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 stumbled onto this one as I was searching for books narrated by Frank Muller, one of my favorite narrators. What I found was a wonderful yarn about a humble, but determined Engineer that is singularly focused on doing the right thing, even at the peril of himself and his family. If you are looking for mystery, suspense, or jaw dropping plot twists then I would say that this isn’t the book for you. However, if you are looking for an excellent human interest story with likeable characters then I would highly recommend this one. I had never heard of Nevil Shute before reading this book but I found this book to be so enjoyable that I plan to try another one of his. The narration was exceptional.
How this unique story unrolled. Minute by minute tugs you in and opens your eyes to possibilities.
Jack is the unexpected character.
Don't believe so. Perfect narrator for this type of story.
When he gets on the boat and talks to Jack for the first time.
This one is a creeper. First you are enjoying the characters being revealed and then you realize the brilliant story is going someplace big.
The story was quite interesting and seemed plausible. I could picture the locations and events as Keith met new people that helped him along the way to his objective.
The description of the storm and Jo and John's reaction to events leading up to the shipwreck was very realistic and frightening.
The narrator was very clear and his accent gave credibility to the story and made the characters come alive.
I think Keith would be a great dinner guest relating his adventure and talking about the interesting people he met.
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.
Keith, absolutely. Such an unwavering moral compass in a man who has almost no opinion of himself.
No, but I will!
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.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
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.
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.
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.
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