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 is one of my most favorite audible books. It is a very upbeat, hope filled story. The story line is plausible and interesting. I have recommended this book to several of my friends.
Both the characters and the story were interesting. A very easy read
I couldn't decide between Keith Stewart and Jack Donelly. They were both had a kind of simple wisdom and unassuming nature about them.
No...This was my first time
Wife, mother, geek, etc.
I was engrossed in reading this story for the span of two days. I loved the characters, Keith Stewart and Donnelley in particular. The talk does go technical, and I can't say I fully understood all that was described. But, the idea that a humble yet hardworking man has an adventure, was what captivated me. My late engineer father was recalled to my mind so many times, in the reading of this story. I recommend it for anyone who is technical, or at least wants to know what geeks were like in the 50s!
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
This was a great story of a good mans expedition to claim what was left to him after his sisters sudden death. He must travel from Europe to Tahiti with very little money. Because of his kindness to everyone, even strangers, he is gifted with unbelievable niceties. A good journey with many believable characters. A clean book with no violence, just a nice eventful story.
The author, Nevil Shute, wrote a fantastic book, and to add the best narrator, Frank Muller, to the production was absolutely perfect.
I liked how it was a very believable adventure story. I liked the characters in the story, especially Keith Stewart. I also liked Keith's niece and how sweet and appreciative she was when they had to adopt her. The story made me feel good about the goodness found in some of the people Keith would encounter in his adventure.
I am looking forward to reading it again in the future.
Love to exercise while listening
Humble hero conquers
Of course the main guy. He was surprised that he was internationally liked. Didn't ask or expect others to help. Such a positive book, unlike our negative world. Nice to know there are good people out there.
He really brought out the characters. And of course his accent.
Yes, I loved it. not many books leave you with warm fuzzies.
you will not be disappointed.
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.
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