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

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

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By (author) Mark Logue, By (author) Peter Conradi, Narrator Simon Vance

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 165mm x 170mm x 25mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 28 February 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 1452631301
  • ISBN 13: 9781452631301
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged library ed

Product description

"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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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." The grandson of Lionel Logue, speech therapist to the Duke of York, Mark Logue is a writer, filmmaker, and the custodian of the Logue Archive. Simon Vance has recorded over four hundred audiobooks and has earned over twenty "AudioFile" Earphones Awards, including for his narration of "Scaramouche" by Rafael Sabatini. He is also the recipient of five coveted Audie Awards, including one for "The King's Speech" by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi, and he was named an "AudioFile" Best Voice of 2009.

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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