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
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.
Not really - that's why this story was so interesting.
Never, never, never!
Nothing about the author, but would be very interested in more about the subject of his book who was Jacob Fugger.
Never use that narrator again.
Fascinating book on business history. The narrator was not overly dry. It's not the most crisp or dramatic narration but more College professor or documentary style narration. I did get lost on occasion but that is more due to the factually dense prose. Great and fascinating book.
interesting audio, chalk full of relevant history. what happened then is happening now slightly different
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.
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
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.
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.
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
I was unaware of the politics of the 1500"s and this explained alot of the behind the scenes actions of its leaders
All of the cast in history played a role and each had a part to build on the other
I enjoyed the story and it was interesting with the reader doing a great job keeping it going
Near the end when things got alittle out of control for the family
If you want an account of history and the powers in early Europe which affected us today you need to read the book
Chicago in my Blood
I would give him a second, or even third chance, but if his narrations are as dry, monotonal, and unemotional as this one, No.
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