Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013 | Unabridged
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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.
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780804120791
080412079X
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (13 hours, 53 minutes, 16 seconds)) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Chen, Lynn 1976-
OverDrive, Inc

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bvallco
Oct 29, 2018

The book is fun, but the narration is atrocious. I mean REALLY atrocious …. there is no need for the phony accents (some narrators are gifted in this way and it works, but when they are not, it is very jarring and distracting). The other factor in how poor the narration is that the narrator does not appear to be reading ahead (we tend to scan by a millisecond when we read), so her inflection is often off: she will read a sentence as a statement, and then end it with "he asked". Or, in a flat voice will deliver the words, followed by "she screeched". Waiting for the hard copy, LOL.

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NaMe24
Sep 16, 2018

My coworker recommended this to me and I put the audiobook on hold. Saw the trailer for the movie and thought it looked insanely mediocre so my expectations got deflated. I started listening and only thought "why do I care about any of these rich people problems?" I now hate myself for listening to in straight through on my commutes to work it is hilarious/engaging.

OPL_ErinD Jun 05, 2018

I downloaded this because I wanted to be prepared going into the upcoming movie, but now I will definitely have to finish the series. For romcom fans and anyone who spends their holiday break watching things like "A Christmas Prince."

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lpreston214
Feb 20, 2018

As far as the audio book, this reader was not good. She tried to do a British accent and failed miserably. Just painfully bad.

As for the book itself, it started ok, then just got annoying. Obviously I know the book is about crazy rich people but it was really over the top annoying. After setting it aside for a while I went back and it got better. Also it took quite a while to remember the characters and figure out which ones were really main. By the end I liked it and will try reading the next in the series. I think it just took too long to establish that there was actually a plot. Once that got going it was fine.

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AureliaReads
Dec 15, 2017

Audiobook read by someone who appeared to not know the book was supposed to be funny. So the long descriptions of over-the-top obscene wealth, wastefulness and selfishness that -- I guess -- were supposed to be absurd or satirical (??) fell flat. Very flat. Did not make it past Disk 3.

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TheresaAJ
Oct 25, 2017

When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend NIck Young, she isn't prepared for the rich and wealthy lifestyle that he never told her about. As she navigates the world of designer everything, couture dresses, mean rich girls, and a culture obsessed with money and bloodlines, she examines her own upbringing and reactions to the inbred world of generational Singaporean wealth. As the author introduces you to the prejudices and beliefs that mainland Chinese, overseas Chinese, and ABCs (American-born Chinese) have about each other, the reader gets caught up in a story that culminates in a $40 million wedding (everyone is trying to guess where they spent the money) and a cliffhanger ending between Rachel and Nick.

rtalps Oct 10, 2017

Well-narrated audiobook (although be warned the narrator changes for the second book). This is the perfect beach read for summer: light, fluffy and gossipy. Kwan has excellent character-building, though, and the plot is meaty enough to leave you satisfied at the end.

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pakipika
Aug 14, 2017

"Finish your chicken nuggets. Don't you know children are starving in America?" Amusing bias from many directions in this story. Lots of loose ends, so I am looking forward to listening to the sequel, as well as seeing the movie, which to date is in post-production. It's probably a chick flick, depending on how the screenplay alters the book. Ms. Chen did a great job reading, imitating voices, and speaking Asian dialects. I'm still trying to find out what "ah la mah" means. It is spoken often, the way English say "oh my gawd" with a snooty "can you believe it" attitude. Quick read.

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yykkll
Jul 04, 2017

Weak ending. Many loose ends....it's unfinished work.

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elizali
Feb 12, 2016

Kind of slow at the start, but heats up later on!

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