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.
Absolutely! A great Dickens Christmas story, really well done.
Dale was Dickensian-perfect in his characters - his performance added to the enjoyment of the story for me.
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.
A delightful story with a typical Dickens' twist. Dickens presents a good cast of characters who offer a tale of hope and perseverance.
I especially liked the steady carrier.
I commend this book to those who could use a bit of 19th century hope.
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.
Great little feel-good story! This was a free holiday gift from Audible, and it was narrated by the master, Jim Dale. Dale makes any great story outstanding, and this was no exception.
Historical Fiction/Romance Author
Jim Dales characterizations
The end when Dot won't let John come to her until she's had her say.
This was the first except for one or two short excerpts from Harry Potter. I can't really compare since this was a full narration and I got to listen to the range of Jim Dale's characterizations.
I definitely smiled a lot.
I really liked John and Dot, most especially John, and the voices Jim Dale gave them. The other characters were good, but John and Dot were definitely the stars of the story and the performance.
It is all there...the Dickensian humor and turn of a phrase that can leave you in stitches, the memorable characters. The story is not one of my favorites from Dickens (although it does have a neat twist at the end), but that does not mean it is not worth the listen.
Having heard about The Cricket On The Hearth endlessly all my childhood, but somehow not having read or had read to me the book itself, it has been a special Christmas treat. Thank you Mr. Cricket for all your good deeds.
Wonderfully intricate and fanciful plot. The usual marvelously Dickensian cast of characters: mistakes made, rectified and the grand unexpected ending where all comes out as one would wish.
It is an outstanding recording; love the British accent of the narrator. The story was quaint and pleasant, but sometimes hard to follow. It's not one of my favorites, nor my least favorite.
The most interesting aspect of this story was the characterization and plot. The least interesting were the very vivid and sometimes tedious descriptions--no doubt appreciated by Dickens' pre-television culture, but less appealing to our very video-oriented society.
My favorite character was the carrier--so simple, yet so loyal and affectionate.
I would have been happy to have listened to this recording all in one sitting, since it is a mere three hours or so. However, my busy schedule would not allow it. It would have been nice to have shorter chapters, but then the narrator was no doubt just reading it the way the author wrote the story.
I have been exposed to many of Charles Dickens' writings through books, plays, videos and now audio recordings. Until Audible offered this as a free holiday gift, I had never heard of this story before. It was in many ways unlike his deeper, more popular works. However, I found the theme of love, trust and loyalty engaging. Especially the willingness of the main character, John, to sacrifice his own happiness for the sake of his beloved Dot.
While I was not turned off too much by Dickens' exhaustive descriptions of scenery, sounds and characters, younger audiences may not be used to this feature of classic literature. It had a few unexpected turns of plot and resolved itself quite nicely. Overall, a warm, fuzzy tale for the holidays.
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.