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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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    Brett FArmington, UT, United States 12-23-13
    Brett FArmington, UT, United States 12-23-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Pretty Good Listen"

    I enjoyed this story quite a bit. The more I read Dickens' work the more I appreciate it.

    The story had some good messages but they aren't as powerfully conveyed as some of his other books in my opinion.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel BLAINE, WA, United States 12-19-13
    Daniel BLAINE, WA, United States 12-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful!"
    Where does The Cricket on the Hearth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the top 3 or 4.


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

    When Dot told John the truth about what had been happening, and let him know how much she loved him.


    What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

    Everything! One of my favorite narrators.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for the freebie Audible!!!! Top quality!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Athene Cambride, MA USA 12-19-13
    Athene Cambride, MA USA 12-19-13 Member Since 2011

    I follow Tad Davis!

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    "Crazy and delightful!"
    Any additional comments?

    Thank you, Audible, for the most wonderful holiday gift. That snowy, icy night in Boston three days ago resulted in a 3 hour commute home for me, and the time was transformed into a joy. God bless the crickets every one!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andromeda US 12-18-13
    Andromeda US 12-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "If Jim Dale read a dictionary, I would listen"
    Would you listen to The Cricket on the Hearth again? Why?

    Two words: Jim. Dale.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Dale – was your favorite?

    The carrier.


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

    Not at all. The story was a bit dull, even for the era.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charlie California 01-16-14
    Charlie California 01-16-14 Member Since 2005

    Charlie

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    "torture"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I really tried to listen to this book, it was torture.
    impossible to follow, depressing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Charles Dickens again?

    maybe sure am glad I did not pay for this


    How could the performance have been better?

    I don't know, maybe a preface to help with following


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    depressed, frustrated


    Any additional comments?

    glad this was free, should have known they wouldn't give away anything worthwhile

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chitina M. Schatz pa 01-01-14 Member Since 2013

    Been there, Read that

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    "I'm glad it was free."
    What would have made The Cricket on the Hearth better?

    Nothing. Just a confusing, unimaginitve, plotless typed words.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Dean Koontz. Jonothan Kellerman, Stephen King, John Stanford, Alex Kava.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jim Dale?

    David Arron Baker. He may have been able to at least made it understandable.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Cricket on the Hearth?

    The plot, moral, whatever you want to call it, was nonexistent. There isn't any one thing to get rid of to make it better


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Hall northern virginia 12-22-13
    Jim Hall northern virginia 12-22-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Dickens & Dale - who needs more?"

    The plot of The Cricket on the Hearth lacks the amazing creativity of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and is a little contrived, but it’s still Charles Dickens, master of characterizations, and grand master of the English language. Overall, the story is very, very good, and Jim Dale, an astonishingly good narrator, helps it along a lot. I’m very sure I enjoyed this more because I listened to Mr. Dale's performance instead of reading it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mari Fort Walton Beach, FL, United States 01-15-14
    Mari Fort Walton Beach, FL, United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Horrible"
    What disappointed you about The Cricket on the Hearth?

    Bad narration, bad story, turned it off after the first chapter. It was on the bargain book aisle and I think I still paid to much.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elisabeth STANTON, CA, United States 01-06-14
    Elisabeth STANTON, CA, United States 01-06-14 Member Since 2009
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    "uninteresting."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea.


    What was most disappointing about Charles Dickens’s story?

    I just could not get into this story. Nothing interested me.


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

    Jim Dale is probably the only reason I listened as long as I did.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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