After many months and many car miles, the girls and I have just finished listening to Jim Dale's recitation of the Harry Potter series. I feel, in a word, bereft. What now? Is it all downhill from here? Has Jim Dale RUINED audio books for us?
|This man? A genius.|
How could one person have done all those voices so convincingly, anyway? With the exception of Luna Lovegood, each and every one of them was spot on, even during those confusing scenes, when everyone is talking at once. I can't help imagining Mr. Dale, at age 6 or 7, as one of those little boys who irritated the heck out of his parents and his teachers because he never shut up. Keep THAT in mind next time you want to put a silencing charm on one of your kids, right?
Except teens, when they are complaining about how hard their lives are - then it might be a good idea...
So, now we have to choose a new audio book (although I am tempted to simply listen to the whole Harry Potter series over again). The reader has to be REALLY GOOD and preferably British (because - let's face it - those folks could be reading the phone book and make it sound interesting). The material has to be suitable for a 10-year-old, yet bearable for an adult.
We've already done The Chronicles of Narnia umpteen times. The Little House books, for some inexplicable reason, were read by someone who doesn't use proper inflection for her sentences and whose voice therefore grates on my ears, so we've never been able to listen to those. The Little Princess and The Secret Garden - done and done. The Railway Children - done. I tried The Once and Future King (LOVE that book), but the girls condemned it after the first chapter as "boring."
Any ideas? And can anyone tell me when I will finally stop calling these things "books on tape"?
[Jim Dale image: Jim Dale]