Pearl Hewitt is a native, British narrator, originally from northeast England who now lives and works in Houston, Texas. Her narrating began in 2007 after, her then, 12-year-old son, told her,
“Mam, I think you’re so good at reading stories out loud I think you should do it as a job!” Since that day she has narrated around 100 audiobooks.
Most of the early titles were completed as a volunteer reader of mystery and suspense novels for Houston Sight-Into-Sound Radio but since 2012 her professional resumé has blossomed to include almost 60 titles in varying genres for multiple publishers and authors. Her voice is notably perfect for British Regency romance and cozy murder mysteries but her personal favorites are children’s books, especially the classics.
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My sons read all the Harry Potter books but they also wanted the audio version read by Stephen Fry.
They would listen to life in Hogwarts while I listened to the radio. Now, having listened to the excerpt of 'Killing Her Little Darling' I understand why.
As much as we all love movies there is a reason why people continue to relish The Archers, radio plays and audio books.
The pleasure of being read to whilst washing up, driving a car, jogging along dull roads is immense. In fact, there is enormous pleasure to be had listening to audio books when just sitting in an armchair with the TV turned off.
I have had the privilege of seeing my stories and dialogue interpreted by actors over the years and it never fails to thrill me.
And, just now, I felt that same wonderful buzz again as I listened to Pearl Hewitt tell my story that feels so personal to me. Thank you so much Chris, Pearl and Helen Lloyd and many others for turning another of my dreams into wonderful reality.
From the moment I heard the discordant, harsh, and apt introductory music of this clip, I was hooked like an albatross on a tuna line.
As though having the opportunity to have ‘The Cyclist’ published in a book was not (for me) a victory in itself, hearing my words narrated in such a professional and compelling manner by Pearl Hewitt is an entirely new experience. I have only ever heard my stories in my own voice – out-loud, or in my head – so to have such a striking, third-party interpretation is a revelation. I realise now what an appalling lack of imagination I have when it comes to interpreting my own material.
Without question, Pearl’s voice is the voice of my story, and the voice of sour-faced, pale-lipped Merle. It’s almost ‘posh’ but there’s a hint of northern accent to ground it, and there is a thinness or meagreness to the tone. (Which doesn’t sound either complimentary or listenable, but it is, and it is.) When Chris asked what sort of voice we wanted to read our stories, I plumped for a middle-aged, middle-ish class bloke (because, I guess, he’d sound a bit like me - but a lot more competent - and because the story is in the third-person, so doesn’t need a female voice to match the female character). Luckily, Helen Lloyd who is producing the audio book, suggested a woman reader would be better, to match the voice of the story and so I followed the professional advice. I’m glad I did, and I’m glad that Helen took the time and trouble to ask. The narration and the character of Merle are unified and the whole is satisfyingly complete.
And it’s not only the sound of the voice, of course, it is the way the story is delivered. I imagined the story happening at quite a pace, even before the chase scene, but Pearl takes it slow and easy, and again, that fits Merle, who doesn’t even like to drive at all fast. Furthermore, it will be a good counterpoint for when the action does kick off, and everything speeds up.
Pearl has brought Merle and the story to life in a way I hadn’t imagined/couldn’t imagine. Having listened to it – just a few times, you understand – I wondered if I might have written it differently. I don’t believe so, other than perhaps have Merle say a little more (to herself) because Pearl does surly Merle superbly, and to be a little more attentive to how a phrase differs when read on the page, and when spoken. Certainly, I will do a lot more reading aloud to myself from now on.
Fifty stories, fifty writers, and now fifty different voices. I don’t know if there will be an audio book for Twisted 50 vol. 2 but even if there’s just a chance, then it’s worth entering
just for that, never mind the book and the learning opportunities offered by Create 50.
I’ve not even mentioned the potential film…
Give it a go! The competition is still open for submissions.
And now, I think another listen is in order…