A Stir of Echoes

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What to expect

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.

Critics Review

  • “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.”


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