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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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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.


    9 of 10 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


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    "Fun summer read!"

    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!

    2 of 2 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ira 07-25-13
    Ira 07-25-13
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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.

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

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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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    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


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Uswin Fayetteville, NC, United States 09-15-13
    Uswin Fayetteville, NC, United States 09-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Rich people"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    lucy 07-14-13
    lucy 07-14-13
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    "OMG Hysterical"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie VANCOUVER, WA, United States 06-26-15
    Natalie VANCOUVER, WA, United States 06-26-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Highly entertaining lighthearted romp"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES! I would and I have. I loved this book, it was such an interesting slice of a life I will never experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning about a part of the world--the ultra rich--that I know nothing of. Fascinating!


    Who was the most memorable character of Crazy Rich Asians and why?

    Honestly, the main character was the most boring. I loved all the peripheral characters, each was well sketched and outrageous.


    Any additional comments?

    Perfect beach read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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