Peter Conradi's books include "The Red Ripper: Inside the Mind of Russia's Most Brutal Serial Killer," "Mad Vlad: Vladimir Zhirinovksy and the New Russian Nationalism," and "Hitler's Piano Player."
Published to coincide with the Oscar-winning film of the same name, this memoir by the grandson of speech therapist Logue (memorably played by Geoffrey Rush) retells the story of George VI's triumph over a speech defect from a more intimate, familial perspective. Simon Vance, familiar to many readers for his work on Stieg Larsson's novels, 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. A Sterling paperback. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Hollywood's take on Lionel Logue's relationship with King George VI was a compelling drama but only the tip of the iceberg. Narrated by Simon Vance, this volume by Logue's grandson recounts the man's whole story. More than teacher and pupil, he and the man who would be king were true friends. (LJ 6/15/11) (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.