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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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    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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    J. Griffith Salt Lake City, UT United States 04-28-15
    J. Griffith Salt Lake City, UT United States 04-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Classic"

    This is at least the third time I've read or listened to this story. I love it more each time. So much to learn about cultural suppression of women, resiliency, human nature and our ties to the earth.

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    Angus McGreedy 04-22-15

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    "Buck at her Best"

    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.

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    "Classic."

    An excellent performance of a classic story. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and it's telling.

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    Angelia Dallas, GA, United States 03-03-15
    Angelia Dallas, GA, United States 03-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The Good Earth is an awesome book!"

    l so love this book I have listened many time it transports to another time.

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    Amazon Customer 02-12-15 Member Since 2016

    I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.

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    "A beautifully written story, if you're into that."

    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.

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    Tracy H 02-01-15
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    "Amazing Narration"

    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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