Runner, Commuter, Dietitian with a passion for U.S. History.
The timeline in the movie was condensed, making for a more dramatic storyline. Major improvements in King George's stutter occurred far in advance of the famous radio addresses during WWII, not almost simultaneous to it, as the film would have you believe. Logue's diary excerpts are almost fawning of the king in an era that is obviously pre-dates today's tabloid journalism. Still, a fine listen, if a little slow in parts.
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.
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A biography of Lionel Logue, the King's speech therapist, it started off slow but got better. Obvioulsy, there's a lot more story to his life than in the fantastic movie by the same name could tell. However, the interesting parts made it in the script. One of the few instances when the movie is better than the book.
I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!
Yes. I enjoyed the movie a great deal, and the book sets certain Hollywood things right, and adds several facts left out of the film.
The close friendship developed between Logue and Bertie.
Something about his voice just sets the tone for the book in a way that cannot be replicated.
It's funny that you should ask this question, since this was a film. I wouldn't add anything to what has already been done.
Like the title says, if you liked the movie, you will love this book!
No, once was enjoyable but twice would get boring.
The King. I thought he must have been a very decent man.
The written correspondences of the king and the speech therapist.
The first half was interesting. Second half dragged as they continued to tell the story of Brittan's royal family. Since I'm not a Brit, I am not enamored with their royalty and can only take so much before I get lost in who's married to who, why and how that effects their titles, etc.
I thought Vance did a great job. Well told, well performed.
The historical events surrounding the two intertwined lives.
The beginning when it talks about Logue's feelings during the coronation.
No I haven't.
It kept my attention and was looking forward to it in each trip in my car.