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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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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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    jim ogden, UT, United States 08-11-14
    jim ogden, UT, United States 08-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "NO drama whatsoever"
    What would have made Trustee from the Toolroom better?

    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.


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    R. Klein Rocketville, Maryland - USA 08-10-14
    R. Klein Rocketville, Maryland - USA 08-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyable oddball"

    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.

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    Rosie Raggamuffin TN, USA 08-08-14
    Rosie Raggamuffin TN, USA 08-08-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Heartwarming to "read" loved the main character!"

    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!

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    Chris Milwaukee, WI, United States 08-07-14
    Chris Milwaukee, WI, United States 08-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "What a wonderful book. Loved it"
    Any additional comments?

    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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    Amazon Customer Albuquerque, NM, United States 08-05-14
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    "Superb Author"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Trustee from the Toolroom to be better than the print version?

    Perhaps. The narration is terrific.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a story about a person with integrity who loves his occupation, and everything about it. A principled man.


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

    The narration can enhance a good book, or kill it. In this case, Frank Muller does a terrific piece of work.


    Who was the most memorable character of Trustee from the Toolroom and why?

    Stuart, the main character. He is an honest man with enormous integrity.


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    Dan 08-03-14
    Dan 08-03-14
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    "Positive Human Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Trustee from the Toolroom to be better than the print version?

    I'm very happy I bought this book. Shows good people doing well in difficult life situations where there is no slathering enemy, only adult realities.


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    InsideADog 08-03-14
    InsideADog 08-03-14
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    This was an enjoyable break between some heavy books I had been listening to. No horrible violence, no bad language, manageable sadness. The story is well read and nicely developed.

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    Dorothy Allentown, PA, United States 07-31-14
    Dorothy Allentown, PA, United States 07-31-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A gentle story, a gentle man"

    The New York Times review written in 1960 called this Nevil Shute's best book. Fans of "A Town Like Alice" may not agree, but it certainly is a worthy story. Would that there were more people like the hero of this tale and fewer of the kind who would look down on him or not take his skills or his courage seriously. The narration is well done and I enjoyed the fact that the author seems never to use the word "on" but always says "upon." Maybe this is a 1960 British thing, but it's charming. Listen to this when you've had enough of the bad news in the world and want a simple story about a decent man.

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    Amazon Customer Fallbrook, CA USA 07-28-14
    Amazon Customer Fallbrook, CA USA 07-28-14 Member Since 2008

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    "Most delightful novel I have read in a long time"

    Before I was half finished with this book, I was so excited about it that I recommended it to my boss. He posted a review on his blog that says it much better than I could: "Trustee from the Toolroom by Nevil Shute is the most delightful novel I have read in a very long time. Spending time with the book, letting the paragraphs slide by, was pure joy, every minute of it. I just didn’t want it to end. . . . This book is a novel without any villain or even any intense conflict. It simply tells the story, in great detail, of how Keith lives and eventually embarks on an exotic trip across half the globe on a very unlikely mission. We think we know the eventual outcome but the suspense comes from wanting to know how he accomplishes it, step by step." I agree wholeheartedly. As soon as I finished, I went back to the beginning because I wanted to rehear the setting in view of what I already knew. I wound up listening to the whole book again.

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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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