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"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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  • Jan
  • MKE
  • 01-29-17

Laugh your chores away!


I listened to this fun while doing chores and it was like having a friend from NOLA on speakerphone! The narrator added the right touch to the first person ramble about some of the jobs she's had and how she met and managed her husband, especially the way she turned aside to ask him for verification on a few things. It's really a hoot and a howl!
I got it as Whispersync on the cheap.

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Best 42 mins EVER!

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!”

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Quirky, brisk, guaranteed to bring a smile

Well worth the time and effort to listen. Reminded me of back when my wife & I were dating / were newly wed. 😉

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  • Tarri
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  • 12-14-16

Cute story

Funny short story about a young woman looking for her perfect job and finding a husband too. From scrapping barnacles to selling magazines as a telemarketer, each episode is told with humor and a willingness to try new things.

Because of the length of this audio book, I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read it as opposed to listening.

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Southern humor

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.
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This story is a GEM..!

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.

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  • Dawn H
  • Baxter Springs, KS
  • 02-16-15

Short but cute

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.

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Funny Book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Another funny book written by Barbara Venkataraman. I found her audiobooks very relaxing to listen tol

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Chuckles

Would you listen to If You'd Just Listened to Me in the First Place... again? Why?

Yes, it is amusing and I will laugh again.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Captain as that is the only name that immediately comes to mind.

What about Carrie Lee Martz’s performance did you like?

Her Southern accent added charm to the stories.

If you could rename If You'd Just Listened to Me in the First Place..., what would you call it?

Why I married Charlie. Another name came to mind.

Any additional comments?

More, please. Reduces road rage. I can't be angry at other drivers while laughing.

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Spoken like a true southern lady

Where does If You'd Just Listened to Me in the First Place... rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's a cute short story, it would rate in the upper tier of short stories

What other book might you compare If You'd Just Listened to Me in the First Place... to and why?

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

Would you listen to another book narrated by Carrie Lee Martz?

I would. I'm not sure about her Louisiana accent though, sounded more from Georgia (too picky? ;-))

Who was the most memorable character of If You'd Just Listened to Me in the First Place... and why?

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!

Any additional comments?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.