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Rich People Problems

A Novel
Narrated by: Lydia Look
Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (269 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Kevin Kwan, best-selling author of Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend, is back with an uproarious new novel of a family riven by fortune, an ex-wife driven psychotic with jealousy, a battle royal fought through couture gown sabotage, and the heir to one of Asia's greatest fortunes locked out of his inheritance.

When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside - but he's not alone. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim on their matriarch's massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park - a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore - Nicholas' childhood home turns into a hotbed of speculation and sabotage.

As her relatives fight over heirlooms, Astrid Leong is at the center of her own storm, desperately in love with her old sweetheart, Charlie Wu, but tormented by her ex-husband - a man hell-bent on destroying Astrid's reputation and relationship.

Meanwhile Kitty Pong, married to China's second richest man, billionaire Jack Bing, still feels second best next to her new stepdaughter, famous fashionista Colette Bing.

A sweeping novel that takes us from the elegantly appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a kidnapping at Hong Kong's most elite private school to a surprise marriage proposal at an Indian palace caught on camera by the telephoto lenses of paparazzi, Kevin Kwan's hilarious, gloriously wicked new novel reveals the long-buried secrets of Asia's most privileged families and their rich people problems.

©2017 Kevin Kwan (P)2017 Random House Audio

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A lovely way to round out the trilogy

Great book. I was listening on the bus when a particular character passed away and wept hysterically in public!

Love the trilogy overall. Crazy story lines that have kept me entertained for weeks.

Voice of Rachel was great in book 1 but annoying in the next two books. And some of the pronunciations in this book were appalling, particularly the Australian place names (Bondi and Coogee).

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My favourite of the trilogy

This third book in the series further develops a lot of the characters and story line and ties the whole thing so nicely together at the end.

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Truly heaetwarming

This series is great but as good as the first two books are, this climax is beyond words. It's so well written and ties up everything. It's one of the absolute best stories I've ever read.


For a series that starts out somewhat over the top, it's amazing how so realistic this story is. Kevin Kwan is awesome.

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Very enjoyable

Really enjoyable storyline with all the twists and turns. Fun to listen to it as an Asian knowing all these cultural things that we can relate to, but in a total different super rich world.

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well written, entertaining read with twists

Loved the book, enchanted from the beginning to the end. Great plot twists and the storyteller's voice is enjoyable to listen to.

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Loved this!!

I absolutely enjoyed this third book it tied in everything and brought the story to an end beautifully loved it!

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Great fun , Lydia Look given a stellar performance!! All the voices , gold

Love it . Great fun . Lydia make it so vivid , this amazing vocals work . It feels like a movie. The story ended stronger than it started . Amazing for a car drive .

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Great series continues

Fantastic narrator! Helps bring the story to life. If you enjoyed the previous two novels in this series, this won't disappoint.

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A hilarious and heartwarming trilogy

All three books in this series have been absolutely wonderful! The narrators capture the characters so well and the story will make you laugh, cry, and cringe all in one sitting.

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Fun

A lot of fun, very much enjoyed this trilogy. A few places in Sydney Australia were mispronounced by the narrator which was funny but cringeworthy.

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  • maxine
  • 30-05-2017

Fabulous and Fun

What made the experience of listening to Rich People Problems the most enjoyable?

This does not disappoint as a follow up to Crazy: Kwan is the Dominick Dunne of Asia. Millionaires are now just incidental to be important Billions are a must!!! Looking forward to the film adaptation - so much fun!!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rich People Problems?

Secret Tunnels

Have you listened to any of Lydia Look’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Great

Who was the most memorable character of Rich People Problems and why?

Kitty - she is the other Mrs Grenville!

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  • 30-05-2017

Cheesy and Funny and the PERFECT Summer Book!

I've read all of Kevin Kwan's books, and this one is as equally funny and entertaining as the first two. Of course, they're all kind of silly but entertaining nonetheless. (I see many parallels between the book and my real life as an Asian American woman!) The narrator really brings the story to life.

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  • TheBooks
  • 24-06-2017

Couldn't put it down!

I finished this book in a week! the grandmother is petty in a way that I live for! the story doesn't go where you think it will. And the narrator does a great job of distinguishing the many, many characters.

I highly recommend this book!!!

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  • Dara W.
  • 07-06-2017

Not as good as the first

Too much time on less than endearing characters. But vivid and descriptive like the first one.

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  • Barbara
  • 31-01-2018

Fantastical life

Would you consider the audio edition of Rich People Problems to be better than the print version?

I always love audio versions but wished the narrator knew correct pronunciation of many foreign terms

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes

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

The only extreme reaction to the whole series was sheer disbelief of that degree of wealth - that by the end billions were so meaningless, designer brands so cheapened and family dynasties more important than love or achievement. That said the whole series was so fun - to hear how the elite few live, spend their money, to dream of weeks in Paris while haute couture dresses are made and to salivate over their meals.

Any additional comments?

It really irks me when narrators mispronounce names. She should learn that the George V is not George 5 but George Cinq. And Nessun Dorma tune is not as she screamed.

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  • sherry
  • 05-06-2017

loved the whole series!

super fun read whith a great story line. This is a book thats a great listen and always happy to pick up again once you are forced to put it down.

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  • Sarah
  • 03-06-2017

Kwan does it again!

The next installment in a great story of family, culture, and traditions often unknown to the Western world. Kevin Kwan does a great job of weaving so many individuals' stories into a great tapestry. At times it can be hard to keep up with exactly which character is being discussed but it doesn't take more than a moment or two to catch up. Lydia Look's narration does such justice to the story and her great talent for making subtle shifts in her voice helps listeners follow along on when there are often many characters in one scene. Hope this isn't the end of this family's story, looking forward to the next book from Kevin Kwan for sure!!

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  • marcoMAGARELLI
  • 30-07-2017

Rich Asian Series

I thoroughly enjoyed the story telling of this series of books--funny, light and entertaining summer read. I must say, however, there were many cringeworthy moments when the narrator mispronounced names and words. This is an easy fix with some Google research. This totally bugged me.

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  • Li liu
  • 28-06-2017

Had a hard time to finish it

struggle to finish it, it is a shallow book. dont like the narrator's tone,especially she tries to imitate Chinese or Singapore ladies

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  • toniriedl
  • 21-06-2017

Pretty good

the second book was the best . This book was good I'm glad I read it /listen to it . We're at the credit . Get you a nice long story to listen to . I found myself even wanting to Google these people because they were so well-rounded . I think the plot could've been a little more robust

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 31-08-2018

great ending

despite the fact that it was supposed to be sad, this book made me laugh a lot and is perhaps the funniest of the trilogy.
it is also a great ending to a great story, definitely worth a good read/listen.

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  • Ania Ringwelski
  • 20-02-2018

modern asian downton abbey!

love love love this series, wish there could me more. good performance by narrator as well

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  • Sue Johnson
  • 02-03-2019

fantastic

all three books were fantastic. I cant wait to see what he comes up with next.

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  • TheZee
  • 19-02-2019

What a grand finale!

I have enjoyed every book on this trilogy. I have learnt so much and I have come to realise that great stories live in us all. Kevin Kwan is a master of artistic writing.

I love the way he ties all the stories into one marvelous yarn. My heart said yes as I reached the end of this book. Tyersall Park made it. Now I can watch the movie. I hope there are more movies to showcase this tome of a trilogy.

What a grand finale!

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  • Tashiani
  • 05-02-2019

funny !

couldn't stop listening and laughing...gives the movie more meaning . Kevin describes the world so perfectly and its beautifully narrated

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  • kanjana
  • 19-01-2019

love love love

very good companion on my long road trip, high recommend for entertaining purposes, cant wait for more

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  • H.A.B.
  • 14-10-2018

PART III of an amazing story

I can only recommend this Trilogy ...

Highly entertaining and addictive !!!

I have recommended these books many times and each time received THANK YOU notes for the recommendation.

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  • Lyll
  • 02-08-2017

Brilliant

Brilliant story and characters. I get into the stories at the first few chapters and have not stopped to listen since.
Highly recommended!

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  • Andrew
  • 11-06-2017

As good as the other books!

As good as 'Crazy Rich Asians' and 'China Rich Girlfriend​'. Absolutely loved the continuing story. Can't wait for the 'Crazy Rich Asians' movie!!