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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: Anthony Heald Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The House of Earth Trilogy Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9781455188277
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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.

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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 have 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

  • “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

  • “With the first chapter, a wonderful rendition of a time-honored story begins. Anthony Heald captures Buck’s commentary on the human condition with a humble tone that matches the poignant life of Wang Lung and his wife, Olan, as they eke out a living in rural China. Heald’s performance pays homage to the novel’s historical integrity in its detailed account of the Boxer Rebellion and its aftermath. This is an outstanding production of Buck’s most famous work.”

    AudioFile

  • “Heald’s beguiling voice is used to great effect in his impressive reading of this 1932 Pulitzer Prize–winning novel...Heald does not attempt a Chinese accent in his reading of this classic. Instead, he softly eases into tonal shifts...His wise decision not to force a false sound into his reading allows listeners to fully enjoy and luxuriate in the lovely cadence of the narration. A beautiful writer, Buck is a master at controlling the narrative while spinning out delicate and sublime sentences. Heald reads them perfectly, doing what should be done with all literary classics produced in audio format—letting the words take over so that listeners experience the text in a way so profound that they easily immerse themselves into the plot and fall under the writer’s spell. Heald’s fabulous reading is a great achievement, and his subtle changes in tone and inflection to indicate wizened old men and others of varying ages add authenticity to this timeless story. An essential purchase for well-rounded audio collections.”

    Booklist

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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/28/2014

    " I would like to read more historical fiction books, even non-U.S. historical fiction books like this 'Good Read', so I will rate it, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carey Shea | 1/23/2014

    " I loved this book. Such an interesting story. No wonder Pearl Buck won a Pulitzer Prize for this book. I absolutely recommend it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lara Rose | 1/19/2014

    " one of the few books I really hated "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles Bechtel | 1/14/2014

    " I went on a Buck tear when I was in ninth grade. This was the standout. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caryn Leah-Dyke | 12/21/2013

    " I have read this book about 12 times "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice Waterous | 12/19/2013

    " A favorite read as a teen. It made me hungry to know more about other cultures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chal | 12/10/2013

    " After all the years that have passed, this is still my #1 favorite book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 12/10/2013

    " This book won the Pulitzer Prize and known as a classic so I thought I should read it. I found it interesting but not captivating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jec | 12/7/2013

    " What can you say about the good earth that has not been said ... Although there are so many great new books, I feel it is important to go back and read the classics. We had to plod through them in high school but now they offer a new deeper understanding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Else | 12/6/2013

    " Brilliant. I've read this more than once. Any Pearl Buck is fantastic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina Batya | 11/21/2013

    " My all time favorite book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 7/8/2013

    " One I need to read again to refresh my memory. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gijs | 3/29/2013

    " Het leven van een Chinese boer vanaf zijn trouwdag tot zijn oude dag, waaruit duidelijk blijkt dat geld niet gelukkig maakt. Prachtig, onopgesmukt en helder geschreven, ondanks het nogal oud aandoende Engels. De neutrale stijl doet denken aan 'De Pest' (The Plague) en Things Fall Apart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Douglas | 1/3/2013

    " If I had to choose only a handful of books in my library, this would be one of them. It is a beautiful story or China. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth Piel | 12/16/2012

    " Ugh...not my cup of tea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Shilstone | 9/4/2012

    " Ms. Buck tells the tale of a poor farming family in early 20th century China. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 8/9/2012

    " Eh. It was a good book but I couldn't really get into it. I think it needs to marinate in me for awhile and then I will appreciate it more fully. "

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