Probably not, but I liked it first time through
The actual tapes of the king speaking and hearing him struggling. It really brought his problem home.
No, but it kept my interest all the way through.
I loved this story as much as the movie. I am so pleased that it was written by Lionel Logue's grandson and we got to hear the actual letters they wrote to each other.
I found myself immersed in the pre- and war years as told through the lost art of letter writing. It was fortunate that Lionel Logue's family had kept all his memorabilia allowing for the creation of this novel. I particularly enjoyed the day-to-day details of the lives of both Lionel and the King's families.
When I read that this was a "companion book" to the movie, I expected one of those quick rewrites of the movie script into a book. I was delighted to find that this is a legitimate history of Logue's life, companion to the movie only in that it was published concurrently.
It gives many more insights into his work and the true story of his relationship with the king up to the ends of both of their lives, demonstrating in the process where the movie is fictionalized. That enabled me to appreciate both book and movie, each for what it is.
It's disappointing that Logue didn't record more detail about his methods, but his grandson-biographer explains that honestly.
Note that it is both written and read in the audio version as a biography, not a story with voice acting. With that understanding, I enjoyed it thoroughly.
I enjoyed the movie, the book not surprisingly provides considerably more detail into the life of Lionel Logue and the historical context in which the movie unfolds. The first few chapters deal with Lionel's early life in Australia, his round the world cruise and immigration to England. The latter chapters provide a view into pre-WWII geopolitics and Lionel's developing relationship with the future king.
While the movie may have blurred some events and embellished others to enhance dramatic impact, I think it was pretty true to the reality as described in the book. I enjoyed both, and think they are better enjoyed together.
Despite reading reviews ahead of this purchase, I thought this would follow more along the lines of a story even if not identical to the movie by the same name. That title along with the picture do misinform people. So I am of a mixed mind about this selection. The information comes from real sources: letters and diaries (so sad this is becoming a lost art). If anything, it plays up this relationship between the royal family and speech therapist. I am sure they had a good working relationship and were very friendly, but I would not conclude that Logue "saved the British Monarchy." The narration was superb. The story so-so. I enjoyed it and learned a lot, but would not make a steady diet of this selection.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
Actually, the narration was good. Colin Firth just would have made it absolutely dreamy.
The King's Speech is the book that inspired the recent Oscar winning movie about Lionel Logue, speech therapist, and how he helped King George VI (QEII's father) overcome his stuttering. With a story gathered through journal entries, letters and interviews, The King's Speech is less about his speech and more about the friendship of these two men and the fatherly role Logue played in the King's life. Completely enjoyable book and worth the time.