• Jeff Hays
  • My audio books immerse listeners into your world. Royalty-share offers must be accompanied by a stipend.
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: MO,United States
  • Website: www.jeffhaysnarrates.com
  • Available for: Royalty Share or $200-$400 PFH

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Best of Jeff

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Versatile
Performance Notes
This is a collection of scenes from my favorite projects. It's meant to show my versatility and production skills. There is a large range of characters here, male and female, human and monster!

Noir

Category : Mysteries & Thrillers
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Sarcastic
Performance Notes
This is my audition clip for a book called "The Long Way Down" by Craig Schaefer. I was on the short list for this one, and was disappointed when I didn't land this one, but I had a lot of fun with it and it shows more of my range. Noir is my favorite genre, and this one is urban-fantasy as well.

Fantasy

Category : Science Fiction & Fantasy
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : British-General British
Vocal Style : Engaging
Performance Notes
This is another audition file for the book, "The Crumbling Pageant" by Patricia Burroughs. Though she hasn't yet picked out a narrator for this title, she sent me a message stating that she was pleased with this performance. Fingers crossed! Anyway, this is a fantasy novel set in England, so I put on my best British accent for the characters (I think I bled into more of a Scottish accent for the gruff fellow) and the narration.

Dead of Night - Audio Play Version

Category : Science Fiction & Fantasy
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Rough/edgy
Performance Notes
This is my first attempt at an Audio Play format for a book I completed by my favorite client, M.R. Forbes. Unfortunately, he wasn't interested in doing the full audio play production for this book, (Dead of Night, one of my favorite projects) but I enjoyed doing it very much, and I've had positive responses from everyone else who's listened to it. This sample has introductory music, sound effects, and spatial effects on the character voices to create a more immersive experience.

Historical Fiction

Category : Travel & Adventure
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-Southern
Vocal Style : Cowboy
Performance Notes
This is a sample from a book I produced called "Chase the Wild Pigeons" by John J. Gschwend Jr. It's a historical fiction novel set during the civil war. This was one of my favorite projects, and one of my best performances. In the sample, I voice a teenaged free black boy, a large murderous black man, and an adolescent and rambunctious white boy. Also, I use my favorite narrative style, the southern drawl.

Female

Category : Drama & Poetry
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Male narrating a female part
Performance Notes
This is another sample from a book I produced for M.R. Forbes. It's called "Bound" and it's the fourth part of The Divine Series, and urban-fantasy epic. More than half the book is narrated by a female character. The author was gracious enough to offer that I use my regular male voice, but I wasn't about to cop-out! Though this is kind of an embarrassing talent, I've been told by listeners that they forget that a male is doing the female voices in my audio books, which I suppose is quite a compliment.

Urban-Fantasy Music

Category : Science Fiction & Fantasy
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Engaging
Performance Notes
So, this is not a voice sample. This is the music I composed for M.R. Forbes's Divine Series. I used these tracks to introduce each of the books in the series. Here I display my ability to take a theme and apply it to different books in the same series, in chronological order for all four books. Composing music is my true passion, and I believe that's the main skill I draw from when I produce audio books. I offer music to all my clients for an extra fee.

Viking Warrior Music

Category : History
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Articulate
Performance Notes
This is the music I composed for the Historical Fiction series, "The Strongbow Saga," by Judson Roberts. It includes the music I composed for the first book of the series, as well as an alternative that I offered for the sequel but ended up not using. I think they convey a tribal, conquering dissonance that goes well with the action and drama of the series.

Sci-Fi Music

Category : Science Fiction & Fantasy
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
This is the music I composed for the book, "The Truth Beyond the Sky," by Andrew Crusoe. It's a throwback sci-fi adventure, and I believe the music I composed for it reflects that well.

Folk Music

Category : Travel & Adventure
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-Southern
Vocal Style : Inspirational
Performance Notes
This is another music sample. This I arranged for "Chase the Wild Pigeons" by John J. Gschwend Jr. It's actually a classic folk-song from the period, "Shenandoah," and is mentioned often in the book, as the protagonist plays the harmonica and plays this song frequently. I actually bought a harmonica and learned to play this song for the recording!

I love my job! Though I make my living through speech, my true background is in music. Reading has always been one of my favorite activities, and being able to bring an author's vision to life through sound is remarkably fulfilling. I have a very wide and versatile range of voices, I'm fussy about sound quality, and I pay close attention to rhythm. These elements come together in my process to create immersive experiences rather than simple recitations of text.
"Freak the Mighty," by Rodman Philbrick, "Liberty in Eclipse" by William Norman Grigg, "Dragonbait" by David McClain, "The Adventures of Astro Kid and Space Dog Leroy," by Johnny Henry, "Daimones," and "Once Humans" by Massimo Marino, "Little Green Men," by Peter Cawdron, "Cash Burn" by Michael Berrier, "Stress Pattern" and "Interstate Dreams" by Neal Barrett Jr., "Balance," "Betrayal," "Broken," "Bound," and "Dead of Night" by M.R. Forbes, "The Wolf Tattoo" by Kenneth Fore, "Viking Warrior" and "Dragons from the Sea" by Judson Roberts, "The Truth Beyond the Sky" by Andrew M. Crusoe, and "Chase the Wild Pigeons" by John J. Gschwend Jr.
"Delivered exactly what the client was looking for, and over the weekend at that." - Zach Kennedy "Jeffrey did a GREAT job on the audio book that he narrated for us! He really brought the book to life with his ability to change and maintain multiple characterizations. He was efficient and very detail oriented. We would definitely hire Jeffrey for future voice work." - Curt Geren, Pearson Education

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