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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:
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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.”


  • “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.”


  • “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.”


  • 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 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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