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When Crickets Cry

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  22,024 ratings  ·  2,699 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 stranger
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 2nd 2006 by Thomas Nelson (first published 2006)
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Feb 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Tom Mathews
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
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
Feb 13, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Shelby *trains 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! ...more
Sarah Grace Grzy
Jun 17, 2017 added it
Recommends it for: Ages 16+ for crude content and graphic medical situations

Definitely going to be writing an updated review for this second read. Have patience. :)


*picks heart up out of the dust* Oh. My. Word. I just don't even know how to write this review!

I had pretty high expectations when I read this book, and in some ways, it didn't disappoint, but in others, it did.

I *loved* all of the medical details. This guy clearly did his research! I mean, I guess I can't speak to how accurate it is, but it is so detailed, I can't help but think
Patti Bethea
Jun 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Bonnie Shores
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian
Angela Serban
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
În ciuda aglomerării exagerate de situații dramatice și a preamultor detalii tehnice din domeniul chirurgiei cardiovasculare, mi-a plăcut foarte mult datorită modului în care sunt exploatate și analizate caracterele și sufletele personajelor.

Preferații mei au fost cei secundari, nu cei aflați în prim plan: Charlie, un orb care în ciuda infirmității vede mai bine decât un om perfect sănătos. Charlie vede viața și oamenii cu inima și tot cu ea încearcă să-i ajute, evitând să-i judece. Și Cindy, o
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
"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. ...more
Vannetta Chapman
This was an absolutely fantastic book. I've read several Charles Martin books, and this is by far the best. The characters were compelling, the plot moved quickly, and it was simply beautiful writing.

There are laughable moments, poignant moments, and things I highlighted simply because I want to be able to reach back and read those portions again. I highly recommend.
Edward Lorn
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Sharon Huether
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A doctor in a Southern town that took his occupation seriously. His study was heart surgery, especially heart transplants.

In his personal life Dr. Reese was married to Emma; her heart was failing. Reese had Hope that here would be a donor heart for her. It wasn't to be. Reese recused to his lake house.

The little girl, Annie selling lemonade to earn enough money for a new heart, was ready for the new heart, but the new heart had failed.

Hope was not gone, they would all be together in the after li
Judy D Collins
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"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!" ...more
Jul 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 5-stars
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.
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: high school and up
Recommended to Laura by: Kathy Riches
"Beautiful" the best word to describe this novel. Beautiful language, allusions, quotes, characters, story - all beautiful. You feel like a better person after reading this book. I suspect that if a heart surgeon read it he/she would say it's far-fetched, but I'm not a heart surgeon so I loved it! If you do buy the book, part of the proceeds go towards saving children with heart disease.

Along with helping a great cause, there are so many quotable quotes, that I will probably buy the book just so
Natalia UN
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cartea aceasta pur și simplu nu mi-a dat pace de când am inceput-o. Are atâta suspans, atâta impact emoțional, provoacă durere, retrăiri și chiar nu mi-am mai găsit liniștea până nu am terminat-o.
Un băiețaș a devenit chirurg care face transplant de inimă pentru a salva viața prietenei din copilărie care i-a devenit soție. A pierdut-o si a renunțat la cariera sa, deși avea un dar și a reușit să salveze multe vieți. Întâlnește o fetiță de 7 ani care are nevoie de transplant și este pus în situația
Mike French
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  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!!
Lindsey Gandhi
5 Amazing and Powerful stars!!! Another home run book by Charles Martin. This author has kind of flown under the radar and he's one I think everyone should check out. The writing and storyline are beautiful. It's a story of love, loss, peace, hope, redemption, forgiveness and how to move forward when you've lost your way. This is a story of heart and about heart, literally and figuratively. It's a heart wrenching tale that will make you feel like you are right in the middle of the story - you'll ...more
Annette McMahon
Mar 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Kathleen Perrin
Feb 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
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.
Feb 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Daniela Gîb
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ce am citit !! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Absolut minunată, bineînțeles dureroasă.
Când greierii plâng, un roman al inimii, cu tot ce ține de inimă :dragoste, iubire de aproape, sacrificiu, boli de inimă, partea de medicină, transplant, divinitate, speranță.
"Tu atingi inima omului ca să-și găsească plăcerea preamărindu-Te pe Tine, pentru că Tu ne-ai creat pentru Tine, iar inima noastră nu are astâmpăr până nu-și găsește odihnă în Tine."
Nu știu de ce Reese, m-a dus cu gândul la Vraciul.
"Eu sunt un singur om, dar
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Only if you listen closely, and you want to, can you hear when crickets cry.”

“Every heart has two parts, the part that pumps and the part that loves. If you’re going to spend your life fixing broken hearts, then learn about both. You can’t just fix the one with no concern for the other.”

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched; they must be felt with the heart.”

Once again, Charles Martin has written a book that has kept my interest and also produced some h
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Врачи могут помочь человеку поправить здоровье, могут продлить ему жизнь, но они не в силах его исцелить, сделать здоровым и целым.

© «Когда поют сверчки» Чарльз Мартин.

Успешный кардиохирург Риз пережил трагедию: жена умерла у него на руках от сердечного приступа. Не сумев спасти жизнь любимой, разочаровавшись в себе и в своей профессии, Риз уединяется в коттедже на берегу озера, чтобы зарабатывать на жизнь ремонтом лодок и не думать о прошлом. По чистой случайности, отправившись в город за пок
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
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
Jan 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
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“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."

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