• When Crickets Cry

  • By: Charles Martin
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,164 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“Charming characters and twists that keep the pages turning.” (Southern Living)

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.

Her latest customer, a bearded stranger, drains his cup and heads to his car, his mind on a boat he's restoring at a nearby lake. The stranger understands more about the scar 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.

Praise for When Crickets Cry

“A testament to the power of words - from Shakespeare and Longfellow to Ezekiel - to heal and empower humanity.” (Lynne Thomas, retail manager, Jekyll Books at the Old Infirmary)

“If you read any book this year, this is the one.” (Coffee Time Romance)

“Martin's writing is gifted and blessed and insightful. His prose captures the essence of the story with beauty and sensitivity. I look forward to reading more of his work, past and future.” (Once upon a Romance)

A Southern Living Book of the Month selection

Stand-alone novel (approx. 85,000 words)

Includes discussion questions for book clubs

Also by Charles Martin: The Water Keeper, The Mountain Between Us, Send Down the Rain, and Chasing Fireflies.

©2006 Charles Martin (P)2019 Thomas Nelson

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Soooo boring...and preachy.

The narrator was ok. The overdone Southern accent was a little hard to swallow at times and he butchered some medical terms repeatedly.
The story was excruciatingly boring. Long narrations about God were very preachy. God was in literally every chapter (which wouldn't have bothered me so much if it had been at least mentioned in the description), improbable medical plot, the superhuman doctor's secret was mundane, very long drawn-out flashbacks that weren't relevant to the plotline. There were long periods where I wasn't actually listening and I still didn't lose the story. And allowing this stranger, a grown man, to get so close to this little girl creeped me out.
I'm bummed I wasted a credit and I'm shocked that I finished it.

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Should be a movie!

This was an incredible book and honestly should be made into a movie! I fell in love with the characters, and the plot took twists I wasn't expecting. As always, Charles Martin did not disappoint. I am working on reading all of his books and haven't read one yet that I didn't absolutely love!

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Worthwhile read

I really enjoyed this story, although much of the circumstances seemed a bit unbelievable; I very much appreciated the author’s ability to incorporate spirituality in the character’s everyday lives. We rarely get to see that in mainstream media any longer; and it was uplifting and encouraging.

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Beautifully written. Beautifully read. This is one of those books you never for an instant regret reading. The heart of this story is truly beautiful.

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Couldn’t stop listening!

First book of Martin’s I’ve read. I’m hooked! I literally walked around with earbuds, even in the grocery store.

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simply stunning

This book by Charles Martin didn't disappoint. As usual, this book grabbed me from the first chapter and didn't let go of my attention. The story was captivating and the narrator was perfectly suited to the story and the characters. I highly recommend this one!

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Exceptional Read

An emotional roller coaster, which will fill you with surprise, sadness, happiness. Keeps you guessing which way the main character is going to turn.

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heart warming

loved this heartfelt compelling story of overcoming a true broken heart. A must read. <3

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Sad, sweet, over coming tragedy uplifting.

I really like the narrator, even slowed it down a bit. the book ended too soon.

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Beautiful!

I have listened to many of Charles Martin books, and love them all! This story captured my heart!

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  • Rebekka Windle
  • 10-21-19

Amazing!!

How does he do it? Charles Martin is an amazing author and this one is one amazing book. I would definitely recommend this one!!