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The Good Earth | [Pearl S. Buck]

The Good Earth

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. 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.
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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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    Kindle Customer 10-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    What did you love best about The Good Earth?

    The character changes the main character made as his financial status grew.


    What does Anthony Heald bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved the way the narrator gave each character a personality/ voice.She is amazingly talented.


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

    Riches Can and Do Corrupt!


    Any additional comments?

    Quite entertaining listen.

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    Paul ANACORTES, WA, United States 09-25-12
    Paul ANACORTES, WA, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Entering a different world"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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

    Towards the end where the family recieves it directions for life from the parents. A real triumph of life.


    Have you listened to any of Anthony Heald’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first listen of Mr. Heald. Real, honest, without any personal attitude.


    Any additional comments?

    GET THIS BOOK AND THE SEQUALS!!!

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    Cola Caper Pensacola, FL USA 09-25-12
    Cola Caper Pensacola, FL USA 09-25-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great listen!!"
    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    K. Cunningham Florida 09-24-12
    K. Cunningham Florida 09-24-12 Member Since 2007
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    "What a great book!"

    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!

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    Yankee Woman Orlando, FL 09-13-12
    Yankee Woman Orlando, FL 09-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes...it's a human story. The culture is different, but the human emotions and foibles are universal.


    What about Anthony Heald’s performance did you like?

    excellent


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

    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.


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    David Clyde, AB, Canada 09-04-12
    David Clyde, AB, Canada 09-04-12 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself! WHO Cares! It's not about me!

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    "Learn from this Classic novel."
    Would you listen to The Good Earth again? Why?

    Yes! Definately.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love how it takes to a time of simplicity. Something we lack in this techno age.


    What about Anthony Heald’s performance did you like?

    Brilliant. His depiction of thecharacters is great. Pearl would have been happy with it I think.


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    Kristal 08-24-12
    Kristal 08-24-12

    Juicy Fruit

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    "FANTASTIC!"
    Would you listen to The Good Earth again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to it again because this book illustrates that we all have a basic sense of morality and care for the well being of others even when society as a whole does not reflect those same feelings. I think a reader in the varying stages of life would gather different things from this story every decade or so.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Wang Lung was my favorite character because there were so many dimensions to who he was and his inner conflicts are so real. His is candid with the reader and reveals a lot without intentionally doing so. He does not even understand it himself but the reader gets it.


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

    Wan Lung's father


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!


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    Lois Wayne, NE, United States 08-13-12
    Lois Wayne, NE, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great to finally become familiar with a classic."
    Would you listen to The Good Earth again? Why?

    No - I enjoyed it very much but it is quite long and I have so many more to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning about another culture.


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    James Wheaton, IL, United States 08-06-12
    James Wheaton, IL, United States 08-06-12
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    "Well written story that gives insight to culture"
    What did you love best about The Good Earth?

    Very well written that gives the assumption of great accuracy for the Chinese rural culture mindset of the time - the misogynistic overtones are very strong and may be difficult for continual consumption - the reader does a superb job in every way


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    88Poets Sacramento, CA 07-30-12
    88Poets Sacramento, CA 07-30-12 Member Since 2013

    Kae S.

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    "Timeless"
    Would you listen to The Good Earth again? Why?

    This story is impeccably crafted in its simplicity -- it's human-ness. The performance by Anthony Heald is outstanding. I will be looking for more audio books with his voice, an incredible narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The character of the wife was painfully plain in her manner, but thoroughly supporting the family throughout.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Wang Lung appreciated his wife and cared for her as she lay dying.

    Also, I loved the connection Wang Lung had to the land around him.


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

    When O-lan was having children alone and went right back to the fields


    Any additional comments?

    An incredibly good story on all counts. It's multi-faceted, thoroughly a character study through the life of one farmer. I loved it thoroughly. Anthony Heald is an amazing talent.

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