Jim Dale Wins Audie Award for “Deathly Hallows” Narration

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May 31, 2008

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Congratulations are in order today for Jim Dale who won an Audie Award last night in Los Angeles for best “Solo Narration-Male” for his work on the US audio book of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. As we first reported back in February, Mr. Dale had been nominated in two categories for his work on “Deathly Hallows,” however the winner of the Audiobook of the Year went to The Chopin Manuscript. For those who have not heard Jim Dale’s work on the Potter audio book series, you can hear a sample of his recording from each of the Harry Potter novels, here via Random House.





38 Responses to Jim Dale Wins Audie Award for “Deathly Hallows” Narration

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Congratulations are in order for Mr. Dale.

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Go Mr.Dale! You really did a great job on the audiobooks! First?

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Nope, not first. Too bad

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Congrats to him but i much prefer Stephen Fry’s narrations, they are not as ‘young’ sounding as Dale’s and warmer.

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Wow, I’m listening to a piece on ‘Deathly Hallows’ right now, & it’s amazing! Good for you, Jim Dale, Congrats!*

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awesome he has an amazing voice!

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Jim is Brilliant , his characters are superb

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Congrats Jim! I always wanted to know how he performed Mrs. Weasley’s epic line. Could someone tell me?

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Anyone feeling a bit wicked and start up a Jim Dale vs Stephen Fry debate ;) I dont know about Dale’s but Stephen Fry’s impression of Molly’s famous line was jaw dropping! I expect Dale’s would be too but more frantic as with all of Dale’s approach to reading Harry Potter. They are both great (Fry would always be my absolute best narrator of anything) but they give a different feel of pacing. Dale reads the books like a rollicking thriller with his high tempo voice, whereas Fry gives off a more dramatic ambience in his eloquent delivery. Thats a crude summary but thats my gist of the comparison.

However, I will always associate the marvellous Jim Dale as one of the vintage Carry On legends!

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awesome, i think he’s good at reading the books, usually audio books make me bored because the speaker has a bored voice, but i think him his is cool.

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Congratulations! He does an amazing job with the audio books!

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Prof. Potter, i completely agree with your assessment of Fry and Dale. Also, he was actually a little cute in the Carry On films. But Fry is legendary and it feels like he’s reading just to you.

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How may one acquire Mr Fry’s recordings? Is it the same as getting the Bloomsbury books? Gotta get ‘em in Europe?

I’d like to hear his rendition too.

OMT

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Congrats Mr Dale! I have just purchased the first two books in German to try to improve my language skills, but I am on the road so much that really a lot of time I could be reading harry potter is lost, I really should get them in audio, I would like to have the Brittish version with Steven Fry, one his is hilarious, and two, I have read the American English version, and I am sure there are slight differences in the english that I would like to have a bit of change and hear them in their original format.

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I suppose the Stephen Fry versions can be purchased online. I really despair of the American versions of HP and most other British books, makes sense translating other languages but why do it when it’s English?

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Jim Dale is a real trooper and does a fine job unde real time pressure. As he explained in a recent interview, he has, in fact, only met JKR twice and they were very brief and not at all book performance related. Unlike Stephen Fry who is a close friend of Jo and often has her in the studio with him, Jim has to make do as best he can without so much of the admin and author support that Mr Fry so enjoys.

Yes -therefore -the Fry versions are by far superior and are, in effect the “authorised” versions but Jim still deserves credit for making the best of what he is given. The big question is, why ohy why, is America denied the best versions ? I gues the strange textual diffferences may be the reason but these are really very few in number and could be edited very smoothly.

A real mystery..

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Congrats ! =) He deserves it. I could possibly not read a whole entire book without even stuttering or messing up. (Although I`m sure he has probably messed up before & they’ve edited it or whatever…) But yeah, congrats anyway!

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Congratulations to Mr. Dale!! ;)

I have all of the Jim Dale versions and the first 3 of the Stephen Fry versions of the books.

I love them both for different reasons.

Yes, you do have to get the Stephen Fry versions from a vendor in GB. Even Canada gets the Jim Dale versions. I have had pretty good luck with Amazon GB.

With the currency exchange rate, they aren’t cheap, but they are worth it to me. ;)

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OMG! Mr Dale, you most certainly deserved that award…I just finished listening to ALL the clips…I have to have this set. I have never heard of Stephen Fry. I guess that makes me a little “slow on the uptake”! I want to hear his versions too! Does anyone know if they are available on Amazon.com [US]...I’m gonna go check. Again, congratulations, Mr Dale! Sue and Leaky, thanks as always!

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I adore Jim dale. I read the books literally hundreds of times while driving, doing laundry, working, painting showering, etc, thanks to him.

I have listened to Fry’s version too. I don’t like it very much. he sounds like he has a chronic stuffy nose. As a nanny and former preschool teacher myself, I find myself anxiously wishing I could put a tissue up to his nose and say “BLOW!!!”

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As for the seven books, I have the US editions purchased here, UK editions I purchased in Madrid, and the Spanish editions purchased in the US. I’ve heard exerpts from Mr. Dale’s and Mr. Fry’s work and prefer Mr. Fry for much the same reasons given by others above. The only differences between the later editions of the US and UK books is the use of coloquialisms. For instance the parts of an automobile, Hood, bonnet; fender, wing; trunk, boot etc. elevator, lift. toilet, loo.

There isn’t a ‘translation’ difference, I think the reason for two publishers is the US and UK copyrights.

I’ll see if I can order online from a European source and get the Fry version.

Whatever, I like them all.

OMT

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M Jones, i would really like to read the interview you mentioned. I have never come across any in depth ones from Jim Dale before (even here at Leaky I think). Can you tell us where? Or is it too long ago? I have read many of Fry’s interviews (and seen on tv) because he is a very popular national celebrity here.

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Colloquial and idiosyncratic language is what gives a book its character. The removal and substitution of it is nonsense. American books are not changed when published in the UK. The books should be enjoyed in the original form in which JKR wrote them (not including language translations).

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I have to be honest, I don’t like either Jim Dale OR Stephen Fry’s reading of the HP books. Mr. Fry is often praised to the skies, but (as much as I admire him in everything else he does) I think he’s really overrated in this regard.

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People make too big a deal about them changing some of the language for the American editions. I’ll agree it’s a bit silly, and yes, I’d prefer they didn’t do it, but for heaven’s sake, it’s not the end of the world. It hardly ruins the books, or even takes anything away from them. Believe it or not, I and just about everyone I know was able to read the first book, in which the Weasleys kids repeatedly referred to Molly as “Mom” and the Beater’s bat was described as looking like a “baseball bat” instead of a “rounder’s bat” and – brace yourself now – WE WERE STILL ABLE TO ENJOY THEM!!! Shocking, but true.

Really, it’s not that big of a deal.

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Congrats Jim!

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The first audiobooks I ever listened to were Jim Dale’s Harry Potter tapes. I’ve been so spoiled by his awesome talent that I never consider listening to any other person’s work because it’s either boring or the emotions are portrayed too dramatically/dully. Congratulations Mr. Dale, you definitely deserve it!

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congratulations Mr.Jim Dale

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Congratulations to Mr. Dale! He surely did a brilliant job with Deathly Hallows!

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I have the British verison of the books and i’m going to get the Stephen Fry versions of the audio books in the next couple of days. I’ve heard clips of him on youtube and i think he seems pretty good.

I think i will end up getting the American versions of the books and audio books as well though eventually because i live in America now and i just listened to a few of those clips from that link and i’ve decided that i like jim dale to.

I won’t be getting the American audio books for a while though because i don’t even have the American versions of the books yet and at the moment there not on my most wanted things list seeing as i already have the British versions of the books.

Actually does anyone know if they sell them in a big box set?

Oh and by the way congratulations to Jim Dale.

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well done and congratulations to mr. dale :):):):):):)

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Professor – I was being discrete in not mentioning that the interview with Jim was part of a podcast on Mugglenet !

I am sure you will be able to find it on their site.

It was a bit of a surprise to learn just how little contact, help, assistance, feedback he gets from Jo about his versions. I felt a bit sorry for him actually. he hardly knows her at all. He operates under severe time constraints, unlike Stephen Fry, bit still does a good job, albeit, as I said before, by some distance very inferior to Fry. The perfomace by Fry of “Hallows” and in particular, his “Voldemort” is a tour de force.

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Oh, i get your drift M Jones. I’ll go there and check it out though Mugglenet is not really my cup of tea but I’m sure Leaky wont mind us mentioning them :)

Since Jim Dale is base in US, would it not be surprising that Dale did not have much collaboration with Jo? And regards to the time constraint, no wonder his narrative delivery is high speed!!

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Stephen Fry’s reading is far superiour. His reading and his voice make the books come to life, his interpretation is the real story for me, no film can ever do this. Stephen gives the characters inredible voices, something Jim Dale is utterly incapable of. Fry’s Severus Snape IS Severus Snape, with his low, sarcastic, vulnerable voice, Fry’s Slughorn IS Slughorn as he lives and breathes .. and even the female voices are very very good, in particular Hermione’s and Professor McGonagalls. (Jim Dale can’t do female voices at all. ) A particular highlight on the funny side in Fry’s performance is the dialogue between Slughorn and Hagrid in “After the Burial”, on the sad side there is Aberforth’s moving account of his sister’s fate, Dumbledore’s pain in the cave scene and the dialogue between Dumbledore and Snape in “The Prince’s Tale. I wish Fry all the awards on earth for his incredibly moving and passionate reading.

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As someone who is married to an American, and who takes a vacation there at least once each year, and who really does admire so many things about that great country, and who has also listened to all of Jim Dale’s readings and those of Stephen Fry, I feel that I am reasonably (no more than that) able to offer a objective view.

As I said above, Jim operates under so many disadvantages that it is not really fair to expect the range and variety of voices used by Stephen (even if Jim could) not to mention the narrative pacing so brilliantly varied by Fry.

What does astonish me is yet again we have yet another example of the prime Amercian market really getting the second best version and/or treated so condescendingly by Scholastic. From that first cringe-making decision that the word “Philosopher” would be too confusing for American readers (can you believe that ?) a decision that Jo so bitterly regrets, to the lack of Stephen Fryreadings, the Amercian market is treated so badly it makes me furious. By the way, its not just things Potter that the American market suffers. Remember the embarrasing sub title ” rat-o-too-ee” lasyt year ? How about when the use a caption in a film saying “London, ENGLAND ” (Oh really Is that where London is ?) I assure you, my American spouse will explode in rage one day if this continual assumption that Americans are stupid is continued in the wold’s media. PT Barnum said that you can never lose money underestimating the intelligence of the public. Well, this cynical point of iew should cease.

If I was an American, I would , to quote Peter Finch from Network, say ”..Thats it ! I am as mad as hell ! I have had enough and I won’t take it anymore !”

To be fair to Scholastic, I believe their books are some of the most beautiful of the Potter books and very superior to the UK editions.

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It HAS to be Stephen Fry, he gives Potter this deeper emotional atmosphere and gets the tone and emphasises words at exactly the right time. Listening to Dale’s HBP example on Random house… good God that was awful! The amazing Stephen Fry (and if you knew anything of Stephen Fry you’d know how of an amazing and accomplished man he is) has such a soothing voice. He’s perfect at narrating anything

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Thank you for this, Kiwi Mc I – I totally and utterly agree ! ! Stephen Fry’s voice is not to be missed !! His writing and his comments on life and society in general are highly intelligent and thoughful, he never hurts anyone although he is critical, he does it in such a witty, cheeky but polite way !! It’s a shame this man isn’t involved in politics.

Avatar Image says: Not a shame at all! If he was involved in politics he would be another drab, corrupt politician instead of the brilliant artist, comedian, and intellectual he is!

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