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China Rich Girlfriend

A Novel
Written by: Kevin Kwan
Narrated by: Lydia Look
Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (181 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Kevin Kwan, best-selling author of Crazy Rich Asians, is back with a wickedly funny new novel of social climbing, secret emails, art-world scandal, lovesick billionaires, and the outrageous story of what happens when Rachel Chu, engaged to marry Asia's most eligible bachelor, discovers her birth father.

On the eve of her wedding to Nicholas Young, heir to one of the greatest fortunes in Asia, Rachel should be over the moon. She has a flawless Asscher-cut diamond from JAR, a wedding dress she loves more than anything found in the salons of Paris, and a fiancé willing to sacrifice his entire inheritance in order to marry her. But Rachel still mourns the fact that her birth father, a man she never knew, won't be able to walk her down the aisle. Until: A shocking revelation draws Rachel into a world of Shanghai splendor beyond anything she has ever imagined. Here we meet Carlton, a Ferrari-crashing bad boy known for Prince Harry-like antics; Colette, a celebrity girlfriend chased by fevered paparazzi; and the man Rachel has spent her entire life waiting to meet: her father. Meanwhile Singapore's It Girl, Astrid Leong, is shocked to discover that there is a downside to having a newly minted tech billionaire husband. A romp through Asia's most exclusive clubs, auction houses, and estates, China Rich Girlfriend brings us into the elite circles of Mainland China, introducing a captivating cast of characters and offering an inside glimpse at what it's like to be gloriously, crazily, China rich.

©2015 Kevin Kwan (P)2015 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"Lydia Look is an expert narrator of this hyperbolic story of billionaires in Asia. She distinguishes between the dizzying, mostly female, cast of characters, juggling middle-aged mothers and young brides as well as bored young men." ( AudioFile)

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Dissapointed...

I loved the first book in this series, so I decided to read the second book in the Rich series. I read the first book while I was travelling, so maybe I didn't notice it as much, but holy cow... The author gives the MOST unnecessary details to talk about the different characters, and settings in the book. I understand this book is about people with money, but I REALLY don't need to know every single detail of a characters designer outfit... The author gives prices on items and talks about how luxurious and "vintage" things are, but all this did was just give me a bad taste in my mouth! It just sounded like someone who was bragging about how much money they had ALL THE TIME... The story line was kind of dull in this book too, nothing REALLY happened. Can't say I'll be running out to buy the next book in the series if it's as lame as this one. The narrator was great though! I loved how she gave different accents for all the characters, and she flowed really nicely between all of them as well.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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light yet enthralling entertainment!

The narrator alone makes me recommend the audiobooks over reading it. Another great installment from Kevin Kwan, can't wait to experience the film version!

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It was sad listening to the audio of this

I listened to the audio of crazy rich asians, and the girl who narraratef it did a superb job! Lydia seems to struggle with accents and made me really hate the character Rachel because of how dumb she made her sound. I wish she practiced more on how the accents should’ve been to have more convincing characters.

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decent, lacks predictability

The story line was decent. It was filled with very predictable drama and nothing was all that "wow".

First book in the series was better as it truly gave a taste to the rich Asians.

This book played Rachel almost with a hint of "I want what the rich has" aura.

In addition, very cliche occurences. I don't know if that was the intent.

However, there were some very interesting and funny moments though that would be worth reading/listening to.

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Middle child of the trilogy

Middle book and "middle child" of the trilogy - it has some high and low points but is a very entertaining listen. This book introduces us more to a circle of characters and their quirky lives so far removed from any semblance of normal - so consumed with appearances. I loved the entire listen - highs and lows and all.

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  • Rachel
  • 2015-08-17

Fun Story. Discontinuity of narrators.

I enjoyed the book. Not as fun as the first book. I was disappointed that a new narrator was used. She did a great job, but hearing the characters voices with different accents and intonations than I became familiar with during the first book made it hard for me to become engaged with the audiobook for the first half.

73 of 73 people found this review helpful

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  • Anne
  • 2015-07-09

Narrator completely misses the point

China Rich Girlfriend, like its predecessor, Crazy Rich Asians, is a light, silly, guilty pleasure of a book. Rich Asians, which I read in print, was fun because the reader could laugh along with the author at the pretensions of the super-rich and sympathize with the nice young lovers. The narrator doesn't seem to understand the intention of the author or the tone of the writing. She reads as though we should take it all seriously and leaves me, as a listener, feeling that I need to explain the book to her. Frequently Audible narrators add to my understanding of a book. In this case I feel embarrassed for the narrator.

48 of 51 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • 2015-06-22

Rachel Reduced to a Gawking Twit

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the book but was so disappointed that Rachel has been reduced to a gawking twit - standing around and saying "wowie" to whatever spectacle is in front of her. She was such a well developed character in the first book that this is a real shame. The author uses her almost entirely as a device to represent the reader's awe in the face material excess. I think the narrator exacerbates this in her interpretation of Rachel. She reads her like a teenage voice rather than an adult woman. Lydia Look does an amazing job with all of the other characters so this is just a bad choice because otherwise she is a phenomenal narrator. All that being said I would read through whatever it takes to get to Astrid - what a great character. Looking forward to the next installation!

37 of 40 people found this review helpful

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  • ICY
  • 2017-07-02

Great Book. Narrator Brought the Book to Life

This book is easy listening. For the storyline, I just wish the author had kept it more believable. Some of the plots were out of reality. Lydia Look is a great narrator that completely brought the book to life. As a Singaporean who is well versed in Cantonese (Hong Kong Characters), Hokkien as well as Singlish, she is completely accurate in her narration. I am not sure why the other reviewers are dissing on her narration. I found her narration so good (better than the first book) that I look for other books narrated by her.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Colleen
  • 2017-12-06

The narrator for Crazy Rich Asians was better

If you could sum up China Rich Girlfriend in three words, what would they be?

The continuation of the story line was as good as the first book, funny and entertaining. However, the narrator for Crazy Rich Asians, Lynn Chen, was much better. The frequently used expressions "Aiyah" "lah" and "Alamak" were perfectly accentuated by Chen, and added to the humor of the book. When you hear Lydia Look use the same words, it sounds like she is reading a typo - or an extra word that was accidentally not edited out of the text. She also does not portray the character of Rachel very well..she makes her sound like a giggly teenager, rather than the respectable economics professor that she is..the voice she uses for Rachel is over bubbly and high pitched. The narration did not ruin the book, but most certainly took away from the five stars that I gave Crazy Rich Asians.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lydia Look?

The original narrator of Crazy Rich Asians, Lynn Chen

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

It made me laugh...but not as much as Crazy Rich Asians

Any additional comments?

Bring back Lynn Chen!!!

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  • kpdx
  • 2015-10-03

Narrator

Didn't like this narrator. The narrator of Crazy Rich Asians was much better, this person didn't differentiate from character to character well enough.

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  • samantha
  • 2015-07-15

Hard to understand narrator, does not flow well.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her accent is distracting and hard to follow. I am chinese american and I find the mixture between the english and chinese accents totally throws me off. I purchased the book and enjoyed it much better when I read it myself.

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  • yuki714
  • 2018-01-10

Narration (almost) ruined it for me!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

China Rich Girlfriend was a good follow-up story to the first book, but the narration was very distracting. The narrator's pacing and transition was off (maybe due to bad editing?), her accents were terrible and there wasn't enough distinction between the characters' voices, and she gave Rachel a voice that made her sound whiny and ditzy.
I almost stopped listening to the book several times because I was so distracted by the accents that the narrator attempted to do, with some sounding borderline "racist" (ex. the uneducated-sounding accent used for the Filipina de Ayala character). I'm halfway through the book and if it weren't for the fact that I am still very much intrigued by the main characters' storylines, I probably would've stopped listening to the book early on. I wish they used the same narrator from the first book, just saying.

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  • Julia
  • 2018-09-03

13 hours of snobry

Don’t waste your time. Is 13 hours of snobby billionaire families who gossip, cheat and add little value to their character or society. It’s also overwritten. There were so many sub plots I didn’t know who I was rooting for and how they tied together. In the end, they didn’t even tie together. I was so bored and annoyed with the indulgent characters, I stopped listening, read the detailed plot on Wikipedia, got the disappointed gist of the remaining story and stopped listening. Don’t wast your time.

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  • Linda
  • 2015-07-01

Opulent and the optima of guilty pleasure

This sequel is even more outrageous and soapy than the first! Like gossip girl for adults in Asia.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful