Hugh Howey
Hugh Howey

Bestselling author of Wool and other books. Currently sailing around the world.

YOU pick the voice of WOOL!

I’m thinking of commissioning an audiobook version of the WOOL Omnibus. That means choosing a narrator. There’s a ton to choose from, and I have to say, it’s a lot of fun browsing human voices.

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If so, dive in and give me your feedback.

42 replies to “YOU pick the voice of WOOL!”

Theres a guy named Hobie WOOLen… Coincidence??? I would also suggest the man that did the narration for the game Bastion. His name is Logan Cunningham.

I don’t have a name for you but I MUCH prefer deep and male voices with plain American accents. I have difficulty understanding other accents and high sensitivity to noise (in general noises must be soft/soothing) which is related to neurological disease. It’s all just my preference of course.

I did too, I think he has a good rhythm, which is really important.

Just throwing this out there: When I do get audiobooks I always look for a version read by the author.

Well, I am too indecisive but just remember, there are girls in this book… one of them is a main character for the second half… So I suggest, look for someone who can do a good, clear and noticeable girls voice or pick a girl… now that I think about it, isn’t most of Wool Omnibus in a females perspective?

Nothing is more annoying than not being able to tell if it’s a guy or girls talking especially when there is a conversation between the two that goes for a while… It has actually stopped me from finishing a couple of audio books…

Sorry for the multi-posts… (Again, please someone post before I click submit… *Fingers Crossed*)

I was just thinking, what you should do is find someone who you would want to do Jule’s voice and use her BUT I also think that the first part, Wool 1, Hugh, you should do it, why? Well, when you were writing Wool 1 and coming up with the dialogue and you would repeat the lines back in your head for Holston (Sorry if I am messing up the names… but I am trying to remember what I want to say…) and you would think to your self “Perfect, that sounds right” it was in your voice and no one else’s… so who would be more perfect to do the introduction to the Wool Universe than the one person who knows the most about the Wool Universe… Bob Ross… I mean you, Hugh…

Okay, maybe I’ll record myself reading the first Wool as Holston. See how atrocious it is. And then maybe do a female voice for the rest.

But I don’t see it going well.

There were so many samples that I wouldn’t even know where to start. You might want to reach out to Neil Gaiman. He has been helping to pair authors and narrators for his label on Audible. He has posted general advice to authors and has been a proponent in general of authors having the final say. If he is interested in including your book on his label, you could also increase exposure to more listeners.

I also agree with maybe narrowing down to female narrators that have enough range that they can also cover the male characters.

Famous last words. Minnie Goode’s narration of your amazing series was atrocious. The only book I’ve ever had audible refund. :(

Cant remember my password and I am out doing this on my phone…
But yes, I do think you ‘doing a female voice for the rest’ probably wouldn’t turn out well… XP

Nathan Lowell, not even kidding. If your not going to take a run at it yourself.
And podcast that sumbitch, one agonizing section at a time.

Having been at your book reading…I would really like it if you and amber would record it…..just saying. I would be very inclined to purchase that……..

I wonder what Matthew McConaughey would charge? He took over the voice of the “Beef. Its what’s for dinner” radio narration and I am very impressed with the results. Just send him an Omnibus and get him hooked on the series and he’d probably do it for free!

Seriously though…If the $$$ would work, he’d be great.

But if Matthew happens to be busy on other projects…

… my vote goes for Hugh Howey narration for the first book and then see how it goes.

Another completely different direction would be to go with a “grandpa” style narration.

Although I often like male voices there seems to be a lot of female perspectives. I would prefer NO accent. I’m very excited about this :). Thank you

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