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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 Audible Ltd

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Good for Western ears, not actual Asians

if you're a Western(American) listener with no clue how Singaporeans, Chinese etc actually sound like, this version is fine. However, if you actually have any background as to how Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay or even Singlish is actually spoken, you might find the mangling of these languages by the VO highly irritating if not downright cringeful. While the narrator may be of Asian descent judging by her name, it's clear she's not a speaker of any of the Asian languages that pepper the text all throughout and does little to bring it to life. Better to invest the time in reading and relying on your imagination yourself!

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Horrible narrator

I have so many problems with this narrator:

1. She made every female character in this book sound like an old lady

2. Not all English speaking Asians sound like that! Horrible!

3. She can’t even speak Chinese and read some Chinese phrases wrongly!

Please get someone who knows Chinese instead of someone who can do a horrible impersonation of how a Chinese person speaks English!

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highly entertaining

Very entertaining and amusing book. light-hearted. The English accents by the narrator are a little grading at times...

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a definite must read!

honestly such a fresh and true perspective into Asian culture..raw and real! loved every minute of it!

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A new age Jane Austen-like read

The sneak peak for the Asian rich is an eye opener with the fusion of traditional culture and today’s emerging fashion and economic trends.

The mix of chinese and Malay phrases in the story make the story easier to relate to being an Asian reader myself. A refinement to the actual pronunciation of the Malay phrases and words would definitely would further enrich the listening experience and help capture the patronage of a wider audience.

Kudos!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-07-18

May have been more enjoyable with another narrator

I liked the premise and was only expecting a rom/com level of storytelling and development but was a little more invested in a few of the characters. Sadly I was removed from the story every time the narrator switched the accent... of the same character... in the same sentence. Many of the characters are Asian but we are told repeatedly that they speak in English accents, yet the narrator would frequently switch between English, Chinese and at one point an Indian accent! The characters who supposedly had Chinese accents would also have inconsistent speech, with a whole mismatch of bizarre accents thrown in there. The American character was the only one who escaped this identity crisis. I was hoping this book would explore and celebrate the variety in the different Asian cultures but it missed the mark for me unfortunately.

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  • rapsqueak
  • 07-03-18

Crazy dross

Determined to finish this as I had paid for it, but shouldn’t have wasted my time.
Barely a story there and just a long list of words strung together with a massive drop of designer names. Obviously was the point of the book to show these bizarre lives, but soooo boring.

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  • Miss A J Watson
  • 09-12-18

Fun, easy read

I enjoyed reading this book. It did explore the culture of Asia, the divides between families of different class and the prejudice put on those with less of ‘newer’ money than those with extreme ‘old money’ wealth.
Fun to read and funny, looking forward to watching the film.

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  • juozas kasiulis
  • 09-08-18

Definitely worth listening

I am glad I got this audiobook as it was fun to listen. Story well done with interesting characters and it was difficult to guess what will happen next. Narration very well done with feeling of authenticity.

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  • Chia L.
  • 09-06-18

Entertaining and colourful

Entertaining and the story's setting made more vivid by the narrator's use of colloquial expressions. Most Asian readers will find some relatable experience or traits from the characters in the book.

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  • A. Salim
  • 08-31-18

Hilarious

Hilarious book exploring the typical Asian cliches. I like the narration by Lynn Chen as she keeps the audience excited about what would happen next. However sometimes I feel that she’s trying too hard with the different English accents and the pronounciations for Hokkien/Malay terms could be improved.

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 08-27-18

I hope the film is just as good.

I had to get the book before I watch the movie. I'm glad I did, the book is really funny at first and really ridiculous with the rich people. I do hope the film is great yo watch, now.

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  • Pascal Brunet
  • 08-13-18

the very very best

i read this faster than any book before on audible. it is a must read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-18

amazing story. terrible audiobook.

Loved the story. But the reading and accent used in the audiobook was poor and at times showed a lack of disregard for differences in Southeast Asian cultures. For example, the Malay princess would never have such a "Chinese" accent/mannerism. Pronunciation of local words in Malay, Hokkien and Cantonese were VERY poor. It took a lot of the authenticity away from what was a brilliant story. It also felt as if not much thought was put into maximizing the potential to tell the story better through an audiobook.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-24-18

Very funny and enjoyable

A light hearted enjoyable glimpse into the crazy lives of the super rich of Singapore . Mostly silly balanced out by a couple of more serious storylines. Especially funny if you have ever been to Singapore, but not essential.