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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Best Picture Oscar 2011 Award
One man saved the British Royal Family in the first decades of the 20th century – amazingly, he was an almost unknown, and certainly unqualified, speech therapist called Lionel Logue, whom one newspaper in the 1930s famously dubbed ‘The Quack who saved a King’.
Logue wasn’t a British aristocrat or even an Englishman – he was a commoner and an Australian to boot. Nevertheless it was the outgoing, amiable Logue who single-handedly turned the famously nervous, tongue-tied, Duke of York into the man who was capable of becoming King. The King’s Speech is the previously untold story of the extraordinary relationship between Logue and the haunted young man who became King George VI, drawn from Logue’s unpublished personal diaries. They throw extraordinary light on the intimacy of the two men – and the vital role the King’s wife, the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, played in bringing them together to save her husband’s reputation and his career as King.
©2010 Quercus Publishing PLC (P)2010 Quercus Publishing PLC
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“The King's Speech is the compelling story of how speech therapist Lionel Logue helped the man who didn't want to be king cope with his stutter and make inspirational speeches to a nation at war, is utterly compelling, drawn from history and, more importantly, from Logue's own archives and diaries. Jamie Glover's reading, using a remarkable and unforced range of accents, is perfectly pitched.” (Kati Nicholl, Daily Express)
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By Daniel on 03-04-11

Slow at the beginning, engaging at the end!

The book is great! A very informative tale of the British King and his story... Compared to the movie, I definitely prefer the book as it has more details and catches way more information. Besides the movie begins late on the book, and ends earlier...

A must read (or hear)!

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By lynn on 03-02-11

An Excellent Compassionate Tale

This is an excellent story brought to life by exactly the right type of narrator. The movie is very good but like all movies it shortens the actual tale, this book gives you all the "back story" of Lionel Logue and the origins of the King's speech problems.The presenter has a variety of vocal tones that subtly suggest each important character it is a fascinating insight into a particular family in a time of crisis. It is a pleasure to listen to this audiobook. A great listen for anyone that enjoys history, intrigue and politics of a particular era.

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By Jamie on 03-01-11

I Loved It

I was so looking forward to listening to this book.. And it didn't let me down, I loved it.. In fact I have now listened to this book 3 times.

I must also say that the narrator Jamie Glover is brilliant, he keeps you listening all the way through.

Even the last chapter brought a tear to my eye (even on the 3rd time of listening)

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By Indrajith on 02-27-11

A Great Listen

An excellently read book. Good pacing and clarity. Listening to the audio was much easier and interesting. Reading the book of this nature could have been a bit slow due to lots of information. Strongly Recommend.

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