I loved it.
I have three Audible Plans,I have listened to over 800 books,this is the best.
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.
Yes, in fact I have read and listened to this story a number of times and will do so again.
I loved this story of an extraordinary ordinary man the first time I read it. Shute's writing is engaging, and it is fun to look for the little anomalies when he writes "American." They aren't bad. It's just that ordinary Americans rarely say "shan't", or "kero" for kerosine. This doesn't keep the book from being good. I had more problems with the narrator. He didn't really nail some of the accents as the great narrators do, and little annoyances like "boat-swain" and "cox-swain" instead of bo'sun and cox'un grated from time to time. I did not at all regret a great listen, but you might want to try the sample. I hope it won't keep you from listening.
The forward says this book was written by Neville Shute and left as a legacy for his daughter who published it. The story somewhat parallels this idea of legacy as it is about a man trying to reclaim a fortune in diamonds for his orphaned niece. Keith Stewart is a quiet little British man who finds himself with a great responsibility and determines to meet that challenge. He moves forward one step at a time, always stepping again despite not seeing a path, and encounters misfortune and high adventure with the same modest perseverance. He's a specialist author who's always surprised to be recognized, a bemused but unjudging companion, and a man quite appreciative of other's talents but with very little ego about his own. I grew to like him very much -- as did most of the characters in the book. Stewart's quiet determination and the interesting situations and descriptions that Shute's engineering background applied to the story make an enjoyable mix. Frank Muller's performance is excellent, handling a wide variety of characters, nationalities, and ages with seamless flow. This is the kind of book you'll enjoy reading and put aside with a regretful smile at the end, wishing it could go on a bit longer. Or at least that you could have tea with Keith Stewart and see his workshop.
I like good stories, interesting characters and happy endings. This had all three.
Love mysteries with a lot of twist and turns. Page turners. Love books that invite me in to stay awhile and make me sad when it ends. It can be the voice that brings the story to life or the story that breaths life into the voice. I am happy either way!!
The moments when the main charater decided to put one foot in front of the other when faced with the unknown to accomplish a greater good.
He slipped in and out of these charaters so seamlessly that you really believed they exisited.
I would not rename it.
It was a great listen.
Yes, Frank Muller is one of the all-time great narrators. I especially liked how he voiced Jack, the self-taught sailor, making him seem like a real person, when he could have seemed just a stereotype.
There were several times when it turned out Keith wasn't such a nobody as he thought he was. This book is about the "six degrees of separation" and how all around the world we are more alike than different.
Frank Muller is always outstanding. It was a shame that he died early from an accident,
It took me a few chapters to get into it but then I was engrossed, even though I know nothing about engineering or sailing.
Something I would never have picked up on a bookshelf. I don't remember how I got it on Audible, maybe some kind of special. It's always great to find a surprise like this.
I think Frank Muller is the very best story teller of all time. The story was absolutely fantastic.
This book reminded me of "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry." It was the story of an unassuming, unlikely "hero," who through a life journey grows to appreciate himself and his life.
I was initially a little concerned about my audiobook choice as the narrator droned on a bit about nautical details. But I soon got engrossed in the story and found it delightful and charming.
We should all be so lucky to find such contentment as Keith Stewart in "Trustee From the Toolroom."
As in all Shute's books you have a tale well told - this one about an ordinary man and the lengths he goes to due his duty. Every time I read this book it affirms for me the intrinsic goodness of the nature of man and reminds me that we all influence one anothers lives in ways we may never see.
ANYONE. Specifically someone with a British Accent who could do American Accents and not vice versa.
I feel this book deserves to be re-recorded by a reader who knows and loves Shute. While from a technical standpoint every word can be understood, it is, in my opinion the most disappointing of all the books I have ordered from Audible because of the reader.