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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Avid Listener of books at 1-1/2 times the normal speed. Trying to make up for all those boring high school teachers that could not reach me.
Not to be missed for a christmas story. Narration by Jim Dale is always enjoyable and beyond satisfactory. Loved the misunderstanding of the carrier and his faithful wife Dot.
If you like Dickens treat yourself.
We loved the story, chirp, chirp, chirp. if you have ever read Cricket on the Hearth you will most certainly enjoy this fine narration. All of the characters come to life in this cozy novella.
Lovely story that I'd never knew existed read by one of my favorite narrators! Different from other Dickens in several ways but I don't want to spoil it. Not a Christmas story per se.
I'll be honest, I didn't follow the whole thing very well. But I did get the gist of the sweet story. And I could listen to Jim Dale all day.
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
This book is so much more wonderful because Jim Dale is the narrator! Such a beautiful story and worth listening.
I can see this being a wonderful holiday tradition. I think this is a great listen. Jim Dale will certainly enchant the whole family!
Dickens did a good job at the story this time, almost like a Christmas miracle meets a mystery. Far superior to The Chimes.
The only down side? Jim Dale - the amazing voice actor of the Harry Potter books actually over performs the story. He's amazing, but the performance is too much for these prose, which might have stood better with a less dramatic reading.
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A little hard to get used to the English used by Dickens. Soon it became a rollicking tale!
This is the "other" Charles Dickens Christmas story. While not anywhere near as good as A Christmas Carol, this workshould have its own place on the bookshelf. While I want to read A Christmas Carol nearly every Christmas, this story only rises to the "every so often" level. Nevertheless, it's a heartwarming story that captures the spirit of the season. Contemporary listeners should be warned that this is not a fast-paced story--Dickens had to paint a picture in the minds of his readers who did not have the benefit of travel, televisions, pictures, etc... that we have. As a result, someone unaccustomed to reading books from this era might find the book a little hard to follow or "boring"...I hate to use that word because it's not fair to Dickens's masterful writing or the context in which it was written...but modern styles of writing could contrast with this book to leave such an impression.
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