Kevin Kwan, best-selling author of Crazy Rich Asians, is back with a wickedly funny new novel of social climbing, secret emails, art-world scandal, lovesick billionaires, and the outrageous story of what happens when Rachel Chu, engaged to marry Asia's most eligible bachelor, discovers her birth father.
On the eve of her wedding to Nicholas Young, heir to one of the greatest fortunes in Asia, Rachel should be over the moon. She has a flawless Asscher-cut diamond from JAR, a wedding dress she loves more than anything found in the salons of Paris, and a fiancé willing to sacrifice his entire inheritance in order to marry her. But Rachel still mourns the fact that her birth father, a man she never knew, won't be able to walk her down the aisle. Until: A shocking revelation draws Rachel into a world of Shanghai splendor beyond anything she has ever imagined. Here we meet Carlton, a Ferrari-crashing bad boy known for Prince Harry-like antics; Colette, a celebrity girlfriend chased by fevered paparazzi; and the man Rachel has spent her entire life waiting to meet: her father. Meanwhile Singapore's It Girl, Astrid Leong, is shocked to discover that there is a downside to having a newly minted tech billionaire husband. A romp through Asia's most exclusive clubs, auction houses, and estates, China Rich Girlfriend brings us into the elite circles of Mainland China, introducing a captivating cast of characters and offering an inside glimpse at what it's like to be gloriously, crazily, China rich.
©2015 Kevin Kwan (P)2015 Random House Audio
"Lydia Look is an expert narrator of this hyperbolic story of billionaires in Asia. She distinguishes between the dizzying, mostly female, cast of characters, juggling middle-aged mothers and young brides as well as bored young men." (AudioFile)
China Rich Girlfriend, like its predecessor, Crazy Rich Asians, is a light, silly, guilty pleasure of a book. Rich Asians, which I read in print, was fun because the reader could laugh along with the author at the pretensions of the super-rich and sympathize with the nice young lovers. The narrator doesn't seem to understand the intention of the author or the tone of the writing. She reads as though we should take it all seriously and leaves me, as a listener, feeling that I need to explain the book to her. Frequently Audible narrators add to my understanding of a book. In this case I feel embarrassed for the narrator.
I enjoyed the book but was so disappointed that Rachel has been reduced to a gawking twit - standing around and saying "wowie" to whatever spectacle is in front of her. She was such a well developed character in the first book that this is a real shame. The author uses her almost entirely as a device to represent the reader's awe in the face material excess. I think the narrator exacerbates this in her interpretation of Rachel. She reads her like a teenage voice rather than an adult woman. Lydia Look does an amazing job with all of the other characters so this is just a bad choice because otherwise she is a phenomenal narrator. All that being said I would read through whatever it takes to get to Astrid - what a great character. Looking forward to the next installation!
I enjoyed the book. Not as fun as the first book. I was disappointed that a new narrator was used. She did a great job, but hearing the characters voices with different accents and intonations than I became familiar with during the first book made it hard for me to become engaged with the audiobook for the first half.
A great follow up to Crazy Rich Asians. There is a catch up to a lot of our favorite characters and introductions to new characters you too will find as intriguing as the initial ones.
But I want MORE!
Her accent is distracting and hard to follow. I am chinese american and I find the mixture between the english and chinese accents totally throws me off. I purchased the book and enjoyed it much better when I read it myself.
I love it when I have no idea what's going to happen next.
I enjoyed the first book. It was fun with a heart. I was looking forward to this new story with some of the characters I'd been so amuzed by last time, but this narrator ruined it. I honestly couldn't listen to it. Her accents were a joke. The British accents sounded like my 12 yr old niece doing a British accent, and the Chinese accents sounded Indian. It made it very difficult to decipher which characters were which. I'm going to return this one to audible because I couldn't listen to it. I read the print version though, and I was a bit disappointed with it as well. Compared to Crazy Rich Asians, I found this book to be vapid, careless and unnecessarily excessive. Crazy Rich Asians was a guilty pleasure, China Rich Girlfriend was just guilty.
Didn't like this narrator. The narrator of Crazy Rich Asians was much better, this person didn't differentiate from character to character well enough.
I loved Crazy Rich Asians, but this continuation was an aimless snore. I felt like the author relied on recitations of menus and mentions of name brands to fill pages vs actually developing characters and advancing a plot. The events in this book should have been condensed into an epilogue of CRA, and we all could get some time back.
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