The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Peter Conradi, Mark Logue

Narrated By: Simon Vance

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: February 2014

Duration: 6 hours 56 minutes

Summary:

Based on the recently discovered diaries of Lionel Logue, The King's Speech recounts an inspiring real-life tale of triumph over adversity, when an Australian taught a British king with a crippling speech defect how to speak to his subjects.

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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  • Joseph R.

    A great story while finishing one war and beginning another, the speech brought a nation together if a stammer in the new King could be solved.

  • Anonymous

    um oops, I think I learned something while I was enjoying this book. There were several things that I wondered where the known facts stopped and the generated for stories sake facts began. I did enjoy this story.