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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 04-27-09

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.

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Amazing

Where your mind goes your heart follows. Anything is possible no matter what it looks like on the outside.

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the narration is great.

Always good to listen to success stories driven from personal determination and a relentless approach to succeed.

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A Good Narrative of Richard Branson's Life So Far

An informative account of Richard Branson's life; some aspects of which I was very surprise to learn.

Richard Branson read it clearly and engagingly.

However, the book lacked a deeper insight into the inner mind, motivation and aspiration of Richard Branson. Perhaps the unlocking of one's inner motivation may need a scholarly approach done by someone else.

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Not the best biography but still interesting

He has a crazy exciting life so naturally the story was enjoyable. He was quite open about his private life including his affairs and public feud with British Airways. Branson himself narrated the book quite okay, but technicality-wise was not that perfect because you can obviously hear when one recording session was over and the new recording session started: different volume and Branson talk in different note key. Not a big deal, though. Still recommended.

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All in all great story telling.

great stories, appeared truthful and definitely exciting . All in all a good read! Recommended!

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We can all learn from Richard Branson

The audiobook itself is delivered wonderfully. Richard Branson makes it easy to listen to for long periods but has the intonation to make it interesting.

More importantly, the story is truly impressive. Branson, a dyslexic boy many would relegate to a life of mediocrity because he failed to fit into the pre-defined ordeal of academic performance at a young age, is a force of life to be reckoned with. Living freely as he feels and pursuing the best in life for himself and for others, Branson makes a strong point of emphasizing personal values throughout his story. The rise of a middle class person to being one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our age is truly remarkable.

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a great listen

one of the most inspirational stories I have heard in a long while. I definitely recommend listening to it.

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Perspective on Scaling

Insightful narrative on how virgin grew big. Also shows Branson's Tenacity in overcoming last minute hiccups and financial constraints.
If you are an entrepreneur read this. Helps to know even the greats have struggled

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  • Mr. Dr. Fowler
  • 09-27-09

Well worth the Credit

Interesting and inspiring, a must read for all budding entrepreneurs

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Neil
  • 04-12-09

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 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Steve Parke
  • 03-21-17

Great book

Wonderful insight in to his life. Will now look to know more. Great man and great book

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  • Arthur
  • 08-09-12

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

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  • Martina A Foreman
  • 06-01-12

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

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  • L
  • 02-03-12

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.

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  • Christian
  • 10-23-09

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

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  • varun
  • 12-06-17

Refreshing!!

A refreshing change from all the Technology startup books. The book covers Richard's journey from Virgin records, Virgin Atlantic to Rivalry with British Airways. Would definitely recommend.

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  • mjc
  • 10-31-17

Highly entertaining

Hearing Branson read his own inception story is an absolute treat. Thoroughly enjoyed every minute.

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  • Mr Steve I
  • 10-29-17

Delightful story but too short !

such a delightful story , but I felt it was too short.
perhaps it's a case of living you wanting more ?

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  • Michael
  • 07-18-16

wanting more

i wish it wasn't abridged. id love to hear the full story. would be nice.

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  • Josh
  • 06-27-15

a must read if your looking at any type of businss

richard has amazing bravery in having so many companies and having to put it on the line also going back home that night iand still connecting with his family like nothing happened one of the most flexible people in the world

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  • Glen
  • 11-20-17

Amazing book, by an amazing human being

A must read, for so many reasons. What a thoroughly bloody nice chap. Just wish there was an unabridged version (also read by Sir RB).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-27-17

Branson has the perfect voice for audio books

Well told story. Quick paced and fun. Great incite into very interesting man and company.

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  • Ramon Perry
  • 06-30-17

Rags to riches

The story was kept very real about a genuine rags to riches story. The only reason I've not rated 5 stars is because the focus shifted to the truth behind the dirty mud slinging campaigns between BA and Virgin. I prefer to hear about Richard's private story, more than the corporate stories. Having said that the Copt pirate story is one which needed to be said

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  • Mark
  • 06-27-17

Great Story

This is a wonderful story. Very easy book to listen too. The only negative for me was that there was a bit to much time spent discussing British Airways. Overall I will be recommending this book to family and friends.

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  • hugo
  • 01-03-17

more of a rant about BA<br />

struggled to finish. second half was never ending rant about BA.
so boring and dragging. it was entertaining at first but kept on his story about BA.


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  • Dane
  • 12-03-16

Inspirational

Richard Branson is a true inspiration and the book has motivated me to expand my business.

Thanks Richard.

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  • Anthony
  • 11-18-16

brilliant

Once i turned it on i could not turn it off. A rivetting real life tale of perseverance against all odds.

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  • Stephen
  • 10-28-16

awesome and inspiring<br />

extremely easy listening, Sir Richard Branson is an extraordinary visionary of the 21st century. i guarentee you will not want to stop listening once you start. a true inspection.