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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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Interesting story in spite of itself

Author takes mundane people in situations that aren't unreasonable and makes them interesting. and involving.

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A Classic

If you could sum up Trustee from the Toolroom in three words, what would they be?

I first heard this book years ago and was happy to see it in Audible's collection. Hearing it again, while I remember most of what would happen because it made such an impression on me, it was still fresh and enchanting.I love stories of small people rising to the occasion and doing great things, and that is the theme of this book. That, and the nobility of duty. Keith made a promise, and he never thought of reneging on it. He simply did what he had to do to honor it, and in so doing had a great adventure.I also liked seeing how the acts of one person affect the lives of so many.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Keith, of course. He is a noble man of great courage, who appears to be a small man in a small life.

Any additional comments?

It's a charming story, and a wonderful example of good storytelling. While the title makes sense once you hear the book, it doesn't encourage people to read or listen to it, which is a shame.

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Great escape!

What made the experience of listening to Trustee from the Toolroom the most enjoyable?

it's a story with a happy ending after some turns and twists.

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

The 28 day voyage of the main character by sloop from Hawaii to Tahiti

Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favorite?

Keith, the main character.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me happy! Such a wonderful story, almost a fairy tale.

Any additional comments?

Nevil Shutes books provide great escape. As all of his books I have read, they have interesting settings in far away countries with a cast of characters you enjoy meeting. There is a gentleness and heart to his stories, which makes me come back to him as an author over and over.

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Best Book Ever - Perfectly Narrated

I have listened to this book so many times I probably have it memorized. The narration is so beautifully done that the main character comes to life in a loving way. I highly recommend this book and particularly this recording.

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  • Lorie
  • Troy, MI, USA
  • 10-16-16

Fun adventure + engineering details = made me smile

At many points during this book I found myself smiling. It was a fun adventure story where an unexpected person goes on a wildly unexpected journey. I smiled because the main character went against his better judgment and went ahead with his journey. I also smiled because I'm an engineer's daughter and many of the details in the story made me think of my father. I'm not sure my father would've gone on the sailboat but I'm sure my father would've enjoyed all the details and the worldwide connections the main character made through letter writing. (Yet another connection with and fond memory of my father. ). I hope this brings you enjoyment as well.

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One of Most Pleasant Books in My Library

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

Do not have the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

It is uplifting. To me it is about people with good character, helping others that are worthy. Hard to find a book like that without a lot of tragedy and violence mixed in.

Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favorite?

The main character, Keith, the engineer.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When they were helped out of a tight spot in Tahiti by the captain of the yacht.

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A wonderful novel. The narrator is outstanding.

It takes you back to that time and place. A well written and interesting book. A great listen.

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Very nicely done

This book was very pleasant. It was clean, concise and intelligent. If I were an engineer, I imagine it would have been even more enjoyable. As a lay person, the engineering descriptions were not overly complex or daunting. The author did a wonderful job bringing the reader/listener into the main character's world and conveying a positive side of humanity, a refreshing break from the murder, suffering and deception that seem to dominate modern stories.

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Gave me a great feeling to read

gradebook loved it. They upset that this review is optional but then he tells me that a review with at least 20 words is required. What gives?

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  • Marilyne
  • missouri city, TX, United States
  • 08-13-16

The good life

A huge story, about a brilliant, humble man of character. I could not have enjoyed this more. Great story, great narration. I actually feel a little better about humanity after having read this.