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Last Tang Standing

Written by: Lauren Ho
Narrated by: Catherine Ho
Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
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Crazy Rich Asians meets Bridget Jones's Diary in this funny and irresistible debut novel about the pursuit of happiness, surviving one's 30s intact, and opening oneself up to love.

At 33, Andrea Tang is living the dream: She has a successful career as a lawyer, a posh condo, and a clutch of fun-loving friends who are always in the know about Singapore's hottest clubs. All she has to do is make law partner, and her life will be perfect. And if she's about to become the lone unmarried member of her generation in the Tang clan - a disappointment her meddling Chinese Malaysian family won't let her forget - well, she doesn't need a man to complete her. Yet when a chance encounter with charming, wealthy entrepreneur Eric Deng offers her a glimpse of an exciting, limitless future, Andrea decides to give Mr. Right-for-her-family a chance. Too bad Suresh Aditparan, her office rival and the last man her family would approve of, keeps throwing a wrench in her plans. Now, Andrea can't help but wonder: In the endless tug-of-war between pleasing others and pleasing herself, is there room for everyone to win?

©2020 Lauren Ho (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • ETHEL JOY MONTANO
  • 2020-06-18

Last Tang Standing is Outrageously Funny!

Last Tang Standing is so beautifully written by Lauren Ho that after I finish listening to the audiobook version I ended up wishing for
a sequel or see this in a big screen. It’s so funny that this book has entertained me on my drive to work. I love all of the characters in the story, and I applaud Lauren’s idea of bringing in multicultural representation in her Rom-Com Novel. The cover was also pretty that it was my deciding factor why I purchase it first in Audible and I’m so glad I did! After that I also bought the paperback version as keeping a physical copy is definitely worth it!

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  • caroline outlaw
  • 2020-07-07

Exhausting

I really wanted to like this book. I found myself really getting into the plot at times, but the story moved way way too slow. And the main character was exhausting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-06-23

Probably better read in hard copy

It was a fine story, fairly predictable though. I think I would have liked it better perhaps if I read it on paper, as I think some of the humor and diary-ness of it didn’t come through quite the same as an audiobook.

Overall an easy, not complex read. Something to get through on the beach or if you’re looking for something super light for a vacation or something.

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  • Holly C. Salley
  • 2020-06-10

A delightful debut novel

I was so impressed with this book. It was such a nice escape from the real world. I couldn't stop listening. It is a good length..neither too short or too long. The story is complete at the end so could be stand alone but also I would be happy with a sequel. It is the perfect "beach read," Even if in 2020 nobody is going to the beach.

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  • Therese Van Arsdale
  • 2020-07-14

Back to Singapore

If you think you're heading back to Crazy Rich Asians territory, sorry. The Tangs are a more financially modest clan, mostly. When her rich auntie's threats to leave all unmarried Tangs out of her will become so serious even the auntie's lesbian daughter decides to get hitched to a man (no gay marriage in Singapore) Andrea Tang begins to feel the pressure. Pressure she doesn't need as she makes her final push to become a partner in the corporate law firm she often hates. It doesn't help that they've brought in a competitor to share her office, the much too good looking Suresh. Suresh seems safe, after all, he's engaged to a doctor who lives back in London. It doesn't help matters the doc is dragging her feet about the move. As they put in long hours at desks across from each other, could the growing attraction lead somewhere, or is it just a dead end? How's a girl supposed to balance a partnership bid and familial expectations and still keep her mind? This is such a fun and funny story. It was great to see another side of Singapore in this slow burn romantic comedy.
Catherine Ho captures Andrea's ever changing moods and a wide cast of character well. Great job.

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  • Gregory Barbee
  • 2020-07-13

Well worth the listen/read; a great debut

I don’t know that comparing this novel to Crazy Rich Asians does it any good — Lauren Ho’s debut novel is better, more tightly paced and absolutely hilarious. As a lawyer, I thoroughly enjoyed Andrea’s inner dialogue and comportment in her work relationships and settings. As a human, I appreciated the representation of Singaporean society and culture (not to mention Kuala Lumpur, India, the UK, etc.), as well as the shout-out to graphic novels prevalent throughout. As a reader, I am so very much looking forward to Lauren’s next writing, whatever she chooses. It will undoubtedly impress, as Last Tang Standing did (and does).

Finally, a note on the audiobook — Catherine Ho is a consummate professional and impressively embodies and conveys the hilarity of this novel. She’s an Earphones Award winner, and her talents shine while she relays Lauren’s humor, humanity and heart. In short, read and/or listen to this book.

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  • Juh-Meen
  • 2020-07-08

Loved It!

Loved It!!!! The Perfect Sappy Love Story!! Lauren Ho wrote a hilariously heart warming love story!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-04

Light, fun, easy rom-com

Props to the narrator for the beautiful performance. I enjoyed listening to her voice while driving to work. I’m convinced that her voice would have been Andrea Tang’s if she came to life.

The protagonist is easy to like but can be frustrating at times. The author did a great job describing the people and places in the story, which made it very easy to follow. The author’s sense of humor was spot on too.

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  • Alan
  • 2020-07-03

Not like Crazy Rich Asians

Thought this would be a good listen driving across country. Loved Crazy Rich Asians. This was not close. Simple, infantile at times, hard to sympathize or empathize with main character. Did finish somewhere in Nebraska, but the cattle was more exciting

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  • Linda
  • 2020-07-01

Far from foreign

This book was so boring. It felt like a messy mock up of sex in the city and crazy rich Asians smashed together. But none of the fun parts only naming Singapore etc... and avoiding aunties and grandmas from asking who they’re dating, why aren’t they married? Not even exposing their rich cultures or Singaporean landscapes. Nothing humorous. Or attention grabbing. They go to grandma. Grandma ask why no boyfriend. They go tinder. Lots of messy boring dates. Unnecessary dates. Etc...boring....blan story & no climax.