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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (613 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Jakes Narrator: Edward Herrmann, John Jakes Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged 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. Download and start listening now!


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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Yvonne | 2/19/2014

    " a little predictable and too much like all his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Stephanie | 2/5/2014

    " I found this interesting seeing that I live in Newport right now but I did not like Jakes' writing style. The story kind of dragged and then seemed to end abruptly. I enjoyed reading about streets I drive down and mansions I wander past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sara | 1/28/2014

    " Bit of a slow start but in the end an enjoyable read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeri | 1/24/2014

    " This was good when I started it, but I had to turn it back in to the library and have not had the desire to pick it back up again. "

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