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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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.
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.
Part time artist - Like to listen to audiobooks when I am working and creating.
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.
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.
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.
I thought he was quite good. He obviously gives good inflection to the characters and makes them distinct.
I'm not really a fan of the story.
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.
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