Kevin Kwan, best-selling author of Crazy Rich Asians, is back with a wickedly funny new novel of social climbing, secret e-mails, 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)2016 Audible, Ltd
"Story as good as the first - Audio edited poorly."
Kevin Kwan provides a sequel to CRAZY RICH ASIANS which matches in excitement, lavishment and so much spendor you find yourself taking notes!
My only negativity about this Audiobook, and the reason why I didn't give it a 5-Star review, is that the editing of the voice-actor is not up to scratch. The actor provides a faultless performance. However there were many distracting mid-sentence or mid-phrase pauses which obviously made by the voice-actor as tools when reading for an eloquent recording, as is the norm when recording Audiobooks, but the editor/engineer should have removed these prior to publishing to provide a seemless listening experience.
"More Style, Less Substance"
I'm not going to pretend Crazy Rich Asians was something deep and meaningful, but while it was a fun beach read it had some sense of structure and story. China Rich Girlfriend seems to tie off the handful of loose ends from the last book and pad it out with too much label dropping and luxury scene setting.
Definitely see it being made into a movie. Hopefully it won't be white washed, whoever plays the characters.
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