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Summary

The fabulous new novel from the best-selling author of Crazy Rich Asians

When Lucy Tang Churchill meets George Zao at a lavish Capri wedding, she can’t stand him. He’s a mama’s boy. A self-righteous eco-warrior. A brooding weirdo that takes himself much too seriously. And no-one should look that good in tight white Speedos.

Worried about what her Mayflower-descended, Wall Street-wealthy family might think of this Hong Kong surfer boy, Lucy returns to the safety of Manhattan’s Upper East Side. So when she meets Cecil, a suave billionaire more concerned with his Instagram account than the planet, she thinks she’s found the perfect way to forget that moonlit night.

Beneath the lobster ravioli, Valentino bikinis, mega-yachts and Park Avenue apartments lurks the horror of the ‘informal’ dress code and the fear that someone, somewhere, is drinking a better vintage Champagne. 

Gloriously decadent and wildly romantic, Sex and Vanity is a delicious satire on the grandest of scales.

©2020 Kevin Kwan (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Not a patch on crazy rich Asians

Poor character development with no depth. I couldn’t buy into the protagonist’s journey or actions.

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Modern Adaptation of A Room with a View

This is literally a modern adaptation of A Room with a View, as soon as it got to the bit about them not having good views in their rooms it clicked. it's a good adaptation, I love how discriptive Kwan is with food and scenery and fashion and it's well adapted to modern times and I love that it touched on casual racism and how as a character of mixed descent it can be difficult to feel a part of either cultures but I did find Lucie to be even more insufferable a character than the original version if that is even possible.

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Aspirational but predictable

I enjoyed hearing every detail about the gorgeous locations and glamorous gowns, and imagining what it might be like to experience such an exclusive lifestyle. However, the plot (in particular, the love triangle) didn't grab me as much as I hoped it would. It seemed like a no-brainer who Lucy should end up with so the latter half did feel like a bit of a slog and I had to listen in small doses as my mind kept wandering. I did enjoy how cinematic the book felt though. Planning a visit to Capri asap!

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not as good as I thought

book was ok. I found that the narrator was not for me. The accents were all similar and she kept getting characters and accents confused

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Not the best listen

struggled to finish it. This book is no where near as good as the crazy rich Asians series.i expected more from this book, but felt the main characters lacked depth.

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No Spark

I wanted to enjoy this as much as I enjoyed the Crazy Rich Asian's trilogy but there's nothing here but fancy addresses in New York and brand dropping of big designer names. No chemistry between the main characters, just a totally flat story :(

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Super fun story

Love all his books, great story, only criticism is that the narrator can’t do accents

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Nothing like the crazy rich Asians trilogy

If you are a fan of everything glamorous then this book is for you.The true storyline in this book did not start to emerge until far into the middle. The constant introduction of new characters with a short biography made it difficult to listen to. I feel like The reader was better at reading the other book by Kevin Kwun As her various accents were not very convincing. There was a subject matter of internalised racism which could have been further explored had the writer delved into it right at the beginning. A good romantic comedy that could have been more cleverly told if the book had been a few hours longer. Everything seemed quite rushed. I very much prefer the crazy rich Asians trilogy to this. It Seemed more authentic..

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An enjoyable book

I loved Kevin Kwan’s previous novels which I listened to on my long commute to work and anxiously awaited the release of this book. Although I enjoyed it, it was, in my opinion, not as good as Crazy Rich Asians and the subsequent books in the series. I wasn’t as invested in the characters and was waiting for something ‘dramatic’ to happen, which, when it did, wasn’t as dramatic as the lead up suggested. Still a good read.

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Very poor choice of narrator

The story itself is...fine. Not particularly gripping, with much less excitement and rather flat characters. But not bad. The narrator, however, is terrible. Her intonations are often strange, and the accents for George and Cecil are awful and seem to fade in and out. The narration is so poor that it often completely distracts from the story.

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  • 28-08-20

Listening is a struggle

I’m unsure how long it will take me to listen to the whole book as the narrator is absolutely horrible. Each sentence is said as if they are the announcer at a boxing match building to a crescendo. In addition the narrator speaks each line so quickly like they’re trying to get in as many words as possible in as short a time as possible. I may have to buy the actual book for their one. I just cannot get into it. Such a shame.

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