If there is going to be an audio book of "Tales of Beedle the Bard" released (and I'm hoping there will be), does anyone know if Jim Dale, the narrator behind all seven "Harry Potter" audio books, will be doing it? I can't imagine anyone else doing so; I'm so used to hearing his voice in the car now, that whenever I try to listen to another audio book by a different narrator, it sounds weird. It would be weird if Jim Dale didn't get to do the audio book version, if there is one.
I am currently listening to Book 5 for what seems, like, zillionth time, and I never get tired of listening to Jim Dale narrate. I have all seven books on CD, and I have been playing them constantly in my car's CD player for the better part of four years now. I listen to music CDs sometimes, but mostly, I just like to listen to Jim Dale narrate for the Harry Potter series.
I really thought I was crazy for starting with audio book 1....listening through 7 and repeating...I'm hooked on Jim Dale!! As a matter of fact, I'm in the middle of book 4 for the ummm, (well my playlist says 12 times now--but i've read it a couple times.) zillionth time as well. Oh I hope Jim Dale reads Beedle the Bard too! It would only be fitting--as anyone else reading it would simply sound silly.
Stephen Fry is by far the better narrator. I very much hope a Beedle the Bard version will be done by him (as for all the other 7 books). I really couldn't enjoy the Jim Dale versions after Fry - I did give them a go. Perhaps it is just what you get used to initially. Its not looking good though, i got used to having to wait 3 months for the audio version to come out and was thrilled when the Deathly Hallows audio came out along with the book. No sign of that this time, I'm afraid.
Perhaps it is what you are used to, but I have a copy of Fry's book two, and I do not prefer it. Jim Dale just adds a sense of magic to the narration itself, and he has a knack for creating truly unique sounding voices that Fry does not. Fry doesn't do the occasional odd reads that Dale does (emphasizing the wrong word, etc.), but can't match Dale for style and an absorbing read.
as to an audio book for Beedle, if they aren't releasing one now, I'll be surprised if they do one at all, I'm sorry to say.
I don't think there will be an audiobook. At 157 pages, it won't be worth studio or production time to distribute. So how do we cope: read Beedle numerous times (like that will be a problem). Then, read it into your computer or mp3 mic and save a digital copy. If you can do it with a British accent, you get bonus points!
PS: Jim Dale rules! I'm listening to "Half Blood Prince" for the xxth time and am still captivated by the story. It's hard to believe I can become so engrossed in Dumbledore and Harry's conversation of horcruxs, even though I know how the series ends. Kudos to you, J.K.; no matter how many times I return, I'm still in awe of what a great story and rich details you've created. Have you checked out the new trailer (released in Nov)? HBP should be pretty good...
Ya, I've bin using all of the metasurch ingens and going all over the web but no luck! I think it's just too early for an audio book. Though You might be able to get a Kirzwile software and just scan in the entire text book. Then This software would rreed it back to you in a different voices. Heck, you would actualy be able to tape it while it's doing that . Well that's the only alturnetive to an audiobook I could think.
I am disabled and have become an audio book junkie ... I have the book The Tales of Beetle the Bard but reading is easy for me ... so being able to find an audio version would be great for me. Is there an answer to my quest????
It appears that there was an audio cd for The Tales of Beedle the Bard, unfortunately it seems to be out of print now. You can search for it here on Amazon and it definitely exists (or did). I tried to find out who narrates this, but all I could find (on another site) was: Authors and contributors: By (author) J. K. Rowling so perhaps it is J.K. Rowling herself who lends her voice to this audiobook? I can't be sure, but from researching on the internet it looks like this was only available in the U.K. I will try to post a direct link to the Amazon reference in the next post....