I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
I get my share of murder and mayhem from other authors. It's such a nice change to listen to something that's not so raw, but still interesting. This is a wonderful little story about people doing the right thing. It's simply lovely - and one book you can share with your grandma without risk of embarrassment.
I love the way Nevil Shute weaves his knowledge of engineering into his books. I always learn something new. It's engaging for me and takes this out of the realm of mindless fiction.
Yes, different and wonderful.
Keith. A good man.
It made me think good thoughts about good kind men.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
I just become more and more impressed with the writing of Nevil Shute. I'm not an engineer or a skilled craftsman. But I VALUE that which a person puts their mind and heart into and strives to do their best at. And I fully understand and appreciate a person who does not build their self worth on material things. As for readers/listeners who were bored because they were not engineers, I find that a bit odd, because this wonderful book, though it includes some technical data, is so very much MORE than a procedural manual. It is the story of a simple man, who is full of skill and talent, yet chooses family, joy, and the simple goodness of continued work with his hands in lieu of selling himself to the highest bidder. I couldn't foresee the outcome of his journey, but oh, how I enjoyed traveling along, as Keith Stewart, humbly accepted new responsibilities and sailed half way around the world to fulfill them. The flow of the book, the narration, and the culmination were absolutely perfect. So satisfying.
A great story that illustrates how the competent, rational individual can succeed in his goals.
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
I found this to be a riveting story with a delightful main character. I had no idea where this story would take me and I relished the whole ride. I just wish it was longer, as I would have loved to know more about Keith's ocean journey.
Muller does a wonderful narration to add to the enjoyment. Highly recommended!
No vampires. No zombies. No self-help. Find me on BookLikes. Audible Member since 2002!
I read Nevil Shute when I was in high school--On the Beach, A Town Like Alice and a couple others I can't even remember. I am so sick of today's fiction that I've hopped on the way-back machine to try to find something that isn't full of graphic violence or someone else's angst or dysfunctional families or other utterly depressing subject matter. I found Shute in the $4.95 sale pile and scarfed him up. Before I was finished the book, I added everything else I could find by him to my Audible wish list. It is hard finding the older authors, other than classics, in audio format--and just as hard to remember their names (so thank you to the regular sales that Audible has that highlight some of these less popular titles). This was Shute's last book; it was published posthumously.
Trustee from the Toolroom is a heart-warming adventure story. I can't really think of a better way to describe it. At first, you wonder where this story is going to go, especially as you meet the protagonist, a married but childless, self-employed toolmaker/engineer who works out of the basement of his two-family house in a blue color, post-war suburb of London. Then, the story takes off and I'm just not going to say any more about it, because why spoil it.
True multitasking is "reading" a book while walking, running, kayaking, doing chores, gardening, driving or just drifting off to sleep.
Nevile Shute is a charming writer and this is the story of a very decent man. I read this story straight through. I am very much looking for engaging stories that are moderately paced and do not involve much violence. This story was impossible for me to "put down."
I also enjoyed "A Town Called Alice" by the same author. I liked this one even more, though. "A Town Called Alice" seemed to have more of a plot. I have listened to lots of Eckhart Tolle and I am much more interested in a novel that just helps me to be present. Listening to audiobooks really silences the thoughts in my mind and helps me to achieve a state of "presence."
I love an audio book that has a great narrator that sounds like a friend just reading me a story. I am not looking for a book that has a sense of urgency or that is clever or that is building to some surprise ending. If you are looking for a friend to read you a nice story about a nice man this one is for you!
Excellent narration, brilliantly descriptive and heart warming in its sense of life. I couldn't stop listening for each new encounter the main character had gave my heart swell with happiness.
I did not read the print version.
There were many. It's hard to say just one. I believe my most memorable would give the plot away. I will say, I would have sent him money if I knew where to find him.
I have not.
NO. I wanted to prolong the story and savor the reading.
Frank Muller did a very good job with all the accents. He made the characters come to life. Nevil Shute did a great job at writing this book so that the characters could be brought to life. Thank you both.