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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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    Peyton C. Lewis USA 04-12-10
    Peyton C. Lewis USA 04-12-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Fabulous narrator"

    I don't know how to begin the praise for this narrator, Anthony Heald. I hope he looks back on comments about his work periodically, because it will give him a real lift. Quite simply, he made this book come alive with his sensitive phrasing, his change in tone of voice, his authenticity. I don't know if I would have enjoyed this book half as much if someone else had narrated it. He is a master.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 04-02-10
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 04-02-10 Member Since 2008

    Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.

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    "Excellent narration"

    A superb narration makes this classic well worth listening to and enjoying.

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    Danica Statesville, NC, USA 08-16-09
    Danica Statesville, NC, USA 08-16-09
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    "Very good read (listen)"

    I really enjoyed this book and the narrator did a wonderful job with the voices.

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    Judy Wellsville, PA, USA 11-27-07
    Judy Wellsville, PA, USA 11-27-07 Member Since 2012
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    "The Good Earth"

    The reading of this book was excelllent. I have read the book many times, and the reader did not disappoint.

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    Andrea Baton Rouge, LA, United States 08-15-09
    Andrea Baton Rouge, LA, United States 08-15-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Well and it is very good listening!"

    Anthony Heald does this gem of a story much justice! His voices are spot on, and it is magical the way the voice of Wang Lung gradually changes with his age. The narration is done with all the flavor, pathos and gentle humor that this marvelous book contains. The characters are gorgeously expressed, be they young or old men, quiet or clamorous women, or naughty or nice children. You will love this story and the storyteller equally!

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Calliope 02-27-15
    Calliope 02-27-15
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    "The more things change, the more they remain......"

    Even though this book was written over 80 years ago, there are certain underlying themes, dreams, and events that remain true today.......the more things change, the more they remain the same.

    A man of humble beginnings raises a family and rises in wealth and power, only to watch his sons abandon the family business when he grows older and longs for nothing more than peace in his home. The family business is owning land and farming, the home includes not just a wife and children, but a concubine and servants, and there are other particulars specific to the time and place (rural China early 1900s), but it's all still about recognizable hopes and dreams.

    Yes, the pacing is slow, but I'm pretty sure life was slow in rural China in the early 1900s, so that's appropriate. It helps to set the tone and feeling for Wang Lung's life and times. Yes, there are prejudices on class and gender lines, but that's also appropriate for the times. This was a slow, subtle road that was, in the end, ultimately very worthwhile.

    The narration was wonderful. This is the second audiobook I've heard by Anthony Heald, and he's done a great job each time.

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 07-20-12
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 07-20-12 Member Since 2017

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "A Classic Read"

    This book was written in 1931 as the first book in a trilogy. Peal Buck won the Pulitzer Prize for this book in 1932. She was also the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. She was born and raised in China of American parents. She was a professor at the University in Nanking when the Japanese attack. She kept trying to return to China but the communist government refused her.
    The other books in the trilogy are "Sons" and "A House Divided".
    This book is a tale of Wang Lung a Chinese farmer in old agrarian china. He survives drought, famine, floods, locust invasions, war and family problems. Though it all he manages to succeed in building his farm. Buck brings the story to life and paints a picture of China in the 1890's. Anthony Heald does a great job narrating the story. When you read this book you will understand why Buck is considered a master story teller. I am glad to see Audible offering her books and hope they will offer all of them.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Brandi Deziel Toronto, Ontario Canada 11-04-10
    Brandi Deziel Toronto, Ontario Canada 11-04-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Didn't love it"

    I'll admit this is well written and the narration is good but about a quarter of the way through I started to really dislike the main character. I listened all the way through and liked him less and less. By the end I was glad to be done with him. An interesting look a pre-communist China but I wouldn't listen to it again.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rina A. Stein Wooster, OH 08-27-08
    Rina A. Stein Wooster, OH 08-27-08 Member Since 2013

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    "Wonderful!"

    A beautifully written book and so beautifully read by Mr. Heald. I enjoyed every minute.

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    Linda Lancaster, PA, USA 11-20-07
    Linda Lancaster, PA, USA 11-20-07
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    "Beautiful!"

    What a timeless piece of work, so masterfully written by Ms. Buck and equally performed by Mr. Heald. I so thoroughly enjoyed listening to this reader bring this book to life; I so completely savored the lovely way in which Ms. Buck wove the language around even the tiniest perceptions of characters who, to a large degree, were extremely conservative of spoken words.
    I would highly recommend this book. It was a joy to listen to; and I'm sure I will listen to it again.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful

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