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Crazy Rich Asians | [Kevin Kwan]

Crazy Rich Asians

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.
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Publisher's 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.

©2013 Kevin Kwan (P)2013 Random House

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    Teresa 07-25-13
    Teresa 07-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Narration is horrible"
    What disappointed you about Crazy Rich Asians?

    I had a lot of difficulty getting through the narration of this book. I speak Chinese and know how the asian dialects sound; the narrator obviously does not know either. It was painfully annoying listening to her attempts to mimic the accents and the language -- it was downright insulting at times. Her British accent was fine but anytime she tried to speak with an accent or use the Chinese words, I cringed and unfortunately, it ruined the book for me. I think I would have enjoyed the book much more if I had read it rather than listening to the narrator.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The general story is interesting.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A narrator who actually spoke Chinese and could mimic the accents, without being insulting


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story kept me going or else I would have given up on it after the first few chapters.


    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Arnie Willoughby, OH, United States 07-28-13
    Arnie Willoughby, OH, United States 07-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Annoying Narration"
    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Narrate the book without the exagerrated accents so we can hear the words clearly. The constant shifting back and forth of accents and voices made it difficult to follow the dialogue.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lynn Chen?

    Anyone incapapble of doing "chinese" accents. The accents in a different light could be thought of as offensive stereotypes.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Bailey 06-27-13
    Bailey 06-27-13 Member Since 2002

    BOOKS - Portal of the Imagination

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    "A Fun Beach Read"

    Although this book gets a little close to being Chick-lit I found it a lot of fun and had a difficult time putting it down. I have spent a fair amount of time traveling in Singapore and Malaysia and very much enjoyed the author's descriptions of different areas, food and the over all sense of place.

    I have had no experience with the variety of "crazy rich" Asians described in the book, the "regular" people who live in Singapore and Malaysia are indeed delightful.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ira United States 07-25-13
    Ira United States 07-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastically funny and incredibly well written"
    Any additional comments?

    I almost fell off the treadmill repeatedly from uncontrolled laughter listening to this book. Light and easy, nothing really profound, but you cannot put this down. I looked up Kevin Kwan and discovered this is his first novel which is really disappointing since I wanted to get everything he has ever written to read it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Karen D. Phillips, MD 10-22-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Horrible people"

    I was hoping a little humor would be woven into the story to blunt the nauseating excess. No luck. It's ok to be fabulously wealthy, but these people were mean, shallow and conniving. The book gave me a very uncomfortable feeling and I had to turn it off.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Moira Philadelphia, PA, United States 10-13-13
    Moira Philadelphia, PA, United States 10-13-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Terrible narration"
    What would have made Crazy Rich Asians better?

    The narration was stilted and did not match the time if the book.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lynn Chen’s performances?

    Not with the same narrator


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    fabiana 01-29-15
    fabiana 01-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Could have been better"

    I loved the plot of the story and the narrating was amazing, but it took a while to get into it and the ending felt a little rushed. If it had an alternating ending I would have loved it more!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 01-23-15
    William SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 01-23-15 Member Since 2007

    Author, rabid Audible listener.

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    "Looked promising but I stopped listening"

    Recently, I was shopping at a book store in San Francisco's Japantown. Crazy Rich Asians was on prominent display so after a few flips and seeing some fun comments, I thought it would be a good audible listen.

    This is not a good audible listen. While the story is somewhat funny, there is a lot of stereotyping and Lynn Chen did not do enough to make the cast of characters sound unique. It is hard to follow when the reader cannot add inflections to characters so you understand who is speaking and when.

    Maybe it is a good book but I did not feel it was a good audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie Mok 01-19-15
    Melanie Mok 01-19-15
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    "Good story"

    I love the story. I like the character , how they were described in the story , and how they were presented by Kevin kwan. I hope there is a story to be continued...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Veronica 01-05-15
    Veronica 01-05-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Very Funny"

    I enjoyed the different points of view in the story. Each main character has their own story in a story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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