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The Cricket on the Hearth Audiobook

The Cricket on the Hearth

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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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    William 02-03-14
    William 02-03-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Fun!"

    Fun book that as a delight to listen to. Short story, but really got me interested in picking up some Dickens novels again. Thanks Audible/Amazon for a fun listen over Christmas.

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    Rachel YAKIMA, WA, United States 01-25-14
    Rachel YAKIMA, WA, United States 01-25-14 Member Since 2013

    I am a clay sculptor and an art instructor at a community college. I mostly listen to audiobooks while I work in my home studio.

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    "I love Jim Dale"

    The story was pleasant, but a little slow and not exactly my taste. It was a worthwhile short read, but I really really love Jim Dale's narration. If you're feeling like a taste of Dickens (but not the dreary depressing and slow big novels, and a bit in the holiday spirit, this is a nice choice.

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    Kelly Livermore, CA, United States 01-19-14
    Kelly Livermore, CA, United States 01-19-14 Member Since 2011

    Part time artist - Like to listen to audiobooks when I am working and creating.

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    "Great story...wonderful narration"
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    Thank you audible for this wonderful gift. Have never read this story before and would not have been one that I would have chosen for myself. Jim Dale is wonderful in his narration of this very heartfelt wonderful story.

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    D Aliso Viejo, CA, United States 01-09-14
    D Aliso Viejo, CA, United States 01-09-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Sheer Delight"

    Thank you, Audible, for this Christmas membership gift.
    I don't recall reading such lyricism from Dickens before. His poetry sings. I couldn't refrain from smiling. His words bubbled forth with such joy.
    I shall listen to this several times: The gift that keeps on giving.

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    Mary San Jose, CA, United States 01-04-14
    Mary San Jose, CA, United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Charles Dickens' The Cricket on the Hearth"
    If you’ve listened to books by Charles Dickens before, how does this one compare?

    I'm not a Charles Dickens fan, per se. This is the second work of his that I've actually completed, and I think that's due to the short length of this story. But the other one was A Christmas Carol, and I think it's a bit unfair to compare them. It's a good quick read.


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

    I thought he was quite good. He obviously gives good inflection to the characters and makes them distinct.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not really a fan of the story.

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    jill 01-01-14
    jill 01-01-14
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    "Festive!"
    Would you listen to The Cricket on the Hearth again? Why?

    Absolutely! A great Dickens Christmas story, really well done.


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

    Dale was Dickensian-perfect in his characters - his performance added to the enjoyment of the story for me.


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    Jacquelyn ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, United States 12-31-13
    Jacquelyn ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, United States 12-31-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Delightful."
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    I was intrigued by this short story, never having read it before. It seemed quite dense in that a lot happened in a very short time. Dickens skillfully developed his characters and developed the story through their interaction. I did not anticipate the outcome, and was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed this novella and would recommend it to all Dickens lovers.

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    Doug Glenwood, IA, United States 12-30-13
    Doug Glenwood, IA, United States 12-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "great story"
    Where does The Cricket on the Hearth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A delightful story with a typical Dickens' twist. Dickens presents a good cast of characters who offer a tale of hope and perseverance.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I especially liked the steady carrier.


    Any additional comments?

    I commend this book to those who could use a bit of 19th century hope.

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    Aimee 12-29-13
    Aimee 12-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "It's Charles Dickens... that's all I need to know"

    Very charming Victorian era story and everything you'd expect from a Charlies Dickens story. Jim Dale's narration is very pleasant and memorable. I'm going to have to replay this for my children.

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    George 12-28-13
    George 12-28-13
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    "A Cricket Can do all of That?"

    Great read...Charles Dickens Christmas novels...duh. Thanks, Audible, for the freebie. I'll have another and another and another.

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