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3.46 out of 53.46 out of 53.46 out of 53.46 out of 53.46 out of 5 3.46 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pearl S. Buck Narrator: Adam Verner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The House of Earth Trilogy Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781504668316
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The second installment in Pearl S. Buck’s acclaimed Good Earth trilogy: the powerful story of three brothers whose greed will bring their family to the brink of ruin

Sons begins where The Good Earth ended: revolution is sweeping through China. Wang Lung is on his deathbed in the house of his fathers, and his three sons stand ready to inherit his hard-won estate. One son has taken the family’s wealth for granted and become a landlord; another is a thriving merchant and moneylender; and the youngest, an ambitious general, is destined to be a leader in the country. Through all his life’s changes, Wang did not anticipate that each son would hunger to sell his beloved land for maximum profit.

At once a tribute to early Chinese fiction, a saga of family dissension, and a depiction of the clashes between old and new, Sons is a vivid and compelling masterwork of fiction.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[With Sons] Buck has enriched her wide canvas.”

    New York Times

  • “[Buck] did for the working people of twentieth-century China something of what Dickens had done for London’s nineteenth-century poor.”

    Hilary Spurling, author of Pearl Buck in China

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia Carlsen | 2/19/2014

    " I loved the development of "new" characters and seeing the family dynamics play out. It is interesting how wealth changes people in different ways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 2/14/2014

    " Very good book. Carries on close to where the first one left off, with the sons as the main characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kim | 12/26/2013

    " Chinese fiction:feudal China-----------sequel to The Good Earth "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geoffrey | 12/1/2013

    " It's hard out there for a warlord. Sorry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 10/30/2013

    " Slower and more prose than The Good Earth and follows more people so each are slightly less well developed in their inner thinking though each still has distinct personality and actions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 10/28/2013

    " the best of the trilogy "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mariana Widya | 10/10/2013

    " i prefer the first book... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scot Mcatee | 9/17/2013

    " Not nearly as enticing as The Good Earth, but a believable tale nonetheless. I wasn't especially fond of the ending, but I will be reading the last book of the Trilogy to find out what happens next. Still love Pearl's writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 8/19/2013

    " not as good as the good earth but still a very good read and interesting times to read about "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Noelle | 8/8/2013

    " Enjoyed The Good Earth, but struggled through this one. Whiny, spoiled, ungrateful sons do not make a good story... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine Moore | 4/1/2013

    " Great book. I've always loved Pearl Buck, and the book gives me insight into another culture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sabina | 8/27/2012

    " Not as good as The Good Earth, but the author's love for China and her intimate knowledge of the people and culture are as evident as ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shirlyn | 6/20/2012

    " I am not sure why I love this continue story so much, but it really speaks to the nature of what people are. This is the 2nd book to "Good Earth", highly recommend it, I really enjoy the style of writing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kena | 9/15/2011

    " The Good Earth is one of my favorite books, but this one fell a little short. I would really give it only 3 1/2 stars, but they don't have halves. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melanie Moore | 8/2/2011

    " Interesting but not as good as the first! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carvas | 7/27/2011

    " Very interesting story, great caracters, interesting clashing points of view "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nafisa | 5/6/2011

    " I only recently learned that Pearl Buck's The Good Earth is a trilogy. I re-read The Good Earth recently, then moved right into this one which picks up exactly where the other ends, after the death of the first book's protagonist. These are great reads. I love books from or about other cultures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 12/8/2010

    " Not quite as good as the first, but very compelling tale of generational wealth, training, and culture. I recommend for parents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 9/23/2010

    " I loved the development of "new" characters and seeing the family dynamics play out. It is interesting how wealth changes people in different ways. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Todd | 8/6/2010

    " I enjoyed it - but it was not quite the experience I had reading the first of the series (i.e. The Good Earth). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 7/27/2010

    " The book was a well rounded snapshot of prerevolutionary China. I loved how we got to see the Sons of Wang traverse the changing China. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 7/7/2010

    " I had loved The Good Earth and decided to continue on to the next of the series. I just didn't find it nearly as compelling and decided not to read any more of her works. Perhaps I'll return to them some day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kena | 5/14/2010

    " The Good Earth is one of my favorite books, but this one fell a little short. I would really give it only 3 1/2 stars, but they don't have halves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Petra | 3/29/2010

    " "The situations are medieval to the American mind" quoted by the author. I found this quote to be so true will reading this novel. It presented many interesting aspects of Chinese life and was very festinating to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shirlyn | 3/8/2010

    " I am not sure why I love this continue story so much, but it really speaks to the nature of what people are. This is the 2nd book to "Good Earth", highly recommend it, I really enjoy the style of writing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 2/7/2010

    " the best of the trilogy "

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About the Author
Author Pearl S. Buck

Pearl S. Buck (1892–1973), the daughter of missionaries, was born in West Virginia but spent most of her time until 1934 in China. She began writing while in China and published her first novel shortly after returning to the United States. Her novel The Good Earth was the bestselling fiction book in the United States in 1931 and 1932, and it won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932. In 1938 she became the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, “for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces.”

About the Narrator

Adam Verner is a full-time narrator with over 250 titles recorded for ncompanies such as HarperCollins, Recorded Books, Brilliance, Blackstone Audio, AudioGo, Tantor, Oasis, Audible, Highbridge, eChristian, Dreamscape, and Zondervan. He is the recipient of three AudioFile Earphones Awards and has been nominated for Voice Arts awards by the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences. He holds an MFA in acting from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.