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A Stir of Echoes | [Richard Matheson]

A Stir of Echoes

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1986 Richard Matheson; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Perhaps no author living is as responsible for chilling a generation with tantalizing nightmare visions." (The New York Times)
"One of the most important writers of the twentieth century." (Ray Bradbury)
"Matheson is one of the great names in American terror fiction." (Philadelphia Inquirer)

What Members Say

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    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 04-05-09
    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 04-05-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Matheson is excellent"

    One of the subtle things I loved most about "Echoes" is how this starts to affect this man in his everyday life and his family/wife. And the unexpected turns things take. Twists and turns have become in a way cliche, but this is done well and predates so much of this "genre" of "esp" story. And you can see the groundwork for things like King's Dead Zone etc. Looking forward to more Matheson.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Louisville, KY, United States 10-20-14
    Gary Louisville, KY, United States 10-20-14 Member Since 2007
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The summary sounded interesting, but the narrator's exaggerated, breathy style killed the story for me. I struggled to get to the end and wouldn't want to put anyone else through the pain.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa Fairview, Texas 03-11-11
    Theresa Fairview, Texas 03-11-11 Member Since 2010

    There is nothing more enjoyable than getting lost in a good book!

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    "Could not get through it!"

    I wanted to like this book and maybe if I had been reading the hardback version instead of listening to the audio version I would have liked it better. The narrator's performance was just too over the top. It seemed like everything was exaggerated. It just was not enjoyable for me.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory Robbinsdale, MN, USA 09-04-09
    Gregory Robbinsdale, MN, USA 09-04-09
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    "Ok"

    In my short time listening and reading Matheson, I knew half way through this one that it isn't one of his best. I appreciate the "supernatural" side to the story but it isn't keeping me enthralled enough to yearn for more.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    sarah 09-03-12
    sarah 09-03-12

    all books horror. especially zombie

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    "Richard Matheson never disappoints"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I love Richard Mathesons writing and Scott Brick is one of my favourite narrators


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    I love Scott Brick!!


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis Clarksville, MI, United States 07-02-12
    Phyllis Clarksville, MI, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2011

    Love mystery novels, especially co.y and historical content. Enjoy James Rollins, Dean Koontz, James Patterson and Dan Brown Novels.

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    "Slow Read"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. It was hard to get into. But will admit, had a surprised ending.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Richard Matheson again?

    Yes


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending. Took me by surprise.


    Was A Stir of Echoes worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    One of the main reasons to listen to this book was Scott Brick narrated it and I do like listening to him.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G. Maldonado Sherman Oaks, CA 05-03-12
    G. Maldonado Sherman Oaks, CA 05-03-12
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    "Good story!"

    If you like sci fi mixed with horror you will like this story by Richard Matheson.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    peter Winchester, VA, United States 09-27-12
    peter Winchester, VA, United States 09-27-12
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    "story drug on and on with nothing happening"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Older people maybe would like it, I don't know, I just felt like nothing was ever going to happen.


    Has A Stir of Echoes turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

    No


    What character would you cut from A Stir of Echoes?

    None, I would add more


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    T. Bacon 09-12-12
    T. Bacon 09-12-12
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    "reading was terrible"
    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    Scott Brick's performance killed my interest in the book. He had the same tone throughout the story and it didn't fit the book. It was read so poorly, I had to make several attempts in short segments to even give the story a try.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica lafayette, LA, United States 12-12-11
    Jessica lafayette, LA, United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Couldn't Finish It"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing. This book was just poorly written. No performer could carry that kind of crummy material.


    Has A Stir of Echoes turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It was fine.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Stir of Echoes?

    I found most of the dialoge goofy.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Scott Brick's brilliant narration of a Great Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Stir of Echoes to be better than the print version?

    Only seen the movie and listened to this


    What did you like best about this story?

    The descriptions of losing your mind to another power


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Excellent character voices and superb use of temprement and tone
    and very good at first person narrative


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes it is one of the best stories in the ghost story genre


    Any additional comments?

    I consider the author to be one of the greatest writers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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