The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens

The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens

Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Recorded Books
Publication Date: 2013 Audible Inc.
Length: 3 hours, 39 minutes
Read by: Jim Dale
Source: Free Audible download

The Short Version:
A novella often included with Dickens’ Christmas stories is a tale of Victorian home life with a guardian angel and Shakespearean misunderstandings and mistaken idenities.

Why I Read It:
When I got the email from Audible that they were offering this as a free download I considered it. When I saw that it was Jim Dale narrating it I downloaded it.

The Book:
From Google Books:

The Cricket on the Hearth is the third in Charles Dickens’ series of Christmas classics that started with his beloved A Christmas Carol. In this tale the Peerybingle and Plummer families find themselves at odds with crotchety toymaker Mr. Tackleton, who hates children as much as he hates making toys.

My Thoughts:
I have discovered that with older classics I often do better listening to them than reading them. I’d never read this story by Dickens and the fact that Audible was offering it for free just before Christmas worked well for my listening plans. I was close to finishing my last audiobook and something short to listen to during Christmas week was perfect.

The narration by Jim Dale was the thing that made me download it. I could listen to him read me the dictionary.

It’s a light charming and predictable story but that’s exactly what I wanted to listen to this past week. I’m not sure why it’s considered a Christmas story since Christmas is never mentions and the only time indicator puts the story in January but whatever.

It’s a Victorian Shakespearean melodrama complete with an evil villain, a good hearted toymaker, his blind daughter and a few other characters who range from likeable, to unlikeable and downright funny.

It was a good diversion to finish out the year and besides . . . Jim Dale.

2.5 stars Rating 2.5/5 for the book

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5 for the narration

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