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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.

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Festive!

Would you listen to The Cricket on the Hearth again? Why?

Absolutely! A great Dickens Christmas story, really well done.

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

Dale was Dickensian-perfect in his characters - his performance added to the enjoyment of the story for me.

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  • Jacquelyn
  • ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, United States
  • 12-31-13

Delightful.

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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.

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  • Doug
  • Glenwood, IA, United States
  • 12-30-13

great story

Where does The Cricket on the Hearth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A delightful story with a typical Dickens' twist. Dickens presents a good cast of characters who offer a tale of hope and perseverance.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I especially liked the steady carrier.

Any additional comments?

I commend this book to those who could use a bit of 19th century hope.

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It's Charles Dickens... that's all I need to know

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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A Cricket Can do all of That?

Great read...Charles Dickens Christmas novels...duh. Thanks, Audible, for the freebie. I'll have another and another and another.

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Great feel-good story with outstanding narration

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.

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Made me smile

What made the experience of listening to The Cricket on the Hearth the most enjoyable?

Jim Dales characterizations

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cricket on the Hearth?

The end when Dot won't let John come to her until she's had her say.

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

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.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I definitely smiled a lot.

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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.

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Classic Dickens...but not classic story

If you could sum up The Cricket on the Hearth in three words, what would they be?

Thanks Audible!

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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.

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Superb Dickens

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.

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Lovely story those under 40 may not appreciate

Where does The Cricket on the Hearth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

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.

Which character – as performed by Jim Dale – was your favorite?

My favorite character was the carrier--so simple, yet so loyal and affectionate.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

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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. <br/><br/>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.

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