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 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.
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.
A wonderful narrator who pulls you into the story as if you're living it yourself.
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.
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.
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
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.
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.
Yes, definitely. This was just a really great story that kept me entertained throughout the book.
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.
I haven't heard this narrator until now. He did a wonderful job with all the accents and different personalities.
When Keith's admirers reach out to make sure he is OK.
They don't write them like that anymore.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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