Crazy Rich Asians Audiobook Summary
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.
Crazy Rich Asians Audiobook Reviews
I marathon-read this book in a one-night binge prior to watching the movie. It was a gripping, engaging read. The book is stuffed with quotes and witty humor, and it’s easily one of those novels that you’d read and never put down until you’re all 500+ pages through.
Perhaps most ironic about this book is that, despite the fact that the family depicted is fabulously, unattainably wealthy—despite the fact that the material extravagance in the book is unimaginable for the average person—the book is incredibly relatable. It hits home hard on many aspects of the Asian (and Asian-American) experience. The themes of family (especially large, feuding ones, overly invested in everyone’s relationships and ever keen to gossip) are common to all of us. And as I shared this book with my friends, each of us found characters who we felt resembled our own family members, or other people we knew. Nick’s chill father. The overbearing mother. The gossip-happy cousin.
There is a remarkable about of nuance and character development in this book. Characters are rarely a one-dimensional caricature; they feel human, real—and you feel as if you’ve been brought along this whirlwind journey in real life. That is, indeed, what I look for in a good book.
10/10 recommend. Go read this—and watch the movie—regardless of whether you’re Asian. Yes, some jokes will make more sense if you’re from the Asian community, but Kwan does a great job with footnotes explaining it all. This book is bold and unapologetic, and for that, I loved it.29 people found this helpful.
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