The Richest Man Who Ever Lived

  • by Greg Steinmetz
  • Narrated by Norman Dietz
  • 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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.

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- J. Feye-Stukas

Narration is Boring

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.


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- Matthew M. McCormick "Chicago in my Blood"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-17-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio