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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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.
I got this quite awhile ago on sale. Never listened to it. But I was on a road trip and finished a book I needed another one. I thought I had chosen a different book but I hit this one by accident. As I was on the interstate I didn't want to pull over and look for another book. So I listened to this one. It was wonderful. It was an interesting, unusual story that kept me engaged the whole time I was listening. It was very unique. I'm going to look for some more books by Nevil Shute. This was the last book he wrote. I'm happy to be introduced to an older writer. Just love this book.
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
Keith was a perfect choice for a trustee of his sister's estate which left a young girl needing a new mom and dad.
What I liked most about this story is the way Keith keeps trying. The hurdles are there. The fear is there and recognized as just fear. He keeps working on the path of settling the financial security for his niece. At each turn of the great unknown he finds his past friendships make his future path more smooth.
A good story from start to finish. A few gasps, a few chuckles and a lot of twists in the various characters.
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