All I can say is wow. When Crickets Cry is a beautiful book. The characters came alive for me as I listened. I could clearly see each one of them. The book made me laugh and it made me cry both happy tears and sad tears.
When Crickets Cry is a wonderful love story, that started back when Emma and Reese met on the playground in third grade. Emma doesn't play with the other kids, she sits at a table and sketches. When Reese discovers why, he vows to do everything he can to fix Emma's failing heart.
After moving out of Atlanta, Reese meets Annie, a seven year old girl who's heart, much like Emma's is also failing. Annie lives with her aunt Cindy who is struggling to make ends meet, much less pay all of Annie's medical bills. In order to survive, the little girl is in desperate need of a new heart. You will need to read/listen to When Crickets Cry to hear the rest of the story.
By the way, Adam Verner, the narrator does an outstanding job with each of the characters. Will be looking for mor books by this author and this narrator.
I love Charles Martin. He is so descriptive. His words paint pictures. He is clean and uplifting. This was the first book I ever read by him years ago and I am so happy to have listened to it again. This is a great book and tells a beautiful story. It's amazing.
I alternate types of books I read, this one falling into the tear-jerker category that I usually don't like so much. However, throughout most of Crickets, Martin was able to pull it off. Much of this can be attributed to Verner, one of the best readers I've heard in a while.
Normally, life-and-death dramatic novels leave me feeling manipulated - the author makes you care for a character then callously kills them off for dramatic effect - pisses me off (I'm thinking Jodi Picoult here - don't shoot, ok?).
Charles Martin is so sincere and writes such warm, in-depth and realistic characters that I even found the weepy parts very true to heart and life. I also enjoy his southern eccentrics, whom he clearly cherishes. They are presented as real people, if a bit off, not as clichés.
Very worth a listen.