Downtown Dallas Resident, IT Professional, born in Montana and raised in Saudi Arabia. Like books about the world, political and social movements and changes, interested in how people think and how philosophies and belief systems have changed and evolved.
It is in my second tier of books that I have listened to, since I thought the narrator was a little weak in his voicing of female characters.
"Memoirs of a Geisha" because both books carefully detail another time and place with complexity and sympathy for the important and difficult roles that women play.
My favorite characters was the main character, and the narrator did a good job with him.
No. It is more sweeping epic than gripping can't put it down thriller and so lent itself to listening over a course of days.
Yes, many of the names are difficult to pronounce. Listening to this book allows one not to get hung up on pronunciation. The narrator added much more depth to the story.
O-Lan was such a strong female character. I was amazed that she gave birth independently, once in a field. What woman gives birth one day and is out doing hard manual labor the next day? Her strength and knowledge were not highlighted due to the views of women during this time but she played a large role in Wang Lung's success.
It was satisfying to see the success of Wang Lung living the dream. If you work hard you will be rewarded. His ability to know that land was such an important commodity during this time in history. I did struggle with the Chinese view of woman though. At times I was so angry with Wang Lung in the way that he treated his wife. My views of him changed with his treatment of his daughter and his wife when she was dying.
The Good Earth ranks a a five star rating. It is as good a read s it was when I first read it in the 1950's.Timeless, It will continue to be a great read. This audio book adds a new dimension so that is becomes a five star listen.
There was no favorite for me. Each had its own place in telling of the story as it unfolded. Many do not even have names, but clearly stand out when they play a part.
Great reader. Held my attention never faultering.
The hero's first "woman" as she was referred to in the book. She needed more loving attention. He only realized that too late!
This book as a classic should be on the book shelf of every reader. The audio book adds a new dimesion to the literature and should have a special place beside the hard cover copy. Twinning them will make a wonderful reading afternoon.
This is wonderful book and the narrator is perfect! I read the book years ago and enjoyed listening to it now.
Never listened to or read Pearl Buck before. This was required reading for school. I can't recommend this book, nor will I willingly choose to read other titles by this author.
I haven't heard any of Anthony Heald's work before, but he gets VERY high marks for making a truly awful book mildly interesting.
This was required reading for school. I didn't care for the book, and would never recommend it to anyone. I'm not sure why it won a pulitzer prize. Skip it if you can.
I read this many many years ago on a school required reading list, but it's significance was lost on me then. Reading it now, I was very caught up in the life of these folks on the other side of the world, and what it must of been like for them in those times. I was captivated by the people's stories and eager each reading day to see what developed next. A very somber story, but an eye-opener into history.
I would recommend this book to all my friends. It is a classic that was suggested to me in high school and I never read it. Forty years later I read it and loved every minute.
I first read The Good Earth when I was in 8th or 9th grade. I loved it then and I wanted to see how I felt about it now. It was great. I still loved being zoomed across the continents and time for a peek into another culture and time in history. Pearl Buck's experiences in China are distilled in her character development.
The narrator brought the characters to life.
I loved this story and it feels as though it was written as an allegory for our modern times even though it was written in the 1930s. The performance was good--the narrator uses voices and really grows on you. I couldn't stop listening towards the end--I haven't read the print version but I could imagine having that can't put it down feeling from it.
"to everything there is a season..." or the multitude of other ways to say the same. The story of life and life's tireless cycles. All with a wonderful Chinese flavor. I was amazed at the author's ability to express her story from a Chinese male's view point as well as the fact that she was not Chinese either. It deserves it's reputation and should be read by all those interested in reading the great works of literature rather than just the popular works.