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.
Way more minutiae than I ever could possibly care about. The interesting meat of the story is at most 25% of the book. The rest is really very uninteresting detail.
At least 75%, and that includes almost everything after the first couple successful speeches. "And the King gave another well received speech. Logue and the King exchanged congratulations and thanks." Rinse, Lather, repeat.
I haven't seen the movie, but if someone couldn't make movie better than the book (by eliminating all the dross) they should be shot.
With Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee recently occuring, it was good timing for me to listen to this book. Simon Vance is a wonderful narrator and the information in this book gave additional insight on the Monarchy. I have not yet seen the movie and wanted to listen to the book prior to watching the movie anyway.
Yes, I am always willing to try again. The narration was good.
Heard wonderful things about the movie, and thought this was the book version of the movie. This is not so.