The King's Speech

  • by Mark Logue, Peter Conradi
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The King's Speech was written by London Sunday Times journalist Peter Conradi and Mark Logue - grandson of Lionel Logue, whose recently discovered diaries and correspondence contain fascinating details about these true events.
At the urging of his wife, Elizabeth, the Duke of York (known to the royal family as "Bertie") began to see speech therapist Lionel Logue in a desperate bid to cure his lifelong stammer. Little did the two men know that this unlikely friendship - between a future monarch and a commoner born in Australia - would ultimately save the House of Windsor from collapse.
Through intense locution and breathing lessons, the amiable Logue gave the shy young Duke the skills and the confidence to stand and deliver before a crowd. And when his elder brother, Edward VIII, abdicated the throne to marry for love, Bertie was able to assume the reins of power as King George VI - just in time to help steer the nation through the dark waters of the Second World War.
Bonus Audio: This special edition includes a recording of George VI's historic speech announcing to the British people the United Kingdom's 1939 declaration of war with Germany.

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As enjoyable as the film, and then some.

Written after the movie was already in production this books tells much more of the impact Lionel Logue had over Bertie. (The subtitle is a bit presumptuous that Mr. Logue did it on his own but the story doesn't make that mistake.) It's a look behind the curtain in how confidence was instilled in the future monarch by a self-trained commoner and their long friendship which followed. This book is also gives a glimpse at how the art of corresponding, journaling and diary keeping allows future generations to learn about their forefathers. The authors paint an interesting canvas of the times these persons lived and the adversities they endured. If you enjoyed the film and want to experience more of the relationship between the Prince/King and the commoner I believe you will find this enjoyable.
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- Howard "When I like something I'll let you know. If I don't, I'll let you know that too!"

See the Movie Instead

This is the story of Lionel Logue, the self-taught speech therapist who assists the future King George VI of Britain in overcoming his speech impediment. Information about Logue was gleaned from diaries and journals he kept, and subsequently discovered by his grandson Mark, one of the authors of the book. Ultimately, we learn a little bit about British history and how the monarchy operates behind closed doors, including the shocking murder of King George V by his own family. We learn little; however, of the techniques that Logue used to reach and train "Bertie." We have a far better understanding that this future king was abused, bullied, frightened, none-to-bright in his academic endeavors, and totally unprepared to take over the responsiblities of the monarchy when his brother, Edward, abdicated. The best thing about this book was the inclusion of the real recording of George VI's historic speech. I give the book three stars for its historical significance, but it is rather boring in parts with its dependence on a minutiae of details that quickly overwhelms the relationship between the two men. The movie was much more interesting than the book. See the movie for a truly inspirational and great story.
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- Jennifer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-14-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio