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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the 1840s, Charles Dickens wrote five stories with strong social and moral messages. The Cricket on the Hearth: A Fairy Tale of Home is the third of these stories.

Following the home life of John Peerybingle, the story introduces the many people in John’s family and life, along with a cricket that acts as the guardian angel of the family. Like its predecessors, this story also contains heavy social and moral implications. However, it differs from A Christmas Carol and “The Chimes’ in that its main theme focuses on actions that affect the family rather than action affecting society as a whole.

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  • “Simon Prebble’s warm, engaging narration immediately draws listeners into the glow of this Dickens story. Prebble imitates the voices of characters young and old, currying his British accent and using rhythms, pauses, and chirps to define the depth and personality of each character. This novella is the third in the author’s series of five Christmas books, the most popular being A Christmas Carol. This tale features a wise and persuasive cricket who is nestled atop a hearth. When a situation rears its head, the little creature rescues the disquieted victim by speaking of love and understanding. Prebble captures such heartfelt moments with a soft vocal tonality. So curl up on your favorite loveseat with a cup of cocoa and savor this sweet treat.”


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