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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,706 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack McDevitt Narrator: Tom Weine Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Humans call them Monument-Makers. An unknown race, they left stunning, alien statues encoded with strange inscriptions that defy translation scattered on distant planets throughout the galaxy. Searching for clues about the Monument-Makers, teams of twenty-third-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 be the key to survival for the entire human race.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A terrific book! The Engines of God is science fiction in the grand tradition, an intellectual adventure and scientific mystery, with the fate of worlds at stake.”

    Michael Swanwick, Hugo and Nebula award–winning author

  • “Splendid…Not since Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama has the discovery of artifacts of alien intelligence been treated so skillfully.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • “A work of beauty and mystery and characters worth knowing.”

    Jeffrey A. Carver, author of the Chaos Chronicles

  • “McDevitt blends straightforward adventure with scientific mystery, peoples the story with diverse…characters, and delivers a rewardingly startling solution.”

    Science Fiction Chronicle

  • “An appealing mélange…a proper label for the book would come across like Polonious describing the players’ repertory in Hamlet: hard science–fictional / planetary-romantical / space-adventurous.”


  • “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.”


  • “McDevitt is at his best award-winning style in this intelligent and wide-ranging novel.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 1997Arthur C. Clarke Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Conrad Harkrader | 2/16/2014

    " Wonderfully written, strong characters, excellent pacing and a solid plot. On the basis of this book, I plan to pick up some of the other Hutch books he's written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Patrick Gibson | 2/5/2014

    " The first of six "Academy" Novels. Recurring characters and sometimes events. It's all about space archaeology and very intersting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by A.C | 1/24/2014

    " Allthough it was an interesting read and I like Hutch very much - It is always a joy to read about a woman as the main character - this book could not hold my attention. It is a shame because I find far to less SF books I really enjoy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sylvia | 1/20/2014

    " Parts of the story were really interesting. Plot was disjoint, often seeming like the novel was created by mashing several short stories together. Description of under-water archeologists was good, description of being eaten by armies of crayfish was not. "

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About the Author
Author Jack McDevitt

Jack McDevitt is an American science fiction author who won the 2006 Nebula Award for his novel Seeker. He has served as an officer in the US Navy, taught English and literature, and worked for the United States Customs Service. He lives with his wife, Maureen, in Georgia.