I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction
I really enjoyed this book. I love action-packed adventures and fantasy, but I've wanted to read this for awhile. I am probably one of the few that hasn't seen the movie yet. I will soon though. I do enjoy historical works and historical fiction as well. I found this story a fascinating look back at a bygone era. The importance of public speaking and oratory was more important and more praised then. There weren't hundreds of radio and TV stations and other electronic offerings to distract them. Public speaking would certainly need to be a mainstay for a public figure of any sort, but a King during the War!! That would be very important to soothe the public and encourage them. I've just listened to a tribute to Ronald Reagan that reminded me that he picked up our nation and made us believe in ourselves again after the horrible embarrassment of Watergate. I remember as a girl that I was embarrassed for our country. This feeling totally turned around because of Ronald Reagan. That is the kind of important thing a ruler can do. We give them that kind of trust. We respect what they say. Their words uplift us. During the horrible times England went through with all the bombing raids in World War II, it was doubtless important for the King to make those important speeches that held the country together, that helped them get through their difficult trials, probably to keep that British "Stiff upper Lip".
I was also amazed at the confidence, undying respect, admiration, and love that Lionel Logue had in and for the King and his family. I was also impressed how the King really included him in his family at times. He really was very honored and it sounded like he didn't ask for a lot in return even when he needed it. I was impressed by how the story was told and how many factual articles the author and descendant of Lionel Logue had. I am also a family historian and would have LOVED to have this kind of archive on anyone in my family. I quite enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone. If you are looking for adventures and the mis-steps of the King look elsewhere, but if you are interested in how someone could overcome such a difficult impediment and what it might take to do it, this is a fascinating read.
I thought that this was a audio version of the movie, but it was not. Rather it was a biography of Lyle Logue the Kings speech pathologist - not bad - but not what I was looking for.
Simon Vance was able to bring some life into the story.
For the most part this was a time filler - don't think I will bother with it again.
Probably. Since I have not read the text, I cannot say with 100% certainty.
It managed to fill in several gaps in the story of this man's career and personal life that the biopic motion picture did not portray.
His voice , his tenor, his rhythmic cadence..
Not at all. It was to be savoured.
Brilliantly performed by one of my favorite narrators.
his actual speech was included..did not see the movie, don't need to
king albert...so human
the ability to change characters, accents
the kings struggle
I'm just this guy, y'know?
I found myself wishing that I could have met King George VI, and the historical context of WWII (a particular interest of mine) made the narrative very engaging for me.
I wouldn't steer them away
No particular favorite
Interesting and informative but not very stimulating
When I downloaded this book the cover art led me to believe it would be a novelized version of the movie and I was very pleasantly surprised to find that it was a far more detailed (and interesting) account of the story of Lionel Logue and his relationship with the King, both before he rose to the throne and after. Well written and well told - so don't pass it by even if you fell asleep during the movie, as I did.
I would listen to this audio book again. However, I must say that since I have admired all things English/British for close to six decades, I might be found to be too disposed toward this subject to be objective. Needless to say, I liked what I heard in both content and performance. I also find a passion for history whether it be deeply researched, clear-cut non-fiction, or historical novels that do not stray too far from the basic truth. Since Mr. Logue was taking much of his story from actual first person writings, I would only be accusing Lionel of complete falsehoods and I don't believe he would or could have done such a thing. The compassion that came through to me of Lionel toward a man who was born in a fishbowl was palpable. Yet that very same compassion was equally fused with discipline -- never punishment. For anyone who enjoys reading and learning about, in depth, an individual who has since departed this mortal coil, it is always such an adventure.
He read with clarity, but I have a good ear for understanding some British speakers who would be otherwise unintelligible. To reiterate, Mr. Vance's reading was very well done.
I did not have an
I would recommend this book to anyone.
The historical background made me think I was back there during those trying times.
Bio of Ronald Reagan; historical value.
No extreme reaction.