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The Good Earth Audiobook

The Good Earth

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Publisher's Summary

This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall.

Hard times come upon Wang Lung and his family when flood and drought force them to seek work in the city. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls.

©1958 Pearl S. Buck; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A beautiful, beautiful book. At last we read, in the pages of a novel, of the real people of China." (Saturday Review)
"The Good Earth has style, power, coherence and a pervasive sense of dramatic reality." (New York Times Book Review)
"To read this story of Wang Lung is to be slowly and deeply purified; and when the last page is finished it is as if some significant part of one's own days were over." (Bookman)

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    Sue2U 01-20-16
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    "Human nature no matter the culture"
    If you could sum up The Good Earth in three words, what would they be?

    prosperity, pride, love


    What did you like best about this story?

    That the main character, Wang Lung, kept some compassion throughout his life and old age.


    Which character – as performed by Anthony Heald – was your favorite?

    O-lan. She was genuine and loved though she was not loved in return.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When O-lan went to work in the field immediately after delivering her baby. Also when she surrendered the two pearls.


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    N. Hawryluk 10-27-15
    N. Hawryluk 10-27-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Human Condition Study On-Point"

    Truly affecting period saga. I love how textured the main character is- Buck isn't afraid of making him fallible, unreliable and even downright unsympathetic in pursuit of a more dynamic portrait. Best narrator I've heard so far in an audiobook. [AUDIBLE]

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    dachi 10-25-15
    dachi 10-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "met the expectations"

    liked it a lot, it was very interesting and insightful to see and learn about folks in old days and how they lived.

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    Brett Charlotte, NC, United States 10-07-15
    Brett Charlotte, NC, United States 10-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good for 1/2"

    Rags to riches story of a Chinese farmer. The first half was great. The farmer and his family fought for survival, forcing them into interesting scenarios that were very compelling to read. The wife was especially interesting (almost mysterious). After the farmer and his family became better situated however, things became predictable and repetitive. By the end I wasn't very interested.

    I started reading this book thinking that here was a wonderful portrait of how life has a way of ensnaring everyone to compromise the image of who they want to be - and that extra money/things only hastens and expands this. By the end, however, I wasn't sure that this was the message. I didn't get the idea that any of the characters felt compromised in this way. Maybe this is because, for the most part, each got what they wanted and didn't seem to regret the paths taken to get what they wanted. I probably missed the point and maybe that is why I felt bored for the last half of this book.

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    Marie Jerome, ID, United States 09-19-15
    Marie Jerome, ID, United States 09-19-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Great still touching after all these years"
    Would you listen to The Good Earth again? Why?

    The story is immortal. The story of mankind from generation to generation no matter what era.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The mother, her knowledge, and determination


    What about Anthony Heald’s performance did you like?

    Great, perfect for these story


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Then and now now and then


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to the inner story

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    Christy 09-11-15
    Christy 09-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Well written and enjoyable tale."

    Enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator did a fantastic job with the time and the characters. Great tale of a mans life from rags to riches and everything in between.

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    Adrienne 07-31-15
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    "I loved this book!"

    What a marvelous, cinematic writer! I could smell the earth, smell the surroundings and see each detail in my mind's eye. Wonderfully heartbreaking/heartwarming.

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    Bradley 06-14-15
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    "Part of the scene and family."

    One becomes part of this scene and family through the skills of the author and narrator. I feel as though I was there through every chapter, event and age.

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    Kelly Miller Rancho Murieta, CA 06-09-15
    Kelly Miller Rancho Murieta, CA 06-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent story. Lots of Chinese history and culture."

    Well written, entertaining book involving much Chinese social and economic culture. Worth reading! Very enjoyable and I looked forward to listening to the book at every opportunity.

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    Beverly Reed Thomas Oregon 05-11-15
    Beverly Reed Thomas Oregon 05-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A good read or listen every time"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Good Earth to be better than the print version?

    I don't think the audio edition can be considered better, as much as it can be considered to "enrich" the experience of the book as a whole. Buck wrote with such clarity of subject and description - it is not hard to visualize from her printed words. Heald's narration only takes that clarity and puts it in your ears.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Good Earth?

    The moment when the farmer realizes his error in having taken two pearls from his wife, to give to his mistress.


    What about Anthony Heald’s performance did you like?

    He didn't overly embelish tone or voices - very nice smooth presentation of a classic.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Good Earth and why?

    The main character, the farmer - the story is about him and his love of the land.


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