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  • Written by: Kevin Kwan
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  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (704 ratings)
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Crazy Rich Asians

Written by: Kevin Kwan
Narrated by: Lynn Chen
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A hilarious and heartwarming New York Times best-selling novel - the basis for the acclaimed major motion picture!

"There's rich, there's filthy rich, and then there's crazy rich.... A Pride and Prejudice-like send-up about an heir bringing his Chinese-American girlfriend home to meet his ancestor-obsessed family.” (People)

When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.

On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers. 

©2013 Kevin Kwan (P)2013 Random House

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  • 2017-12-12

Meh

Loved the story but... The narrator could have been better. Horrible mockery of Asian accents.

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Fantastic

I loved this book! So much fun, pulls at the heartstrings. AMAZING reading by Lynn Chen

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horrible attempt from the narrator.

I really struggled. The performers attempt on the different characters are dreadful. Can't tell them apart or understand her at all. Storyline is funny and classic rom com in a south east asian setting. So if you like Romantic Comedy I would really recommend just reading the book.

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Just in time for the movie!

I travel a bit for my job, and read this book when it first came out. (I went old school and put it in a book jacket so people wouldn't think I was reading something perhaps racially inappropriate - you know, book in disguise). In prep for the movie I just did a fast audible / book re-read and my daughter did as well so we could analyze the similarities and differences between the book and the movie -- loved both a LOT, and yep, some interesting differences. Looking forward to the sequel now.

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Just not for me

I got this book because the I thought the movie trailer looked good.
If you’re interested in fashion, you might love this book, every character’s outfit is described, and I’m sure they’re beautiful, but

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Wonderful story telling

From the very first page this narrative is the most engaging story yet. I could not stop listening. There is a true fairy tale ending to this book. Wonderful!

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Love the writing…awesome story…fun, funny and dead serious topics combined !

A great story full of funny, serious, educational tales that combined made an excellent story. Sadly the narration was not awesome…but the story was so it still deserves a ‘ten’ to my mind !

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Love, love, LOVE!!!

It took me a little time to get into the book. At first I listened to a chapter or two and then stopped for weeks. Once I restarted, I really loved it. Humourous but down to earth with fun characters that you'll either love or hate. You may even see some similarities to people in your life.
I don't know if this is how "Asian" cultures really are and would never assume but it was an intriguing look into a world I know little about.
The narrator had a lot of expression and took on the character really well-however the pronunciation of the French words could use some practice.
Can't wait to listen to/read to the next one.

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So intense!

I loved this audiobook and the paperback (they varied). I will definitely have this in my collection to read again.

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Good story but a bit slow with all the dialogue

I felt the story was good, with good themes and descriptions but a bit slow overall as 75% of the story was told through characters dialogue, and a lot of the conversations seemed to be fluff or pointless information. I did like the story though and the narrator, and will most likely give his other books a try!

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  • TST
  • 2013-07-25

Narration is horrible

What disappointed you about Crazy Rich Asians?

I had a lot of difficulty getting through the narration of this book. I speak Chinese and know how the asian dialects sound; the narrator obviously does not know either. It was painfully annoying listening to her attempts to mimic the accents and the language -- it was downright insulting at times. Her British accent was fine but anytime she tried to speak with an accent or use the Chinese words, I cringed and unfortunately, it ruined the book for me. I think I would have enjoyed the book much more if I had read it rather than listening to the narrator.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The general story is interesting.

How could the performance have been better?

A narrator who actually spoke Chinese and could mimic the accents, without being insulting

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The story kept me going or else I would have given up on it after the first few chapters.

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  • Weslina Hung
  • 2017-12-29

You're better off reading this light-hearted romp

What disappointed you about Crazy Rich Asians?

The narrator may be Chinese, but she fails to imitate the Singaporean accent, nor does she pronounce the various Cantonese, Hokkien, or Singaporean words correctly.

I obtained a physical copy of the book, and there are many useful, entertaining footnotes that have been omitted in the audiobook.

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  • BoughtAndHereIsMyFeedback
  • 2017-12-06

1st Chapter, can't stand narration AND I'm asian!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This would have been a great a book to listen but I am now just going to read this book.

What didn’t you like about Lynn Chen’s performance?

exaggerated

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  • Kiki
  • 2017-03-17

Worst Narration Ever

The attempts at accents are so bad that in addition to being annoyingly distracting the delivery rarely matches the context of the dialog. Add to that vocal fry and.. cringing experience.

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  • ARS101
  • 2013-07-28

Annoying Narration

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Narrate the book without the exagerrated accents so we can hear the words clearly. The constant shifting back and forth of accents and voices made it difficult to follow the dialogue.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lynn Chen?

Anyone incapapble of doing "chinese" accents. The accents in a different light could be thought of as offensive stereotypes.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

no

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-06-06

Just Okay

I purchased this book because it had a pretty good rating, although I must say I was disappointed. The writing itself was great as it really painted a picture of the characters and places. But the story was lackluster, and the characters rather boring. It was honestly a little hard to get through. The only time my interest was peaked was in the final few chapters. The performance was great, but overall the book was just okay. Not something I would recommend. It is also supposed to be made into a movie, which hopefully will be better.

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  • Moira
  • 2013-10-13

Terrible narration

What would have made Crazy Rich Asians better?

The narration was stilted and did not match the time if the book.

Would you be willing to try another one of Lynn Chen’s performances?

Not with the same narrator

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  • Jade Young
  • 2018-06-18

Terribly performed accents/pronunciations

The narrator’s accent is terrible and distracts from the enjoyment of the book. It would have been more believable if the narrator could more accurately (or at least more closely) say the Chinese words and better execute the accents. As it is, it is annoying and distracting.

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  • Mon
  • 2014-01-04

Entertaining, Fun Listen

If you could sum up Crazy Rich Asians in three words, what would they be?

Worth the Credit!

What other book might you compare Crazy Rich Asians to and why?

This book is totally entertaining, and it is all about money, eye candy, jet setting and living LARGE! It's not deep but that's ok - it's entertaining, and the family dynamics among the crazy rich are interesting. I also liked the love story story between Rachel and Nick. I liked both characters and was rooting for them throughout the book. This book is a little like Devil Wears Prada in tone and absorption. Again, not deep but very very entertaining.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Rachel Chu deals with the fish incident. She takes the high road and I admired her for dealing with the non stop backstabbing and gossip. She was the recipient of some serious mean girl action.

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

I really enjoyed this book - it's the perfect beach read type book.

Any additional comments?

I hope to see more Kevin Kwan audio books in the future!

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  • sharlatan
  • 2017-11-08

Audiobook recommended. Great narration!

I had originally attempted to read this book when it first came out, but couldn't even get past chapter one. Then a few weeks ago, a colleague came to talk to me about this book. She mentioned how she was really enjoying the audiobook, and asked me whether I'd read it (since I'm from Singapore). I sheepishly told her how I'd tried, but given up. Her talk reignited my interest in the novel, and also made me feel compelled to read it in order to live up to my Singaporean name.

I must say that the audiobook was certainly much more enjoyable than its printed counterpart. Listening to it during my commutes to and from work kept me entertained for weeks on end, and I felt a tinge of sadness when the recording finally came to an end. I then tried the next book in the series, China Rich Girlfriend, and was dismayed to find out that they had switched the narrator.

In all honesty, I'm not sure why Lynn Chen is being criticized so harshly. For someone who (I assume) was brought up in America, I feel she does a darn good job with all the other accents. While it is true that there were things being pronounced "incorrectly," I found the mistakes sort of cute, which added to the entertainment value and made me laugh. I liked how Lynn Chen created distinctive speaking styles for each character, making it easy to differentiate between them.

Even though the other narrator, employed for books 2 and 3 in the series, is spot on in terms of pronunciation, I found her narration a lot less engaging, which most unfortunately, resulted in my returning China Rich Girlfriend.

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