Release Date: June 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover/MP3 Download
Pages: Hardcover: 403 | Audio Length: 13 hrs 53 mins
Narrator: Lynn Chen
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis: 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. What she doesn't know is that Nick's family home happens to look like a palace, that she'll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia's most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back. Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick's formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should--and should not--marry. Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, Crazy Rich Asians is an insider's look at the Asian JetSet; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money; between Overseas Chinese and Mainland Chinese; and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich.
When it comes to the characters, while I liked the main story of Rachel and Nick, I really enjoyed some of the characters that filled the subplot, mostly Astrid. Astrid's character almost steals the show in my opinion. I can't wait to find out what happens with her in the next book.
At times, I felt that the book had a "Joy Luck Club" feel to it, especially when Rachel's mother tells her why she lied about something really important. There were a few other moments when that happens as well, but it didn't bother me, I just noticed it.
I recommend this title on audiobook. The narrator, Lynn Chen is just amazing and I look forward to listening to the rest of the series narrated by her. Over the few days that I listened to this on Audible, I found myself saying "Alamak!" Seriously, it gets addicting. Chen adds another layer of fun and she interprets these characters well. From Nick and Rachel, to Astrid and Michael, and the rest of this huge cast of characters, it was easy to listen to her narration this story. I loved her voice, but at times her pace was just a tad slow for my preference, so a quick modification up to 1.5x did the trick.
“Doing nothing can sometimes be the most effective form of action.”
“Perfection comes at a sacrifice,”
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