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King of the Audio Book

The realm  of books on tape has its royalty, as the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

If Jim Dale would just keep quiet, maybe he could get through a crowd more easily without being stopped.

But as soon as he speaks, some little kid invariably turns, eyes wide and mouth agape, begging, "Do Dobby for me!" Or, "Say it like Dumbledore!"

After years on Broadway and four Drama Desk awards, after a career as a pop singer and Shakespearean actor, it is audio books that have made Jim Dale a household word.


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Well, he is great at these. "Goblet of Fire" is his masterpiece, in my opinion. "Order of the Phoenix" was rushed a bit, but then again so was the book :) I'm looking forward to better editing for #6. It seems as if it has been in the hands of editors a bit longer this time round.

Kelly, glad to hear about Jim Dale. I haven't heard H.P. on tape, though I did see Mr. Dale back in the mid-eighties in a wonderful revival of the play "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg," with Stockard Channing.

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