Alberta, Canada 04-27-09
    Michael Calgary, Alberta, Canada 04-27-09
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    "Humorous, Educating and Enjoyable"

    I will keep this short and brief.

    Losing My Virginity is a great book and is a good way to be entertained for a couple hours. Branson is quite ambitious and this book shows how he lived his life the way he wanted to and one of these outcomes was an incredible company. His stories are both educating and humorous. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking to learn the type of life Richard Branson lived.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ramón 04-10-15
    Ramón 04-10-15
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    "Brave, Bold,, Richard Branson Means business"

    Very crazy brave man and Bold for business that is a true entrepenur
    Just like anybody else with the real life problems, push the bar to his limits just to learn that there aré no limits, follow your heart doesnt matter if you sink, crash or you find in the eye pf the storm just do it, serve your fellow Man

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bhanu K. 04-03-15
    Bhanu K. 04-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Story of a man you want to be"

    I have always admired Richard Branson. A lot to learn. How not to kick a guy once he has fallen even though he had tried to kill you. I always beleived EQ is better than IQ. This is firm proof.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brent 03-05-15
    Brent 03-05-15 Listener Since 2009
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    "Great story, food for thought!"

    Great read with a story you can feel part of in a way. If you were around in the eighties an nineties so many moments in the book will trigger moments relative to your life. Very interesting. Highly recommended red.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kim 01-27-15
    Kim 01-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting life story"

    Branson narrates very well. The life he built is very interesting to hear about, thoug the descripion of his business models is not to detailed In this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Raghavendra Ramesh 08-11-14 Member Since 2015

    Discovering the Power of Reading by Listening !

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    "Rich Virgin"
    What did you love best about Losing My Virginity?

    The man and his hatred for rules.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His balloon expeditions and ability to collect proof against BA


    Which character – as performed by Richard Branson – was your favorite?

    I loved everything


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    Inspiring read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kim 02-28-14
    Kim 02-28-14
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    "I absolutely loved it!"
    Where does Losing My Virginity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I was already a big fan of Branson but this book really took it to another level. It's so captivating to hear it from the horse's mouth. Quite a few laugh out loud memorable moments. A really great book narrated by a truly inspirational guy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Losing My Virginity?

    Winning a bet against his Aunt if he swam across a river as a child and getting it over British Airways - both priceless stories.


    What about Richard Branson’s performance did you like?

    He is a sensational narrator!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, unfortunately life got in the way and I was forced to split it into 4-5 sessions ;)


    Any additional comments?

    Don't hesitate - a great listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Miroslaw Giby, Poland 05-17-12
    Miroslaw Giby, Poland 05-17-12 Member Since 2013

    I +1 Books.

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    "Amazing book. Amazing Narrator."

    Richard was always my inspiration. I started a business a few months ago and decided to read/listen (finally) his book. I love it.

    Amazing stories from his childhood, first business, becoming a businessman, starting a Virgin group. And what is more important more advices from Richard. How to build, how to scale, how to have fun.

    What is THE most important. Richard reads this book. He smiles when reads about funny moments, he's sad when he read about sad moments (like story about Iraq).

    Short, great read, much value for your entrepreneurs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nigel Auckland, New Zealand 11-10-09
    Nigel Auckland, New Zealand 11-10-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book read by the great man"

    I grew up admiring Richard Branson and reading this makes me understand his vitality and drive. I really enjoyed listening to him read the book in particular as you could tell at points he was getting emotional. Now I just need to find another book just as good!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Neil
    Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
    4/12/09
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    "A fasinating insight..."

    Whether you?re a person who admires him or not, Sir Richard is and continues to be one of Britain?s top business personalities. In this book Richard personally delivers his story from beginning to date. It?s a remarkable insight into the man, and really goes a long way to explaining how things came to be and why. One of the things I find most compelling about the story is the intimacy, the personal elements, at some points you smile, even laugh, and then suddenly you?re right there in the heart of the moment as he describes a crises or personal tragedy.

    I?m reminded just why I love self narrated biographies when I listen to this, Sir Richard to me has always been one of the greats, and this book offers a close up personal look at his life and story. It?s not so much about the business itself, but more about Richard, his life, the people around him, and how the events and people close to him empowered him to become the person he has.

    A fantastic listen and highly recommended, shall certainly listen to again. If you?re looking to know more about the business and what Richard looks for in a person and the traits that outline Virgin then another title well worth listening to is Richard Branson?s Business Stripped Bare. Which to is an excellent listen and scores 5/5.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Darren
    Belfast, Co. Down, United Kingdom
    9/27/09
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    "Well worth the Credit"

    Interesting and inspiring, a must read for all budding entrepreneurs

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Arthur
    Gympie, Australia
    8/9/12
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    "Very Good Read"

    All the 'Persona' hype aside, this is still a very worthwhile read, even when he jumps out of the helecopter !! Read by the man himself, anyone who takes on B.A. and wins gets my vote.

    Arthur . Australia

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • M
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    6/1/12
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    "Exciting, insightful and honest"

    I was addicted to listening to Richard talk about his life, trials, tribulations, loves and his businesses. It's made me love him for who he is and what he stands for: fun, honesty, hard work and adventure.

    I recommend this audiobook very highly. It is exciting from the start, and is very entertaining. I now understand what happened with the record company and with Virgin Atlantic which I was not able to fathom at the time.

    It's a stunningly candid listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • L
    LITTLEHAMPTON, United Kingdom
    2/3/12
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    "Pleasantly Surprised"

    Not at all what I was expecting. A very intimate account of Mr B's life made all the more poignant because it is read by the man himself. Here is a man who has lived by the seat of his pants! Morally questionable, yes and yet wonderfully honest and down-to-earth. A real emotional rollercoaster where we are mercifuly spared spoonfuls of Virgin PR. For the most part, Richard manages to leave his ego out of the equation and leave us with a well-rounded overview of how he got to where he is. Hugely inspiring to be who we are. I'd like to add, he cooks a very nice pizza :-) Thanks RB.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christian
    Dublin Ireland
    10/23/09
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    "Very good book"

    Really liked this book learned a lot about Richard and how he grew up and what is life story is about, i laphed and cried during some of the book and very happy i bought it. A++ for this book always keeps your attention throughtout the book.

    Very glad i got this book

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Talal
    Kingston Upon Thames, United Kingdom
    4/4/15
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    "Very good"

    I found myself wanting more though. More scope, it seems small parts have been focussed on and other parts fast forwarded. The final chapter read a bit like an essay conclusion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mel smith
    4/3/15
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    "Brilliant"

    An awe inspiring inspirational book! I really Love the fact it's read by Richard Branson, it makes it very personal!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr.
    3/29/15
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    "What an incredible life!"

    A humbling experience listening to such an extraordinary life. The honesty of Richard Branson I suspect is his most attractive quality. Branson tells many stories that are unflattering but which strike a cord with so many. There is also the experiences he has had. Close brushes with death, the death of a child, being arrested (rightfully) and being threatened by police (wrongfully). The list goes on. Such a full life for somebody to live and incredibly inspiring for those just starting too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • G. Evans
    UK
    3/27/15
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    "Never tire of listening to and also reading this.."

    Excellently written
    Brilliantly read
    Inspirational story
    The way Richard expresses his will to succeed but stay grounded to the things that are important has given me inspiration to take on board some of the advice that lies within the pages of the book. Like a self help book with a pulse and a soul.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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