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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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    Jan 04-29-14
    Jan 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.

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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.

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    "What a great story!"
    What did you love best about Trustee from the Toolroom?

    I think Frank Muller is the very best story teller of all time. The story was absolutely fantastic.


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    Gayle 07-12-13
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    "Charming story"

    This book reminded me of "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry." It was the story of an unassuming, unlikely "hero," who through a life journey grows to appreciate himself and his life.

    I was initially a little concerned about my audiobook choice as the narrator droned on a bit about nautical details. But I soon got engrossed in the story and found it delightful and charming.

    We should all be so lucky to find such contentment as Keith Stewart in "Trustee From the Toolroom."

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    Amazon Customer NAMPA, ID, United States 04-29-13
    Amazon Customer NAMPA, ID, United States 04-29-13
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    "A great story! A great listen!"

    This is a great story that leaves the listener with a positive feeling. At the end of the book I wondered why there aren't more books like this in the world.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    IVAL FREEHOLD, NJ, United States 04-28-13
    IVAL FREEHOLD, NJ, United States 04-28-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Best book for a long while!!!"

    I have no idea why I picked this book. Not in my usual profile of whodunnits and police procedurals. But so glad I did!! A delight from start to finish - witty, well-written, fascinating in its engineering details (and i am no engineer), interesting in its travel information, delightful in its cast of characters, and soul-satisfying in its conclusion. I can think of half a dozen people I'd like to give it too! If you ever navigate a boat or airplane, or ever build a model, this book will delight you!! And also if you DON'T navigate anything..... Just a terrific listen. Narrator excellent and 'in the spirit' of the humor of the book!

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    Eileen Duffy St. John, VI Virgin Islands (U.S.) 03-18-13
    Eileen Duffy St. John, VI Virgin Islands (U.S.) 03-18-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Re-Record this great book with a Brit!"
    What did you like best about Trustee from the Toolroom? What did you like least?

    As in all Shute's books you have a tale well told - this one about an ordinary man and the lengths he goes to due his duty. Every time I read this book it affirms for me the intrinsic goodness of the nature of man and reminds me that we all influence one anothers lives in ways we may never see.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Frank Muller?

    ANYONE. Specifically someone with a British Accent who could do American Accents and not vice versa.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Of Course.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel this book deserves to be re-recorded by a reader who knows and loves Shute. While from a technical standpoint every word can be understood, it is, in my opinion the most disappointing of all the books I have ordered from Audible because of the reader.

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