Book Review: If You’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place… by Barbara Venkataraman

18331535Title: If You’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place…

Author: Barbara Venkataraman

Publication Date: January 2015

Description (from Goodreads):

Meet Ella Boudreaux, a self-confessed nag. By no means — as Ella herself insisted — is she a negative person. Persistent might be a better word; she is the kind of person you’d ask
for directions if you were lost, or provides you with a long chat while waiting
in line at the grocery store.

“Nobody, and I mean nobody, can nag like I can.” Written from a first person point of view, protagonist Ella Boudreaux immediately establishes her unique skill set.

And 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…

My 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.


About the Author

5779805Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law. She is the author of “The Fight for Magicallus,” a children’s fantasy, “If you’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place,” a humorous short story and two books of humorous essays: “I’m Not Talking about You, Of Course,” and “A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities,” which are part of an ongoing series entitled “Quirky Essays for Quirky People.”

Her latest works are: “Death by Didgeridoo,” and “The Case of the Killer Divorce,” and “Peril in the Park, in her Jamie Quinn mystery series.”



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