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The Hangman's Ghost

Horror Story, Volume V
Narrated by: G. M. Hague
Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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 - paraded their soured souls in front of him, surrounding Jacob with their rage.

After all, Jacob had killed a lot of people.

Now, a frightening, tragic ghost is taunting Jacob as he's about to retire, making his life a nightmare, and demanding that Jacob make sure the last guilty murderer doesn't miss his appointment with Jacob's noose. But who is to be Jacob's final victim? And do they deserve to escape the rope, or not? Will Jacob's last killing be a dreadful mistake?

©2015 G. M. Hague (P)2017 G. M. Hague

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  • Spooky Mike
  • 27-11-2017

Retirement will kill you

When your job is an executioner the question of who the criminal blames for the execution might just be the person pulling the lever, even though they are just doing their job. What if the criminal is not guilty, who would they blame?
This is the shortest of all G.M. Hague’s Horror stories. Since this is short it moves along quick but tells a good story. All of his stories are great; but, out of the current 5 stories released this one ranks in the middle with Vol II and IV being my favorites. Looking forward to more.
As with all of his other Horror Stories, Hague does a fantastic job narrating the story and puts you right there in the noose next to Jacob. Still hoping to hear a bird or frog in the background.
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  • Tatiana
  • 22-01-2018

Spooky Story, Nicely Done

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!

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  • Deedra
  • 28-12-2017

The Hangmans ghost

This was a really good short story.A hangman thinks that because he doesn't make the decision to hang peopl that he is innocent in their deaths.He may be wrong.Mr Hague is a great narrator for this as well as writer.I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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  • Big Cheese
  • 21-12-2017

Horror from Australia

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. 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.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Marcus
  • 29-11-2017

Short and sweet

Though this tale is barely over 1.5 hours, the author does an excellent job immersing you into the character, their backstory and the stories of related parties without feeling rushed. In fact, I feel the brevity works to the story's advantage.

For those looking for chills, this is indeed a ghost story, but it's not a BOO! jump-in-the-dark kind of story, more one of persistent haunting with a bit of mystery thrown in.

As usual, the author does an excellent job narrating his own material.

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  • Neesie315
  • 20-06-2018

All of the guilty must hang

If you enjoy classic ghost stories without gore, this is a great read! It won't give you nightmares or have you looking over your shoulder, but it's still a good book.

Jacob Good is a hangman in a prison in the 1940's. Just two more hangings and he can retire. That's when he starts seeing and hearing ghosts (or something similar!). He begins to have doubts about the executions he has performed over the years and especially regrets the one of a young woman named Madeline.

The story is predictable, but well-written. If you enjoy the old classic ghost tales, this one is well worth your time. The author makes you feel the angst that Jacob feels and will give you pause in your thoughts about capital punishment.

Mr. Hague is a good writer and does a good job narrating his own work. I will definitely be reading more by Mr. Hague!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-01-2018

Not what I was expecting

If you could sum up The Hangman's Ghost in three words, what would they be?

Interesting, good and disappointing.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would’ve changed the ending. The story was pretty good but I was disappointed with the way it ended.

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I received this book free for my honest opinion.

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  • Darren
  • 11-01-2018

Good short ghost story!

This is the latest short ghost story from G.M. Hague, and whilst I felt it wasn't as good as his previous couple it was still a very entertaining read. It centers around some strange things which happens to a prison hangman back in the 1940's.

The story is well read by the author and he gives the main characters their own distinct voice. He is good at setting the atmosphere and mentioning small details which add to the believability of the story. Shorts like this are great for a daily commute as you can take the whole story in one setting.


*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review

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  • Bikram Agarwal
  • 12-12-2017

Not creepy.

Would you try another book from G. M. Hague and/or G. M. Hague?

I see 5 books in Mr. Hague's catalog in Audible and all of them are of horror genre. But the impression I got from listening to this current book, I think I won't be listening to the others.

Has The Hangman's Ghost turned you off from other books in this genre?

Just one book can't turn me off from an entire genre. I love horror books and want to be creeped out while listening to one. But this book failed to do that. If there was a genre called Cozy-Horror (just like Cozy-Mystery), this book would fall in that genre. It was like watching an episode of Supernatural (the CW show), where the subject matter is ghosts, but it isn't bone chilling creepy. That said, if you like Supernatural episodes, you will like this book too.

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  • Dominique
  • 30-11-2017

Classic, eerie story

Is it the ultimate guilty conscience or is it the ghosts of too many victims of the hangman's noose? You will have to judge for yourself when you experience the slow torture endured by the about-to-retire hangman in this story.

The style, setting and narrative make it seem like a classic story from decades ago, even though I know it was just written a little while ago. But that's just the writing genius of Graeme Hague -- one one paragraph, he can take you on a journey of a hundred years back in time and convince you that you're listening to Charles Dickens one minute and Edgar Allen Poe the next minute.

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 was offered a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. However, I will be looking for more from this author for sure.

This is a short piece and it was over far too soon, but that just speaks to how quickly I got pulled into the story. But it's silly to complain about the duration of a story, long or short. Ideally, the story is as long as it takes to tell. Wanting more from a story and/or author just tells me that he's good. So give me more, GH!