The Engines of God : Academy

  • by Jack McDevitt
  • Narrated by Tom Weiner
  • Series: Academy
  • 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Humans call them Monument-Makers. An unknown race, they left stunning alien statues scattered on distant planets throughout the galaxy, encoded with strange inscriptions that defy translation. Searching for clues about the Monument-Makers, teams of 23rd century linguists, historians, engineers and archaeologists have been excavating the enigmatic alien ruins on a number of planets, uncovering strange, massive false cities made of solid rock. But their time is running out. Earth's ravaged environment is quickly making it unlivable, and colonizers want to begin terraforming these abandoned worlds for human habitation. Only interstellar archaeologist Richard Wald and starship pilot Priscilla Hutchins are convinced that uncovering the secrets of the monuments may hold the key to survival for the entire human race.

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What the Critics Say

"Splendid. Not since Arthur C. Clarke's Rendevous with Rama has the discovery of artifacts of alien intelligence been treated so skillfully." (Baltimore Sun)
"McDevitt is at his best award-winning style in this intelligent and wide-ranging novel." (Kirkus Reviews)
"With plenty of startling plot twists, a heavy dose of intrigue, and an unusual amount of character development for science fiction, McDevitt holds us fast right through to a thrilling finish." (Booklist)

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McDevitt does it again!

What did you like most about The Engines of God?

It's an excellent story with believable characters. McDevitt is good on Big Ideas and his characters are believable, if not always likeable!


What does Tom Weiner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Tom is a good reader, not trying to be clever, but has clearly prepared and knows how to pronounce the difficult words and names!


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes - Unfortunately not possible though!


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-11-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.