"Nagging just sounds so negative, and I am not a negative person. Truth is, I'm the kind of person you'd ask for directions if you were lost, or tell your life story to while waiting in line at the grocery store, which has happened on more than one occasion, believe me."
Sure, Ella Boudreaux is great at nagging - in fact, she's the best - but where has it gotten her?
Nowhere, that's where.
She can't hold onto a job and she can't find her true calling, but she knows it's out there. Could a handsome stranger help her find her destiny? Or maybe he was her destiny...
©2013 Barbara Venkataraman (P)2015 Barbara Venkataraman
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If You’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place… by Barbara Venkataraman, was the funniest 42 mins I have listen to in quite a while. I felt that it I was listening to my own life of a rambling voice except in a southern accent. At least this what my husband told me as Ella’s husband told her. Barbara takes what some of us only wish we could put down in writing. The narrator Carrie Lee Martz southern accent was so perfect for this short story. Taking Barbara’s story from Ella’s young youth and her best friend. The ideas she always got them in and never went well. When Ella meets her now husband in the current life. She continues her many jobs. Each one so funny from start to going on the next one. I do hope that there is a follow up to this hilarious story!
This story was provided to me by the author for an honest review. So all my views are my own and all I can say, “Get it and listen for a great laugh and wishing that there was more of it!”
This story had me laughing from the get go. The southern drawl was awesome love that it was a short story would love to have more from this reader.
I received this free for an honest review.
It makes me happy to wake up everyday and look forward to listening. Many times I listen while doing artwork. I find it very relaxing.
I loved it. Ella is hilarious. This story is the epitome of the southerners I know. It reminded me of everyone I know back home. We like to talk A LOT. Listening to this audiobook was kind of like listening to an old friend.
I hope Barbara Venkataraman keeps writing these great stories. They ring so true to life. Ella, Charlie, Captain Jack and the barnacle scrapers. I liked it when she told Charlie to stop laughing at her when she said she was going to college for Culinary Arts.
Carrie Lee Martz is great! I love her southern drawl. It must be natural and if it's not, she nailed it. She does a wonderful job in this story and I look forward to more from both.
Audiobook gifted in exchange for honest review.
I received a free copy of the audiobook for an honest review.
This audiobook was short but cute. It wasn’t laugh out loud funny but I enjoyed it. I’ve read and listened to several of Barbara Venkataraman’s books and she has a great sense of humor.
The narrator, Ella, tells about how she met her husband, Charlie, as well as the many jobs she had before she found her true calling (I’d never heard of a barnacle cleaner before), and the relationship between Charlie and his dad. It’s all told matter-of-factly in a Louisiana accent.
If you’re looking for a quick pick me up, If You’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place… will be sure to make you smile.
Yes, it is amusing and I will laugh again.
Captain as that is the only name that immediately comes to mind.
Her Southern accent added charm to the stories.
Why I married Charlie. Another name came to mind.
More, please. Reduces road rage. I can't be angry at other drivers while laughing.
It's a cute short story, it would rate in the upper tier of short stories
I don't know if there is another book I'd compare it to, but I would certainly compare it to a few ladies that I know LOL
I would. I'm not sure about her Louisiana accent though, sounded more from Georgia (too picky? ;-))
Cap'n Jack is by far the most memorable. Although my dad does not live on the Bayou (he's about 3 hours Northwest of Covington), my dad and Cap'n Jack could be the same guy!
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Ella Boudreaux tells her tale of one failed attempt after another at finding and holding on to a job. Her mouth and chatty ways seems to have something to do with it. One summer, her friend, Jen, and her decide to give barnacle removal a try at a Louisiana marine. Ella is in for a surprise!
This was a fun short story about a woman trying to figure out her place in this world. She’s comfortable with trial and error, which is good since finding her true calling didn’t come easy. Chatty and friendly, her words can stray into the realm of nagging. But never fear, there is actually very little of that in this tale, so the reader doesn’t weary of the main character.
For those who like a touch of romance, there is Charlie, who is Captain Jack’s son. Captain Jack runs the marina and is quite attached to the old way of running things. His son has new ideas, but the two of them could come to rough words over them.
I can see the author continuing on with Ella. She was very likable and I believe she definitely has the penchant to get into the thick of things. That would make her an exciting center for mysteries or mayhem. If you’re looking for great little tale to keep you company over lunch, then this is worth your time!
The Narration: Martz, who also narrates Venkataraman’s Jamie Quinn mysteries, was great as Ella. She was able to put her southern drawl to good use in this Louisiana story. She also had great voices for Charlie and Captain Jack. Another great performance!
If You'd Just Listened to Me in the First Place is another extremely entertaining short story by Barbara Venkataraman. It's a comical look at how one can meet a future spouse in the unlikeliest of places - like at a summer job working at a marina scrapping barnacles off of boats. What I like most about Barbara's writing is her easy banter between characters. It's as if I'm sitting with my sisters or my BFF where I can be candid, a little quirky, and still affectionate without being mushy.
Carrie Lee Martz did a great job narrating with a southern accent. She reads with enthusiasm and spunk, and has differing voices for both male and female characters. Great job!
I would absolutely recommend this book! It is cute and fun to listen to.
Yes, and I did. While driving to the grocery store I was able to listen to this and even in traffic I was laughing!
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