This is the only novel I can remember reading that introduces you to only benevolent characters with sincere good will toward each other. There is still plenty of excitement though. I want to live in this world with these people.
Neville Shute knew how to take ordinary circumstances, turn them into extraordinary plots, and people them with the most peculiar of characters....and turn out a memorable story that stays with you long after you close the book. This one may seem to be a little slow in the beginning, but readers who stay with it are in for a truly memorable treat. Do yourself a big favor, and read it.
May seem to start slow but give it the first chapter and I think you will agree that it is a very engaging story. Interesting characters, good character development and good narration .
excellent audio performance, and wonderful story full of colorful well-drawn characters...listened to the whole thing in one day!
It's a story of the little guy persisting, and with the help of friends he wasn't aware of, making a great accomplishment. Made me want more, and I'm on my 5th Shute book, and all are great stores.
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.