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.
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.
Looks like my protector dog.
The simple elegance and kindness demonstrated without pretension or self-righteousness. Other words that come to mind are lovely and precise. And pure.
Keith of course. He is has a clear understanding of who he is and what are the most important qualities of human being to life a rich and compassionate life without being concerned with "externalities."
No, but I thought this performance was wonderful. I really enjoyed his performance of women's voices which were very convincing.
Oddly enough it was near the end when the solicitor realized what Keith had done and recognized how courageous and skillful he was in "navigating" himself though all of the obstacles he faced. And then slyly "wink-winked" at him. It was just great. A perfect
One of the most wonderful books I have listened to in a long time. I will definitely look for more books by Mr. Shute.
Delightful, Entertaining, Heartwarming
Keith Stewart. So smart, so humble. He gave me hope for the world. A delightful story of someone without much money who needs to travel half way around the world to take care of family business. He has so much integrity and kindness that nobody can resist him.
I love Frank. I'm so sad he died. He is by far my favorite reader. I can listen to anything he reads but he was over the top on this one. His accents, his intonations – so delightful.
Anyone looking for a smart book, without angst and with a great storyline should read this book. Really, I want 10 more like it. Is anyone ever going to come up to Frank's performance ability. I've been searching for a reader that is at Frank's level since his accident. Nobody's even come close!
I rarely listen to any book twice, but I can see myself listening to this one again in the future.
Hard to answer this question specifically without creating a spoiler. I will just say that it is when it becomes clear that having character, integrity and doing the right thing matters.
Good job portraying the characters.
The Story of How One Good Man's Life Can Influence So Many
A good read if you are looking for something that is not too heavy or long, but will leaving you feeling good.
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.
Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.
This is a classic example of a well thought out, interesting, plausible, and delightfully fun read. The character development made me really get into the skin of the people I met. The narrator enhanced the journey.
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.