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As the daughter of an engineer, this book tugged on my heart. For anyone not of the technical bent, tis a wonderful listen for the story.
Narrated by the iconic Frank Mueller, this classic Nevil Shute novel brings back excellent stories written beautifully. And narrated by Mueller, a person of acclaim in the history of audiobooks, makes this a one in as hundred type of listen.
Romance, a very likable protagonist and the effect he has on his followers as a writer for an engineering weekly magazine, a bit of suspense with the sailing of a yacht and so on, this is a wonderful listen for anyone.
A great story that illustrates how the competent, rational individual can succeed in his goals.
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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.
Thank you, Audible, for making this a daily deal. I don't know how this author or this book would otherwise have crossed my path, and I'm so happy they did.
This is a charming story about a salt-of-the-earth good guy, Keith, who is great at building and creating things with his hands on a small scale (a "miniature mechanic"). He is thrown a few curve balls, from ending up with his orphaned niece he can barely afford to take care of to needing to make world travel he definitely cannot afford, but he finds a way to make the most of it with an engineer's ingenuity and practicality, not to mention his standard kindness and humility. I don't want to give away the story, but I can promise it is very entertaining, with amusing dialogue and a nice picture of the time period (~1960's). The narrator is excellent, moving among various British and American dialects with ease.
“Be awesome! Be a book nut!” — Dr. Seuss
Pretty good story that celebrates doing the right thing when nobody is watching and when it would be easy to not do anything instead. The story concerns a simple man that is comfortable with his life as a machine model maker until a tragedy forces him into an adventure of a lifetime.
This is a sweet story and the hero is very likable. My only problem was with the story climax - it wasn't very climatic. Still I found this book very enjoyable. It made me long for simpler times when the world was a much bigger place.
This book is an excellent gentle book very well read by Frank Muller. I am actually buying my next book by searching for what Muller has narrated - the first time I have ever searched by narrator.
The ending although predictable is so well written that it is a joy to read.
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!
I loved it.
I have three Audible Plans,I have listened to over 800 books,this is the best.
Nevil Shute writes excellent novels.
The story is beyond compare.
Frank Muller is just not my favorite reader.
This book would make a great movie, unless Hollywood screws it up like they did On the Beach. Also made a move out of the Far Country which was horrible, but Jimmy Stewart in No HIghway in the Sky was very good!
would love to get more Nevil Shute - particularly Pied Piper and I will be ordering the others you have listed.
Fire Training & Fire Prevention Officer, Safety Training and Safety Consulting. Do a lot of listening while traveling.
How far would you go to fulfill an obligation? Travel to the farthest reaches of the earth? Give up your comfort, risk your life? That is what Keith Stewart does when his sister and her husband leave their daughter in the care of Keith and his wife for a trip half way around the world that ends in tragedy. In my opinion, this is the best of Nevil Shute's books. It was also one of his last.