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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (106,179 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pearl S. Buck Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The House of Earth Trilogy Release Date:
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The Good Earth is Buck’s classic, Pulitzer Prize–winning story of Wang Lung, a Chinese peasant farmer, and his wife, O-lan, a former slave. With luck and hard work, the couple’s fortunes improve over the years: they are blessed with sons, and they save steadily until they can afford to buy property in the House of Wang—the very house in which O-lan used to work. But success brings with it a new set of problems. Wang soon finds himself the target of jealousy, and as good harvests come and go, so does the social order. Will Wang’s family cherish the estate after he’s gone? And can his material success, the bedrock of his life, guarantee anything about his soul?

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the William Dean Howells Award, The Good Earth was an Oprah’s Book Club choice in 2004. A readers’ favorite for generations, this powerful and beautifully written fable resonates with universal themes of hope and family unity.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Good Earth has style, power, coherence, and a pervasive sense of dramatic reality.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A comment upon the meaning and tragedy of life as it is lived in any age in any quarter of the globe.”

    New York Times

  • “One of the most important and revealing novels of our time.”

    Pittsburgh Post Gazette

  • “One need never had lived in China or know anything about the Chinese to understand it or respond to its appeal.”

    Boston Transcript

  • “A beautiful, beautiful book. At last we read, in the pages of a novel, of the real people of China.”

    Saturday Review

  • “The hope and desperation of the ordinary peasants who lived during the Manchu Dynasty, Wang Lung’s fight to save his family and his land, and the ties that bind them so closely to the earth are...superbly rendered by Guidall’s restrained use of pitch and pacing. A wonderful addition to recorded literature.”


  • Winner of the 1932 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
  • An Oprah’s Book Club Selection
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A Booklist Editors’ Choice, December 2007

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Emma | 2/12/2014

    " I loved how flawed most of the characters were, yet you couldn't help but ultimately be on their side. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Olivia | 2/12/2014

    " This is a difficult book to rate, because it evokes very strong negative and positive emotions. It would be insufficient to only give this book a number out of five and no explanation, because of the diversity of these feelings and especially their relation to the novel as a whole. I hate the protagonist for his treatment towards O-Lan, especially once he gains wealth. At the same time, the book does not express any opinion, it is just a statement of the facts. In short, I hate some of the events in this novel and how they make me feel, but the book in itself cannot be held to blame. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Eileen Granfors | 2/5/2014

    " Loved it more this time than the other two times I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sara Lynn | 2/3/2014

    " started out great...but fell off a bit. I am undecided if I should read the other two since this is the one that one the Nobel prize "

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