Monday, February 8, 2021

Book Review: The Five-Year Hitch

This is a new one for me. Whenever I listen to an audiobook, it is usually one that is based on an actual book that you can read. These audiobooks usually take hours to finish and if I get tired of listening, I could switch to reading them myself. For the Melissa de la Cruz book The Five-Year Hitch, I could only listen to the book, because there is no written copy for me to read (that I know of anyway). Despite that, I decided to give it a try since it featured the voice talents of two actors that I admire: Rachel Boston and Daniel Di Tomasso.

Credit: Audible

Rachel and Daniel have previously worked together with Melissa de la Cruz on the TV series Witches of East End, an adaptation of de la Cruz’ book of the same title. Based on that, I think it is a given that these two would be able to play well off each other since they have already worked together in that series. I loved that show and I love seeing these actors in their individual projects. I knew from how they act on romantic movies for TV that they would be good people to listen to for a romantic audiobook like this. 

Unfortunately, this is a short audiobook and apparently a special audio-only project for Audible. It was about an hour and thirty minutes and I really wish that there had been more to it because I was enjoying listening to the two actors play the leads in the story that was being presented. 

Do not expect this to be the kind of audiobook where the actors narrate events the way they do in books. The Five-Year Hitch sounds more like a podcast where the two lead characters are being interviewed about their love story. I found that to be a refreshing change to most (if not all) audiobooks that I have read, and I think that with the way that the actors delivered their lines, it was a good thing. It sounded like a real couple sharing their story. I could imagine sitting with them somewhere while they shared their story.

It is a quick and easy listen, and I enjoyed it. However, I have read that so many people are complaining that this was not good enough and that they did not enjoy it, but I have to disagree on that. It was a good story, and the actors played their characters really well. If there is any complaint that I have about this it is that it was too short and that there should have been more. They could have gone on to talk more about their story so that it can be longer than it is because I enjoyed listening to Rachel Boston and Daniel Di Tomasso. 

If you enjoyed stories of friends who ended up together like One Day and Love Rosie, you would enjoy this audiobook. It is a light-hearted version of these two stories, where the two friends come and go into each other’s lives and end up together in the end. 

I would love to see this as a TV movie or something similar. I thought this was a cute story that would be great on screen, hopefully also with Rachel Boston and Daniel Di Tomasso. I have not been on Audible for a while now but I when I read about this, I signed up again and I think that it was worth it. If you have the time and would like to listen to a romance-themed audiobook, this might be a good thing to check out!


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