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of the extraordinary relationship between Logue and the haunted young man who became King George VI, drawn from Logue's unpublished personal diaries.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.
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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)
"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.
"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)
"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
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.
"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.
"Thoroughly good listen"
Full of amazing detail, I found it absolutely intriguing. It made the film look very short, thoroughly enjoyable.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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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