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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Perhaps the most beautiful book I have ever read. It truly is a novel of the heart, and it touched mine.
someone who enjoys predictable story lines built around xtian prostletizing
annoyance & the hope that the story will get better
all of them
poorly written, soooo predictable
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The reader was easy to listen to and had great expression, but was not over-the-top-stupid!
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