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
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.
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!
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.
Perhaps. The narration is terrific.
This is a story about a person with integrity who loves his occupation, and everything about it. A principled man.
The narration can enhance a good book, or kill it. In this case, Frank Muller does a terrific piece of work.
Stuart, the main character. He is an honest man with enormous integrity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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