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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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  • Susan
  • Bartonville, TX
  • 01-07-15

All good things....

This was a great story of a good mans expedition to claim what was left to him after his sisters sudden death. He must travel from Europe to Tahiti with very little money. Because of his kindness to everyone, even strangers, he is gifted with unbelievable niceties. A good journey with many believable characters. A clean book with no violence, just a nice eventful story.

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  • Cheryl
  • Douglasville, GA, United States
  • 11-21-14

Terrific book and awesome narration!

The author, Nevil Shute, wrote a fantastic book, and to add the best narrator, Frank Muller, to the production was absolutely perfect.

I liked how it was a very believable adventure story. I liked the characters in the story, especially Keith Stewart. I also liked Keith's niece and how sweet and appreciative she was when they had to adopt her. The story made me feel good about the goodness found in some of the people Keith would encounter in his adventure.

I am looking forward to reading it again in the future.

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  • nicole
  • lawrenceville, GA, United States
  • 11-14-14

Loved this, didn't want it to end

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

Humble hero conquers

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course the main guy. He was surprised that he was internationally liked. Didn't ask or expect others to help. Such a positive book, unlike our negative world. Nice to know there are good people out there.

What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

He really brought out the characters. And of course his accent.

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

Yes, I loved it. not many books leave you with warm fuzzies.

Any additional comments?

you will not be disappointed.

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  • Mark
  • Toney, AL United States
  • 11-14-14

Great Characters, Great Story, Great Book.

I stumbled onto this one as I was searching for books narrated by Frank Muller, one of my favorite narrators. What I found was a wonderful yarn about a humble, but determined Engineer that is singularly focused on doing the right thing, even at the peril of himself and his family. If you are looking for mystery, suspense, or jaw dropping plot twists then I would say that this isn’t the book for you. However, if you are looking for an excellent human interest story with likeable characters then I would highly recommend this one. I had never heard of Nevil Shute before reading this book but I found this book to be so enjoyable that I plan to try another one of his. The narration was exceptional.

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  • Vera
  • Canada
  • 11-07-14

Quirky wonderful story with remarkable characters

What did you love best about Trustee from the Toolroom?

How this unique story unrolled. Minute by minute tugs you in and opens your eyes to possibilities.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack is the unexpected character.

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

Don't believe so. Perfect narrator for this type of story.

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

When he gets on the boat and talks to Jack for the first time.

Any additional comments?

This one is a creeper. First you are enjoying the characters being revealed and then you realize the brilliant story is going someplace big.

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A Real Nice Story

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

The story was quite interesting and seemed plausible. I could picture the locations and events as Keith met new people that helped him along the way to his objective.

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

The description of the storm and Jo and John's reaction to events leading up to the shipwreck was very realistic and frightening.

What does Frank Muller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator was very clear and his accent gave credibility to the story and made the characters come alive.

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

I think Keith would be a great dinner guest relating his adventure and talking about the interesting people he met.

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Lovely and well written in and for gentler time.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I was immediately invested in all the characters. The narrator did a bang-up job with the voices and the story was delightful and courageous.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Keith, absolutely. Such an unwavering moral compass in a man who has almost no opinion of himself.

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

No, but I will!

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

That's not my favorite thing to do. I like to stop in the middle of a really good part and go do something. That allows me to look at what's happening from a lot of different angles. I often remember hearing things that went right into my subconscious as unimportant but upon further examination - they come more to the surface to play an important part in what's happening.

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.....Friends Don’t Let Friends Get Stranded.....

I quickly became enamored with this novel and its protagonist, Keith Stewart. I really enjoyed the honorable sensibilities of a man who pursues his life’s work simply because he loves doing it; no matter that it does not afford him enough money to live on. Nevil Shute builds the people in this book expertly; all seem like they could be real people; their dialog is never out of character. And what is more: he manages to tell a fine story, with a strong and satisfying plot line—more believable than Walter Mitty, and more joyful than Francis Macomber, this is a wonderful story that will inhabit your soul and inspire you to follow your dream.

Frank Muller is a fine narrator, giving each character a unique, and appropriate, voice. His voice seems perfectly well-suited to the modest ideals that this book is all about. He is one of the reasons that this is a great audiobook.

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Loved it!

This book is a gem. Do not expect high, fast adventure. This is the story of a simple, humble but brilliant man who touches everyone he meets on a long trip. This is kind of along the line of Mitch Albom's "Five People" book. I will probably listen to this again in a few years when I am looking for a story of an honest human with a big heart.

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  • Nancy
  • United States
  • 08-28-14

Surprisingly Good Listen

I thought I knew Nevil Shute as a dry, humorless author. Not true in this case. The concept of this book is wonderfully imaginative, sensitively written with a good deal of tongue-in-cheek. I'm off to see what other Shute novels are available. I thank Audible for making this too tempting to resist.