The Sport of Kings

  • by C. E. Morgan
  • Narrated by George Newbern
  • 23 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Hellsmouth, an indomitable thoroughbred with the blood of Triple Crown winners in her veins, runs for the glory of the Forge family, one of Kentucky's oldest and most powerful dynasties. Henry Forge has partnered with his daughter, Henrietta, in an endeavor of raw obsession: to breed the next superhorse, the next Secretariat. But when Allmon Shaughnessy, an ambitious young black man, comes to work on their farm after a stint in prison, the violence of the Forges' history and the exigencies of appetite are brought starkly into view. Entangled by fear, prejudice, and lust, the three tether their personal dreams of glory to the speed and grace of Hellsmouth.
A spiraling tale of wealth and poverty, racism and rage, The Sport of Kings is an unflinching portrait of lives cast in shadow by the enduring legacy of slavery. A vital new voice, C. E. Morgan has given life to a tale as mythic and fraught as the South itself - a moral epic for our time.

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Customer Reviews

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not what it's cracked up to be

What disappointed you about The Sport of Kings?

over the top florid, self-indulgent, not really about The Sport of Kings at all


Has The Sport of Kings turned you off from other books in this genre?

just future books by this author


What aspect of George Newbern’s performance would you have changed?

accuracy in pronunciation--many errors


What character would you cut from The Sport of Kings?

too many to count


Any additional comments?

I've never commented on a book but this one got such good reviews and as a horse owner and racing fan, I had to try it. I stuck it out, hoping it would improve (and it does, briefly, with the entry of the jockey), but overall it was an amazing disappointment. Rambling and overheated.

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- Henry

This one is all over the place

Would you listen to The Sport of Kings again? Why?

I will definitely listen to this again in hopes that I'll pick up on more of the nuances.


Any additional comments?

Being a Kentucky girl, I loved the subject matter and setting (primarily the beautiful Horse Country and farms around Paris and Versailles). The story was breathtaking in spurts, but at times it felt like I was trapped in a Terrence Malick movie. I'm still not sure what actually happened to Allmon, but I liked the book enough to listen to again to try and sort it out.

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- BranWick

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-03-2016
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio