Sir Richard Branson is an English business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He founded the Virgin Group, which controls more than 400 companies. Branson expressed his desire to become an entrepreneur at a young age. His first business venture, at the age of 16, was a magazine called Student. In 1970, he set up a mail-order record business. He opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records-later known as Virgin Megastores-in 1972. Branson´s Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s, as he set up Virgin Atlantic airline and expanded the Virgin Records music label. In March 2000, Branson was knighted at Buckingham Palace for ´´services to entrepreneurship´´. For his work in retail, music and transport (with interests in land, air, sea and space travel), his taste for adventure, and for his humanitarian work, he became a prominent figure. In 2002, he was named in the BBC´s poll of the 100 Greatest Britons. In 2004, he founded spaceflight corporation Virgin Galactic, noted for the SpaceShipOne project. In November 2017, Forbes listed Branson´s estimated net worth at $5.1 billion. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jimmy Kieffer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/109940/bk_acx0_109940_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Alex has a lot of the same concerns most of us do growing up (exams, puberty and, in his case, a punctuation obsession plus a little quantum mechanics) but since his brain surgery, everyone in his life is behaving a little mysteriously. Maybe it´s adjusting to life after epilepsy or maybe it´s the pressure of his pending scholarship application, but Alex is starting to see the world differently. He´s certain there´s something rotten in his parents´ marriage, and when his beloved hamster starts acting up too, he decides to investigate. So begins the journey that takes him to the limits of his understanding, the edge of his endurance, the threshold of manhood, and the country music aisle in Virgin Megastore. And, on the eve of his English exam, to the door of his mother´s home-made dark room. Will Alex have the courage to expose the terrible secret that lies beyond? Or would it be better for everyone if he buried his head in the sand? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Thomas Judd. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/007286/bk_bbcw_007286_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.