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 would listen to this book again. It's different and it has a lot of heart. If you know a man who loves knowing how things work - it's a perfect gift.
The characters all came to life to make the story so delightful. It's a short book, but the characters are well fleshed out and the story line is terrific.
The narrator lends a lot to the story and brings the characters to life. And a fun life it is.
If you're looking for a hidden gem, this is a great choice.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
He slipped in and out of these charaters so seamlessly that you really believed they exisited.
I would not rename it.
It was a great listen.
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.
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.
Frank Muller is always outstanding. It was a shame that he died early from an accident,
It took me a few chapters to get into it but then I was engrossed, even though I know nothing about engineering or sailing.
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.
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."
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.
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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