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Crazy Rich Asians

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Kevin Kwan

Narrated By: Lynn Chen

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: June 2013

Duration: 13 hours 54 minutes

Summary:

Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.
When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn't know is that Nick's family home happens to look like a palace, that she'll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia's most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back. Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick's formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should--and should not--marry. Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, Crazy Rich Asians is an insider's look at the Asian JetSet; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money; between Overseas Chinese and Mainland Chinese; and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich.

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  • Erica T

    Very detailed into the high luxury world of old Asian money. I loved the story. I'm actually glad I'm late to learn about it so I can move on to book 2 asap! Narrator gets a 10!

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  • tina v

    I enjoyed both the book and the narration! It was entertaining and I'm excited to move on to book 2! I can't wait for the film and I hope it'll be just as great!

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  • Brooke Melko

    This book was hilarious! So fun to listen to. The narrator was great!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    had to marathon this book before the movie and its great! great story, plots etc. enjoyed the narration too

  • Chris P.

    I didn’t think the narrator was good at accents...I thought her reading was very bland...I would not listen to another book narrated by her. There was not enough of a story...and didn’t get to know the characters...very disappointed by this book.

  • Castelloe G.

    The narration was awesome, the book had down right laugh out loud moments, and it made me happy in the end, what more could you qant?

  • Jenny F.

    Ok, I liked it. Did not love it. Not sure where all the hype came from. soooooo many different characters. Kinda unresolved.... wish they would have taken some fluff out

  • Livia N.

    “I see your face.” ~Nick’s grandmother to Rachel My tags for this novel are… Entertaining / Diverse and complex characters / Witty / Page-turner / Multi-layered story / Happy For Now for Primary Couple ★¸¸.•*¨*•★Minor spoilers alert★•*¨*•.¸¸★ Format read: Unabridged Audiobook Narrated by: Lynn Chen Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins Release Date: 06-11-13 Publisher: Random House Audio Writing style: Multiple POVs Cover design (movie cover tie-in): It’s truly gorgeous. I love this version of the book cover the most. I love the smiling poses of the movie actors, great choice! Ratings Overall ★★★★1/2 I think there were one too many points of view explored. That made it more challenging to follow especially via audiobook. I found myself rewinding several times because I had gotten lost on whose point of view it was or what was happening. But overall, I really enjoyed their stories, and how they connected back to Nicholas Young and Rachel Chu. •*¨*• Lynn Chen’s Performance ★★★★★+ She has such a lovely voice. And she even sang beautifully during one scene. She had no problems emoting and doing both male and female voices well. I look forward to hearing more performances of hers in the future. She more than anything kept me invested in the outcome of the multiple story threads introduced. •*¨*• Story ★★★★☆ Issues relating to cultural identity and marriage / coupledom and their tricky dynamics dominated this novel. It was definitely eye-opening and educational. I learned a lot about the Richie Rich of Singapore that I never knew before. There was a great deal of humor and some angst as different characters connected to Nick and Rachel as their lives intersected both in New York and also during their summer vacation to attend Nick’s best friend Colin’s wedding in Singapore. I loved that this trip sped of Nick’s realization that he was ready to take his relationship with Rachel to the next level. His commitment was more important to him than his family’s wealth and all that came with it. The other characters like Nick’s cousin Astrid Leong also had their own family drama. In particular, I felt badly for Astrid and where she and her husband ended up. Her first love Charlie really impressed me by giving her some interesting advice on whether or not she should grant her husband a quick divorce or delay it. He was still in love with her in spite of his own marriage and yet he did nothing but show his support after she revealed she was still in love with her husband and unable to accept his logic and argument for a divorce at this point in the marriage. Presumably, the sequels follow up on both Nick and Rachel’s relationship as well as Astrid’s, hopefully on Colin’s wedded bliss and maybe checks in on one or two more characters that we spent time learning about in this first novel. However, I do feel as if this first novel could stand alone if readers chose not to continue. I’m on the fence about whether or not I will. At any rate, I’ll definitely wait to see if Warner Brothers Studio produces the next book before reading it. •*¨*• Next in the Crazy Rich Trilogy: China Rich Girlfriend, available now

  • Jennifer P.

    Great book! Engaging plot told in alternating chapters from multiple points of view. Really gave a comprehensive view of this luxury world. The narrator did a great job of managing many different character voices.

  • Sally M.

    What a fun read! What a crazy world! And the narrator in her accented reading leant a lot of atmosphere and authenticity and made it even more fun. Downloading volume 2 immediately!