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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: February 2012 ISBN: 9780739344316
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris Marasca | 1/26/2014

    " A mystery centering around who is trying to destroy Boston and the science vs. religion argument. Interesting twists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Will | 1/20/2014

    " This is an interesting thriller written about the early days of MIT. Although it is long and written in the melodramatic manner of the period, it has pluses for those who like Boston history, MIT, or early technology. I'm glad I finished it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 1/19/2014

    " ok - another great book by Matthew Pearl. Late 1800s (like the other novels he has written) except this time he is not looking at an author - but a locale. He is writing about the first graduating class from MIT. However, like the rest of his novels, the minute I started - I did not want to put it down. Great characters, great story, great novel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Walker | 1/9/2014

    " A 3.5 really. Imaginative, engagingly written, and with a well constructed plot. Just a little too long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carl | 1/3/2014

    " I have always enjoyed Mr. Pearl's work. I just finished this book and am working on his novel The Poe Shadow. If you like historical fiction you will probably find reading enjoyment in his writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 12/28/2013

    " A well told story woven into and around the founding of MIT, with lots of action and guessing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Steve | 12/19/2013

    " I had high hopes for this novel and found it wanting. Failed as "steam-punk" and it failed as a post-modern 19th century novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Denise | 12/13/2013

    " Made it to disc 4 before i decided it was too boring to make it through 15 parts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brett Campbell | 10/7/2013

    " Great story, full of thrills and twists!!! I look forward to reading more of Mr. Pearl's books! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maria Puig | 8/6/2013

    " I love thrillers. Was this a thriller? Did I misunderstand? Couldn't read it. Gave up near the middle. Couldn't give up any more of my precious time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 8/2/2013

    " This was a good book with a clever plot. I liked learning about the early history of MIT and reading a good mysterty at the same time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karla | 6/24/2013

    " Interesting idea of making a thriller about the founding of MIT. A nice read for thriller fans, and an unusual setting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Autumn | 5/3/2013

    " I quite enjoyed this period piece. I found it exciting and well written. It piqued my interest in more than one area that I had not given much thought to previously, the origins of MIT and the Victorian Age. It has created a bit of a thirst for more of its ilk. :-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Lee | 3/16/2013

    " For someone who flunked science, this book was a little hard to read. But I ultimately enjoyed, especially the last 75 pages or so when it really got exciting. The mystery was great, a terrorist in1868. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cliff | 3/6/2013

    " Good book, but it wasn't quite as interesting as "The Poe Shadow" or "The Dante Club", which I thought were both great reads. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ange | 12/10/2012

    " only somewhat interesting having MIT as the college. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia Ferrito | 7/26/2012

    " Very interesting historical fiction. Not as good as his first book. But I never knew of the "war" between Harvard and MIT or the fight to get technology and engineering viewed as legitimate science. With a son who is an engineering geek, this was a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 7/23/2012

    " I like Matthew Pearl. I respect the research that goes into historical fiction. I enjoyed reading about the early days of MIT. I just wasn't that into the story. It dragged and I could put the novel down without being eager to get back to it. That's not a good read for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 5/16/2012

    " Kind of fun to think about what it was like when technology was new and feared as dangerous - how MIT was dismissed, also interesting that many of the characters were based on real people in the school. "

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About the Author
Author Matthew Pearl

Matthew Pearl is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dante Club and the editor of the Modern Library editions of Dante’s Inferno and Edgar Allen Poe’s The Murder in the Rue Morgue: The Dupin Tales. The Dante Club has been published in more than thirty languages in forty countries around the world. His nonfiction writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Boston Globe. Pearl is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School and has taught literature at Harvard and Emerson College. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Stephen Hoye has worked as a professional actor in London and Los Angeles for more than thirty years. Trained at Boston University and the Guildhall in London, he has acted in television series and six feature films and has appeared in London’s West End. His audiobook narration has won him fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards.