Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
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  • The Engines of God

  • By: Jack McDevitt
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 373

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Conceptually intriguing, but uneven writing style

  • By Michael G Kurilla on 05-12-11

Killer crabs

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-09

In the beginning the narration is kind of funny, a little but quirky but this gets old real fast. Its like whoever produced the audio portions of this book did not bother to listen to it themselves. someone should have sat down with the reader and explained to him that stretching out the last word in a sentence does not make the sentence more meaningful, its just annoying. This is 14 hours trapped in a room with someone who wants to show off his voiiiccceeeee. Also there a a few spots where the reader stops mid-sentence(completely understandable) and restarts and this makes the final book. As much as I hated the reading, he did a good job when compared... he did a god job when compared with the material he had to work with. The future is a strange and wonderful place with silly sounding aliens, killer crabs because your editor said you had to have an action scene, and beautiful woman scientists who have daddy issues and live for the words, "my god you're gorgeous," or "Jesus you're gorgeous," or the deep and meaningful "my god you are goreous." Finally if I hear the name Quraqua one more...time... oh yeah beware of right angles the destroy of worlds.

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