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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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Now one of my favorites!

Culture, meaning, vividness, endearing characters, and an engaging story--loved it in every way! Worth multiple readings!

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I know this is a classic

I could completely identify with all the characters. painful. uplifting. hopeful. depressing. love filled

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Lovely writing. Terrific narration

If you could sum up The Good Earth in three words, what would they be?

Extremely well narrated

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

A Pavilion Of Women by Pearl S Buck..

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

Yes. Actually I liked the performance so much that I ended up searching Audible for other books he has narrated and just finished listening to "Where The Red Fern Grows". It was a lovely book and yet again. Anthony Heald just made is pop.

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I love books by Pearl S Buck and The Good Earth has been reviewed by so many so there really is nothing I can add to it. But I would like to comment on Anthony Heald. He is a true master of the spoken word. He really made the book come alive. The way he modulated his voice, sped up when excited, laughed with this voice, etc. is truly remarkable. He really has a gift. I just finished listening to Where The Red Fern Grows. That book is based on life in the Ozarks and listening to Anthony, it made me feel like he's a through and through native of the Ozarks. And listening to The Good Earth led me to believe that he's had serious immersion in Chinese culture around the turn of the 20th century! That's how good he is and I am now on a quest to listen to him as much as I can. A good narrator has the ability to really make a good book sublime (this one and Americanah narrated by Adjoa Andoh) and a poor narrator can ruin an excellent book (e.g. Return Of A King very poorly narrated by Neil Shah). Kudos Mr. Heald! Bravo!

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Narrator brings a classic to life

This is the second time I have read The Good Earth, the first on audio. Anthony Heald's voice and intonation make this a sweeping, compelling saga. He is genuine and gives each character distinction without overdoing it. Perfect 10!

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First novel I read about 12

Living on a farm in the 50 I understood the land being my first novel it opened a new world for me I became an avid reader. Enjoyed the reading .

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  • Xeriman
  • Boulder City, Nevada United States
  • 10-24-16

Speaker sounds

Of course, The Good Earth is a classic, so I have nothing to say about that. The problem was that I could often hear odd wet sounds coming from the narrators throat. He also was painfully slow at times.

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Classic!

I knew the story from the very old movie I found on the movie channel, but to read the book version brought a whole new appreciation for Buck's story. Masterful! The performance of the book is the best that I've heard. Bravo!

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Thank you.....

A great tale of family and their ways. It spans the depths of prosperity. Rich in content.

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  • blake
  • Fort Lee, NJ, United States
  • 09-20-16

Flawless

Absolutely captivating story I finished in two days. The characters stayed with me afterwards as only happens with excellent fiction. The narration was brilliant. Above average experience, for sure.

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The Unexamined Life

I was waiting for a big ah ha ending where all the life circumstances come together to make a positive impact upon the family, community or land, but alas it never came. What was the authors point? It makes me think of Socrates statement "an unexamined life is not worth living". I kept waiting for the examination part of the story to come to these characters and it never did. I felt sorry for them-- just being pushed by the tides and never finding deeper understanding or meaning to govern their actions other than pride and selfishness.