The Cricket on the Hearth (Version 2)


Read by Ruth Golding

(4.8 stars; 28 reviews)


The tale of John Peerybingle, the good-hearted carrier, and his young wife Mary ('Dot'), interwoven with the story of poor toymaker Caleb Plummer, his beloved blind daughter Bertha, and the harsh old toy merchant Tackleton, who is due to marry May Fielding, a childhood friend of Dot. Comic relief is provided by Tilly Slowboy, the disaster-prone nursemaid of John and Dot's baby, and Boxer, the family dog.

The cricket who chirps on the family hearth assumes fairy form to save the day when disaster looms in the form of a mysterious stranger. Sentimental? Certainly - but this, the third (1845) of Dickens' short Christmas books, is as charming and irresistible as its predecessors A Christmas Carol (1843) and The Chimes (1844).

The novella is subdivided into chapters called 'Chirps', similar to the 'Quarters' of The Chimes or the 'Staves' of A Christmas Carol. (Introduction by Ruth Golding)

(3 hr 54 min)

Chapters

1 - Chirp the First, part 1 33:15 Read by Ruth Golding
2 - Chirp the First, part 2 36:24 Read by Ruth Golding
3 - Chirp the Second, part 1 27:44 Read by Ruth Golding
4 - Chirp the Second, part 2 29:10 Read by Ruth Golding
5 - Chirp the Second, part 3 20:55 Read by Ruth Golding
6 - Chirp the Third, part 1 20:25 Read by Ruth Golding
7 - Chirp the Third, part 2 28:22 Read by Ruth Golding
8 - Chirp the Third, part 3 37:56 Read by Ruth Golding

Reviews

DICKENS AT HIS BEST

(4.5 stars)

Tackleton becomes the best of losers. Ruth Golding surpsses herself on this one. Bravo all around.

absolutely wonderful!

(5 stars)

I loved the story and Ruth is amazing at telling it!

M

(5 stars)

Ms. Golding is a gifted reader, possesses a wide range of character voices, and is conversant with a broad pallet of London accents-most impressive.

Warm Yourself by the Fire

(4 stars)

Such a beautifully read story! The love and kindness in this story melts any cold heart.

As Colorful as Ever

(5 stars)

As Colorful a Dickens tale as ever was told but with a surprisingly ALL happy ending. Dickens has a way of making you fall in love with his characters even when you are not sure which way he will be directing their story. The recording was cut off on my App at beginning of every chirp. One chirp started over about 6 minutes in but then played fine. Some chirps are longer than they appear. As always, a delight to listen to Mz Golding!

entertaining

(5 stars)

I didn't know this story. It's very enjoyable and of course, a perfect ending.

Cricket

(5 stars)

Hear hear! I quite agree with Timmy. Thank you Ruth for another great recording. TheBookworm (Manchester UK)

Well read Dickens

(5 stars)

Thank you for a beautifully read version of this often forgotten Dickens classic. A well deserved 5 chirps