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The fabulous new novel from the best-selling author of Crazy Rich Asians

When Lucy Tang Churchill meets George Zao at a lavish Capri wedding, she can’t stand him. He’s a mama’s boy. A self-righteous eco-warrior. A brooding weirdo that takes himself much too seriously. And no-one should look that good in tight white Speedos.

Worried about what her Mayflower-descended, Wall Street-wealthy family might think of this Hong Kong surfer boy, Lucy returns to the safety of Manhattan’s Upper East Side. So when she meets Cecil, a suave billionaire more concerned with his Instagram account than the planet, she thinks she’s found the perfect way to forget that moonlit night.

Beneath the lobster ravioli, Valentino bikinis, mega-yachts and Park Avenue apartments lurks the horror of the ‘informal’ dress code and the fear that someone, somewhere, is drinking a better vintage Champagne. 

Gloriously decadent and wildly romantic, Sex and Vanity is a delicious satire on the grandest of scales.

©2020 Kevin Kwan (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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another wedding, another story

Having gone through the Crazy rich Asian(CRA) Trilogy (1st one is the best), this book is also on similar lines. People are so rich, that th only thing they are left to worry about is skin colour, race and family honour. There's a wedding, there is young love amongst rich people, there is chase for more richness than happiness and there is unnecessary misery and deceit. From a plot point of view, it's not very exciting- actually it's predictable. the title is misleading also, it's only vanity. I didn't like it as much as CRA.

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  • KRT
  • 28-08-20

Listening is a struggle

I’m unsure how long it will take me to listen to the whole book as the narrator is absolutely horrible. Each sentence is said as if they are the announcer at a boxing match building to a crescendo. In addition the narrator speaks each line so quickly like they’re trying to get in as many words as possible in as short a time as possible. I may have to buy the actual book for their one. I just cannot get into it. Such a shame.

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  • Laurissy
  • 26-03-21

Not that good

Yeah this book isn’t that good. There are some good comedic bits and the over the top descriptions are kind of fun but all the characters suck in this and the romance is tepid and lame

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  • Sinead McGowan
  • 25-03-21

Summer listen, but nothing different

Some of the characters were quite irritating. Plot isn't anything extraordinary, but light listen during the pandemic and had me dreaming of holidays in Capri!

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  • Katrina M. Farrell
  • 11-12-20

Not a patch on crazy rich Asians

Poor character development with no depth. I couldn’t buy into the protagonist’s journey or actions.

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  • Melissa Fernandes
  • 20-10-20

Modern Adaptation of A Room with a View

This is literally a modern adaptation of A Room with a View, as soon as it got to the bit about them not having good views in their rooms it clicked. it's a good adaptation, I love how discriptive Kwan is with food and scenery and fashion and it's well adapted to modern times and I love that it touched on casual racism and how as a character of mixed descent it can be difficult to feel a part of either cultures but I did find Lucie to be even more insufferable a character than the original version if that is even possible.

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  • Charlotte
  • 23-09-20

Aspirational but predictable

I enjoyed hearing every detail about the gorgeous locations and glamorous gowns, and imagining what it might be like to experience such an exclusive lifestyle. However, the plot (in particular, the love triangle) didn't grab me as much as I hoped it would. It seemed like a no-brainer who Lucy should end up with so the latter half did feel like a bit of a slog and I had to listen in small doses as my mind kept wandering. I did enjoy how cinematic the book felt though. Planning a visit to Capri asap!

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  • sue
  • 18-09-20

not as good as I thought

book was ok. I found that the narrator was not for me. The accents were all similar and she kept getting characters and accents confused

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  • Cammelia
  • 09-09-20

Not the best listen

struggled to finish it. This book is no where near as good as the crazy rich Asians series.i expected more from this book, but felt the main characters lacked depth.

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  • Suzanne Pajarillo
  • 01-09-20

No Spark

I wanted to enjoy this as much as I enjoyed the Crazy Rich Asian's trilogy but there's nothing here but fancy addresses in New York and brand dropping of big designer names. No chemistry between the main characters, just a totally flat story
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  • gabs
  • 26-08-20

Super fun story

Love all his books, great story, only criticism is that the narrator can’t do accents

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  • Victoria
  • 24-08-20

Nothing like the crazy rich Asians trilogy

If you are a fan of everything glamorous then this book is for you.The true storyline in this book did not start to emerge until far into the middle. The constant introduction of new characters with a short biography made it difficult to listen to. I feel like The reader was better at reading the other book by Kevin Kwun As her various accents were not very convincing. There was a subject matter of internalised racism which could have been further explored had the writer delved into it right at the beginning. A good romantic comedy that could have been more cleverly told if the book had been a few hours longer. Everything seemed quite rushed. I very much prefer the crazy rich Asians trilogy to this. It Seemed more authentic..

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-07-20

If you...

Loved this book. The story has tie ins from Crazy Rich Asians.

Lucy is lovable and you will like her although she gets herself into some trouble.

Gosh just read it you won't be disappointed.. .

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  • craig
  • 10-07-20

Okay as a follow-up

Smashed through this one as it was an easy read. Characters weren't as engaging as the CRA series and a little less likeable.
Interesting portrayal of internalised racism.
As an Australian, I struggled listening to the 'Australian' accent.

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  • ally burgo
  • 10-07-20

Boring, predictable, vapid

Lacks the charm of Crazy rich Asians. More like a trashy Danielle Steele novel. Disappointing.

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  • Andrew W
  • 05-07-20

Funny again but too far

Enjoyed the other books this one is good but has a few too many twists of crazy which starts to spoil the experience of the light hearted story

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-01-21

Loved it

Easy listen/ read
Enjoyed the characters & the lavishness descried in the book
Similar theme to kevin kwans other books but i enjoy the theme

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-01-21

A nice summer read..

This is a really sweet story, filled with detailed descriptions of the lives of some unimaginably wealth characters.
A fun summer read.
Unfortunately the narrator CANNOT do an Australian accent for the character of George, it’s quite off-putting. If you can get past that, the rest of the story and narration is lovely.

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  • Maygan
  • 18-09-20

Predictable progression

Enjoyed the cross cultures
Possibly more a visual experience- to create the opulence and appreciate the grandeur

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