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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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    Tracy H 02-01-15
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    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.

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    nray57 SPRINGFIELD, MO, US 01-30-15
    nray57 SPRINGFIELD, MO, US 01-30-15 Member Since 2014

    I fill my 2-hour commute per day with non-fiction, classics, historical fiction and an occasional contemporary fiction.

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    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.

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    Diana PORT ANGELES, WA, United States 01-27-15
    Diana PORT ANGELES, WA, United States 01-27-15 Member Since 2010

    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.

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    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. I do think would make a great movie and I like the title.

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    Maugna Chicago, Il 01-08-15
    Maugna Chicago, Il 01-08-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Great "read"."

    Great writing. Very engaging story. Ending a bit of a non event but it was written in the 1930's.

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    L. Howard 01-07-15
    L. Howard 01-07-15
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    "A wonderful classic"

    I read and reread something that I read as a child and it's always wonderful

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    peabozzle Blackfoot, ID, United States 10-22-14
    peabozzle Blackfoot, ID, United States 10-22-14

    I am an RN with a 40 minute commute 1 way. A perfect excuse to have a good book keeping me company!

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    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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    SusanKC Kansas City, MO (for now) 08-10-14
    SusanKC Kansas City, MO (for now) 08-10-14

    I'm a busy stay at home Mom, with an adolescent "special needs" kiddo & my husband with MS. I love gardening, cooking, reading, and hand crafts. Being able to listen to a book while I'm doing other things (including dreadful things like housekeeping) is heavenly!

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    "Beautiful, brutal, & poignant"
    What did you love best about The Good Earth?

    The story, as written and read, put me in China in a period where caste systems, filial duty, female helplessness & value only as "trophies," and tasks / infrastructure construction were completed for the elite by hoards of male & female serfs existed(possibly early 20th century).


    What other book might you compare The Good Earth to and why?

    The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder because of the attention to detail and the emotional experiences of the family members.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the scenes where he and his wife were intimate and honest with each other (eg, working together in the fields and his remorse over his inability to express his love to himself & his wife when he learns she is terminally ill).


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to completing the series!

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    Barry Mitchell Powhatan, AR, USA 07-29-14
    Barry Mitchell Powhatan, AR, USA 07-29-14
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    "A well written novel from a master writer"
    Would you listen to The Good Earth again? Why?

    This novel is part story part fable. Set in the 1800s, Pearl S. Buck weaves a tale of the fortunes and misfortunes of a farmer in China and his family. The story is evenly told along with a lush backdrop of China's landscape and culture. Her use of language makes it a pleasure to read.


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

    The narrator, Anthony Heald, earns special notice for creating apt voices for myriad characters and also for the cadenced read of descriptive passages, bringing them to life.


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    Tony Smith 04-23-14
    Tony Smith 04-23-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Premise seems lame but isn't"

    I tried to describe the plot to a friend and they thought it sounded boring and I can't dispute that it should be...but it wasn't. I was completely entertained pretty much the whole way even with very little suspense, excitement or humor. I see why its a classic but it didn't do quite enough for me to read the rest of the trilogy.

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    Ruthanne Davis Abilene, Texas USA 04-11-14
    Ruthanne Davis Abilene, Texas USA 04-11-14 Member Since 2013

    The Bookworm

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    "Simply a classic"
    Would you listen to The Good Earth again? Why?

    Oh yes, someday I'm certain will for several reasons. The writing is beautiful and shows such an understanding of the people and the time they lived in. The performance by Anthony Heald is exceptional This is an audiobook to lose yourself in.


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

    The years of draught and near-starvation.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit that I've waited so long to "read" this book. It is timeless and a true classic

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