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When Crickets Cry | [Charles Martin]

When Crickets Cry

A man with a painful past. A child with a doubtful future. And a shared journey toward healing for both their hearts... It begins on the shaded town square in a sleepy Southern town. A spirited seven-year-old has a brisk business at her lemonade stand. But the little girl’s pretty yellow dress can’t quite hide the ugly scar on her chest. The stranger understands more about it than he wants to admit. And the beat-up bread truck careening around the corner with its radio blaring is about to change the trajectory of both their lives.
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A man with a painful past. A child with a doubtful future. And a shared journey toward healing for both their hearts....

It begins on the shaded town square in a sleepy Southern town. A spirited seven-year-old has a brisk business at her lemonade stand. But the little girl’s pretty yellow dress can’t quite hide the ugly scar on her chest. The stranger understands more about it than he wants to admit. And the beat-up bread truck careening around the corner with its radio blaring is about to change the trajectory of both their lives. Before it’s over, they’ll both know there are painful reasons why crickets cry... and that miracles lurk around unexpected corners.

©2012 Charles Martin (P)2012 Oasis

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    Amazon Customer 09-19-14

    Dog Walker

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    "Remarkable"

    Normally, life-and-death dramatic novels leave me feeling manipulated - the author makes you care for a character then callously kills them off for dramatic effect - pisses me off (I'm thinking Jodi Picoult here - don't shoot, ok?).
    Charles Martin is so sincere and writes such warm, in-depth and realistic characters that I even found the weepy parts very true to heart and life. I also enjoy his southern eccentrics, whom he clearly cherishes. They are presented as real people, if a bit off, not as clichés.
    Very worth a listen.

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    Kristen F. Heitzmann 08-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Luminous"
    Where does When Crickets Cry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin is one of the best novels I've heard. It is breathtakingly beautiful in its depth, lyricism, sense of place, faith and knowledge.


    Have you listened to any of Adam Verner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Adam Verner's voice and inflection were perfect. The sensitivity he brought the story lent a poignant, humorous, vibrant enrichment to the written words. An excellent performance.


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    Mari Farmington, MN, United States 07-16-14
    Mari Farmington, MN, United States 07-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Absolutely Loved It"

    Charles Martin has a way of making you feel like you are there and part of the characters. This book is just as good as Chasing Fire Flies, the characters are believable, the story touches your heart, you ride the emotional roller coaster of the lives of the characters. It brought tears to my eyes several times, I didn't want to stop listening. You can't go wrong with this book.

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    Susan Destin, FL, US 07-10-14
    Susan Destin, FL, US 07-10-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Beautiful"
    If you could sum up When Crickets Cry in three words, what would they be?

    Perhaps the most beautiful book I have ever read. It truly is a novel of the heart, and it touched mine.





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    J. Lego Sonoma County, CA 07-09-14
    J. Lego Sonoma County, CA 07-09-14 Member Since 2010
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    "bad bad bad"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    someone who enjoys predictable story lines built around xtian prostletizing


    Has When Crickets Cry turned you off from other books in this genre?

    what genre?


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

    annoyance & the hope that the story will get better


    What character would you cut from When Crickets Cry?

    all of them


    Any additional comments?

    poorly written, soooo predictable

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 06-27-14
    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 06-27-14 Member Since 2015

    I'm an avid listener who is always in search of another good listen. And I'm willing to share my thoughts with an occasional review.

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    "Heart Surgeons Dream"

    If you have a curiosity of heart transplants this is a layman's view of what takes place. The story is very predictable. It was entertaining, but less than magical. The ending is different so stay tuned for surprises. The book is not a sensation. It is not a literary lovely, but I did enjoy the journey.
    Cheers, Ken

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    MontanaVega 04-20-14
    MontanaVega 04-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "It is all about the heart"

    Given the zillion reviews of When Crickets cry, I doubt I'm giving anything away to say that the heart plays starring role in the novel. Literally.

    One of extras in a good book for me occurs when I learn something about something. Building cathedrals in the middle ages in the Pillars of the Earth. Aboriginal life in the Inspector Bony stories or monastery life via Brother Cadfael. A favorite of mine in this regard is Prayers for Sale which illustrates much about life in the Colorado mining country (above 8,000 ft) in the late 1800's. Crickets explains much about the heart.

    If you are like me and thirst for some knowledge with your sweet relationship story, this is quite an enjoyable listen. I would say the same about the rowing details except that I know enough about rowing to spot a few errors. By and large Mr. Martin gets rowing right, however, so there is much to learn there too for non-rowers.

    I gave the book 5 stars overall for the reasons above. I gave the story only 4 stars because of a few too many points about which I was required to "willing suspend disbelief." The biggest one has to do with his ... oh, heck, I can't spoil it for you. Just lets say that any one who has struggled to get or renew a medical license will spot it.

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    Wendy 09-23-13
    Wendy 09-23-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Takes forever"

    I wondered when the story was going to begin. Then once it started it was "OK". Not exceptional. The narrator did well. Not my typical kind of story even though I love stories about children. He goes into way too much detail about things that aren't pertinent to the plot or story. Maybe describing his workshop and wood working talent would be interesting to someone interested in that kind of thing. I like wood and wood building but don't need to hear about it in detail. The heart surgeon angle was interesting also but again, too much detail. I won't be buying this author again. I liked his "Chasing Fireflies" better but it wasn't remarkable either.

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    sharon san diego, california, United States 07-03-13
    sharon san diego, california, United States 07-03-13 Member Since 2013

    love to read and love audio books!Favorite authors: Marcia Willett,Nevil Shute,Mary Stewart,and Jacqueline Winspear. I could go on and on but wont bore you! I belong to a book group and we often" Listen" to the books we have selected for the month while using a paper copy for the discussion notes. It really enhances the quality of the story.

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    "A Heart Warming Story"

    Charles Martin is a consistently good writer His story plots are all very different and not predictable. He has a great way of drawing you in to the characters world through emotion. This book has very different theme and keeps you interested all the way through. I have read most of his books and have enjoyed all of them. Perfect narration.

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    kathie 09-24-12
    kathie 09-24-12
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    "I loved this book"
    Where does When Crickets Cry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm very careful in selecting my audiobooks, because of the cost. This book kept my attention, made me want more, and kept me coming back until it was finished.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    We almost lost our middle child as she waited for a heart transplant, so this book was all the more meaningful to me. I loved all the main characters; they were fleshed out extremely well.


    Have you listened to any of Adam Verner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The reader was easy to listen to and had great expression, but was not over-the-top-stupid!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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