We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
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!
Regular Price:$0.00

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.2 (3476 )
5 star
 (775)
4 star
 (775)
3 star
 (933)
2 star
 (481)
1 star
 (512)
Overall
3.2 (2977 )
5 star
 (668)
4 star
 (623)
3 star
 (832)
2 star
 (423)
1 star
 (431)
Story
3.6 (2945 )
5 star
 (1034)
4 star
 (709)
3 star
 (641)
2 star
 (247)
1 star
 (314)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Seth 03-24-15
    Seth 03-24-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    7
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A fun short book"

    An enjoyable short story. Don't care that much for the narrator at times as I feel he sometimes misrepresents or overacts characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    courtney hamilton Menifee 03-07-15
    courtney hamilton Menifee 03-07-15 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "was free"

    I didn't even want this title but was forced to chose it ugh not cool

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lydia 01-12-15
    Lydia 01-12-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Book!"

    I enjoyed the book a lot and would like to listen to more of Charles Dickens books. I enjoyed the narrator also. If you have not heard or read it I would recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    J Jensen Provo, UT, US 01-03-15
    J Jensen Provo, UT, US 01-03-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "great love story"

    This is the best love story I've read in a long time.. It shows the results of selfless love in a family, in a neighborhood,. and even towards the unlovable. Dickens' . wry humor makes it fun. Jim Dale is always a favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 01-02-15
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 01-02-15 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    262
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    256
    254
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    54
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Crickets have power"

    Look up crickets in any animal speak book or any animal totem website and we’ll see their power. Here is a very heartwarming tale of two lovers coming back together. Along with why she shouldn’t let our perceptions get in the way of reality. We never know what is going on until we see it for ourselves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kelly 01-01-15
    Kelly 01-01-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Dale Rocks Dickens"

    Jim Dale does a marvelous job with Dickens tricky and complicated sentence structure. Dickens characters are ones that might have just stepped from London's foggy alleyways.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Brenda Bass 11-15-14
    Brenda Bass 11-15-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    46
    21
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "makes crickets more interesting"
    What did you love best about The Cricket on the Hearth?

    that crickets are magical creatures


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cricket on the Hearth?

    when we find out that the "spouse cheater" was actually not cheating


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

    seeing in my mind's eye, what a character looks like


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    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.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    91
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    284
    171
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    11
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Didn't enjoy"
    Any additional comments?

    This has to be my least favorite Dickens. It was just not interested in the story at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Marjorie Thompson 10-05-14 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jennifer 08-19-14
    Jennifer 08-19-14 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    57
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    294
    114
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.