The Many Voices of Jim Dale

About Jim Dale

Few artists have had as diverse and fascinating a career as Jim Dale. As a songwriter, he earned an Academy Award nomination for penning the title song for the film Georgy Girl. He has starred in dozens of stage productions, has won a Tony Award, earned five nominations, and was recently inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. His film work includes another Academy Award nomination for his leading role in 1973’s Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall. TV fans will recognize him as the narrator of the cult favorite series Pushing Daisies.

We’re lucky enough to know Jim as the voice behind some of our favorite stories. He has won two Grammy Awards, seven Grammy nominations, ten Audie Awards, and was the first inductee into the American Audio Hall of Fame. He is best known as the voice of the complete Harry Potter audio collection. Learn more about this truly legendary performer and explore some of his best work.

Harry Potter

Jim Dale is perhaps best known as the beloved voice of the Harry Potter series. Over the course of the series, Jim voiced hundreds of J.K. Rowling's characters, and even once held a Guinness World Record for the number of voices he created for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (147).

One of Jim's Favorite Performances

The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

Jim Dale calls this unique, fantastical novel "the most extraordinary book [he] ever recorded." It tells the story of Jack, a boy with a heart too fragile for strong emotions, who is warned never to fall in love. And, of course, he does: on his 10th birthday and with head-over-heels abandon.


A Few of Our Editors' Favorites

The Night Circus

"The Night Circus is a beautiful, enchanting, and utterly fascinating tale. I fell in love with this book in the first few minutes of listening - Jim Dale’s performance sets the scene effortlessly, brilliantly evoking the magic, history, and romance of the story. And Erin Morgenstern’s use of imagery is so memorable, it’s almost hard to believe that this is her debut novel." -- Laura, Audible Editor

Bikeman

"Taking the form of an epic poem (that by its very nature is meant to be read aloud), Bikeman is one of the most harrowing and close-to-the-bone firsthand accounts of 9-11 that I have ever experienced. Tom Flynn shares his experiences of that 'forever September morning' when he, like so many others, arrived at the indescribable apex of history and devastation. Journalism, with all its mores of rational reporting, had for him – a tenured newsman - lost its ability to adequately describe a world that had suddenly evolved into a Greek Tragedy." -- Emily, Audible Editor

Return to the Hundred Acre Wood

"Sometimes, a new author returning to a beloved, established series can be a controversial thing - but luckily, David Benedictus delivers the essence of A.A. Milne's original Pooh tales, and Jim Dale seals the deal with a delightful, effortlessly charming performance. Just try not to smile listening to him evoke Pooh, Piglet, Eyeore, and the rest of the gang." - Sam, Audible Editor

Jim on narrating books for kids: "I don’t talk down to children and you should never do that as a narrator as well. Just be sincere."

Jim's Book Recommendation

The Latest Book He Enjoyed

Jim Dale recently finished Hampton Sides' In the Kingdom of Ice . He says: "It was one of the most fascinating books I've ever read... It really is a thriller."

Jim on narrating the classics: "After the Harry Potter series, lots of kids got in touch with me and said, 'What can we listen to now?' I remember recording [children’s classics like] Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan and probably my favorite, which was A Christmas Carol."