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Crazy Rich Asians

Narrated by: Lynn Chen
Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
4 out of 5 stars (309 ratings)
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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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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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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Sassy and fabulous

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this, but had heard good things about the film and wanted to read the book before seeing the film, as the book is always better than the film! Did not disappoint. Listening to it really helped in regards to the depth and layers, and character development. Is one of my favourite series, and made a boring commute enjoyable!

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Save yourself

I’m not sure why this is considered such a hit, maybe it’s that I don’t know the types of people being satirised in real life. None of the characters is remotely sympathetic because they are all too extremely stereotyped to be believable. The writing style gave the impression the author had thought of a series of exaggerated scenarios then written a plot to shoehorn them into.
I’d say if you are willing to read a text version you should do that instead of subjecting yourself to the audio. It was BAD. Chen has an irritating accent and exaggerated vocal habits in place of characterisation which grated.

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Fun read

An Insightful, funny, lighthearted read, a bit of a chick flick but more about the lifestyles of the mega rich Chinese with a romantic slant - will definitely watch the film too.

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fun and easy going

The narrator was good at doing several voices. I found some of them a little too mocking of accents. I really enjoyed the story and admire the narrator and writers skill. an easy bit of romance with a sweet message.

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Awful! Only positive is the good narration.

Awful! Only positive is the good narration, Lynn Chen is great and I would like to hear other books read by her. There is no substance to the story, the characters are one dimensional. It's terrible, I shall not be reading the remaining books in the trilogy. How is this book a bestseller?

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WONDERFFUL and ENTERTAINING ...

this is the first part of 3 books and it is well written - highly entertaining and gives a great insight into the asian world!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDABLE!!!!

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Brilliant

I loved this! The narrator brought to life the culture and characters - it just wouldn’t have been the same if I had been reading the printed book. Give yourself a treat and read it, but allow plenty of time because you won’t want to stop!

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Enjoyable

This was a really good story. Thoroughly enjoyable. The narrator was good, maintaining the accents for each character throughout.

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  • 31-08-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-11-18

Mediocre narrator

Lol the pronunciations and the accents are super cringey. Lots of mispronunciation of the singlish slang

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  • Marisa Susana Cárdenas Silva
  • 10-11-18

Can't stop listening to it

Love it. It is a colorful book and the way the stories are told makes you super engaged

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-10-18

Brilliant

thoroughly enjoyed this one. Will go on to the next one in the series. Good Narration too

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  • Xaviera
  • 20-09-18

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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  • Nora
  • 10-09-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-08-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-08-18

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!