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.
The character changes the main character made as his financial status grew.
I loved the way the narrator gave each character a personality/ voice.She is amazingly talented.
Riches Can and Do Corrupt!
Quite entertaining listen.
Heck YES. And I have done so, several times. Pearl Buck's body of work is a world treasure. I felt as though I was living IN the book/story. It is worth several re-reads.
Towards the end where the family recieves it directions for life from the parents. A real triumph of life.
This was my first listen of Mr. Heald. Real, honest, without any personal attitude.
GET THIS BOOK AND THE SEQUALS!!!
I had read this book when I was very young and liked it. This time around I was able to understand and probe into the depth of the characters. I loved it!
No wonder this book and this author have been so respected and famous. It is a very worthy book. It is engaging, easy to listen to, easy to follow so it's not a difficult book, but it has a lot to say. I think it's a credit very well spent!
Yes...it's a human story. The culture is different, but the human emotions and foibles are universal.
Wang Lung - the main character. The story follows him from a poor farmer, his marriage and birth of children - all the while becoming more successful as a farmer. In his success, Wang Lung is not satisfied, but looks for more. But more only brings on another set of troubles. This is a universal story of the human heart which seeks to find satisfaction in wealth and prestige, but is really never satisfied.