As usual, Shute starts a bit slow but then you realize you are totally hooked. I have yet to read a novel by him that did not captivate me. What's more, years later I still run bits and pieces of various works through my mind which bring a smile, or astound me, or just make me appreciate the way Shute's mind worked to create such wonderful books.
Yes I would but perhaps only to a certain type of individual. There is a good bit of mechanical and engineering jargon and explanation. This might not appeal to the average listener but to me, I was totally absorbed. I am not an engineer or a mechanic but have always enjoyed leaning how things are made and how they work. Blended with a likeable major character, Keith Stewart, and an excellent storyline, this was just frosting on the cake.
I only finished listening to this book a few minutes ago but I am still smiling. A decent, hardworking and talented individual reaps rewards and recognition. What a concept! A definite pleasure.
Frank Muller's narration was terrific! His ability to add character, accents and pathos is just perfect. Thanks for a very excellent read/listen!!
This is a favorite! I just finished it and was motivated to immediately rate and write a review to encourage others to enjoy the experience. It is a beautiful book. It is engrossing. It is not predictable. Even the technical discussions are neither boring nor beyond comprehension. I gave it one less star for the performance, because like another reviewer, I believe it should have been read by an Englishman. Not that the accents are disturbing, it is just that I can tell the difference in regions, and would rather hear the true dialects. Also the reader has a speech pattern that is carried onto several of the characters, most specifically the women's voices. That said, don't let my criticism of this aspect stop you from experiencing this lovely story! Brought me close to tears at the end. Not that it was sad. It is just a lovely read.
This book is one of those sleepers that starts out slow and then grabs you by the ears. A bit technical at times, but the ongoing drama makes it a must read. I am now a Nevil Shute fan.
Great story, excellent narration. I so enjoyed the wonderful mechanical and engineering details. Droll is the word that comes to mind. Just delightful.
I dug this. It's kind of a throw back, with a clear plot and easy to grasp characters. But if you enjoy anything mechanical and sailing, it's great. This would be a great book for an older guy who maybe doesn't read too much. The narration is top-notch.
Having read On the Beach years ago, I was uncertain about this Shute novel. I wasn't in the mood for serious and depressing. Turns out that this is a highly engaging, sweet and satisfying novel about an improbable quest made believable. I had trouble putting this one down between listens! The performance really brought it to life, too.
Hi! I'm Casey Keller, semi-retired TV writer, avid cyclist, husband and father. I'm also a guy who devours audio books.
I know it sounds horribly boring, a book about good people trying to do kind things, but Nevil Shute’s Trustee From The Toolroom charmed me and made me feel good about being human. And that is a lovely thing.
The story concerns Keith Stewart, a gifted machinist who makes his living writing for a hobbyist magazine called Miniature Mechanic that teaches other hobbyists how to make projects in their home machine shops. That's a little nook of civilization I never knew existed and Shute explores it wonderfully.
Though disappointed that they could not have children, Keith and his wife live modestly and contentedly in a poor suburb of London. When his sister and brother-in-law die in a boating accident near Tahiti, they are willingly tasked with the role of raising their daughter.
To recover the modest money left for the little girl's education, Keith must leave the comfort and safety of his home and bum his way around the world to his sister's shipwreck. In his travels, he discovers that, because of his articles in Miniature Mechanic, (and his generosity in taking the time to answer readers' letters) he has a vast network of friends and admirers everywhere eager to help him in his quest.
Listen, I love listening to Jack Reacher and Harry Bosch kicking ass. I love the violent naval battles in the Master And Commander books, but sometimes it's nice to read a book about nice people doing nice things. I was charmed.
This is one of the best books ever written. It was out of print for years and is the only book I have ever read that I actually wrote the publishing company and asked if they wouldn't release it again. Happily that has now happened. I have been passing my used copy to family and friends for years and everyone I have given it to has loved it. The audio is wonderfully done. Thank You!
It is Keith of course.
Keith and Jack
I couldn't quit listening and immediately wanted my family to hear it.
I recommend most of Nevil Shute's books. If you enjoy this try The Pied Piper and A Town Like Alice. Then you will probably want all the rest of his books.
I quite like a story that builds slowly. One where the point, the key action, is not immediately revealed. One where the story itself, the writing that makes the story real, takes over. Plus, I like to learn something. In this case I learned about daily life in England in the first half dozen years after WWII, although Trustee has nothing to do with the war. And the way I learn about it is the author's living through the period.
While I read and like my share of shoot-em-ups, there is not a single murder as a part of the story. Oh, my.
So, what is Trustee about? Well, it starts with a man who makes ever part of very small, but fully working, machines and with his sister, who marries well and loves her husband. Hubby retires early, they sail off into the sunset, and our machinist is left to get on with things ... things about which we ask: "What happens next?" Although, if you really wanted to, you could probably figure out most of the plot after the first fifty pages.
Why do I give the story 4 stars and the overall performance 5 stars? Perhaps because the "hero" is a bit too naive ... right up until the end, when ...
Oops, I just changed the rating back to 5 stars because this is a book I will recommend to others who only read in print.