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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: November 2006 ISBN: 9780743565219
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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!

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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.”

    Booklist

  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 1/20/2014

    " I've read all of John Jake's books (love American history) and loved almost every one. This one covers the old money vs. the nouvea riche of the 1890's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 1/10/2014

    " As a fan of John Jakes & historical fiction, this was a wonderful book. The story of class consciouness & The Gilded Age of Newport "society" was wonderful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 12/27/2013

    " An easy and quick historical fiction read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe Mossa | 12/20/2013

    " i read a large print version of this book and it was so relaxing and entertaining that it made we want to return to reading john jake s books which i will do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 12/16/2013

    " John Jakes writes great historical fiction. This book takes place during the early 1900's and chronicles the elite Newport class. An interesting, fun read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanette | 12/1/2013

    " This book was not Jakes at his best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 11/15/2013

    " I've always been a fan of John Jakes' historical fiction. He is a master of telling a story while giving a history lesson. Being from Rhode Island I was intrigued to see Newport through this time period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynda | 10/9/2013

    " I great look at the rich in Newport. Didn't know how much they had and how exclusive they could be. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tom | 9/11/2013

    " I gave up mid way through. Too much of a soap opera with no likable characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine Cowen | 9/9/2013

    " I really WANTED to like this book. I felt like was poorly written which surprised me. The setting was fantastic, but I couldn't finish the book. I just didn't care about any of the characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rick | 9/8/2013

    " The book was a bit too shallow for my tastes. The characters were one-dimensional and their behaviors were too predictable. I read it because I've been to Newport many times and I am aware of its history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 8/6/2013

    " After seeing Newport and the mansions this fall I got a much clearer picture of just exactly how wealty these people were. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Coach | 6/19/2013

    " A step back in time detailing the filthy rich during the summers in Newport. Jakes does his research and cranks out another good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanieinnc | 4/3/2013

    " This was my first John Jakes Book. It is an interesting read on how the very rich lived and created their own high society class. Daily living was spent showing off what they had among themselves and little to do with helping the society in general. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heidi | 3/6/2013

    " I was only reading this for research on the Gilded Age but abandoned it a third of the way in anyway. So formulaic and cliched in every way. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Athena | 2/12/2013

    " Badly written, badly read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 8/2/2012

    " Not a very satisfying book. None of the characters were that interesting. I finished the book but wouldn't recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michaelbatte | 6/28/2012

    " Historical American fiction at its best - read his entire Kent chronicles in my twenties & he still delivers a very informative yet entertaining read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 6/21/2012

    " This was not one of Jakes' best. The only thing that kept me interested was the history of Newport. I found the characters and the story line under-developed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 4/10/2012

    " light... easy... breezy. exactly what I expected. exactly what i wanted. not amazing "literature" but a fun read after spending a tourist-y weekend in Newport recently. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat Baratta | 3/11/2012

    " Fast reading. About the rich and famous in Newport. . . . old money, not new. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Coakley | 11/26/2011

    " Fun to have just been in Newport, RI and be able to really visualize the historical references. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christie | 9/9/2011

    " Boring!!!!!!! Tara gave me this because of the couple months that I spent in Newport. The portions that talked about Newport was kind of interesting since I had seen the mansions and walked the cliffs but the story was weak and wordy and the typical short fall of a male author. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura Lee | 7/13/2011

    " A disappointment, predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ro | 8/5/2010

    " Just could not get into this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 6/21/2010

    " light... easy... breezy. exactly what I expected. exactly what i wanted. not amazing "literature" but a fun read after spending a tourist-y weekend in Newport recently. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rick | 5/8/2010

    " The book was a bit too shallow for my tastes. The characters were one-dimensional and their behaviors were too predictable. I read it because I've been to Newport many times and I am aware of its history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 12/3/2009

    " Fast reading. About the rich and famous in Newport. . . . old money, not new. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Galesplace | 11/3/2009

    " I just love newport in the summer so I love it's history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 9/2/2009

    " I love John Jakes! I had forgotten how much because it had been a long time since I'd read any of his writing. I'm hooked again. And now I want to visit Newport! Read this book and enjoy! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 8/21/2009

    " Not captivating me the way his others did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 7/7/2009

    " After seeing Newport and the mansions this fall I got a much clearer picture of just exactly how wealty these people were. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 7/3/2009

    " Liked the setting in Newport and New York City but the story was rather lame and predictable. I thought John Jakes was a better writer than this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeri | 6/22/2009

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Parkerspammy | 3/14/2009

    " This book is pretty predictable; however, it does include a lot of the social life of Newport. "

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About the Author
Author John JakesJohn Jakes (b. 1932), the author of more than a dozen novels, is regarded as one of today’s most distinguished writers of historical fiction. His work includes the highly acclaimed Kent Family Chronicles series and the North and South Trilogy. Jakes’s commitment to historical accuracy and evocative storytelling earned him the title of “the godfather of historical novelists” from the Los Angeles Times and led to a streak of sixteen consecutive New York Times bestsellers. Jakes has received several awards for his work and is a member of the Authors Guild and the PEN American Center. He and his wife, Rachel, live on the west coast of Florida.
About the Narrator

Edward Herrmann (1943–2014) was one of America’s top audiobook narrators. He won multiple Audie Awards and twenty-two Earphones Awards, and his narration of the King James version of the Bible remains a benchmark in the industry.