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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Ken Scottsdale, AZ, United States 06-27-14
    Ken Scottsdale, AZ, United States 06-27-14 Member Since 2007

    Retired high tech CEO who raised quarter horses, pilots his own Bonanza A36 airplane, enjoys shooting sports and spending time with his lovely wife and family

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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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    Jonathan Amherst, MA, United States 04-20-14
    Jonathan Amherst, MA, United States 04-20-14 Member Since 2007
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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 Anchorage, AK, United States 09-23-13
    Wendy Anchorage, AK, United States 09-23-13 Member Since 2007
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    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 2007

    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 SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 09-24-12
    kathie SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2012
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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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    Lynn M. Bashaw Elk Grove, CA 10-10-13
    Lynn M. Bashaw Elk Grove, CA 10-10-13 Member Since 2009
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    Would you try another book from Charles Martin and/or Adam Verner?

    Yes, I would try another book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Charles Martin again?

    I enjoyed the way it was written, just not the subject.


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    Shannon Mooresville, IN, United States 04-12-12
    Shannon Mooresville, IN, United States 04-12-12
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    "My last Charles Martin Book"

    I first read Chasing Fireflies and enjoyed it, especially the ending. I then read Mountain Between us and it was so slow that I skipped past half the book. I thought I'd give him another chance with this one but sad to say I was disappointed again. It's just very slow and predictable. Just finished listening to The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom and enjoyed it very much.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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