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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,526 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matthew Pearl Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Boston, 1868. The Civil War may be over but a new war has begun, one between the past and the present, tradition and technology. On a former marshy wasteland, the daring Massachusetts Institute of Technology is rising, its mission to harness science for the benefit of all and to open the doors of opportunity to everyone of merit. But in Boston Harbor a fiery cataclysm throws commerce into chaos, as ships’ instruments spin inexplicably out of control. Soon after, another mysterious catastrophe devastates the heart of the city. Is it sabotage by scientific means or Nature revolting against man’s attempt to control it?
The shocking disasters cast a pall over M.I.T. and provoke assaults from all sides—rival Harvard, labor unions, and a sensationalistic press. With their first graduation and the very survival of their groundbreaking college now in doubt, a band of the Institute’s best and brightest students secretly come together to save innocent lives and track down the truth, armed with ingenuity and their unique scientific training. 
Led by “charity scholar” Marcus Mansfield, a quiet Civil War veteran and one-time machinist struggling to find his footing in rarefied Boston society, the group is rounded out by irrepressible Robert Richards, the bluest of Beacon Hill bluebloods; Edwin Hoyt, class genius; and brilliant freshman Ellen Swallow, the Institute’s lone, ostracized female student. Working against their small secret society, from within and without, are the arrayed forces of a stratified culture determined to resist change at all costs and a dark mastermind bent on the utter destruction of the city. 
Studded with suspense and soaked in the rich historical atmosphere for which its author is renowned, The Technologists is a dazzling journey into a dangerous world not so very far from our own, as the America we know today begins to shimmer into being.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jess | 2/13/2014

    " The writing was bad...got annoying. Skipped to see "who done it" and returned it to the library. Too many good books in the queue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tom Dillickrath | 2/8/2014

    " This grew on me. I was thinking it was lackluster but then it picked up. Well written, Pearl knows his history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Holly | 2/2/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Some seem to refer to it as historical fiction, others historical thriller...whatever it is, it was an enjoyable read. It's set in Boston, post-Civil war times, when the first class of MIT is in their senior year. Pearl unfolds the setting and the characters really well and gives the reader a great opportunity to understand life in that time period. The book itself is about "technology" as it was known then...and the contracts (and comparisons) to now are part of what the reader finds fascinating about this story. It's a tale of unexplained situations which call into account faith and science and the clash between the two. Well written book that I would recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Phil | 1/31/2014

    " I enjoyed this more than the Dante Club. There is a lot on Boston in the late 1800's in here that I found fascinating. Good story as well. "

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