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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Jakes Narrator: Jack Garret Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the late nineteenth century, Newport, Rhode Island, was a cauldron of money, excess, and unapologetic greed, where reputations were made and lost in a whirlwind of parties and fancied slights. But amid the glamour of yacht races, tennis matches, and costume balls raged undeclared class warfare, scandalous doings, even madness.

In 1893, railroad mogul Sam Driver, one of the few surviving robber barons of the lawless years after the Civil War, knocks on the door of fabled Newport with his daughter, Jenny, determined not to be turned away. In the past, his "new money" was tainted by his rapacious reputation, and even now, an enemy with a pedigree of wealth and position vows to slam every door in Sam's face. But he is determined to win a place in the strange rarefied world of Newport's brief summer season, presided over by social gadflies Ward McAllister and the androgynous Harry Lehr, both of whom will assist the Drivers...for a price.

The Gods of Newport brings this gilded age of excess to thrilling life. It was a time and place whose extremes of greed, conspicuous consumption, and social striving have an astonishing resonance and relevance for the America we see around us today.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jakes is a fluent storyteller, and his meticulous reconstruction of fin-de-siècle excess will have fans savoring the lavish details of jewelry, fashion, food and follies.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The prolific Jakes scores with a lush new historical saga set on the glamorous, windswept shores of late-nineteenth-century Newport, Rhode Island, the summer playground of the fabulously wealthy…Jakes displays his characteristic flair for class melodrama when he parallels the world of the rich and careless with the world of the hardscrabble underclass who work tirelessly to enable their ‘social betters’ to indulge in their summer idylls. He has fashioned yet another breezy, easy-to-read piece of historical fiction, sure to please his many fans.” 


  • “Historical personages blend nicely with the fictional in Jakes’ neatly organized saga, and the folly and ambitions of a father and rapacious businessman are exposed and forgiven.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gail | 4/21/2011

    " It was a little hard to get into but then you could almost imagine being in the 1800's and how they lived with horse and carriage and boats the main mode of transportation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Nancy | 4/8/2011

    " I listened to this in the car over a month-long period, while doing errands. I generally like John Jakes' books, but this one wasn't very good. But, of course, I had to know how it ended, so I listened to the whole thing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Debbie | 1/7/2011

    " Listened to Audio Book - Story of Father and Daughter with life and loves in social Newport RI in late 1800s - Not enough detail of the city but kept you going because of the personal drama. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Collsells | 10/24/2010

    " Loved the story line, loved the setting, time period, etc. It was a bit confusing at first, with who's who, but ultimately the story was wonderful. This is the timeperiod I'd love to dive back in time and live a day. "

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