Keith Stewart, a retiring and ingenious engineer, could not have been happier in his little house in the shabby London suburb of Ealing. There he invented the mini-motor, the six-volt generator, and the tiny Congreve clock. Then a chain of events sweeps him into deep waters and leads him to his happiest discovery yet.
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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.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
I just become more and more impressed with the writing of Nevil Shute. I'm not an engineer or a skilled craftsman. But I VALUE that which a person puts their mind and heart into and strives to do their best at. And I fully understand and appreciate a person who does not build their self worth on material things. As for readers/listeners who were bored because they were not engineers, I find that a bit odd, because this wonderful book, though it includes some technical data, is so very much MORE than a procedural manual. It is the story of a simple man, who is full of skill and talent, yet chooses family, joy, and the simple goodness of continued work with his hands in lieu of selling himself to the highest bidder. I couldn't foresee the outcome of his journey, but oh, how I enjoyed traveling along, as Keith Stewart, humbly accepted new responsibilities and sailed half way around the world to fulfill them. The flow of the book, the narration, and the culmination were absolutely perfect. So satisfying.
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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.
A great story that illustrates how the competent, rational individual can succeed in his goals.
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 listen to a variety of audio books constantly in car and gym. My reviews remind me what I’ve read & are hopefully helpful to you as well.
Maybe I need to try to re-read this one later. It seemed to have potential for an interesting story but I kept zoning out. I think I also accidentally skipped a few chapters and I didn't realize it immediately and I didn't bother going back to see if I could figure out where I had left off. Maybe my second reading would earn this 4 stars, but for now, 3.5 stars is the best I can offer since it didn't keep my attention and interest. That said, I certainly didn't hate it.
I liked the pacing and setting of the story. I rated a 5 because I was entertained. I would recommend to those who listen for pleasure.
Ordinary but extraordinary good sod has an adventure that kept me smiling and kept me up late at night. The voices are wonderful! I know I've met each character personally in my life. I found the scots and English accents wonderful. The Jack Donaldson character was the best. I have several dozen audio books and I think I like this best so far.
My favorite book. The Piedmont Piper is also excellent. From the generation who used their gifts to secure freedom for millions.
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