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Publisher's Summary

Kevin Kwan, best-selling author of Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend, is back with an uproarious new novel of a family riven by fortune, an ex-wife driven psychotic with jealousy, a battle royal fought through couture gown sabotage, and the heir to one of Asia's greatest fortunes locked out of his inheritance.

When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside - but he's not alone. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim on their matriarch's massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park - a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore - Nicholas' childhood home turns into a hotbed of speculation and sabotage.

As her relatives fight over heirlooms, Astrid Leong is at the center of her own storm, desperately in love with her old sweetheart, Charlie Wu, but tormented by her ex-husband - a man hell-bent on destroying Astrid's reputation and relationship.

Meanwhile Kitty Pong, married to China's second richest man, billionaire Jack Bing, still feels second best next to her new stepdaughter, famous fashionista Colette Bing.

A sweeping novel that takes us from the elegantly appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a kidnapping at Hong Kong's most elite private school to a surprise marriage proposal at an Indian palace caught on camera by the telephoto lenses of paparazzi, Kevin Kwan's hilarious, gloriously wicked new novel reveals the long-buried secrets of Asia's most privileged families and their rich people problems.

©2017 Kevin Kwan (P)2017 Random House Audio

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  • 05-30-17

Cheesy and Funny and the PERFECT Summer Book!

I've read all of Kevin Kwan's books, and this one is as equally funny and entertaining as the first two. Of course, they're all kind of silly but entertaining nonetheless. (I see many parallels between the book and my real life as an Asian American woman!) The narrator really brings the story to life.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Not as good as the first

Too much time on less than endearing characters. But vivid and descriptive like the first one.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Fabulous and Fun

What made the experience of listening to Rich People Problems the most enjoyable?

This does not disappoint as a follow up to Crazy: Kwan is the Dominick Dunne of Asia. Millionaires are now just incidental to be important Billions are a must!!! Looking forward to the film adaptation - so much fun!!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rich People Problems?

Secret Tunnels

Have you listened to any of Lydia Look’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Great

Who was the most memorable character of Rich People Problems and why?

Kitty - she is the other Mrs Grenville!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Couldn't put it down!

I finished this book in a week! the grandmother is petty in a way that I live for! the story doesn't go where you think it will. And the narrator does a great job of distinguishing the many, many characters.

I highly recommend this book!!!

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loved the whole series!

super fun read whith a great story line. This is a book thats a great listen and always happy to pick up again once you are forced to put it down.

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  • Sarah
  • LOYAL, OK, United States
  • 06-03-17

Kwan does it again!

The next installment in a great story of family, culture, and traditions often unknown to the Western world. Kevin Kwan does a great job of weaving so many individuals' stories into a great tapestry. At times it can be hard to keep up with exactly which character is being discussed but it doesn't take more than a moment or two to catch up. Lydia Look's narration does such justice to the story and her great talent for making subtle shifts in her voice helps listeners follow along on when there are often many characters in one scene. Hope this isn't the end of this family's story, looking forward to the next book from Kevin Kwan for sure!!

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Pretty good

the second book was the best . This book was good I'm glad I read it /listen to it . We're at the credit . Get you a nice long story to listen to . I found myself even wanting to Google these people because they were so well-rounded . I think the plot could've been a little more robust

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Another outstanding novel

Great story, and narration.
I couldn't put it down. Exceptional plot and funny as well.
Well done Kevin Kwan. I'm eagerly awaiting your next novel.

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Fantastical life

Would you consider the audio edition of Rich People Problems to be better than the print version?

I always love audio versions but wished the narrator knew correct pronunciation of many foreign terms

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The only extreme reaction to the whole series was sheer disbelief of that degree of wealth - that by the end billions were so meaningless, designer brands so cheapened and family dynasties more important than love or achievement. That said the whole series was so fun - to hear how the elite few live, spend their money, to dream of weeks in Paris while haute couture dresses are made and to salivate over their meals.

Any additional comments?

It really irks me when narrators mispronounce names. She should learn that the George V is not George 5 but George Cinq. And Nessun Dorma tune is not as she screamed.

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  • Audrey
  • Chicago, IL USA
  • 08-26-17

Quite dull

You can sum up this entire novel in a six word story. Rich grandmother dies, heirs want billions.

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 08-31-18

great ending

despite the fact that it was supposed to be sad, this book made me laugh a lot and is perhaps the funniest of the trilogy.
it is also a great ending to a great story, definitely worth a good read/listen.

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  • Ania Ringwelski
  • 02-20-18

modern asian downton abbey!

love love love this series, wish there could me more. good performance by narrator as well

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  • H.A.B.
  • 10-14-18

PART III of an amazing story

I can only recommend this Trilogy ...

Highly entertaining and addictive !!!

I have recommended these books many times and each time received THANK YOU notes for the recommendation.

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  • Li
  • 08-02-17

Brilliant

Brilliant story and characters. I get into the stories at the first few chapters and have not stopped to listen since.
Highly recommended!

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  • Andrew
  • 06-11-17

As good as the other books!

As good as 'Crazy Rich Asians' and 'China Rich Girlfriend​'. Absolutely loved the continuing story. Can't wait for the 'Crazy Rich Asians' movie!!

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  • henhao
  • 03-03-18

A lovely way to round out the trilogy

Great book. I was listening on the bus when a particular character passed away and wept hysterically in public!

Love the trilogy overall. Crazy story lines that have kept me entertained for weeks.

Voice of Rachel was great in book 1 but annoying in the next two books. And some of the pronunciations in this book were appalling, particularly the Australian place names (Bondi and Coogee).

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  • Rebecca
  • 10-13-18

My favourite of the trilogy

This third book in the series further develops a lot of the characters and story line and ties the whole thing so nicely together at the end.

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  • Kirrily A Rogers
  • 10-04-18

Great series continues

Fantastic narrator! Helps bring the story to life. If you enjoyed the previous two novels in this series, this won't disappoint.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-27-18

A hilarious and heartwarming trilogy

All three books in this series have been absolutely wonderful! The narrators capture the characters so well and the story will make you laugh, cry, and cringe all in one sitting.

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  • Linda
  • 09-27-18

Fun

A lot of fun, very much enjoyed this trilogy. A few places in Sydney Australia were mispronounced by the narrator which was funny but cringeworthy.

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  • Zoe Smith
  • 09-04-18

Loved it

Loved all three of the trilogy. Great read. Sad it is over. Looking forward Kevin Kwan's next books.

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  • David
  • 08-07-18

wonderfully funny trio!

so funny and yet believable stories of the Asian uber rich. loved the slang and accents by Lydia Look. Thanks Kevin for so many great laughs!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-16-18

Lifestyles of the rich and richer

Partly satirical look at the excesses of the rich. Colorful settings and characters. Mostly entertaining.

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  • the art of learning
  • 06-10-18

Over done .

To much time is wasted on the details about what clothes,bags ,jewellery shoes each character had or didn’t have on . This is just some of the things in the story’s that are just wasting space in all 3 books.I’ve listened to all 3 now. The Audio versions are good just because you can skip forward the parts That i got bored with.I Still enjoy all 3 .

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  • Marie
  • 06-10-18

Light entertainment

I find the reader's accents quite good. Considering how many different characters she needs to keep track of and need to sound different but recognisable each time, i think it's quite impressive. The only thing that cracked me up is when the father who has supposedly lived in Sydney for years pronounced Bondi as 'Bon-Dee' and Coogee and 'Coo-gee' (as in geese) instead of Bon-dye and Coo-gee (like gee, thanks)