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
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.
The general story is interesting.
A narrator who actually spoke Chinese and could mimic the accents, without being insulting
The story kept me going or else I would have given up on it after the first few chapters.
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.
Anyone incapapble of doing "chinese" accents. The accents in a different light could be thought of as offensive stereotypes.
Fluffy and fun, this book transported me to world of the rich and famous Asians in Singapore. I loved all the details, cattiness and family traumas and reconciliations. The writing was good and Lynn Chen did a credible job creating all the different voices. I will certainly be reading the follow up book as as it is available so I can find out what happens to my favorite characters!
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.
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.
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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.
The narration was stilted and did not match the time if the book.
Not with the same narrator
Ignorance comes in ALL forms. It's your same 'ol story: two people from different worlds fall madly in love and the rich family doesn't approve. But, still this has new life in this story. So, it doesn't come off boring. It's actually very entertaining. The only problem was the ending, it just dropped. You build all this anticipation getting ready for the big climax and when your right there...nothing. Then your like S-O-B!! But, still a great read...or listen.
A perfectly executed piece of entertainment! A great story, exquisitely described locations and lifestyle without being “too much”. I didn’t want story to end, but it was well done and satisfying. I will certainly be on the look out for Kevin Kwan’s next novel. His true talent is in the psychology of family dynamics and the absurdity it can take on. It was a wonderful peak into a past and emerging culture and the clashing dynamics as they unfold everyday life.
Let me say that I am a fan of Gossip Girl so the storyline here is not so shocking. What was disturbing were some of the activities, details, and racial language. Not to say the writer shouldn't have included it in the novel as it is representative of the characters. I just didn't care for it. The narration was distracting and exaggerated. Made listening on both counts difficult.
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