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Trustee from the Toolroom | [Nevil Shute]

Trustee from the Toolroom

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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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.

©1960 Heather Felicity Norway and Union Trustee Company of Australia, Ltd. (P)1988 Recorded Books, LLC

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    LDDSDD 08-18-14
    LDDSDD 08-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "What a treat..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, definitely. This was just a really great story that kept me entertained throughout the book.


    What other book might you compare Trustee from the Toolroom to and why?

    It's A Wonderful Life - Keith Stewart has a little George Bailey in him. He is a bigger man than he gives himself credit for.


    Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't heard this narrator until now. He did a wonderful job with all the accents and different personalities.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Keith's admirers reach out to make sure he is OK.


    Any additional comments?

    They don't write them like that anymore.

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    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 08-16-14
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 08-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A wonderful tale of a simple yet brilliant man"

    I acquired this book after being amazed at Nevile Shute's most famous work "A Town Like Alice". I'm glad I did, as Mr. Shute once again drew me into a simple tale through masterful story telling.

    Although somewhat dated, as transoceanic air travel is no longer the wonder it was when this work was penned, the sense of adventure is still there. Mr. Shute's attention to detail is marvelous, and his description of ocean voyaging is very well done.

    Of course, it is once again his characters who steal the show. As in "Alice" the subjects are simple people but, as you get know them, they are incredibly complex and, in their own ways, kindhearted.

    Frank Muller did a great job narrating the book. He definitely added to the experience and brought the characters to life.

    I'll be exploring some of Nevile Shute's other works now, and I highly recommend you give this work a try if you enjoy great story telling about people that are not larger than life.

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    jim ogden, UT, United States 08-11-14
    jim ogden, UT, United States 08-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "NO drama whatsoever"
    What would have made Trustee from the Toolroom better?

    This book had no drama. No suspense. Nothing. Every time the main character was just about to get into a pinch he was miraculously delivered that very second. Story for my 4 year old.


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    R. Klein Rocketville, Maryland - USA 08-10-14
    R. Klein Rocketville, Maryland - USA 08-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyable oddball"

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book as it got rolling. The premise was interesting, the main protagonist being quite the anti-heroic type.

    There are a lot of coincidences and positive twists of fate in this book that help our unlikely hero along, but not beyond the realm of believability.

    I thought the characters were quite well developed, and quite likable! And they meshed very well into a story that kept me interested and always looking forward to my next opportunity to tune in.

    The narration was the perfect embodiment of the story. Excellent pace, and perfectly rendered, with each character played as a distinct and well defined individual all the way through.

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    Rosie Raggamuffin TN, USA 08-08-14
    Rosie Raggamuffin TN, USA 08-08-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Heartwarming to "read" loved the main character!"

    Best listen I have had in weeks. The story is well told, character development is solid and overall a wholesome and thoroughly enjoyable story. This is my first Nevil Shute novel and definitely not the last!

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    Chris Milwaukee, WI, United States 08-07-14
    Chris Milwaukee, WI, United States 08-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "What a wonderful book. Loved it"
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    The book is clean and refreshing, a fantastic story. A man leaves everything and goes on a journey to do his duty for his now adopted niece. No violence, foul language, no good vs evil, just a good man doing the right thing. It's wonderful. I loved it.

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    Amazon Customer Albuquerque, NM, United States 08-05-14
    Amazon Customer Albuquerque, NM, United States 08-05-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Superb Author"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Trustee from the Toolroom to be better than the print version?

    Perhaps. The narration is terrific.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a story about a person with integrity who loves his occupation, and everything about it. A principled man.


    What does Frank Muller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration can enhance a good book, or kill it. In this case, Frank Muller does a terrific piece of work.


    Who was the most memorable character of Trustee from the Toolroom and why?

    Stuart, the main character. He is an honest man with enormous integrity.


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    Dan SF Bay Area, United States 08-03-14
    Dan SF Bay Area, United States 08-03-14 Member Since 2009
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Trustee from the Toolroom to be better than the print version?

    I'm very happy I bought this book. Shows good people doing well in difficult life situations where there is no slathering enemy, only adult realities.


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    InsideADog 08-03-14
    InsideADog 08-03-14
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    This was an enjoyable break between some heavy books I had been listening to. No horrible violence, no bad language, manageable sadness. The story is well read and nicely developed.

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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 08-01-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 08-01-14 Member Since 2013

    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.

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    "Joy, Humility, and Just Pure Goodness"

    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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