So, how does this work? What makes my audiobooks so affordable? Easy … read on!
It’s kind of annoying when your audiobook subscription credit runs out, you’ve got weeks to wait until the next one, and to buy something in the meantime will cost you an arm and a leg. I’ve figured out a way to make my audiobooks inexpensive, and not only that, but you can be absolutely sure that you’ll want to buy them before you spend a cent.
HOW ABOUT WE MEET HALFWAY?
Halfway where? Well, halfway through the audiobook. Okay, here’s the idea. You can download and listen to the first half of each of my audiobooks completely free. It doesn’t matter how long the audiobook is — it can be three hours, six hours, or even twelve hours (my full length books will be around that), the first half is available as a free download. And obviously, if you like the book and the story, you can then buy the second half at a really affordable price. At the moment, that’s US$5.95. Some of the longer books will be maybe US$7.95 … which is still way cheaper than most audiobooks. Let’s cross that bridge later.
It’s as simple as that. “No way, what’s the catch?” I hear you ask (actually, I can’t).
If you like the idea, and you’re pretty savvy with computer stuff, you can probably skip the next two techno-babble paragraphs.
To get a bit technical for a paragraph, all right, so the one small thing to consider is that you have to download the books. You can’t stream them in realtime through an app. Parts One and Two are in zipped folders. It means that some downloads might be upwards of 300MB, but these days that’s no big deal — except for maybe some folks, so bear it in mind — and you’re really better off with my idea anyway. You see, you’re still using the same amount of data and bandwidth whether you stream an audiobook chapter-by-chapter, or if you download it in one lump (or two, actually) like mine. But wait, there’s more! (Cue steak knives commercial) My audiobooks are downloaded in a compressed zip folder, about half the size of the complete MP3 files you’d normally stream. Meaning you use only about half the data usage and bandwidth it would “cost” you for streaming the books. In the end though, they are still stored on your device, so you might want to delete or archive them at some point to free up space.
To listen to them, it’s very simple. Once you’ve downloaded the zipped folder, extract the files to a new folder in a location where you know how to find them, then after opening your preferred media player you can drag the files into the media playlist area … and you’re good to go. It’s just like listening to any collection of music or tunes, except instead of being songs, each file is an audiobook chapter. The files are named and numbered in such a way that they’ll always load in the correct order. Also, the second half of the audiobook, Part Two, should you decide to purchase and download it, has files numbered sequentially following the first half. So the first file of the second half is numbered accordingly to follow the last file of the first half. You can drag Part Two into the same playlist and it will tack itself onto the end of Part One.
If you skipped the above, here’s all you need to know.
Every audiobook includes an audiofile explaining this in more detail. You can listen to these instructions right here, with a little more info than the above, and a brief, grumpy copyright warning. It’ll give you an idea of my voice and style … and my Australian accent (hey, most reviewers are fine with it, but it’s not for everyone). There’s also a preview of “Bedtime Story” at the very bottom of this page.
If you have any problems whatsoever, drop me a message in the Comments below and I’m sure we’ll be able to work it out.
Instructions for listening to audiobooks:
I’VE STARTED THE BALL ROLLING WITH MY PARANORMAL NOVELS AND MY LUKAS BOSTON MYSTERIES.
If you’re a fan of the paranormal genre, and you like listening to audiobooks, you’ve come to the right place. What sort of paranormal? These are a mix of horror, paranormal thrillers, paranormal mysteries, and classic ghost tales such as were told in Tales from The Crypt and The Twilight Zone. I’ll make this clear – I don’t do “chainsaw” horror. My stories aren’t focused on how many legs and arms can be chopped off before you need to top up the chainsaw’s fuel tank. I want to frighten and thrill you. You can read more details about the individual stories here.
My Lukas Boston series of novels, which are more a detective thriller with a lot of dark humour (Check them out here). After that, I’ve got a whole bunch of thriller, serial killer, horror and even historical war/romance novels to work my way through. It’s a big backlist.
THEY’RE CHEAP FOR AN AUDIOBOOK. HOW COME?
No tricks, nothing sneaky. I create and produce my own audiobooks in a small personal studio, which means my only costs are my time and lots of coffee (and yes, a few beers if it’s an evening session). My audiobooks range from over six hours long to just over ninety minutes, but as I said earlier my backlist is full of books that will be around twelve hours. I need a bit of time to get them produced and available here.
HOW WILL I BE ABLE TO PLAY YOUR AUDIOBOOKS?
They’ll be included in a downloadable, zipped folder, and inside you’ll find all the files you need correctly named so that any media player will play them in the right order. If you want to use your favourite Podcast app, that’ll work fine too. It’ll just be a simple drag-and-drop exercise.
CAN I GET YOUR AUDIOBOOKS ANYWHERE ELSE?
All my audiobooks (apart from The Last Train) are available from the usual outlets like Audible, Kobo, iTunes … you name it, so if you want to use any kind of subscription deal to hear them, go for it. But for the majority of these sites I don’t control the pricing. Through Authors Republic I have set the price at US$5.95, but most online sellers will ignore that and set a price according to their own policies. You never know, try your luck!
Enough trying to sell you on the idea. Look for yourself below.
What if you innocently, desperately wished for the impossible and it came true? Really impossible, like bringing your husband back from the dead? No one warned Linda that something dreadful was listening, waiting for the chance, feeding off her grief. When the Dead come back to life it’s never going to be good, no matter who it is. Check out the downloads and the full story here. Total length is 3 hours, 38 minutes.
“If this isn’t a cautionary tale for the old adage “be careful what you wish for” then I don’t know what is! “Horror Story Volume I: Death Wish” is a different kind of short form horror that left me wanting more … It’s lovely to be surprised and G.M. Hague does a great job of this. This was a tight, well written, spooky, fun short horror book that I would recommend to any and all horror lovers!”
“This was an original story about what happens when you wish for something just for the sake of wishing. A grieving wife wishes her husband would come back from the dead … I thoroughly enjoyed this book the concept was new to me and I thought that the writer did an excellent job as did the narrator.”
“I think Vol 1 ranks toward the top for me. It’s got a plethora of creepy characters, a bit of a mystery, and if nothing else, it’ll serve as a chilling reminder to check your documents before you sign.”
Giving a ride to a teenage girl hitch-hiking in the middle of nowhere can be a bad idea, especially if they slip into the back seat unseen — because they’re a lost and troubled spirit condemned to wander the lonely roads forever. Teenagers can be obsessive, angry, unreasonable and possessive, and they’ll fall in love in a heartbeat. Being dead doesn’t make any difference. Darren and Jean Madden should never have opened the car doors that night when their Ford mysteriously broke down. Check out the downloads and the full story here. Total length is 2 hours, 22 minutes.
“In my experience, G.M. Hague writes strange, short horror stories and “The Girl in the Back Seat” is no exception! In fact, this story has been my favorite by Hague so far … It was fun to listen to and the spookiness met my expectations for this story. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a sort of light horror story that includes some sexual content with ghosts.”
“Oh, he is an AWESOME narrator! I love, love, LOVE his voice and accent! Even though he is the author of this series, I think he should narrate other audiobooks–even ones that are written by someone else. He gave the characters individuality and did an excellent job.”
“Parts of the book are truly creepy, parts are campy and parts are downright sad. G.M. Hague does a great job in writing horror and he does a good job in his narration. Nothing new or really remarkable about the tale, but if you enjoy your horror ala Poe and the Twilight Zone, check out Hague’s series.”
It’s 1944 and through desperation, sheer luck and the worst winter storms in living memory Hitler’s forces have successfully attacked and forced the Battle of the Bulge, a fierce offensive inside the dense Ardenne Forest. Then the weather brings both sides to halt, the armies in danger of freezing to death. A German patrol led by the hardened and dangerous Sergeant Muller knocks on the door of a remote abbey and demands that the sisters provide food and shelter for his men. He won’t take no for an answer, but Muller should questioned why the abbey wasn’t on any maps, how the war had somehow left the forbidding place untouched — and asked himself why the Holy Order of nuns inside showed no fear. Beyond the walls are the deadly storm, the dark forest and the enemy. Trapped inside the abbey, Muller and his men have got much worse, evil things to survive. Check out the downloads and the full story here. Total length is 6 hours, 25 minutes.
“This is the first book I’ve listened to by G.M. Hague, but it won’t be the last! This is a great book and the narrator did a great job.”
“A suspenseful and well written book, superbly performed by its author, is a must read. I particularly appreciated the fact that the author opted not to use forced German accent in his narration, an annoying aspect of many narrators that feel the need to give foreign accents to protagonists from other nationalities, when in reality there would be no need for it, something that has always bothered me. Great job!”
The blessing of the fishing fleet is more than a ritual. It’s God’s protection from the demons of the sea. Captain John Boston has no time for God and blessings anymore. The church has betrayed him, the local priest refusing to protect his sister from a violent husband, while his wife is seriously ill. His boat the Cormorant hasn’t had much luck this season and some people are whispering that God has turned his gaze from John Boston too, because he wouldn’t accept the priest’s traditional blessing. Now the Cormorant is sailing one last time to try and fill its holds with fish. There’s more than bad weather and empty nets waiting for them. The devil has a boat of his own and he’s out on the cold ocean, trawling for dead men and their souls. Check out the full story here. Total length is 2 hours, 4 minutes.
“The story is great. Haven’t heard or watched a good haunted ship story in a while and this one hit the mark. Story is fairly simple but great for a short story. A storm isn’t what is coming after these seamen. As always I wish G.M. Hague would make the story longer. Always want to hear more.”
“The Devil’s Net by G. M. Hague was a well written ghost story about the horrors of disrespecting the sea. The characters were fleshed out rather well for being a short story. The mythology was developed enough to understand the dangers. The author/narrator did a fine job. This was somewhat like an extended Twilight Zone / Tales From The Darkside episode. Very Enjoyable.”
“A traditional tale of the ocean, the fishermen and the king of the sea, with some serious twists. A season unblessed, a season of poor catches and empty holds leads to one last desperate trip before the seasons end. A trip ill fated and filled with peril, death and more. Get ready for a well written and well narrated tale.”
Jacob Good was a man who could expect to see many ghosts. Angry spirits and the wraiths of men and women filled with hate for Jacob, parading their soured souls in front of him, surrounding Jacob with their rage.
After all, Jacob had killed a lot of people. As the Principal Hangman at Willengarten Prison it was Jacob’s responsibility to dispatch the condemned prisoners to the next world. All the guilty should be hanged. Now one of those ghosts has appeared as Jacob is about to retire, taunting him, demanding that Jacob make sure the last guilty murderer doesn’t miss their appointment with Jacob’s noose. Check out the downloads and the full story here. Total length in 1 hour, 32 minutes.
“I really enjoyed this! It is self produced, but don’t be put off by that, as the author does a wonderful job and his narration is excellent. The story is scary of the spooky variety, and fun to listen to with the lights off at night. A great change of pace from mainstream horror, in the vein of campfire tales. I highly recommend it!”
“If you haven’t listened to any stories in this G. M. Hague horror series, you’re in for a real treat. The author/narrator has a thick Australian accent that I find an amusing addition to the stories. (Well, I wouldn’t say thick… GMH) This one is about an executioner who is haunted by seemingly innocent people that he had no choice but to put to death. The Hangman’s Ghost is a short-ish story that isn’t overly scary but was a fun, spooky read nonetheless! I would recommend this story to any listeners that enjoy light horror and aren’t just in it for the pure scares.”
It was just a bed — an ordinary, albeit antique bed for the spare room. Until we learn that a hundred years earlier a woman called Rose, who practised in the occult and dark magic, slept in it. Now Rose’s unhappy spirit comes as part of the deal. Rose’s angry ghost comes with the bed. Angela and Nathan are a young couple, married only two years before, both of them professionals. They’re happy and in love, although the pressures of modern life can be challenging some days. The antique bed is just right for the spare room in their expensive apartment.
Rose’s spirit doesn’t like happy marriages unless you’re prepared to wed the Devil.
Sleeping in the bed promises erotic dreams with perfect lovers — more passionate and daring than your wife, more considerate and satisfying than your husband. Before long, the dreams are much better than reality.
Three’s a crowd in any relationship, even when one person is already dead. Check out the downloads and the full story here. Total length is 2 hours, 45 minutes.
“Mr. Hague also narrates his own work, something that you don’t see (hear) often, but with this author, it works. He has a silky Australian accent that I enjoy listening to. And when an author narrates his own work, you know that the inflection and emphasis is exactly where he wanted it because that is how he heard it in his head when he wrote it. I will be looking for more from this author for sure.”
“I am loving this horror series by G. M. Hague and this one was by far my favorite. I’ve enjoyed stories about a haunted object in the past, but none quite like this one. A young couple purchases an antique bed for their spare room, but quickly learn that the bed has a mind of it’s own (and a sexual prowess of it’s own, too). We are treated to a series of events seemingly perpetrated by the bed itself and spooky sexual affairs begin to take place between the characters in this tale, the bed included! I won’t say more for fear of spoilers but I would recommend this story (and any of the horror stories by G. M. Hague) to anyone who enjoys fun horror. I find his brand of horror to be incredibly satisfying!”
“G.M. Hague did a very good job narrating this story. He did well with both the male and female voices and I really appreciated his authors note at the beginning of the story letting the listener know that there may be a bird sound or two and explaining his situation, which I found charming. Most of the time authors make terrible narrators. This isn’t the case with Mr. Hague! This book was great.. with a few ghosts, a haunted bed and some sex.. what more could you ask for.”
Simon Hall went to his class reunion to catch up with his first sweetheart, his best friend, and anyone else who might remember him. On the night, no one except Simon got to talk with Edward Bitter, the social outcast, the class pariah. That’s because Bitter is dead — he was killed several years earlier. Nobody warned Simon he was talking to a spectre. Why would a ghost come to a class reunion? What dreadful secrets are the classmates keeping? Should Simon be scared after this one strange encounter with the paranormal? Edward Bitter’s unhappy spirit certainly has an axe to grind with the class of 2001. Not just Simon, but everyone should be very frightened indeed. No one liked Bitter when he was alive. Bitter is even more unpleasant now that he’s dead.
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Lukas Boston is a private detective who attracts beautiful women, annoying ghosts and murder investigations no one else will take on. He’s also caught the attention of a sniper, who is getting closer to Lukas with every shot. Welcome to the world of Lukas Boston, a place filled with crime, sex, ghosts and Lukas’ very annoyed landlady. The full story and download links are here. Total length is 3 hours, 45 minutes.
A greedy corporation believes that sending Lukas to the bottom of the harbour is the best solution to stop him poking his nose in its illegal business. But Lukas has unexpected help — a ghost tells Lukas to search for his missing socks. In Hung Out To Die, for Lukas Boston, the world is a place filled with crime, sex, ghosts and exploding fish & chip shops. The full story and download links are here. Total length is 4 hours and 1 minute.
AVAILABLE SOON. The last train always arrives from out of a thick mist of mystery and fear. The occupants behind the grimy windows are doomed to ride the train forever, as is anyone who chooses to board one of the carriages when it pulls into the station … stopping at the platform and waiting for someone just like you. The choices that Gerald faces to escape the growing nightmare are few – and none are safe. The one thing he doesn’t ever want to do is buy a ticket to ride on the last train of his life. Check out the full story here. Length is 1 hour and 8 minutes.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT MY BOOKS AND NARRATION
Obviously I’ve finally made the move to convert all my books into audiobooks.
This is a bit of a strange thing, because for many, many years I always found the idea of reading your own books aloud to an audience a bit of an odd concept. Books are meant to be read, with your imagination doing all the work and the screws and gears inside your head clunking away, creating a fictitious world, unique characters and having no boundaries, all without any outside influence.
Listening to an author read their book just seemed to defeat the whole purpose of tucking yourself into a comfy chair, or lying in bed, or even settling into the corner of a nice pub somewhere – and letting your imagination do what it does best. So this is a complete turnaround for me. But narrating popular fiction like my novels is different, and a pretty exciting and fun thing to do. Reading my very own books is a tremendous advantage. I know exactly what I was writing or saying, and it translates well into the narration.
But can I narrate a story? Am I a good storyteller? That’s always going to be a subjective opinion. I might be brilliant, but some listeners may decide they just don’t like my voice. In particular, a few US listeners have trouble dealing with my Australian accent – although it’s hardly Paul Hogan chucking “shrimps” on the barbecue. It’s all a matter of personal preferences.
However, I will explain that I choose to narrate my books as a “classic” storyteller – imagine we’re all sitting around a campfire or something. In other words, I don’t act out the different characters’ voices, but I add emphasis and emotion when it’s needed. This is, in fact, how the majority of audiobooks are produced.
At this point seven of my Paranormal Tales are available, and three of the Lukas Boston series. I’ve recently taken back the publishing rights to my horror novels that were released some years back – full-length horror novels that will top the 10-12 hour and more in audiobooks when they’re done (and thus will take a bit of time to produce) but I’ll be offering these at an affordable price too.
Finally, if you’re still not sure whether audiobooks – or at least my audiobooks – are for you, here’s a ten minute sample from “Bedtime Story”.