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.
"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)
Timeless story delivered with superb narration. For those who have read Buck, this is a great audible version. For those new to Buck, this is a fine introduction.
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
I don't usually go for high literature or drama, but I am trying to expand my horizons. This book has some beautiful prose, and a moving story with characters that you can care about.
This wonderful story was made even better by the perfect performance of Mr. Heald. Probably the best audiobook performance I've ever heard; he captured the characters and the mood with precision.
I fill my 2-hour commute per day with non-fiction, classics, historical fiction and an occasional contemporary fiction.
The upside to a two-hour a day commute - listening to the books I never had the time or inclination to read when I was younger! I usually prefer non-fiction. I think what drew me to this story was how oddly relevant it is - though it took place in such a different time and place. The choices we make regarding family and work, the priorities we set, and life being passed from one generation to the next. Both the writing and the narration were a joy.
I'm a retired mental health professional now I make jewelry while listening to audio books. I live in the NW corner of the contenent.
I really enjoyed this book. I do think would make a great movie and I like the title.
I am an RN with a 40 minute commute 1 way. A perfect excuse to have a good book keeping me company!
This book was excellent. The story was incredible & the performance was perfect & easy to listen to. Initially, I wasn't sure where the story was going; then it occurred to me it didn't have to "go" anywhere. It was just a story about a Chinese man & his life. While it was very well written, at first I was sure that if I was trying to read it (rather than listen) I would quit because it is written somewhat simply. However I came to realize that is part of the beauty of this book. The end makes it seem as though there is a sequel....I hope so!
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