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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Avid listener. Favorites are stories without war/ gratuitous violence. Nevil Shute: my favorite author: one of his books every other choice.
it's a story with a happy ending after some turns and twists.
The 28 day voyage of the main character by sloop from Hawaii to Tahiti
Keith, the main character.
Made me happy! Such a wonderful story, almost a fairy tale.
Nevil Shutes books provide great escape. As all of his books I have read, they have interesting settings in far away countries with a cast of characters you enjoy meeting. There is a gentleness and heart to his stories, which makes me come back to him as an author over and over.
I have listened to this book so many times I probably have it memorized. The narration is so beautifully done that the main character comes to life in a loving way. I highly recommend this book and particularly this recording.
At many points during this book I found myself smiling. It was a fun adventure story where an unexpected person goes on a wildly unexpected journey. I smiled because the main character went against his better judgment and went ahead with his journey. I also smiled because I'm an engineer's daughter and many of the details in the story made me think of my father. I'm not sure my father would've gone on the sailboat but I'm sure my father would've enjoyed all the details and the worldwide connections the main character made through letter writing. (Yet another connection with and fond memory of my father. ). I hope this brings you enjoyment as well.
Do not have the print version.
It is uplifting. To me it is about people with good character, helping others that are worthy. Hard to find a book like that without a lot of tragedy and violence mixed in.
The main character, Keith, the engineer.
When they were helped out of a tight spot in Tahiti by the captain of the yacht.
This book was very pleasant. It was clean, concise and intelligent. If I were an engineer, I imagine it would have been even more enjoyable. As a lay person, the engineering descriptions were not overly complex or daunting. The author did a wonderful job bringing the reader/listener into the main character's world and conveying a positive side of humanity, a refreshing break from the murder, suffering and deception that seem to dominate modern stories.
A huge story, about a brilliant, humble man of character. I could not have enjoyed this more. Great story, great narration. I actually feel a little better about humanity after having read this.
So many rave reviews? This book had so much unrealized potential to develop into a good story but didn't live up to much of anything. It was a boring narrative coupled with my frustration over what it COULD have been. I won't read this author again but the narrator was excellent nevertheless.
This is the first Nevil Shute book I've read. And it won't be my last. The story was engaging, well written, and surprising in spots. The story was so wholesome, the character so charming. I recommend this book highly.
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