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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
My time listening to this book was not well spent. The story moved slower than the Mississippi on a hot summer day and was just a predictable in its flow.
What could John Jakes have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
John Jakes could have written a better story by dropping the never-ending history lesson. What background I needed should have been included with the story not “told” to me by the narrator. Further, John seems to despise not only the Sam, but all of the wealthy people in the story. I don’t have any idea if that was intentional, but it lowers the story to a diatribe against the rich and famous. It is more than telling that all of the business ventures of Sam’s partners turned out to be failures. It makes one wonder how they ever got so rich.
Which character – as performed by Jack Garrett – was your favorite?
None of the characters stand out as particularly noteworthy.
Do you think Gods of Newport needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
No, absolutely not.
Any additional comments?
While a good narrator can't save a poor book, Jack Garrett made a valiant effort in this case.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
If you have visited Newport you will appreciate the familiar places. Enjoyable listen, good narrator