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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,869 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Matheson Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Tom Wallace lived an ordinary life, until a chance event awakened psychic abilities he never knew he possessed. Now, he’s hearing the private thoughts of the people around him—and learning shocking secrets he never wanted to know. But as Tom’s existence becomes a waking nightmare, even greater jolts are in store, as he becomes the unwilling recipient of a compelling message from beyond the grave.

This eerie ghost story, by the award-winning author of Hell House and I Am Legend, inspired the acclaimed 1999 film starring Kevin Bacon. Though originally published in the 1950s, its themes and ideas remain as fresh as if it were written today.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Perhaps no author living is as responsible for chilling a generation with tantalizing nightmare visions.”

    New York Times

  • “Matheson is the master of paranoia—pitting a single man against unknown horrors and examining his every slow twist in the wind.”

    San Jose Mercury News

  • “Scott Brick’s taut, urgent voice masterfully renders Matheson’s psychic thriller. When the skeptical Tom Wallace is hypnotized at a dinner party, he gains an uncanny power to see future events and becomes haunted by a dead woman. As his condition prophesizes more and more troubling events, his marriage and sanity start to unravel—which Brick mirrors in an increasingly desperate narration. Brick’s fevered whisper ratchets up the pressure until the stunning climax—in which it sounds as if Tom is truly possessed. Still startlingly fresh fifty years after its publication, A Stir of Echoes makes listeners believe that there’s much darkness in the world, even in the sunniest of Los Angeles suburbs. This audio production is far more eerie than the film.”


  • “In 1958, Richard Matheson wrote one of the most harrowing descriptions of clairvoyance ever written, about an ordinary man who develops extraordinary powers enabling him to read minds and predict future events. This classic is now available on audio, and while it shows its age a bit, there is still enough of an audience for Matheson’s books—several of which have been adapted into movies, including this one—to recommend it. Audie Award winner Scott Brick does an outstanding job of delineating characters and giving the appropriate verbal jolt. Recommended for mystery fans and for libraries where budgets permit.”

    Library Journal

  • “I love a good ghost story, and this certainly is one…For narrator Scott Brick, this novel presented an opportunity for a great dramatic reading, and he delivers. There’s no doubt how Wallace is feeling, and it’s not always the words that tell us. Brick’s performance is stirring, and his intensity grows as Wallace’s grip loosens. A thoroughly entertaining production.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kelly Jones | 2/17/2014

    " Thriller is one of my favorite genres of books! I was a Psychology major in college and absolutely love the classic Psychological Twist. This was the first Novel I had read by Richard Matheson. The book was a quick and easy read but very enjoyable. In any good Psychological thriller you have to convey your characters very well so that the plot line works out in your favor. Matheson certainly did a very good job of this. I was intrigued from the very beginning of the book which can be hard to do for some books. It also wasn't gory which can be hard for some people to handle and enjoy. The story is about a young couple living in the suburbs in the mid 1900s. Through a series of events the main character, Tom, begins to notice that he can hear people's thoughts and desires and can predict things before they happen. The subject of Psychic ability is a tricky one to write about without coming across as "cheesy" or "cliche" but in this book I would say it is handled pretty well. The story follows Tom and the people around him as he develops this ability and as he begins to get messages from a ghost? There are twists and turns and a mystery thrown in which in my opinion makes this book wonderful. I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys a good mystery/twisty thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michael | 2/14/2014

    " Entertaining. Tom Wallace is hypnotized by is brother in law and after coming out of it he finds that he has paranormal powers. He can see the future and hear people's thoughts. Chaos ensues. Matheson does a good job of capturing the emotion of the characters as they go through their trials. His characters seem real and it leads you to question what you would do in their shoes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Phoenixangel444 | 1/30/2014

    " Although the book and movie were as different as night and day, they are both very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Casey | 1/27/2014

    " I wish the ending wasn't so abrupt but overall it was a great book! "

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