Offbeat

  • by Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by Peter Berkrot, R.C. Bray, Scott Brick, William Dufris, Matt Godfrey, Jeffrey Kafer, Mike Ortego, Anna Parker-Naples, Elizabeth Wiley
  • 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the aptly titled Offbeat, Richard Matheson, a modern master of strange fiction, offers 13 excursions into the unsettling and bizarre. In these stories you will encounter a major league pitcher with a horrific secret for his astonishing success; an ordinary man who wakes to find himself in a silent, empty world; a death row prisoner with an extraordinary explanation for his innocence; and a novelist whose fictional creations transcend the printed page.
Originally published as a limited edition hardcover, now long out of print, the remarkable and rare tales offered in Offbeat display the brilliant imagination that gave birth to such classics as I Am Legend and Hell House.
Narrated by Elizabeth Wiley, William Dufris, Scott Brick, Peter Berkrot, R. C. Bray, Anna Parker-Naples, Eric Martin, Jeffrey Kafer, Sean Runnette, Caitlin Davies, Mike Ortega, and Matt Godfrey.

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What the Critics Say

"Perhaps no author living is as responsible for chilling a generation with tantalizing nightmare visions." (The New York Times)
"The author who influenced me the most as a writer was Richard Matheson." (Stephen King)
"Matheson is one of the great names in American terror fiction." (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Excellent! Something for everyone's tastes.

I loved these stories. These shorts have perfect narration. Reminiscent of Twilight Zone tales. Great!!!
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- Amazon Customer

Offbeat: Do you know me?

What made the experience of listening to Offbeat the most enjoyable?

The short stories diversity. If you are a fan, the name Richard Matheson needs no introduction. The "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" episode on the old The Twilight Zone show and a dozen others. "Somewhere in Time" movie starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour, his story "I Am Legend" which was the movie "Omega Man" in the 1970's and most recently "I Am Legend"with Will Smith. And on and on. Sadly, these are lesser works.


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

The voice acting was fantastic across the board! The stories were open ended and some just ... odd. Not that odd is bad, but some just didn't work for me anyway.


What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

They were all very good to excellent. The stories had yelling and quiet parts that were handled well. But that may have been the downfall of the Audible edition. This may actually have worked better as a written work.


Any additional comments?

It wasn't bad but parts of it just weren't that entertaining to me. And I am a Richard Matheson fan.

And despite my criticisms, I do much appreciate the chance to have reviewed Offbeat.

This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost. Which I can only assume was voluntary on their part. I am happy to give my honest review of it. I think I'm suppose to mention how reviewing this was voluntary on my part too.

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- in1ear (John Row)

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-06-2017
  • Publisher: Valancourt Books