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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This has to be my least favorite Dickens. It was just not interested in the story at all.
I would recommend for those who enjoy the simple heartwarming classic
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He was excellent!
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.
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"!
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
It's a sweet romance and I wasn't expecting that.
No. The language was hard to follow. I would listen again because I believe I'd understand it better the second time.
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.
Mystery was solved but the drama of one of the characters involved in the mystery was left unresolved.
The variety of charming English dialects - so effortlessly that each character stood out as individuals
no - light entertainment to use up a 47 minute commute. No deep thinking required.
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