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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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    Martin Bass 06-24-16
    Martin Bass 06-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Powerful"

    Since High School, I've read this story at least once a year. Very, Powerful. Powerful.

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    LoisS 06-03-16
    LoisS 06-03-16 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Moved deeply and wanting so much to share"

    I remember reading this book as a kid and can hardly explain how incredibly moved I was. I was startled by so many facts of life, and it was heart-rending. Pearl Buck shares the common depths and complexities of humanity in another time and culture so far removed from my own. The narrator brings it to life in a way I believe she would be very pleased to hear.

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    Lee-lah Tulsa, OK 04-20-16
    Lee-lah Tulsa, OK 04-20-16 Member Since 2002
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    "Exceptional narration"

    Mr. Heald is a gifted performer and I do not think I would have enjoyed this book half as much as I did if he had not been so beautifully read to me. Not that it wasn't a great story, just not quite what I expected. Through the narration I was able to visualize the exquisite detail of each character, the nuances of their personalities, and the daily struggles of those times so long ago. The story was a little simple, but actually a refreshing change from contemporary novels, and I enjoyed the variation.

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    KAT M K 04-17-16
    KAT M K 04-17-16
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    "A Classic Revisited"

    This is an old classic revisited. Mankind & the issues of family, love, lust, loyalty, compassion, greed....I could go on, remain the same. Despite differences in countries, cultures, religion, generations & eras, what is at the centre of our being does not change. I will be continuing on with the 2nd book of this trilogy.

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    emilleejoyce 03-10-16
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    "Multifaceted and layered story worth the read"

    This is a very interesting story about a man's rise to wealth through his land. In one respect, it's a very happy story about becoming wealthy through hard work and respect of your origins. But the entire time I was listening to this story, I felt there was a sadder, second story, which is the story of the first man's wife. She is undoubtably responsible for this man's rise to wealth yet remains a slave in her home, never escaping a life of work and stuck in a marriage with a man who does not love her or even think she is pretty. It's also an interesting snapshot into a time in history I cannot fathom living in. I would recommend this story based on these many layers as well as for the characters who are multifaceted and well developed. My only complete is that the narrator, though he's a good narrator, read too fast for my liking and I had to slow the story down to 0.75x.

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    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 03-09-16
    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 03-09-16 Member Since 2015

    Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.

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    "PULITZER PRIZE FOR A WOMAN"

    “The Good Earth” is a fictional story of Wang Lung, his extended family, and O-lan, a house slave of a wealthy landowner that becomes Wang Lung’s wife. A listener smells the fecundity of life in Anthony Heald’s narration of this master piece.

    Wang Lung is a farmer in 1920’s China. In the beginning of his story, farming is all he knows and he believes land (earth) is the source of all happiness. He is betrothed by his aged father to a woman he has never seen. The woman is to be his wife and his slave. Wang Lung marries O-lan. The family begins to prosper because O-lan bares male children, works the fields with Wang Lung, takes care of the grandfather, cooks, cleans, and becomes everything Wang Lung needs to concentrate on cultivation of his land. The addition of O-lan and her labor create opportunity for Wang Lung to prosper.

    Human tragedy comes in many forms. All human beings travel different paths; make different decisions, bare different burdens, and die alone. Wang Lung and his family chose their path in their circumstance. It is a highly believable human story. It raises many questions about life; how one lives it and leaves it.

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    MyPublicName British Columbia, Canada 02-27-16
    MyPublicName British Columbia, Canada 02-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Dreary"

    Yes, it's well written and extremely well read but the story is so negative. Does no one have a good, kind or loving trait? Come on!

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    Bill Edwards Boulder, CO 02-07-16
    Bill Edwards Boulder, CO 02-07-16 Member Since 2012

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    "Great book and narration!"

    Such a classic story and window into a time and land that is lost to history. The narration is top notch and the book is a Pulitzer Award winner.

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    Sue2U 01-20-16
    Sue2U 01-20-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Human nature no matter the culture"
    If you could sum up The Good Earth in three words, what would they be?

    prosperity, pride, love


    What did you like best about this story?

    That the main character, Wang Lung, kept some compassion throughout his life and old age.


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

    O-lan. She was genuine and loved though she was not loved in return.


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

    When O-lan went to work in the field immediately after delivering her baby. Also when she surrendered the two pearls.


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    N. Hawryluk 10-27-15
    N. Hawryluk 10-27-15 Member Since 2017

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    "Human Condition Study On-Point"

    Truly affecting period saga. I love how textured the main character is- Buck isn't afraid of making him fallible, unreliable and even downright unsympathetic in pursuit of a more dynamic portrait. Best narrator I've heard so far in an audiobook. [AUDIBLE]

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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