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Dame Stephanie Shirley is one of Britain's leading philanthropists and has donated most of her life to helping good causes, especially those close to her heart.

This fascinating memoir, read by Dame Stephanie herself charts her life from her time as a child in Germany and arrival in England as an unaccompanied Kindertransport refugee through to her retirement and dedication to charity.

This amazing audiobook will take you through the entire range of emotions - from happiness at the success of her original company Freelance Programmers through to the ultimate sadness of losing her only child.

©2014 Andrews UK Limited (P)2014 Andrews UK Limited

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Stephanie's story is truly inspirational. I was blown away by her hard work and perseverance . She is honest, clear and at times funny and her English accent and warm tones make the listening a pleasure. Thank you Stephanie I really enjoyed every word!

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  • Emily
  • 31-03-2016

Amazing life, unedited audio book

If you could sum up Let It Go in three words, what would they be?

Shirley's incredible story

What did you like best about this story?

- Surviving Nazi occupation
- Women in tech
- Women in business
- Parenting a child with severe autism
- philanthropy

And all of the struggles and successes that have gone with each.

What does Stephanie Shirley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Dame Shirley is telling her story, and does so pleasantly.

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

This book was pretty heavy emotionally speaking and had a lot of detail, and therefore I need some breaks. It was great for my daily commute.

Any additional comments?

FYI: It's not edited. One whole chapter is repeated. It's not even that distracting when she has to go back and read something again, but it's not ideal.

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  • chocoholic
  • 06-04-2015

Inspiring

What made the experience of listening to Let It Go the most enjoyable?

It is easy to forget how far we have come as a society, both in dealing with women's issues and in how we care for individuals with disabilities. Shirley describes her journey through both as a female entrepreneur and parent of a child with severe autism. She is surprisingly transparent about her experiences. That level of honesty is quite captivating.

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

The beginning of the story was gripping, as Shirley described her early life as a child as a member of the Kindertransport program and the rejection by her mother, as well as the starting of her business.

Any additional comments?

As the book went on, it became slightly long and main themes were repeated over an over. Although I understood Shirley's feelings of betrayal by some of her colleagues, it made for a less interesting and inspiring experience as the story went on. It could have done with a little bit more editing, as there were clearly times where she re-read sentences of the book because of a fumble, and the duplicates should have been edited out but were somehow missed.

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  • Sammie
  • 07-08-2018

Good but...

Good but it got a bit long. I have yet to finish it as i got a bit bored with all the "business? talk.

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  • kylie
  • 05-04-2018

fantastic story of surviving and thriving

Getting to hear Shirley narrate the story herself really added to the experience. the story was fantastic, though I did feel like we got caught in the weeds sometimes. would definitely recommend.

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  • Nancy
  • 28-02-2017

Better than her Ted Talk

Had many of the things I love - an underdog, a mother, a radical thinker, a business women. If you don't know who she is you should and you should know her story.
Wonder read - thank you Steve !

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-12-2016

Everyone should read this book

This book is a handbook on how to create a life worth living. While others make excuses as to what is possible and why they cannot achieve it, Dame Stephanie's life is a testament to the strength and courage of the human spirit.

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  • Leslie Jeffs
  • 14-04-2016

To a women worth listening to!!!

I first saw Steve on Ted Talk. She was funny in her own way, you had to listen a few times to get to know her. She said it like is it, very open with her thoughts and feelings. Listening to her audio book was wonderful!! Love her commanding voice, captured me right away. Her soft side was always there and I respected her for that. For the love of her son was greatly put to words and emotions. I have lost children and she captured that feeling and numbness, that can only felt by parents of lost children Very exciting story of her rise in the corporate world. This lady does not take no for a answer!!!
Reading this book makes me dream of going back four decades or so and getting and wanting a education
Thanks for the wonderful audio, loved every second of it and will being listening over and over again. I always miss something the first time and gain the wisdom on each and every listen

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  • Tina
  • 24-09-2015

Really worthwhile book to listen to!

Great story coupled with wisdom and heartwarming trials. Amazing woman role model! I will am inspired by her courage and level-headedness.

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  • Bruna
  • 04-06-2015

Inspiring!

A must read for all young girls! This books is a true testament of hard work and the human spirit. Dame Stephanie Shirley is a true pioneer in the field of tech, innovation is simply having the mind of a Gardner. You must go though life planting seeds that you will later on harvest. Incredibly story, highly recommend!!

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  • Simon
  • 11-09-2017

Inspiration

A really honest and inspiring account of her life. Thank you Dame Stephanie Shirley for all you've done for autism charities and your work as a whole. You're an inspiration to others.

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  • D8M2
  • 19-09-2015

Inspirational

What did you like most about Let It Go?

The candidness of what life really looks like, and the struggle behind reaching your goals.

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

I'm listening to the book a second time. Its a book I want to listen to slowly to catch every sentence.

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  • S. L. Bridle
  • 31-08-2015

Thank you for telling your story

I feel indebted to Stephanie Shirley for sharing such a frank, meaningful and moving story. It was well worth the large time investment. Highly recommend.