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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Kathleen NEWTOWN, CT, United States 07-28-14
    Kathleen NEWTOWN, CT, United States 07-28-14 Member Since 2010
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    "VERY sweet"
    What did you like best about Trustee from the Toolroom? What did you like least?

    This is a very feel-good story. Others have described the plot so I won't reiterate but it is almost syrupy sweet. I like a little more conflict in fiction but if you want something that leaves no loose ends and is like the movie Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory then this is your book.


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    Ralph Wayne Bagnall Nashville 07-20-14
    Ralph Wayne Bagnall Nashville 07-20-14 Member Since 2008

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    "Unassuming and VERY Charming"
    Would you listen to Trustee from the Toolroom again? Why?

    Probably not. It was a wonderful story but a large part of it's charm was listening to it unfold. Knowing the end removes much of the appeal.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I write freelance woodworking articles for magazines very much like Keith does for "The Miniature Mechanic" in the story. My adventures resulting from this have not been quite like Keith's, but like him I am happy in my work, make a sufficient living and occasionally get some surprise "perks".


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No particular scene stands out. I enjoyed seeing Keith' surprise through out the book as he kept meeting readers who knew him through his writing.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, it was a fairly simple yet charming story. I listen as I work in my workshop. The story was entertaining without requiring too much thought on my part which can be distracting while working.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for deep meaning or high adventure, you may be disappointed. This is a simple story about a simple but intelligent man who goes to amazing lengths to do what he feels is right. With a little help from his friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 07-20-14
    Tim United States 07-20-14 Member Since 2011

    My reviews are honest. No sugar coating here.

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    "Good Neighbor"

    "Trustee from the Toolroom" is my first introduction of Nevil Shute. It's about an engineer going out to sea, to rescue his in laws that left for more prospect future. There is a lot more to the story, but that is the main plot. I really enjoyed Nevil Shute's writing. He wrote in a time where life was much simpler and neighbors helping each other.

    I don't think that this story could had been told by most authors today because we are being raise up in a different era. Instead of asking our neighbor if they can help us with a flat, we would rather call roadside assistance because out of convenience. The days where you talk to your neighbors are over.

    "Trustee from the Toolroom" is a humble story about a man that has a great adventure out in the sea, getting beckon to a rescue call and getting anchored on the promise land.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Bethel Park, PA, United States 07-20-14
    Bruce Bethel Park, PA, United States 07-20-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Loved this surprising discovery"

    I knew of Nevil Shute only as the author of "On The Beach" - book and movie that I liked - but found rather depressing. I had also heard that the car racer in the story was a bit autobiographical - Shut took up racing after he moved to Australia.

    But this book is so different. A very well written story of a man who takes his responsibilities seriously and does what needs to be done - not because he will benefit directly - but because it is the right thing to do.

    The theme really connected with me in a time when so many seem to be so concerned with what others will do for them. Kieth does for himself - with a lot of help along the way from others who he meets - and impacts along the way.

    The narration was great and I could not believe the story was over - it was very good and will get me to sample a few more of his stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    snowy plover Walnut Creek, CA 06-12-14
    snowy plover Walnut Creek, CA 06-12-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Love this Book!"
    Would you listen to Trustee from the Toolroom again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again. It's different and it has a lot of heart. If you know a man who loves knowing how things work - it's a perfect gift.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The characters all came to life to make the story so delightful. It's a short book, but the characters are well fleshed out and the story line is terrific.


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

    The narrator lends a lot to the story and brings the characters to life. And a fun life it is.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking for a hidden gem, this is a great choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Arkansas 04-29-14
    Jan Arkansas 04-29-14
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    "Original, Well Done, and Worth Your time"

    A great read. A tragic accident results in a childless couple raising a little girl that changes every part of their lives. I know nothing about engineering, but found this man who loves to make things move charming. Trustee from the Toolroom is extremely well written. Narration is excellent, of course. It's Frank Muller.

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    Karen 12-03-13
    Karen 12-03-13
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    "Wonderful story- lovable mistakes!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Trustee from the Toolroom to be better than the print version?

    I loved this story of an extraordinary ordinary man the first time I read it. Shute's writing is engaging, and it is fun to look for the little anomalies when he writes "American." They aren't bad. It's just that ordinary Americans rarely say "shan't", or "kero" for kerosine. This doesn't keep the book from being good. I had more problems with the narrator. He didn't really nail some of the accents as the great narrators do, and little annoyances like "boat-swain" and "cox-swain" instead of bo'sun and cox'un grated from time to time. I did not at all regret a great listen, but you might want to try the sample. I hope it won't keep you from listening.


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    Loren Indiana, USA 09-28-13
    Loren Indiana, USA 09-28-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great for the entire family"

    I got “Trustee From the Toolroom” because of the high scores it received from so many reviewers. All those people were right!

    This is a delightful story about the serendipitous events that befall Keith Stewart, our hero. Keith is an unpretentious, middle-aged man who enjoys his hobby of making machines in miniature. He also writes how-to articles about them for an English magazine and earns a bit from them to supplement his and his wife’s meager income.

    He finds himself compelled to go on a quest that leads to some adventures, but always manages to come out okay. The adventures are not swashbuckling affairs involving combat, but rather the ordinary kind that you might run into in travels around the world. The story reminded me of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, “What the Good Man Does is Always Right”.

    I saw that one reviewer complained that “the narrator droned on about nautical details.” She may not have appreciated the details, but I found that the detailed descriptions of some events and procedures made me realize that this author has a good understanding of sailing, machining, and a number of other skills. It enhanced the book for me.

    The closest this book comes to foul language is one (I think) instance of the use of the word “bloody”. There is no lurid sex, nor anything else that would embarrass you if you played this for your mother or for your 10-year-old daughter.

    Frank Muller, the narrator, is excellent, with just enough variation in voices so there is almost never any confusion over which character is speaking.

    I’ll be looking for more books by this same author and narrator.

    A great story for a long automobile trip with the family. Highly recommended.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Breeze Florida, USA 09-13-13
    Breeze Florida, USA 09-13-13 Member Since 2013

    Love mysteries with a lot of twist and turns. Page turners. Love books that invite me in to stay awhile and make me sad when it ends. It can be the voice that brings the story to life or the story that breaths life into the voice. I am happy either way!!

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    "Everyone Should Hear This One - Classic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Trustee from the Toolroom to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Trustee from the Toolroom?

    The moments when the main charater decided to put one foot in front of the other when faced with the unknown to accomplish a greater good.


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    He slipped in and out of these charaters so seamlessly that you really believed they exisited.


    If you could rename Trustee from the Toolroom, what would you call it?

    I would not rename it.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 08-25-13
    Robin 08-25-13
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    "Charming story of human connections"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Trustee from the Toolroom to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Frank Muller is one of the all-time great narrators. I especially liked how he voiced Jack, the self-taught sailor, making him seem like a real person, when he could have seemed just a stereotype.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Trustee from the Toolroom?

    There were several times when it turned out Keith wasn't such a nobody as he thought he was. This book is about the "six degrees of separation" and how all around the world we are more alike than different.


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

    Frank Muller is always outstanding. It was a shame that he died early from an accident,


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

    It took me a few chapters to get into it but then I was engrossed, even though I know nothing about engineering or sailing.


    Any additional comments?

    Something I would never have picked up on a bookshelf. I don't remember how I got it on Audible, maybe some kind of special. It's always great to find a surprise like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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