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Crazy Rich Asians

Narrated by: Lynn Chen
Series: Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
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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.

©2013 Kevin Kwan (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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Surpassed my expectations!

I didn’t want to read this but it kept showing up so I gave it a go and LOVED it! Made all the better by the very skilled narrator!

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Great Fun

Sit back and enjoy the story, your will laugh, you will gasp! An excellently told story.

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  • Rod
  • 08-08-2018

Singlish at its finest!

I don’t know how I’d go reading the book of Crazy Rich Asians because of the strong use of Singlish (Singaporean English) but listening to the audiobook is damn funny! Lynn Chen’s reading of Kevin Kwan’s bitchy romantic comedy is priceless.

Over the years, I’ve heard a few of my Singaporean friends joke about the intricacies of Singlish, with their quirky colloquialisms and use of “lah” at the end of so many sentences. It’s difficult to mimic correctly, particularly with the added lyricism of a Chinese accent, so hearing it in full swing is half the fun of this audiobook, even for the uninitiated.

Crazy Rich Asians follows the misfortunes of Rachel Chu, an ABC (American-Born Chinese), who travels to Singapore with her long-time boyfriend for his best friend's wedding. There, she finds herself ill-prepared for the excessively wealthy lifestyle of her boyfriend’s family and friends. While Rachel struggles to fit in and get her head around ways of the obscenely rich, she faces conniving friends and an equally unaccepting matriarch out to destroy her relationship.

There are subplots about a cheating husbands and money grabs, with expected themes of family, friendship, racism, personal priorities and trust. Central to the plot is also the popular fantasy of unexpectedly coming into ridiculous wealth – the kind of fantasy that spawned 1980s American soap operas like Dynasty.

Crazy Rich Asians is more than just chick-lit though. It’s a highly enjoyable culture shock, introducing us to various aspects of Singaporean culture through the eyes of Chinese Singaporeans, who make up more than 75% of the island nation’s population. Granted, as the title suggests, it focusses on a very small percentage of that ethnic majority but, going by Kwan’s representation of them, they’re the fun bunch! His privileged characters are all distinct and loveable, even if you find yourself loving to hate them.

Lynn Chen’s magnificent narration really brings these characters to life. Their personalities, unique speech patterns and their crazy, passionate viewpoints are all beautifully and often comically realised.

A film adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians is being released later this month which I look forward to seeing, but it will be hard pressed to top Chen’s stellar narration. The unabridged audiobook was released exclusively by Audible in October 2015 although it has recently been re-released more broadly as a movie tie-in edition (same audiobook, different cover image). It is well worth a listen.

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Utter masterpiece that made me want to visit Singapore.

Kwan brilliantly narrates the hard-to-articulate feeling that you don’t fit in with your family, or how a man’s pride is to provide for his wife, or how two people stop talking about the small things with each other. I am still short of breath from these scenes, not to mention the opulent wealth, the couture of Paris, satay in hawker lane Singapore, and the nuances of being too rich for your own good. I can’t wait to see the movie and how it represents my people. And Lynn Chen - she is a freaking talented narrator!!! I think she does about 9 different accents for all the crazy rich Asian characters in this book. I am a Kwan devotee for life!

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Loved this book

I really enjoyed this audiobook from the story to the excellent narration. The twist at the end keep me interested right up to the end.

This book blends facts, fiction, cultural nuances and human interactions and foibles beautifully to take the listener on a wonderful journey.

5 out of 5 from me.

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Good story. Shocking performance

Solid story. The narration is terrible.

The reader can't do accents at all... She has no idea and totally wrecks it. Struggled to get through it because of her

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Entertaining!

If you want an Entertaining book this is it!
And dont miss books 2 and 3 you'll be hooked!!!

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a great read...loved the local dialect slang!

alamak!...as an ex Singaporean I really got a feel for the place again and the stories of the local well heeled. great juxtaposition of european fashion and singapore makan. looking forward to Kevin Kwans next book

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Fun, easy read

Have family in Singapore so this book was fun to listen to. The story line wasn’t life changing but if you want a book that’s easy to listen to and not crazy serious then this is the one.

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Crazy story

This is an entertaining and interesting story. There are laughs, tears, anger and surprises. The story was very well read with the Asian inflections and expressions beautifully rendered. The ending is satisfying, but also left up in the air.

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  • Mandajanex
  • 08-08-2018

Great narrator and funny story

I loved the narrator - her voice was perfect. the story is really gripping and I couldn't stop listening!

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  • Kelly
  • 11-01-2019

So fun and reminds me of old TVB dramas

This book is so fun! If you love the movie then you will surely enjoy this. The book expand and changes some parts of the movie but nothing feels like fillers.

The voice actress is great, she puts on different voices and accent for each character which really makes it more colourful. Overall, a great production.

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  • Jesse L. Ross
  • 23-12-2018

excellent reader

I really enjoyed the narrator she makes this pretty much a movie with her accents and changing for each character!

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  • Michael
  • 07-10-2018

Trite soap opera

The reader was disappointing, the overall story rubbish and over the top in cliched drama.