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Be Buried in the Rain

Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (181 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Julie Newcomb has been called back to the birthplace of her worst memories, to be a companion to the one person she fears most. The truth lies somewhere on her grandmother's crumbling plantation, as real and terrifying as the two skeletons lying together in the swampy shadows of Deadman's Hollow.
©1985 Barbara Michaels (P)1992 Recorded Books,LLC

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Terrific

Very atmospheric and well written book. One of my all time favorites. I wish Audible would obtain all of her books. Barbara Rosenblat does a great job with the narration as usual.

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Great Story

Never listened to Barbara Michaels stories before usually use books at night to keep from hearing my husband snore. This was too good for that didn't want to sleep. I saved it for day time listening.

Loved hearing about the old house and wondered what was going to happen next.

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Barbara Michaels & Elizabeth Peters

W. Denis says 'Unfortunately she is not Elizabeth Peters or Nevada Barr -- speaking of the author of this audio book. Barbara Mertz writes both the Elizabeth Peters AND the Barbara Michaels books.

This is one of my favorites -- along with 'Someone in the House' and 'The Crying Child'. Barabara Michaels's best, in my opinion is 'Ammie, Come Home' which Audible does not have -- yet. On the Elizabeth Peters side -- 'Legend in Green Velvet'.

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The Best of Them

I have all of the Mertz/Michaels/Peters books. I read them and listen to them frequently like visiting old friends. This one, and in no small part thanks to Barbara Rosenblatt, is the best of all of the stories.

Julie Newcomb is called to the family seat to care for her ailing grandmother, Martha Carr. Bedridden by a stroke, Martha has returned home to die or recover as the Fates decree. Julie is not looking forward to returning to Maidenwood. The 4 years she lived in Martha's care there as a child is a shadowed and frightening memory. Spending time in the house and talks with her cousin awaken memories long buried.

The thing I liked the best was in the end we find out that Martha was really evil. It wasn't just a childhood misinterpretation of events that an adult perspective made ok. No excuses for Martha and no mourners either. The author could have turned everything around to make Martha a victim of upbringing and circumstance. I prefer the straightforward punch of honesty this ending provides.

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One of the few five-star books

An enjoyable old-family-ties-that-bind-just-might-end-up-killing-you storyline that was fun to both read and listen to, but then as a kid, I also had a scary old grandmother afflicted by a stroke who lived in a cool scary old house so it was a bit nostalgic. The characters were brought to life by the talents of both author and narrator though at times the narrator seemed to be recalling a story very slowly.

I can't really peg this story as there was a touch of mystery, a touch of romance, a touch of humor, but I guess it mostly dealt with overcoming the past. The ending was a bit jumbled, but still overall a good listen. (The Audible photo suggests the story might be a bit gruesome, but it wasn't at all.)

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Spooky and delicious

A little trite at times but overall a fun spooky read. The reader is amazing.

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Two Barbaras = Great

Wanted to read this because of the narrator. What a plus, I've now discovered an equally good writer.

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Narration, narration, narration!

The Best Narrator makes a really good listen even better! I loved listening to Barbara Rosenblat’s performance of this tale. Well written and engaging all the way through - a Romance, a mystery and a comedy along with “feel good” elements about a woman and her dog ☺️. Lots to like here, and well worth the price (free!! 🤣) as part of my Audible Escape Package.....great choice!!

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Great for a long drive

Ok, let’s admit this is not great literature, but thoroughly entertaining and the voice actress is wonderful...and yes, it hooked me and will listen to this author and voice actress again

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WOW!!!

I have always loved this story. THIS was AMAZING!!! EXCELLENT! Well worth every second of it!!!