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The Richest Man Who Ever Lived Audiobook

The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: The Life and Times of Jacob Fugger

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Publisher's Summary

Jacob Fugger lived in Germany at the turn of the 16th century, the grandson of a peasant. By the time he died, his fortune amounted to nearly 2 percent of European GDP. Not even John D. Rockefeller had that kind of wealth.

Most people become rich by spotting opportunities, pioneering new technologies, or besting opponents in negotiations. Fugger did all that, but he had an extra quality that allowed him to rise even higher: nerve. In an era when kings had unlimited power, Fugger had the nerve to stare down heads of state and ask them to pay back their loans - with interest. It was this coolness and self-assurance, along with his inexhaustible ambition, that made him not only the richest man ever but a force of history as well. Fugger helped trigger the Reformation and likely funded Magellan's circumnavigation of the globe.

The ultimate untold story, The Richest Man Who Ever Lived is more than a tale about the richest and most influential businessman of all time. It is a story about palace intrigue, knights in battle, family tragedy and triumph, and a violent clash between the 1 percent and everybody else.

©2015 Greg Steinmetz (P)2015 Tantor

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    J. Feye-Stukas Minneapolis MN USA 01-12-16
    J. Feye-Stukas Minneapolis MN USA 01-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Narrator the worst I ever heard"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Engage a different reader. Norman Dietz was terrible. No life in his narration. Great book but very hard to listen to the narrator who never changed his tone. I have listened to 100s of books, and this was by far, the worst narrator that I have ever heard.


    What other book might you compare The Richest Man Who Ever Lived to and why?

    Not really - that's why this story was so interesting.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Norman Dietz’s performances?

    Never, never, never!


    What else would you have wanted to know about Greg Steinmetz’s life?

    Nothing about the author, but would be very interested in more about the subject of his book who was Jacob Fugger.


    Any additional comments?

    Never use that narrator again.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Ferrer Delray Beach, Florida USA 07-18-16
    Patricia Ferrer Delray Beach, Florida USA 07-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "the life of an early capitalist"

    interesting audio, chalk full of relevant history. what happened then is happening now slightly different

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    Dustin L 05-18-16
    Dustin L 05-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Not sure why the narrator hate"

    I can see someone finding this narrator a bit monotonous. But I enjoy his deadpan sarcastic tone. He was great in A Connecticut Yankee and I found he added to this narrative as well. The book gave an interesting perspective on European history and social political happenings.

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    David Parra 05-06-16
    David Parra 05-06-16 Listener Since 2010

    Addict to AudioBooks, Spanish-Speaking I improved my English by listening Audible!!. Work as Real Estate Manager At a Retail Company I like Fiction Novels, Bussiness and Investment Books, anything that help me to improve my self and the ones surrounding me

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    "Un interesante vistazo a la historia europea"

    Leer este libro te da un interesante vistazo a la vida en Europa en el Renacimiento y como Jacob Fugger forjó la mas grande fortuna de su tiempo y probablemente de la historia, además de su gran influencia en las cortes europeas, dejando una huella en el mundo de los negociad y las finanzas que perdura hasta hoy.

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    Cathryn J. Walker California 04-07-16
    Cathryn J. Walker California 04-07-16 Member Since 2015

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    I enjoyed this book. If you like history, especially regarding Europe in the 16th century, you will like this book. If you like business, businessmen, or stories involving getting money; you will like this book. The narrator was quite good, if a bit monotonous every once in a while. I would certainly recommend buying this audiobook.

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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 12-03-15
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 12-03-15 Member Since 2016

    Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also

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    "Alot of history in an interesting time"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was unaware of the politics of the 1500"s and this explained alot of the behind the scenes actions of its leaders


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of the cast in history played a role and each had a part to build on the other


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

    I enjoyed the story and it was interesting with the reader doing a great job keeping it going


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Near the end when things got alittle out of control for the family


    Any additional comments?

    If you want an account of history and the powers in early Europe which affected us today you need to read the book

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    Matthew M. McCormick Kalamazoo, MI USA 11-28-15
    Matthew M. McCormick Kalamazoo, MI USA 11-28-15 Member Since 2015

    Chicago in my Blood

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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator


    Would you be willing to try another one of Norman Dietz’s performances?

    I would give him a second, or even third chance, but if his narrations are as dry, monotonal, and unemotional as this one, No.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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