Review: The King’s Speech
After the success of The King’s Speech in 2010, I’m sure most people are familiar with the story of King George VI and his speech therapist, Lionel Logue, but, for those who aren’t, King George VI was thrust into the monarchy when his older brother renounced the throne. King George suffered from a stutter so public speaking was agonizing for him. He tried anything and everything and nothing worked until he began working with Lionel Logue. The two men formed a lifelong friendship.
Mark Logue was given some of his father’s papers as the movie was being filmed and decided to write his father’s story with the help of Peter Conradi and, boy, am I glad he did. As much as I loved the movie, I thought The King’s Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy was even better. I loved this book and listened to the audio version in record time.
The book provides an intimate portrait of both men and their families, as well as their relationship with each other. It also gives a peek into their motivations and how their relationship affected the rest of their lives. I was fascinated with the story from the very beginning not only for the details of the relationship between the king and his speech therapist but also for all the historical detail. I can only imagine what the king was going through, trying to establish his monarchy while dealing with a speech impediment as well as a country at war, and this book gave me an idea of the kind of strength it took.
The audio version of The King’s Speech is narrated by Simon Vance and he was the perfect choice for this marvelous book – I cannot imagine anyone else doing it as well. The audio contains a couple of the king’s original speeches as well as Vance’s outstanding narration. It lasts approximately 7 hours. I just loved this audiobook and think it’s perfect for those new to audios as well as seasoned listeners.