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Chico is a charming main character, and the story itself is light, amusing, and entertaining. I have enjoyed many of this author's narrated stories already, so I succumbed to the temptation of immediate purchase without listening to the sample.
This narrator sounds like he is doing voiceover for a rather boring nature show, his voice holds none of the nuances of expression one would expect in a story about humans instead of gerbils. I listened for about 20% of the narration, after all sometimes narrators do improve as they warm to the story. But to no avail, I simply could not finish, this lovely story was rendered boring, and I intend to return to Audible for a refund.
I expect more than someone simply reading a story aloud when I purchase an audible story. I expect a performance, why else would I spend money?
I cannot recommend this audiblized story to anyone. By all means read the ebook, Ms Cooper is a very imaginative storyteller.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
A fun and sweet story, free of angst and with some lovely and extremely anxious main character.
Chico is trying to get over a breakup. After moving above his cousin’s garage, a sudden turn of events put him in front of Rafael’s dancing class. He start to feel something for the dance instructor, but is too afraid to take any chances. Rafael is also interested in Chico, but is Chico ready to overcome the fear and take the risk of a new relationship?
This was a nice and sweet story, it was easy to understand Chico’s insecurities but sometimes it became too much and he start being a little frustrating. Most of the times he was a very likable characters, but there was those moments when I just couldn’t stand him. He felt a little immature. The anxiety issues he had felt very realistic at times. Rafael was ok, but I didn’t feel like I got to know much of him, he felt sort of the opposite of Chico, very self-confident and unafraid to ask for what he want.
Their relationship was very nice. It’s the kind of relationship development I like, taking things a little slow, giving enough time to make it believable. They had some moments together that were great, I wish it would be more, but I was happy with it.
I think I would enjoyed the story a little more, but I felt like the narration take some of the sweetness from it. While the moments when it was only narrating it was good and with a nice pace. When the dialogues begin, I was totally lost. It was hard to difference the characters from each other and it became a little monotonous, I just had a very hard time with it.
Overall it was good, I think reader who like free of angst stories can like it.