Jim Dale Wins Grammy Award for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” AudioBook

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Feb 11, 2008

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At ceremonies before tonight’s telecast, it was announced that Jim Dale won the Grammy Award in the category best “Spoken Word Album for Children” for his audio recording of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” written by J.K. Rowling. Congratulations Jim Dale!

If you have not yet heard Jim Dale’s voice work for the Harry Potter audio books, be sure to check out these excerpts here from Random House.





51 Responses to Jim Dale Wins Grammy Award for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” AudioBook

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Awsome! I own all of his Potter audio books and love them! congrats, Mr Dale!(I love his voice for the house elves.)

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Congrats Mr.Dale, you totally deserve it! I own the HBP audio one and he does snapes voice so good, and the rest of course – I dont know how he does them all.

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Congratulations Mr. Dale. I have listened to all the books on CD and you do an amazing job.

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This is fantastic! Congratulations Jim Dale! I too, have all the audio books on CD and it’s the way I “read” the first five books. Later on when I started reading the book books to my son I used Jim Dale’s voices and I’ll tell you it’s not easy to keep them all straight while reading out loud.

I love his McGonagall, Hagrid and (brrr) Umbridge! Dumbledore is hard on the throat but satisfyingly wise in tone. I can listen to the books over and over again and not get tired of his reading.

Well done!

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I love all of the HP audio books. I have listened to them multiple times. Congrats to Mr. Dale he does great work!

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Mr. Dale totally deserves this Grammy, as Deathly Hallows is quite possibly my favorite HP book that he’s worked on. Congratulations, and here’s to hearing him on Pushing Daisies again after the Writer’s Strike is over!

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Deathly Hallows was my first HP audio book. I really enjoyed listening (several times) to Jim Dale.

CONGRATULATIONS Jim!

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The man has golden tonsils and I never grow tired of listening to HP land via Dale. If he hadn’t won the Grammy there would have been rioting in the streets. Ok, maybe not, but we’d be WANTING riots in the street. Congratulations Jim Dale, you are the spoken voice of Harry Potter Land!

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CONGRATULATIONS JIM DALE!!!!! Awesome! Can’t express my joy articulately!

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It’s about time! 7 books, 7 performances, and he’s kept the voices the same across the lot. Way to go, Jim!

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Yaay! Currently listening to DH on my ipod and I can’t get enough of his incredible talent!! Congratulations to him because he deserves it!

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YAYAYAYAYAY!(:

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CONGRATULATION! you got it well deserved Mr. Dale.

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He’s fantastic. And Amy Winehouse is 4 for 4 right now!!!!

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CONGRATULATIONS Mr Dale! He really deserved this award!!

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Great to hear! I have all of the HP books on audio CD as well, the ones that are done by Jim Dale. And he does a fantastic job on them!

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Congratulations Jim! Always the best and always our favorite!

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Congratulations, Jim! I love your work for both the Harry Potter series and for Pushing Daisies! You’ve definitely earned this award!

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FANTASTICO JIM!!!

Congrats on a great win!

I have now listened to series THREE times, and looking forward to fourth.

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I swear his Tonks voice s ucks. That’s no way a mid-twenties woman should sound like.

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Congratulations to Mr. Dale! I have all of the HP books on CD or tape. I listen to one of the books nearly every night before going to sleep (and during sleep when the CD is on a loop repeat). I am amazed at his voicing for every character. I recommend the HP books and the HP audio books to everyone who will listen to me! Now that the HP series is finished perhaps Mr. Dale will record other books. There have been many books by authors whom I love to read but were unable to listen to because I did not like the reader’s voice. Congrats again for a job very well done!

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When i heard/saw that he won i was jumping up and down on the bed. my mother looked at me like i was nuts….but she knows how much i love his work. I am a true fan. and i am sooooo pleased that his hard work has been recognized. Congrats Jim

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Congraaaats!!! :)

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This is an extreemly American thing and we in the rest of the world are utterly baffled. Jim is certainly not the voice of the books elsewhere (we all know who that is) but good luck to him, I suppose.

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great… i really love harry potter books… its very magical…....

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I am very happy for Jim Dale but for me, he was my favourite funny man in the legendary Carry on films, and not the voice of Harry Potter. That prestigious and deserving honour goes to Stephen Fry which makes me sad because I don’t think he has received any award or recognition for that part of his outstanding portfolio. Listening to Fry read HP is music to the ears and by far the best voice in audio book today.with his superb character voices and eloquent delivery. Jim Dale reads HP like its a horse race but bless him, he is good and has a completely different approach. Just not as good as Fry :)

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Its not strange that America will have Americans reading audiobooks. That is understandable. What is strange is that Jim Dale is British! Yet is only the voice of HP to Americans. But Jim Dale reads at a “racy” pace which is (in comparison to the way British people generally speal) is more America friendly becasue I feel Americans do generally speak at a faster rate than us British, generally that is. I wonder if thats the correct logic of not using Fry for the American version (ie too British!)

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Sorry, but I cannot get enthusiastic about Jim Dale. We wer egiven a free set of audio tapes of one of the books at the Phoenix Rising conference in New Orleans last year, and I gave them away to the local library because I find his voice so grating, and his characterisations so exaggerated and intrusive that they interfere with the text. And don’t even get me started on the awful way he reads Hermione – I really think this is one of the reasons she’s not as popular a character in the States.

Stephen Fry (the British versions) are simply the best! Some of the CD sets contain an extra in the form of an interview between Stephen Fry and Jo Rowlig, in which she states how wonderfully subtle she finds his voices, and that his accents never detract from the story. This echoes my feelings exactly.

Now I am going to hide under an Erumpent horn in the hope that it will deter all you Jim Dale fans from throwing insults and snargeluff pods at me! (Hey, to each his own, right?).

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I have to disagree with Professor Potter and M Jones. As a Brazilian, I certainly qualify as part of “the rest of the World” and I have to say that, having listened to both Fry´s and Dale´s version I personally preferred the latter.

I hate the Brazilian translation, so I read the books in English, even tough it´s not my first language. For that purpose, I chose to purchase the British printed version, so that I could have the original version (I cannot stand to see philosopher´s become sorcerer´s, for instance).

When I tryed the audiobook, Mr. Fry´s was, naturally, my first choice, seeing that he reads the British version. However, after listening to a friend´s American version, I decided to give it a try and overlook the changes made in text of the British to the American version. That is saying something for someone like me and was only possible because I found Mr. Dale´s version engaging.

I think both Mr. Dale and Mr. Fry deserve recognition for the amazing job they do. But it´s not right to disdain of one of them just to praise the other. I think it is, essentially, a matter of taste. It´s nice that the English speakers have two superb options to choose from.

By the way, I do like better Fry´s Snape than Dale´s.

(I apologize in advance for any mistakes in my grammar or spell. I did take a great risk by posting such a big comment.)

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I’m american, and i love Jim Dale’s voice. I find it really soothing, and i think some of his characters are just classic (Professor McGonnagall, or Hagrid for example). I’m curious (and hope) to hear Fry’s version of the series, because i’ve heard such praise about his work. Even so, I think we (the harry potter community) are lucky to have such talented and creative people to read the Harry Potter books.

Congratulations Mr. Dale! It’s well deserved.

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I own both Fry and Dale. The first HP audio book I listened to was by Jim Dale. It really made the book come alive for me!! It was wonderful. Then I went to the UK for work and used my per diem to buy all 6 books. I used them for the reading groups in the leaky lounge. It really made the whole experience much more enjoyable. For DH I purchased the Jim Dale edition as Fry was not available in the US, and I swear it took me half the book before it sounded right. It was not that Jim Dale was bad, it was that I was used to Fry. So I think it comes down to what you are used to as both of them do a great job!!

By the way, I think that neither of them do a good job with Hermione, or any of the women characters. The only person I have heard do Hermione well is JKR herself.

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i LOVE his mcgonnagall voice!

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Good luck to Jim !

I certainly do not want to belittle his evident popularity in the States no matter how we in the UK may feel about that.

Anyay, the real news today is that two DH films look more likely than not !

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Well deserved Jim – love your readings, I have all the Harry Potters and Peter Pan. Congratulations.

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CONGRATULATIONS JIM DALE! Your award is well-deserved. :D (Oh, and he is also amazing on Pushing Daisies, so….ya’ll should watch that :P)

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Congratulations! Thats so awesome!

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If you’re a Jim Dale fan, you might want to track down the podcast of NPR’s “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” radio game show from a few months back (right around the DH release IIRC). He does a short interview with the host and guest panel, which in that episode contained comedienne Paula Poundstone. She mentions how hard it is to read HP to her kids after listening to Dale do it (with all his voices) all these years. It’s a funny show.

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congratulations to Jim Dale! he deserves it!

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I have to hide under the Erumpent Horn with “pottershrink I’m afraid… in my opinion, Stephen Fry just gets it exactly right. He does a lovely “Know-it-all” voice for Hermione, a perfect snoddy “Brummie” twang for Tonks and the way he makes McGonnagall say:”Try not to get too much ash on the carpet, Potter!” is simply wonderful!!!!

Wilkie Twicross and his three “Ds” is another highlight for me and so is Stephen’s Hagrid and, and ..oh I could go on swooning forever.

Not to mention his very, very sexy Snape…

For me, Mr Fry deserves all the awards there are!!!

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harrys potter is gay just like kalece and charley..!

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charley a likes charilecolexxxxxxxhaha

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Susanna and victoria are losers!!

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CHARLEYS GAY

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BOBBIE IS THE BEST WOOOOOOO

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bobbie smells lik roses

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ermm,.... cos she goes out wit harry derrrr

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BOBBIE LOVE KALECE SUSANNAH VICTORIA AND CHARLEY :)

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i love bobbie the best

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I LOVE YOU GIRLS

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Hi everybody, I would like to thank all of you for your wonderful congrats re the Grammy Award for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”. I was absolutely “gobsmacked” by the award. These past eight years of recording all the Harry Potter books have been the most wonderful experience of my career. I have been all over America giving readings, and every one of them has introduced me to you lovely “Potterheads” in your thousands. I cherish all the wonderful compliments you have given me. One young tearful eight year old said, “Can I come and live with you Sir?” I said, “What would your mother say?” He replied, “Oh she wouldn’t mind, Pleeeeease!” Another young man gave me my best compliment when he said, “Your voices sound just like the charactors!” From the bottom of my heart, thank you all for being who you are. Please check out all the other audiobooks I have since recorded and I hope you will join me in sharing those wonderful stories, from “Alice In Wonderland” and “Peter Pan” to “A Christmas Carol” and Peter and the Starcatchers” If you’d like to find out more of what is going on in my life, please click on www.Jim-Dale.com. My very best to you all, and thanks again. Jim Dale

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