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The Cricket on the Hearth | [Charles Dickens]

The Cricket on the Hearth

The holidays are upon us, and this year Audible is very happy to present to our members one of Charles Dickens’ most popular Christmas stories, The Cricket on the Hearth. This holiday classic (original subtitle: “A Fairy Tale of Home”) tells the innocent, picturesque, and charming story of a poor family and their would-be guardian angel; in short, a delightful vision of Victorian Christmas. As always, a great story calls for a great voice, so we’ve brought in legendary actor and record-breaking Audie and Grammy award-winning narrator Jim Dale (The Night Circus). Happy holidays and happy listening!
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Publisher's Summary

The holidays are upon us, and this year Audible is very happy to present to our members one of Charles Dickens’ most popular Christmas stories, The Cricket on the Hearth. This holiday classic (original subtitle: “A Fairy Tale of Home”) tells the innocent, picturesque, and charming story of a poor family and their would-be guardian angel; in short, a delightful vision of Victorian Christmas. As always, a great story calls for a great voice, so we’ve brought in legendary actor and record-breaking Audie and Grammy award-winning narrator Jim Dale (The Night Circus). Happy holidays and happy listening!

Public Domain (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-07-14
    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-07-14 Member Since 2009

    I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.

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    "Didn't enjoy"
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    This has to be my least favorite Dickens. It was just not interested in the story at all.

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    Marjorie Thompson 10-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic with current theme"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend for those who enjoy the simple heartwarming classic


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

    Not a thing


    What aspect of Jim Dale’s performance would you have changed?

    He was excellent!


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

    No


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    Jennifer 08-19-14
    Jennifer 08-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great imagery"

    I had previously seen an old animated adaptation of this, which I wasn't overly fond of, but I thought I'd give it another chance. I quite liked the imagery and how Dickens really brought everything to life, and made not only the principle actors but also the dog and the kettle into vivid characters. It had a lot of the typical dismal outlook and wearied states of life you often get from Dickens (which usually depress me so much as to deter me from reading his works), but the spots of brightness and goodness shine through.

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    M. J. Christensen Tucson, AZ. 06-12-14
    M. J. Christensen Tucson, AZ. 06-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Short Novella That Warms The Heart"

    This was the perfect read for winter days and nights. Not quite as wonderful as "A Christmas Carol", it still has some interesting characters (including the cricket) and a Dickensian misunderstanding that resolves happily for all. Jim Dale's narration is excellent as always, although Dot's voice seemed a bit strained at times. Having both read and listened to the story, I would definitely recommend the audio version to get the full effect of Dickens' writing. This leaves the listener with a happy feeling that "all is well with the world"!

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    areader 05-15-14
    areader 05-15-14

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    "Cricket on the Hearth"

    Nice Christmas feature from Audible. Well done and entertaining. Thank you Audible for the gift!

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    Jake Cutter Anniston, AL, United States 03-27-14
    Jake Cutter Anniston, AL, United States 03-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Tough to follow"
    Any additional comments?

    This was my third attempt at an audio version of Dickens. I understand Dickens when I read his work but the audio versions are very difficult to follow. I listened to this book and then looked up a synopsis to find out what I had heard.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 03-23-14
    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 03-23-14 Member Since 2007
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    "I loved the literary skills of Charles Dickens."

    The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens was a nice story.

    What made it even more enjoyable was the narrator, Jim Dale. He really delivered it in such a fantastic style.

    I thought it was going to be a Christmas tale, but it wasn’t. It is a classic fairy tale.

    I really liked the characters named Caleb, the assistant, and his blind daughter Bertha. They were both inspirational.

    I really enjoyed reading it!

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    Carolina Montreal, QC, Canada 03-17-14
    Carolina Montreal, QC, Canada 03-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Better to listen during the Holidays"

    Originally posted at: A Girl that Likes Books

    Why I read this book

    For Christmas Audible gave a free book that turned out to be this classic from Dickens.

    What the book is about

    The book opens introducing John Peerybingle (I had to look the spelling of that one up!) and his wife Dot. Through them we meet the other characters, a lovely woman, engaged to a horrible man that is believed to be charming to the eyes of a blind girl. I know it sounds like a lot of deceive, and there is such, but it sounds less so when written by Dickens

    First impressions

    Did you know that A Christmas Carol was part of a "collection" of Christmas books? Well I didn't. Turns out that The Cricket is the third book in a series of stories set during the Holidays that Dickens wrote, it just so happens that it was A Christmas Carol that got to be so renowned. This is what poked my curiosity for this story and what kept me going, even though at the beginning it was hard to get into the story.

    Final thoughts

    It was a good story, but it didn't move as Christmas Carol did. There is a bit of humor here and there, but I don't know if it was because of the language or because of the setting, it just wasn't a fun read for me. Maybe I should've listen to it, near a fire during the Christmas Holidays. I do think however that the comparison of the cricket to the "soul" of the house, feeling the happiness or sorrow of the home owners was a sweet way to give live to the environment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dvidal 03-15-14
    dvidal 03-15-14
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    "Lovely story"
    What did you love best about The Cricket on the Hearth?

    It's a sweet romance and I wasn't expecting that.


    What other book might you compare The Cricket on the Hearth to and why?

    Na


    Have you listened to any of Jim Dale’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    No. The language was hard to follow. I would listen again because I believe I'd understand it better the second time.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michele 03-15-14
    Michele 03-15-14
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    "Charming Victorian short"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    the story includes a reward for the finder of a lost item…Charles Dickens neglects to say what happened with this handsome reward. The story would have concluded better with this lose end resolved--especially in light of the poverty of one of the characters.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Mystery was solved but the drama of one of the characters involved in the mystery was left unresolved.


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

    The variety of charming English dialects - so effortlessly that each character stood out as individuals


    Did The Cricket on the Hearth inspire you to do anything?

    no - light entertainment to use up a 47 minute commute. No deep thinking required.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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