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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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    "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
    blake Fort Lee, NJ, United States 09-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    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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    Eric Sork 08-23-16
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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.

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    Ronnice 08-16-16
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    I love this book. Read it first in high school and 40 years later, listened to the audio book and love it still.
    The narrator was also excellent.

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    This was an excellent reading and an enthralling story. I will definitely listen to it again!

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    Amazon Customer santa fe, NM, United States 08-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    I've read this book several times, from the time I was a teenager. The story is beautiful and it is poetry. The audible version brought a new perspective somehow. I could not stop listening!

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    "Moving, superb story telling Loved it"

    the narrator brought the story to life. highly recommend this charming tale of life in rural China.


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    "Great Read"

    One of the best books I had read. It should be required reading for American students if it isn't already. Do we ever really appreciate the blessings we have while seeking our heart's desires?

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    "Lovely Heart Rendering Novel"

    A story so common of poor men gaining riches and what temptations befall him. A wonderful epic classic that all should read. They just don't make books like these anymore. The writing is beyound compare and the Narration captivating. A rare jewel that is worthy of listening to again and again. I was sad to see it end. Pearl Buck is one of the best novelists I have read to date.

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    Kimberley McManus Appleton, Wisconsin 06-26-16
    Kimberley McManus Appleton, Wisconsin 06-26-16 Member Since 2013

    I live in Madison, North Carolina, not Appleton, Wisconsin. We moved September 2014.

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    "Classic"

    This is the tale of the life of Wang Lung. Although he was a simple farmer who made mistakes from time to time, his experiences in life taught him that true wealth lies in the land. I enjoyed rereading this classic tale of poverty to wealth.

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