No, I wouldn't consider it better. I both listened to and read the book and also whispersynced it. There are good aspects to both just reading and just listening. I get a bit more of the urgency of this type of story when I just read and I can certainly read faster than the narrator. But the narrator does bring the words to life. So, it's really fifty-fifty for me.
I liked the character of Marty Singer the best. Julie and Jim were good characters, too. Amanda, although the story centered around her, was not as dramatic for me as the other three. But Marty really tops them all. He's not so much the cynical ex-cop as a man on a mission. It's what he's been doing for over thirty years and forced retirement along with chemo and cancer are not going to change that..
Lloyd Sherr's voice and expression were so perfect for this story that I was drawn right into it. He's also the voice for Modern Marvels on The History Channel, but once I knew that, I didn't find it distracting at all. It actually added to my enjoyment of the narration.
If my time wasn't so limited, I would like to have listened for longer periods.
I see the next book isn't available on audio yet. I'm assuming it will be so I will watch out for it.
I would definitely recommend this book and already have on a forum. Very good characters and a wildly improbable story that I loved. I had to laugh out loud several times and smiled a lot.
I liked the main character, Allan Karlsson and the way he just stumbled through life and managed to survive. I came to know him really well.
As I was listening, I thought I might not enjoy reading the book, but Steven Crossley's narration made the story and characters interesting and fun.
It wouldn't be Allan alone, because I couldn't keep up with his vodka consumption. I'd go for dinner with him and all his companions, including Sonia.
I highly recommend this audiobook.
Jim Dales characterizations
The end when Dot won't let John come to her until she's had her say.
This was the first except for one or two short excerpts from Harry Potter. I can't really compare since this was a full narration and I got to listen to the range of Jim Dale's characterizations.
I definitely smiled a lot.
I really liked John and Dot, most especially John, and the voices Jim Dale gave them. The other characters were good, but John and Dot were definitely the stars of the story and the performance.
Anyone who's ever read The Good Earth and loved it as I do, will be more than pleased with this audiobook.
O-Lan has always been my favorite character. Because she rarely spoke, she seemed to be unintelligent, but it was very often her quick thinking that saved Wang Lung and their family.
Anthony Heald brought the book to life for me. I was a little reluctant to listen to the audio version because the book always drew me into Wang Lung's world. Heald's narration was beautifully suited to Pearl S. Buck's wonderful writing and also drew me in to that time and place..
There isn't another name for it. Wang Lung was all about the land. He loved his land more than any person and from this Good Earth sprang the house he founded.
I know I'll listen to this audiobook again.
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