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.
I got caught up in this story though it was unbelievable in a lot of place. Martin is a storyteller whose details add layers of meaning. His research shows and I learned a lot from this story. I hated the ending- confusing and unbelievable.
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.
When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin is one of the best novels I've heard. It is breathtakingly beautiful in its depth, lyricism, sense of place, faith and knowledge.
Adam Verner's voice and inflection were perfect. The sensitivity he brought the story lent a poignant, humorous, vibrant enrichment to the written words. An excellent performance.