The King's Speech
How One Man Saved the British Monarchy
Publication Date: February 2011
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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.
Peter Conradi is the author of The Red Ripper: Inside the Mind of Russia's Most Brutal Serial Killer, and Mad Vlad: Vladimir Zhirinovsky and the New Russian Nationalism. A graduate of Oxford University, he also studied at Munich's Ludwig-Maximilian University and knows Hanfstaengl's hometown well. Conradi is Deputy Foreign Editor of The Sunday Times (London).
Simon Vance is the critically acclaimed narrator of approximately 400 audiobooks, winner of 27 "AudioFile" Earphones Awards, and a 12-time Audie Award-winner. He won an Audie in 2006 in the category of Science Fiction and was named the 2011 Best Voice in Biography and History and in 2010 Best Voice in Fiction by "AudioFile" magazine.
Vance has been a narrator for the past 25 years, and also worked for many years as a BBC Radio presenter and newsreader in London. Some of his best-selling and most praised audiobook performances include Stieg Larsson's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, " Hilary Mantel's "Bring Up the Bodies "(an Audie award-winner), Ian Fleming's "Casino Royale", Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray", Patrick O'Brian's "Master and Commander" series (all 21 titles), the new productions of Frank Herbert's original "Dune" series, and Rob Gifford's "China Road" (an "AudioFile" 2007 Book of the Year). Vance lives near San Francisco with his wife and two sons.
"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