One Trillion Dollars

  • by Andreas Eschbach
  • Narrated by Adam Verner
  • 25 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Yesterday John Fontanelli was just a pizza delivery guy in New York City. One day later, he's the richest man in the world. One trillion dollars - one million times one million - $1,000,000,000,000: more money than anyone could imagine.

For generations the Vacchis, an old Italian family of lawyers and asset managers, had supervised the fortune as it grew over five hundred years, until one particular date that the benefactor had stipulated in his will. The youngest male descendant would be fated to oversee the fortune for the good of humanity. John relishes his new life of luxury, rubbing elbows with royalty, buying up corporations, fielding a flood of beautiful women - until one day the phone rings, and a mysterious stranger tells the trillionaire that he knows what dirty secrets lie behind the fortune...


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Loved it but ending was a copout

Smart people may be a little frustrated with the hapless simpleton of a protagonist, though that is intentional I think. I personally disliked the ending. It left several loose ends and left me with a feeling of anticlimax. I felt like the author was under pressure to finish the book, and should have taken the extra time to write the last 5 hours of the book rather than slap together an ending. That being said, the book overall was great fun and thought provoking. The political, social, and economic commentary was educational and kept me guessing whether the author had a political agenda (which is good). There were a couple of miscalculations (compound interest, historical currency conversions), but they didn't get in the way of the narrative. Anyway I will definitely be reading everything else available from this author.
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- Aaron Wittrig

Way too long

I like the creativity of this author but this story could have made all of its essential points at half the length.

The other critics are right about it going a bit off the rails in the last third. it didn't help that the protagonist was not as smart as I wanted him to be. everything in the book was well telegraphed and there were no surprises. I could never have finished it if the narration hadn't been so good.
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- W. Reid

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-08-2014
  • Publisher: Lübbe Audio