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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 Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9781455193141
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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.”

    Locus

  • “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

  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk | 1/18/2014

    " Powerful Science Fiction! The combination of extra-terrestrial archaeology and of vast forces working in space... just brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shana Yates | 1/9/2014

    " For the first time in my life, I realized about 70% of the way through the book that I'd read it before. No clue HOW I could have forgotten I read it, as it is very well done, interesting, and clever. That said, glad I read it again (let's me start the remaining five books in the series). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rod | 12/26/2013

    " Really enjoyed the slow pacing of this, the curious nature of the archeology and the environments. Very interested in the entire series. Well-drawn characters, the main character (Hutch) especially emerges from the group as a unifying force. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clayton Yuen | 12/18/2013

    " An enchanting beginning to Priscilla Hutchins as the inventive young pilot. Jack McDevitt brings interstellar space travel to life, making it all seem so real. This space mystery is well tailored for the afficionados as well as the space cowboy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas | 12/12/2013

    " I was a Classics major in college and I am an avid Science Fiction reader so this book was very enjoyable for me. The made - up archaeology is fascinating and the SciFi elements are creative and well done. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Paul Kotz | 11/30/2013

    " Couldn't get into it enough to justify finishing it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George Maceachern | 11/26/2013

    " Definitely not what I expected. Was recommended by a friend and I'm glad I took this trip into fantasy/scifi. Definitely recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Foxtower | 11/6/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book, even though the "mystery" was pretty evident and I'd hoped for a better ending that included tracking the mystery to it's source. Never the less it was cool adventure! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Piccirillo | 6/3/2013

    " really enjoyed this book, from it's pacing to characters to archeological depth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Graham Eariss | 11/19/2012

    " Took me a while to really get into this book but well worth sticking with. Have since read it again and thoroughly enjoyed it the second time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anastasia | 7/9/2011

    " Decent scifi/space opera mystery story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curt Hopkins | 4/23/2011

    " Good world-builder. I hate reviewing books. Think I'll read the second in the series - how's that grab you? Now screw. Daddy's got things to do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Will | 4/20/2011

    " 1st part of the Priscilla Hutchens series. It was pretty good, though it was a bit tedious in spots. The Alex Benedict books are superior in my opinion, this is still a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A.C | 3/20/2011

    " 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 Selene | 2/26/2011

    " Adam gave this book to me for my birthday, based totally on the cover, so I was pleasantly surprised to find the book enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mieczyslaw | 1/5/2011

    " Powerful Science Fiction! The combination of extra-terrestrial archaeology and of vast forces working in space... just brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Booknerd | 10/18/2010

    " Liked it so much I went out and bought all the other Academy novels. A really good space opera, not military, and not overly weird or bitter, though not overly heroic. Also liked the fact that Earth was not a post-scarcity society. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trina | 9/18/2010

    " I loved this book. The combination of mystery and lovable characters made it the first book I've read recently that I just couldn't put down. The author has a good way of mixing in foreshadowing in so that you think you know what's coming, but you find out you really don't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod | 9/13/2010

    " Really enjoyed the slow pacing of this, the curious nature of the archeology and the environments. Very interested in the entire series. Well-drawn characters, the main character (Hutch) especially emerges from the group as a unifying force. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alex | 9/11/2010

    " At the suggestion of a friend, I tried to read this, but when, after almost 200 pages, nothing much had happened, I gave up. Also, wooden characters and truly awful dialogue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danny | 9/8/2010

    " Love it.Jack McDevitt is one of my favorite Si-fi authors. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Tom Weiner, a dialogue director and voice artist best known for his roles in video games and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Transformers, is an Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist. He is a former member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.