Superb story considerably condensed,
This review is from: A King's Speech (BBC Radio 4) (Audio CD)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)This is a highly enjoyable audio dramatisation of an extremely engaging novel. As a period drama set in the 1930's the audio work works very well at evoking the period with both sound-effects and the caliber of the acting. It could even be argued that Alex Jennings in the title role does a better job than Colin Firth in the recent film adaptation in his portrayal of the tragedy and triumph experienced by a man in such a high position of authority as the King of England in his attempts to over-come a crippling speech impediment.
Concerning the plot- some listeners might find the tragedy of the King's early life disturbing enough to mar their enjoyment of what is nonetheless an immensely satisfying story.
On a more practical note, the reduction of the story to accommodate a 45-minute running time does mean a corresponding reduction in the quality of the plot, resulting in much of the depth to the characters being lost. For that reason I don't think this particular CD release represents a definitive adaptation of the original story from novel into audiobook form.
I don't think it's too cynical to say that the main reason for this story being dramatised for radio and so hastily released on CD, was to take advantage of the success of the recent film release of the same name. Therefore I look forward to future attempts at dramatising this story that aren't quite so radically abridged.