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The King's Speech | [Mark Logue, Peter Conradi]

The King's Speech

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.
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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of the extraordinary relationship between Logue and the haunted young man who became King George VI, drawn from Logue's unpublished personal diaries.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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Indrajith Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom 27/02/2011
    Indrajith Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom 27/02/2011
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    "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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie BathUnited Kingdom 01/03/2011
    Jamie BathUnited Kingdom 01/03/2011
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    "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)

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Godalming, surrey, United Kingdom 02/03/2011
    Gary Godalming, surrey, United Kingdom 02/03/2011 Member Since 2010
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    "A must for fans of the film"

    I thought the film was a masterpiece until I listened to this. It is well crafted and beautiful to experience as you listen to this dramatic tale

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Stafford, United Kingdom 16/02/2011
    Helen Stafford, United Kingdom 16/02/2011 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent"

    After watching thr film thought I would listen to the book.You learn so much more about the King, Logue and the era. Two truely remarkable men. Jamie Glover reads this story so very well (will search out and listen to more of the books he narrates). An excellent buy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Ferndown, United Kingdom 07/11/2011
    Julia Ferndown, United Kingdom 07/11/2011 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent, worth listening too"

    This was a superb listen and it made a change to choose a non fiction book. The narration was excellent, as were the accents. All the information was explained simply, in an interesting way.I learnt a great deal and will look forward to seeing the film next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Hereford, United Kingdom 01/08/2011
    Frank Hereford, United Kingdom 01/08/2011 Member Since 2007
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    "Thoroughly good listen"

    Full of amazing detail, I found it absolutely intriguing. It made the film look very short, thoroughly enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jill 04/03/2011
    Jill 04/03/2011
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    "A bit part in a Parallel Life"

    I was always thrilled by the story and now much more so by its deservedly acclaimed telling.
    My parents were 'the King's speech doctor's' Harley St. care-takers.I was just born. My mother told me I was in the room downstairs as the King made his broadcasts. This is not borne out by Mark Logue's fascinating book, but just once or twice early on perhaps? I have no idea of course, but I always imagined I may have cried out of place...
    My father wrote, 'in 1938 we moved ...into a prestige area - Harley St. W1 as live-in caretakers ...until late 1941 and she(ie I)was taken into Regents Park every day where she became known as the Princess of Harley St. by the local mothers.'(I love that bit!
    y mother said we watched the 'dog fights'in the sky . My father said sourly that we had to be pulled to safety...)
    'The intense bombing of the Battle of Britain eventually drove us out after the house 3 doors away had been clawed down into dust and Madame Tussauds 200 yards away was completely destroyed by a landmine on a parachute.' (Monty Python at work here?!JP)
    'I used to have to cycle to work in Whitehall via Regent St. and Haymarket over roads that were completely covered in broken plate glass after the night's work by the Luftwaffe..'

    In fact my father set up and maintained the underground War Cabinet telephone system (and advised on its present museum presentation), at times he worked daily in 10 Downing St or Buckingham Palace .... Most likely the King used telephones he looked after to call Lionel Logue! He too had great stories to tell. I wish he had kept more detailed notes.

    Please excuse me if this is not so much a review as an enthusiastic personal appreciation of 'The King's Speech'. It has coloured in for me a little of the background of my own infancy and for this I award it 10 out of 10 stars!
    My son is sending me a DVD, so I still have the film to look forward to. Thank you so much to all concerned for this thoroughly heart-warming story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Bristol, United Kingdom 07/04/2013
    Sue Bristol, United Kingdom 07/04/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "Another good historical book"

    After watching the film of the book I was a little apprehensive about this one. I needn't have been. A lot more behind the scenes information and narrative gave a fuller picture of the relationship between monarch and 'speech therapist' which changed as the story and time progressed. I felt that the King really didn't think much of Logue at the start but grew to depend on him as his life began to change in dramatic times. Towards the end, however, when Logue had taught the King all he could I felt that Logue began to 'trade' on his Royal client as his life changed during pre-war times. The narrator gave the book an extra dimension with the subtle change of dialects, making for an enjoyable listen.



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    joanna green 24/12/2012
    joanna green 24/12/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "Great audio book even if you have seen the film!"

    This book tells the story told in the Kings Speech film from the perspective of the speech therapist. It adds various details that are not included in the film and I found it enriched my film watching experience. Sometimes with film "spin offs" you can feel cheated but certainly not with this - it was conceived as a result of the film, but easily stands on its own two feet without it. It is a very engaging story, well narrated and very worthy of a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Newport, United Kingdom 18/11/2012
    Wendy Newport, United Kingdom 18/11/2012 Member Since 2010

    I listen to books............because the only time I have to sit down is when I am asleep!

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    "Boring"

    I was hoping this book would grow on me as I got in to it...sadly it failed. Its not often I can say that the movie was better than the book

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  • Daniel
    DF, Mexico
    04/03/11
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    "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)!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • lynn
    ADELAIDE, Australia
    02/03/11
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    Newcastle, Australia
    21/03/11
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    "Enjoyable and informative"

    This was my first audible audiobook, and was most enjoyable. The story itself, while quite factual, never became dry or boring, and the narration was of a high standard. The narrator added to the story, and did not 'get in the way' of it. Highly recommended for anyone interested in 20th Century history.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dona
    Hamilton, Australia
    13/11/11
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    "Better than the movie and it was good."

    So much more detail and background than the movie. I'd read it again if there weren't so many other great books out there!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    17/01/12
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    "Same title, but not the same story as the film"
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    Don't be misled by the title and image of the audiobook. It isn't the same as the film.
    The audiobook covers a longer time frame, and reveals Leonard Logue as a different character to that portrayed by Geoffrey Rush in the film. Rather than being an Aussie larrikin, the book describes Logue as a caring and respectful person who needed the king???s attention as much as the king needed him.
    I don???t think that I would have enjoyed the film as much had I heard this version of the story first. Recommended listening. I really enjoyed it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eric
    Maine, USA
    21/01/12
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    "Brilliant story, brilliantly narrated"

    What a brilliant story! In contrast to the movie, which featured only a very short (and compressed) version of the story of Lionel Logue and the King, this book was a wonderful trip through the childhood and upbringing of both men, through to the end of their lives.

    Lionel Logue's life was expertly resurrected by his grandson, Mark Logue, through a very thorough collection of newspaper clippings, diaries, and letters saved by Logue and his family. Jamie Glover as narrator did a similarly fantastic job, and his voice was perfectly suited to this wonderful story of an amazing pair of men.

    Far more thorough and heart-touching than the movie, this book kept me engaged and enthralled - probably the most of the entire non-fiction genre for me. I will certainly be listening to this one again. Five stars for both story and performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DRA
    1700 - 178 Lisboa, Portugal
    02/01/12
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    "Excellent work on a diary"
    Where does The King's Speech rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have a vast amount of audiobooks and this one ranks easily among the top ones. Not the top one, but undoubtedly among the top.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The King's Speech?

    The last speech. I can't really imagine the stress of a king stammering that there will war again. Unfortunately people laugh at that and there was no reason to laugh.


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

    Never had.


    Who was the most memorable character of The King's Speech and why?

    Logue.


    Any additional comments?

    I love audiobooks, especially if they are well read. It is an excellent way of reading while strolling. driving and I never go to tha gym without one audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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