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Five Star Billionaire

Tash Aw

Phoebe is a factory girl who has come to Shanghai with the promise of a job-but when she arrives she discovers that the job doesn't exist. Gary is a country boy turned pop star who is spinning out of control. Justin is in Shanghai to expand his family's real estate empire, only to find that he might not be up to the task. He has long harbored a crush on Yinghui, a poetry-loving, left-wing activist who has reinvented herself as a successful Shanghai businesswoman. Yinghui is about to make a deal with the shadowy Walter Chao, the five star billionaire of the novel, who with his secrets and his schemes has a hand in the lives of each of the characters. All bring their dreams and hopes to Shanghai, the shining symbol of the New China, which, like the novel's characters, is constantly in flux and which plays its own fateful role in the lives of its inhabitants. Five Star Billionaire is a dazzling, kaleidoscopic novel that offers rare insight into the booming world of Shanghai, a city of elusive identities and ever-changing skylines, of grand ambitions and outsize dreams. Bursting with energy, contradictions, and the promise of possibility, Tash Aw's remarkable new book is both poignant and comic, exotic and familiar, cutting-edge and classic, suspenseful and yet beautifully unhurried.

Phoebe is a factory girl who has come to Shanghai with the promise of a job-but when she arrives she discovers that the job doesn't exist. Gary is a country boy turned pop star who is spinning out of control. Justin is in Shanghai to expand his family's real estate empire, only to find that he might not be up to the task. He has long harbored a crush on Yinghui, a poetry-loving, left-wing activist who has reinvented herself as a successful Shanghai businesswoman. Yinghui is about to make a deal with the shadowy Walter Chao, the five star billionaire of the novel, who with his secrets and his schemes has a hand in the lives of each of the characters. All bring their dreams and hopes to Shanghai, the shining symbol of the New China, which, like the novel's characters, is constantly in flux and which plays its own fateful role in the lives of its inhabitants. Five Star Billionaire is a dazzling, kaleidoscopic novel that offers rare insight into the booming world of Shanghai, a city of elusive identities and ever-changing skylines, of grand ambitions and outsize dreams. Bursting with energy, contradictions, and the promise of possibility, Tash Aw's remarkable new book is both poignant and comic, exotic and familiar, cutting-edge and classic, suspenseful and yet beautifully unhurried.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Phoebe is a factory girl who has come to Shanghai with the promise of a job-but when she arrives she discovers that the job doesn't exist. Gary is a country boy turned pop star who is spinning out of control. Justin is in Shanghai to expand his family's real estate empire, only to find that he might not be up to the task. He has long harbored a crush on Yinghui, a poetry-loving, left-wing activist who has reinvented herself as a successful Shanghai businesswoman. Yinghui is about to make a deal with the shadowy Walter Chao, the five star billionaire of the novel, who with his secrets and his schemes has a hand in the lives of each of the characters. All bring their dreams and hopes to Shanghai, the shining symbol of the New China, which, like the novel's characters, is constantly in flux and which plays its own fateful role in the lives of its inhabitants. Five Star Billionaire is a dazzling, kaleidoscopic novel that offers rare insight into the booming world of Shanghai, a city of elusive identities and ever-changing skylines, of grand ambitions and outsize dreams. Bursting with energy, contradictions, and the promise of possibility, Tash Aw's remarkable new book is both poignant and comic, exotic and familiar, cutting-edge and classic, suspenseful and yet beautifully unhurried.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robertson Dean

Length:

15h 3m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

05:44


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

36:08


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

49:13


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

21:50


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

33:06


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

30:19


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

29:19


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

23:41


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

42:05


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

27:58


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

28:21


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

26:49


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

40:28


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

28:33


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

16:38


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

31:39


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

38:04


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

40:40


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

37:10


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

17:45


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

32:20


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

24:00


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

28:00


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

24:19


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

47:09


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

41:53


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

35:48


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

34:09


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

11:06


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

14:43


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:27


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

00:43