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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,399 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Conradi, Mark Logue Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The King’s Speech was written by London Sunday Times journalist Peter Conradi and Mark Logue—grandson of Lionel Logue, whose recently discovered diaries and correspondence contain fascinating details about these true events.

At the urging of his wife, Elizabeth, the Duke of York (known to the royal family as “Bertie”) began to see speech therapist Lionel Logue in a desperate bid to cure his lifelong stammer. Little did the two men know that this unlikely friendship—between a future monarch and a commoner born in Australia—would ultimately save the House of Windsor from collapse. Through intense locution and breathing lessons, the amiable Logue gave the shy young Duke the skills and the confidence to stand and deliver before a crowd. And when his elder brother, Edward VIII, abdicated the throne to marry for love, Bertie was able to assume the reins of power as King George VI—just in time to help steer the nation through the dark waters of the Second World War.

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  • “Simon Vance…offers such a fluent and silky reading, it’s as if he too, had practiced his speechmaking with Logue. The audiobook’s highlight is the recording of the speech delivered on September 3, 1939. Having been so lavishly informed of the struggles that went into the preparation of the speech, its delivery, the listener hears each pause and intonation with the greatest drama.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “Narrator Simon Vance delivers an outstanding performance, convincingly evoking the mood and spirit of the era.”

    Library Journal (starred audio review)

  • New York Times Bestseller
  • Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • Library Journal Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2012 Audie Award
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Darth | 2/8/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. It educated me on the events of the 2nd World War. The friendship between Bertie and Logue was beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Betsy Delage | 1/22/2014

    " Very good book. Provided more background and details than the movie as well treatments for stuttering, gave glimpses into the young Princesses lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kerri Jones | 1/12/2014

    " Much more indepth than the movie although I enjoyed both immensely. A great insight into the Royal Family written with a great amount of pathos. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kathryn | 1/9/2014

    " Listened to this one on audiobook and I'd have to say, I probably enjoyed it more than I would have had I read it in print. Loved this one though! I enjoyed learning about Logue, as I've heard the movie focuses more on the king than Logue. This will likely give me new perspective when I finally see the movie! "

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About the Author

Peter Conradi is a veteran journalist, an editor for the Sunday Times, and the author of several popular biographies, including the critically acclaimed Hitler’s Piano Player. He is also the author of The Red Ripper and Mad Vlad.