I don't know how to begin the praise for this narrator, Anthony Heald. I hope he looks back on comments about his work periodically, because it will give him a real lift. Quite simply, he made this book come alive with his sensitive phrasing, his change in tone of voice, his authenticity. I don't know if I would have enjoyed this book half as much if someone else had narrated it. He is a master.
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
A superb narration makes this classic well worth listening to and enjoying.
What a timeless piece of work, so masterfully written by Ms. Buck and equally performed by Mr. Heald. I so thoroughly enjoyed listening to this reader bring this book to life; I so completely savored the lovely way in which Ms. Buck wove the language around even the tiniest perceptions of characters who, to a large degree, were extremely conservative of spoken words.
I would highly recommend this book. It was a joy to listen to; and I'm sure I will listen to it again.
Although the craftsmanship of the author was excellent, I was left feeling entirely underwhelmed and even a little empty after listening to this work. There was no deep character development and at that, the characters all seemed simple-minded and even base - quasi animal-like. And perhaps that was the message, that we are all just simple, base, primary needs driven creatures. Having said this, I actually doubt that Buck was trying to make that the main point of the work. And so, was the main thrust that the land is virtuous in some way? If that was her point, then she fell short of explaining why.
I believe there's a chance that this work rose to its Pulitzer prize winning status due to political/sociological events going on at the time, i.e., the depression and class struggles. I doubt it's an accident that this work, extolling the virtues of farmers and portraying the wealthy as entirely negative entities, sold well during the 30's and ultimately was chosen in 1938 to win the Pulitzer.
Anyway, I would like to say that the narration was EXCELLENT! Bravo to Anthony Heald!
Anthony Heald does this gem of a story much justice! His voices are spot on, and it is magical the way the voice of Wang Lung gradually changes with his age. The narration is done with all the flavor, pathos and gentle humor that this marvelous book contains. The characters are gorgeously expressed, be they young or old men, quiet or clamorous women, or naughty or nice children. You will love this story and the storyteller equally!
This book is simply a must-read. Or listen. Like a lot of others I had read the book. I remembered liking it. It had been a while and I had forgotten some details, so I decided to give listening to it a try. I'm very glad I did. It has probably been my favorite book to listen to, and I have listened to quite a few. Anthony Heald does a masterful job reading this. I will look for some of his other work to listen to because of his job on this book. If you are considering listening to this, do it! You will definitely not be sorry.
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The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck, produced for Ms. Buck both a Pulitzer and Nobel Prize for her contributions of allegorical Pre-WWII accounts of China. The other books in the trilogy are "Sons" and "A House Divided." This book is a tale of Wang Lung a Chinese farmer in old agrarian China. I found Lung, although kind, to be a pathetic character. Which made following his travels through life difficult but nevertheless the story has so many good teachings about humanity, one’s control of his own life and making one’s way in this world to make this book.
I have referred to the story as allegorical. The suggestion of how to perform life by demonstrating principles of human existence through undertakings of the characters and the caricaturization of their acts or surrounding circumstances. Given my definition of allegorical (which I find nowhere else), this story, its tale and its helpfulness to anyone’s life (if you are the type that wishes to consider life’s meanings) is idyllic.