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The First Mrs. Rothschild

Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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In this award-winning historical saga, passionate young lovers in a Jewish ghetto rise to become the foremost financial dynasty in the world.

It is the turn of the eighteenth century in Frankfurt, Germany, and young Gutle and Meir Amschel Rothschild struggle to establish themselves in the cramped and restricted Judengasse. But when Meir’s talents as a novice banker catch the attention of a German prince, Meir is suddenly afforded entrée into the European world of finance and nobility, and the Rothschilds’ lives are changed forever. As proud as Gutle is of her husband’s success, she is also cautious - very much aware of the fact that her husband’s rise is tied to his patrons’ willingness to “see past” his Jewishness. As their family grows, and a dream of fortune comes true, so does their belief that money will ultimately bring the power needed to establish Jewish civil rights.

Told through Gutle’s intimate journals, revealed across decades - from the French Revolution through personal tragedies and triumphs - The First Mrs. Rothschild paints a rich and intimate tapestry of family drama, world-changing history, and one woman’s steadfast strength.

©2019 Sara Aharoni (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. English translation © 2019 by Sara Aharoni. Published by arrangement with The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature.

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The Finest Mrs. Rothschild

While I could not imagine reading a diary, I know that I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this diary. What a wonderful reader to this enlightening book! I highly recommend this audible!!!!!

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So glad I didn't miss this historic book!!

This book is read through Mrs. Rothschild POV. The orphaned Mier Rothschild met and married her, living in the Frankfurt ghetto. He started coin collecting, trading and eventually went into full blown banking and commerce. It's a good grab as to how he could rise so quickly in the financial world. With ten children, 5 sons and 5 daughters, his labor problems are non existent. His philosophy is to keep the secrets of success close within the family. With sons moving to London, Paris and other markets, the Rothschild Dynasty is well on its way when the book ends at her death. The narrator was fantastic. Don't miss this if you like history or just wondered how they got so stinking rich.

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  • Palmer, AK, United States
  • 09-16-19

Witness the Power of a Great Book

I absolutely love this book-- I am about to order it in paperback so I can see and write down various passages for easier access and better memorization of the phrases. I may even have to cross stitch a few.

Sara Aharoni's writing is like a Tardis that takes us back to the Jew street in the late 1700's and puts us amongst the sights and sounds and smells and gives us a feeling of being right there in their crowded house. Right along with Gutle, I was staring out the window and my heart stopped when Meir was asking for her hand. I found myself as upset as she was during certain occasions. I cried when she cried, and I felt relief when things went as she needed them to. I looked up baby clothes that I would knit if I lived in her era to see what I'd have made for her new babies. It is the kind of book that has characters that stay with you in your head.

Elizabeth Rodgers is a talented narrator-- I will buy an Audible book in the future based simply on her being the narrator. Her voice is clear and sincere.

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Inspiring story of a historic family

I loved this book for the information it gave me and swept me along into the history of an incredible family.

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Bravo

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Truly an extraordinary work, both in word and performance! If there were 10 stars, I would give them.