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Charles Martin
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Das Zirpen Der Grillen

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  8,059 ratings  ·  1,354 reviews

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 st

Published 2008 by Francke (first published 2006)
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Carolyn She in away died, but he brought her back to life. He did not give up on her. And her heat begin to work, I at first thought what you did. Until I…moreShe in away died, but he brought her back to life. He did not give up on her. And her heat begin to work, I at first thought what you did. Until I finished reading the book. He did not agree with his partner and it takes both of them to declare that she was dead. It was a very good book, I plan on reading more of his books. (less)
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Charles Martin is one of my favorite authors, his graceful style of writing is captivating and delightful. His well rounded human interest stories are always refreshing and charming. As with each of his books, When Crickets Cry, has such a genuine and enchanting group of characters that at the end of the story I hated to see go.

A young boy falls in love with the girl next door, who, as it turns out, is also his soulmate. When she is still a young girl her doctors find that she has a serious hea
When you look at the rating for this book you will see that it is quite high. So, that means there are people out there that liked it, really liked it. I am not that person. This a southern raised author and the book is set in Georgia so the combination of these two things drew me initially to this book. The description also sounded like something I might enjoy. I found the author was way too detailed when describing both a healthy and diseased heart. I'm pretty sure he was using this to spiritu ...more
Feb 28, 2008 Deb rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rainman, anyone who reads parts lists for enjoyment in their spare time.
I can't finish this book. Normally I will persevere to the end to finish a book club book, assuming there was SOMETHING good that caused the committee to choose it for us, but this is intolerable.

I began to suspect that this book was not for me while reading a dry recounting of what the main character puts in his juicer in the morning. Suspicion mounted when I found myself reading a long boring technical description of rowing a scull across a lake.

The last straw was the page long list of tools t
Aug 11, 2008 Carrie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rita, Barb, Christina
Recommended to Carrie by: Amazon
I can see this as a Hallmark presents film at Christmas.... but still really enjoyed it. Be prepared with a BOX of tissues to accompany you on the reading journey, i WEPT the last 100 pages.

The story is centered around a man born with incredible talents to a unique calling, and a Pollyanna-ish southern girl battling a heart defect that makes each day a fight, and a treasure. The author brings to life some really endearing characters and I love his use of quotes from literature... ranging from Lo
Tom Mathews
Jul 27, 2015 Tom Mathews rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who read christian fiction
2 1/2 stars

In order for me to review this book fairly I first need to address the elephant in the room, namely religion. The author is without question a deeply committed Christian and his beliefs are evident in almost every paragraph in his book. Having grown up in a church-going family I have no problem with Christianity. If Mr. Martin is secure in his beliefs and confident of what lies in store beyond the grave, more power to him.

The book he has written is what many call Christian fiction. I
"Hope is not the result of medicine or anything that science has to offer. It is a flower that sprouts and grows when others pour water upon it ." This story of a heartbroken doctor and a dying child who restores his faith, won't be for everyone, but those of us who live close to the edge of this world and whatever is beyond, will recognize ourselves in some of the passages. I haven't read much Christian fiction. Maybe I should.
Patti Bethea
Jun 17, 2008 Patti Bethea rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Patti by: Suzanne Skaff
My first Charles Martin book so far. I really like this author and I plan to read more of his books. I really like the fact that he is from this part of Florida, and his books incorporate places I am familiar with. (Much more in Wrapped in Rain than in this book, but this book is still close to home) I learned so much about the physical heart, and I loved the passionate main character and the little girl. Very emotional book that will make you want to read straight through to the end.
Kathleen Perrin
Wow, another terrific book about the heart (literally), emotional healing and the power of redemption and love. How refreshing to read a mainstream book that speaks of God, is squeaky clean, even gives a powerful sermon (without being preachy) about the evils of pornography, an unspoken sermon about the evils of drugs, and a storyline that lifts the soul. Being interested in medicine, I also enjoyed what I learned on that front. I highly recommend this book.
Even though this book is a little predictable, it is a pleasant read and good for the "heart". It is a story of faith and a story of despair and a story of healing. Some great characters and some great quotes.
Edward Lorn
The thing about literary fiction, Christian or otherwise, is you have to love the language. To be done right, an author needs to value things like sentence structure, placement of words, and economy of prose. In WHEN CRICKETS CRY, Charles Martin gets two out of three right. His sentence structure is perfect. He manages to build scenes so startlingly real that you can remember them as if they're your own memories. His word placement is brilliant. You can tell he's honed this story down to the mos ...more
Jan 29, 2009 Melissa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Youth and adults alike
Recommended to Melissa by: Rachelle Phillips
I really enjoyed this book. It is well written and I loved the passages/quotes from other books. It's interesting what we choose to read and when. I have been reading this book as Boston struggles with his health; it was a soothing way to release and deal with the stress of Boston's episodes. It's a great book; I even gained a little anatomy refresher course. :) Although it did take awhile to get into this book, it was definitely worth the time.

For Rachelle, I'm still a little confused with the
Annette McMahon
I am very disappointed with the author, his editor, and the publisher of this novel. He did not take the time to properly research the subject matter (heart disorders and transplants). I'm very surprised that the editor and publisher didn't bother to check his facts. The story is not bad, but I couldn't get past the author's complete disregard for accurate information. Many writers take a bit of creative license, but seriously isn't there some sort of code for writers to make a respectable amoun ...more
OK, I am going to try to be nice here.

This book at it's core is a touching enough story. Think Lifetime made for TV movies. And I feel like a total tool for rating a book about a young girl who needs and gets a heart transplant a 1.......but it isn't her fault.

I could list a few more but going to leave my main critical thoughts, and if you hate me for it, I get that:

1) The author attempts to give you an educational lesson through various sidebars on everything from boat building to small town po
I was excited to read this book because it came highly recomended. I really wanted to like it but I couldn't get into it. There were some good things about this book. It was a sweet story. It was nice to read a book that had morals, it had some exciting parts but I didn't get emotionally involved. Call me a Hard Hearted Hannah, but the only tears I shed were of boredom.
Maybe I am being too harsh, the book was okay but I was dissapointed in it.
Judy Collins
"Another powerful story you cannot put down. (loved the Atlanta/Lake Burton setting), since lived in Vinings, spending weekends at Lake Lanier...and holidays at Lake Burton! Have read all his books and looking forward to his new release-Unwritten. You will want his the entire collection of his work to pass along to your children!" Charles is one of my favorite authors and everything he writes is a winner!"
A stunning 5 star book til the very end! Keep the kleenex box close by and enjoy all the quotes from authors and poems. I learned an incredible amount of information regarding the human heart and I can only say Thanks to the author for that. Thanks for expanding my mind and creating such a neat story. I wish I could find "The Well" springing forth in Iowa. "Guard your heart...."
I didn't hate this book, but I didn't enjoy it either. I read Where the River Ends by Martin a couple of weeks ago and really enjoyed, so I expected to like this book.

Martin writes great characters and the characters in this book are well written. He also writes relationships between people well. I loved Stitch's brother in law and how they interacted. His descriptions make the scenery come alive, but this book is filled with holes and unreliable narration - so much so that I felt angry at the
Such a poignant and moving story! Highly recommend, though I don't think it's for every reader. A few observations:

I learned more than I ever wanted to know about the human heart and transplant surgery.

I wish the story had unfolded in a more straight-forward manner; I get that it's how the main character revealed himself to those around him, but all those vague references and then doubling back to add more detail to an event only alluded to before got confusing and made me impatient.

I think t
Amy S
Fabulous book. I bought this in North Carolina, and really enjoyed the fact that I knew the town this is set in very well. In fact, the beginning action of the book takes place on Savannah Street in Clayton, Ga, and just a few weeks ago I ate lunch at Savannah Street Cafe. Fun stuff.

Not a light, fluffy read, it packs an emotional punch. But it is well worth it. I wish I could give it 4 and 1/2 stars, but I can't, so I'd rather give it 5 than 4. Beautiful and engrossing, and spiritual. Few books
Christina Packard
I liked that this story was close to where I lived, but there was not much he wrote of the area for me to compare to. I am glad that he wrote a story that many seem to like and that as a writer I hope he is making money from his writing. I suppose this story is what he wanted it to be. The characters were nice enough and the topic if done totally accurate or not was enough to just accept as written. I see this book has won Christian awards which is nice, and it was written towards that effect. A ...more
This is the sweetest, SWEETEST book I have ever read! Thank you Linda for giving it to me. I have never cried so much, or smiled so much when reading a book. It's the story of the heart-literally and metaphorically. The author, Charles Martin, has created a story of death, rebirth and redemption all centering around a little angel of a girl-Annie. I loved nearly word of this story. I can't wait to read all his other stories.
Charles Martin is a new author to me, I like his writing, and intend to read more of his books. I had some trouble with the the audio book when it jumps back and forth between the early life of Reese and the day he encounters Annie, a 7-year-old selling lemonade. It seems that Reese was a renown heart surgeon who planned his entire life in order to save the life of his love, Emma. After he is unsuccessful, Reese turns his back on medicine. But Annie needs a heart transplant and he is drawn to he ...more
Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
I don't think I can do this book justice. I laughed, cried and celebrated with these characters. I learned more about the human heart than I did in nursing. Amazing story about faith, science and miracles. I never say this but this book is probably one of the best books I've ever read..and I read alot!
Mike French
Aug 03, 2015 Mike French rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mike by: Judy Collins and Pamela Embree-kyle
Another 5 star novel from Charles Martin! Thanks again to Judy Collins and Pamela Emree-Kyle for letting me know about this AMAZING author! Once you start reading, it almost impossible to put down!!
Heidi Arkebauer Peters
My twin sis recommended this book and mailed it to me with high praise. Once I got into, I was captured. I wept and I laughed out loud. But it was EXTREMELY hard to get into. Literally, it took at least 10 chapters to get good. The author had a way of keeping me out of the loop with every step of the book. I hate that. Even in the very last chapter, I honestly thought that I missed the climatic sentence that told me what the heck was going on. The subject material was awesome, but I would have p ...more
Without exaggeration, this is one of the best works of contemporary fiction that I have ever read. The story is gripping, "heart-wrenching", filled with insights and literary quotes that will move your soul in ways that not many books do. I thought that I would get lost in the medical technicalities, but I found them fascinating--especially b/c my mother had open heart surgery in 2001. The characters are complex, rich, and make you wish you lived in the lakehouse next door! I can't say enough, b ...more
4.7 stars! I'm just really ornery with my 5 stars but this book came close -Incredible! I loved this book - I listened to this one on Audible and didn't want my long drives to end because I didn't want the book to stop.
This beautiful story is about a man tortured by his past and a little girl who refuses to let go of hope even when it doesn't appear she'll have a future. Their lives collide one sunny afternoon on a sidewalk outside of Lake Burton and the collision sends them both in a direction
Jun 02, 2008 Suzanne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Suzanne by: Carol
This is my favorite Charles Martin book that I've read so far. The amount of research and the attention to detail were impressive. I started reading this book in the car on the way to Orlando, and couldn't stop reading or crying for the rest of the day. It was an extremely emotional book, both happy and sad. I like the fact that the author keeps the romance mostly in the background, and focuses on the little girl and the doctor.
When Crickets Cry is a heartbreaking and touching story about a man who has left his past behind. He crosses paths with a young girl who has a heart of gold and needs him. It's about the big heart and faith of one little girl, the town who stands behind her and a man hiding from a painful past and who he is.

This is a Christian novel but it doesn't force the author's beliefs down your throat. Excellent read.
Linda Hart
This is a wonderful book with engaging, believable characters. It's a story of redemption, hope, love, forgiveness, and dedication. A bit predictable but a compelling read nonetheless. It earns kudos for its wholesomeness. Audio book.
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“People marvel at the genius of Mozart because he supposedly wrote "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" at the age of three and composed his first symphony at the age of twelve. And yes, of course he was a genius, but another way to look at it is that he just discovered early what it was God made him to do. That's all. For some reason, God gave him a little extra, or a little something different, and Mozart found out what that was and then got a head start on using it. Of course he was brilliant, but that's not the point. The point is he knew, and then he got to work.” 22 likes
“Termite, you're young, and I'm not sure if you're going to understand what I'm about to say, but here's the nugget: Without the heart, nothing else matters. She could be the Goddess of Love, you could have all the mind-blowing sex you could physically handle, but when the shooting is over, and you're starting to think about getting a bite to eat, smoking a cigarette, or what you do with her now, you're just lying in bed with a woman who means little more to you than the remote control for your TV. Love is not tool; neither is a woman's heart. What I'm talking about, you won't find in that magazine."

"How would you know? You just said you've only loved one woman. I think you need to test-drive a few cars before you buy one."

"You can buy that lie if you want, but if you're working for a bank, you don't study the counterfeit to know the real thing. You study the real thing to know the counterfeit."

Reese talking to Termite, pg. 109-110”
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