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Publisher's Summary

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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Loved this book

I was hooked. Kept waiting door the next adventure to unfold. I always look for this author since his books are captivating in a low key way.

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Typical, Wonderful Shute

Thoroughly enjoyed this, as I have all Shute's novels. It's a wonderful look into an ordinary man's life and how he handles an extraordinary challenge. The narration is truly superb, with several accents handled with amazing dexterity. Shute's humor in this book really shone. Can't imagine anyone not enjoying this lovely story.

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This was such a fun read!

If you could take any character from Trustee from the Toolroom out to dinner, who would it be and why?

The main character is endearing and you just want him to succeed. I recommend this book.

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Delightful!

Really wasn't expecting too much from this book but since it was on sale I decided to try this (to me) new author. I am SO glad....it is simply so much fun, even though it became clear it was written some years ago. Great story!

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  • David
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  • 06-16-15

Just a touching and beautiful story.

Nevile Shute is a charming writer and this is the story of a very decent man. I read this story straight through. I am very much looking for engaging stories that are moderately paced and do not involve much violence. This story was impossible for me to "put down."

I also enjoyed "A Town Called Alice" by the same author. I liked this one even more, though. "A Town Called Alice" seemed to have more of a plot. I have listened to lots of Eckhart Tolle and I am much more interested in a novel that just helps me to be present. Listening to audiobooks really silences the thoughts in my mind and helps me to achieve a state of "presence."

I love an audio book that has a great narrator that sounds like a friend just reading me a story. I am not looking for a book that has a sense of urgency or that is clever or that is building to some surprise ending. If you are looking for a friend to read you a nice story about a nice man this one is for you!



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Loved it!

Excellent narration, brilliantly descriptive and heart warming in its sense of life. I couldn't stop listening for each new encounter the main character had gave my heart swell with happiness.

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A Surprise

This book was a surprise, in that I had never heard of the author. It was an excellent story, masterfully read by Frank Muller.

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An amazing community and adventure!

Would you consider the audio edition of Trustee from the Toolroom to be better than the print version?

I did not read the print version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Trustee from the Toolroom?

There were many. It's hard to say just one. I believe my most memorable would give the plot away. I will say, I would have sent him money if I knew where to find him.

Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

NO. I wanted to prolong the story and savor the reading.

Any additional comments?

Frank Muller did a very good job with all the accents. He made the characters come to life. Nevil Shute did a great job at writing this book so that the characters could be brought to life. Thank you both.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Fun

This is the only novel I can remember reading that introduces you to only benevolent characters with sincere good will toward each other. There is still plenty of excitement though. I want to live in this world with these people.

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Really Good Yarn; Wonderfully Read

Neville Shute knew how to take ordinary circumstances, turn them into extraordinary plots, and people them with the most peculiar of characters....and turn out a memorable story that stays with you long after you close the book. This one may seem to be a little slow in the beginning, but readers who stay with it are in for a truly memorable treat. Do yourself a big favor, and read it.

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