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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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    Kathi 09-10-14
    Kathi 09-10-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Lovely and well written in and for gentler time."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was immediately invested in all the characters. The narrator did a bang-up job with the voices and the story was delightful and courageous.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Keith, absolutely. Such an unwavering moral compass in a man who has almost no opinion of himself.


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

    No, but I will!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    That's not my favorite thing to do. I like to stop in the middle of a really good part and go do something. That allows me to look at what's happening from a lot of different angles. I often remember hearing things that went right into my subconscious as unimportant but upon further examination - they come more to the surface to play an important part in what's happening.


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    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 09-04-14
    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 09-04-14 Member Since 2013

    Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).

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    ".....Friends Don’t Let Friends Get Stranded....."

    I quickly became enamored with this novel and its protagonist, Keith Stewart. I really enjoyed the honorable sensibilities of a man who pursues his life’s work simply because he loves doing it; no matter that it does not afford him enough money to live on. Nevil Shute builds the people in this book expertly; all seem like they could be real people; their dialog is never out of character. And what is more: he manages to tell a fine story, with a strong and satisfying plot line—more believable than Walter Mitty, and more joyful than Francis Macomber, this is a wonderful story that will inhabit your soul and inspire you to follow your dream.

    Frank Muller is a fine narrator, giving each character a unique, and appropriate, voice. His voice seems perfectly well-suited to the modest ideals that this book is all about. He is one of the reasons that this is a great audiobook.

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    Sallie 09-02-14
    Sallie 09-02-14
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    "Loved it!"

    This book is a gem. Do not expect high, fast adventure. This is the story of a simple, humble but brilliant man who touches everyone he meets on a long trip. This is kind of along the line of Mitch Albom's "Five People" book. I will probably listen to this again in a few years when I am looking for a story of an honest human with a big heart.

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    Nancy United States 08-28-14
    Nancy United States 08-28-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Surprisingly Good Listen"

    I thought I knew Nevil Shute as a dry, humorless author. Not true in this case. The concept of this book is wonderfully imaginative, sensitively written with a good deal of tongue-in-cheek. I'm off to see what other Shute novels are available. I thank Audible for making this too tempting to resist.

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    Marsha 08-24-14
    Marsha 08-24-14
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    "Lighthearted Marvel"
    What made the experience of listening to Trustee from the Toolroom the most enjoyable?

    This book may not be a technical masterpiece or part of a series juggernaut we're so accustom to seeing today, but it has heart and warmth. Mr. Shute is a story teller and a fine one at that. He doesn't dwell on unnecessary details or meaningless banter. Everything he writes if for character development or to help move the story forward.


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

    A wonderful narrator who pulls you into the story as if you're living it yourself.


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

    Without a doubt Keith, he was a wonderful character you continue to admire and respect. His story is one that many of us dream about, a meek, kind man who wants nothing more than to be left to his work and family. Yet when he's thrust into the adventure of a life time, he does his best and meets many new faces and friends who help him along his journey.


    Any additional comments?

    I've hit a dry spell with Audible lately, not really finding anything I've truly enjoyed listening to. This is a great, lighthearted book to listen to at your leisure. It is really a gem and I can't wait to listen to another book by Mr. Shute.

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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 08-22-14
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 08-22-14 Member Since 2011

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

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    "The Man With an Ingenious Mind"

    Keith Stewart has worked in the shop in his basement for years making electrical things that work. This is not his job but rather his fun time.

    When Keith has to leave home and travel to Tahiti to find the boat that crashed with his brother and sister-in-law the only passengers, he takes with him the mini motor that he made while in his workshop.

    During his travels, he meets up with some businessmen who are quite interested not only in the mini motor but a six volt generator and the Congreve clock. He also knows where he can find another treasure that only he is aware.

    His travels bring him back to Ealing, London where his niece is staying, while her parents were on their trip. She will now live with him and his wife, with no worries for her future or even for theirs. The trip was a miracle venture for him.

    Frank Muller is a wonderful narrator. The story is easy to follow a quite an easy listen. The thrust behind the story is quite clear but is also fanciful too. Go along for the journey that I'm sure you will be glad that you listened to.

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    Daryl J McColeman Canada 08-20-14
    Daryl J McColeman Canada 08-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A fun listen"

    Great story with interesting characters in "merry old England" post WW2. What made it more fun was the writing of it was in the same time period so you stepped back in time twice.

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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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