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Midnight Bayou | [Nora Roberts]

Midnight Bayou

Declan Fitzgerald had always been the family maverick, but even he couldn't understand his impulse to buy a dilapidated mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans. All he knew was that ever since he saw Manet Hall, he'd been enchanted - and obsessed - with it. So when the opportunity to buy the house comes up Declan jumps at the chance to live out a dream.
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Publisher's Summary

Declan Fitzgerald had always been the family maverick, but even he couldn't understand his impulse to buy a dilapidated mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans. All he knew was that ever since he saw Manet Hall, he'd been enchanted - and obsessed - with it. So when the opportunity to buy the house comes up Declan jumps at the chance to live out a dream.

Determined to restore Manet Hall to its former splendor, Declan begins the daunting renovation room by room, relying on his own labor and skills. But the days spent in total isolation in the empty house take a toll. He is seeing visions of days from a century past, and experiencing sensations of terror and nearly unbearable grief - sensations not his own, but those of a stranger. Local legend has it that the house is haunted, and with every passing day Declan's belief in the ghostly presence grows.

Only the companionship of the alluring Angelina Simone can distract him from the mysterious happenings in the house, but Angelina too has her own surprising connection to Manet Hall - a connection that will help Declan uncover a secret that's been buried for a hundred years.

©2004 Nora Roberts; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Narrator James Daniels depicts this romantic, suspenseful ghost story with finesse, switching Cajun accents as he navigates between Declan Fitzgerald and the restoration of Manet Hall in 2002, to betrayal, rape, and murder in the early 1900s." (AudioFile)
"To add to the pleasure, tastefully choreographed, highly erotic lovemaking scenes are seamlessly woven into a novel that exemplifies storytelling at its finest." (Booklist)

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    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 03-10-14
    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 03-10-14 Member Since 2008

    I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.

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    "Overdone romance"

    I will confess to a prejudice against romances. But this one is particularly inane. The male lead thinks like a girl, responds to stimulus like a girl and is unrecognizable as a man. Although you can't miss that he's supposed to be one. And the ghost line is over obvious. I should have known better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 01-17-14
    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 01-17-14 Member Since 2015

    I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything

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    "A pretty typical Nora Roberts"

    Setting: Contemporary (published 2001)
    Genre: romantic mystery with a side of paranormal.
    Narration: I generally don't care for books with more than one narrator, but James Daniels and Sandra Burr did a nice job.
    The plot was simple. A typical NR speed book. The characters were interesting, though I would have liked more detailed backstory for both of the protagonists. I do love that twist at the end.
    Worth the credit? Wait for a BOGO or some other sale.

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    Ruth Spencer 01-27-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Midnight Bayou"

    This has always been one of my favorite Nora Roberts books. I like the way the book is narrated,as well. It is just a lovely story to "get lost" in. Enjoy!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "My favorite Nora Roberts book"

    I have to admit, although I love all of her books, this was by far my favorite. It is set in New Orleans, in both present and past tense, and tells a love story that spans over a century.
    It is about a love so strong that despite their separation, through murder, they reunite through a haunted house and reincarnation. I think you will love it!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dea NEW ROCHELLE, NY, United States 03-01-14
    Dea NEW ROCHELLE, NY, United States 03-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Didn't like this book"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Nora Roberts again?

    No


    What character would you cut from Midnight Bayou?

    Lina. So annoying.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't write many reviews. Love Kate Morton's books to give you an idea what types of books I do enjoy. I was looking for something with a little mystery, and a little ghosts/haunted house thrown in to get in the zone for an upcoming trip I'm taking to New Orleans, so gave this a shot. I just felt it was very cheesy. The main female character was extremely irritating, the love story over the top, the accents annoying, and lots of loose ends, I felt. Certain characters seemed pointless. Maybe it's just me, other reviews are so positive. The one element I enjoyed was the historical back story. Would have liked to spend more time with those characters. And the secondary characters, like Remy and Effie, were enjoyable. A few creepy moments. But overall: meh. Not surprised they made a Made for TV movie out of it. This was my first novel by this author.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 04-08-09
    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 04-08-09 Member Since 2015

    avid reader

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    "Not my "cup of tea""

    I usually love Nora Robert's novels, but I found the paranormal element of this story a bit creepy. Couldn't even finish it.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Constance JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 05-04-15
    Constance JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 05-04-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Pretty cute humor"
    Would you listen to Midnight Bayou again? Why?

    I typically don't, but I just might. I enjoyed the narrators reading. It made the book pretty interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I love smart remarks and the narrator did a good job playing Declan. I am still listening, but I had to write a review.

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    rej 05-03-15
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    "Excellent story and reading"

    I enjoyed both male and female performers and the story was captivating with plot twists and interesting characters. Highly recommend.

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    Skiff 02-05-15
    Skiff 02-05-15
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    "It's great, cher!"
    Where does Midnight Bayou rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a fantastic reading, with tension, dynamic, great performance skills. I thoroughly enjoyed it. (I had read this book years ago but couldn't remember it's name or author, and finding the audiobook rekindled my previous love for the story.)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Declan is an easy choice. It's mostly from his point of view, and we get to see that this smart-ass, hunky, man-from-money Yankee isn't just some punk rich kid wanting a good time down in New Orleans. He's a good guy, a caring man, and really fights for what (and who) he wants to love.


    What about James Daniels and Sandra Burr ’s performance did you like?

    I like James Daniels's attention to dialogue. It felt real and believable and was easy to get lost in his changing of voices for different characters. I really appreciate his effort and dedication. Sandra Burr brought the past back to life, which was the main draw for the present story. They worked well as a team bringing this story together.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The opening is a bit intense. It can be a trigger for some people, and it was startling for me to listen to and imagine. The twist ending had me reacting and spitting fire, which was great because those are always the best.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Voracious Reader NY 01-04-15
    Voracious Reader NY 01-04-15 Member Since 2012

    Retired tech writer/editor. Mensa. Pgh Steelers/ Penguins fan. Lib Dem/feminist. Grew up reading lit--M.A. English--now read mys/thrillers.

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    "Deja vous ghost story romance with fabulous dialog"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The male narrator, James Daniels, was great, and the humorous dialog was outstanding! I found myself smiling A LOT when Declan was talking. His repartee with Lena was as good as that of (Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb) Eve Dallas and Roarke. It was almost like listening to them -- if Eve had a Cajun accent & Roarke didn't have his Irish one. Daniels really made Declan come to life gloriously


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting was the developing relationship between Declan and Lena, and I also very much enjoyed Declan's brotherly relationship with his good friend Remy. Lots of great humorous dialog and the male narrator's voice carried it all brilliantly. The least interesting was ghost story with the female narrator. I sighed every time the story shifted to the past.


    What aspect of James Daniels and Sandra Burr ’s performance would you have changed?

    James Daniels - would change nothing. Perfect.
    Sandra Burr - Not a big fan. It didn't help that I also didn't like what she had to read. She did a good job on the nasty voice of Julian and imperious nasty Madame Josephine. I disliked Abby's doormat demeanor voice but guess it fit - she was only 18, too young to take on a monster.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    He has enough determination for both of them, but is it enough to overcome their history?(Sigh. Not so great of a tag line)


    Any additional comments?

    I love Declan! An alpha male with a brain - and some empathy! I'm halfway through another book whose narrator I absolutely HATE: Stand-In Groom by Suzanne Brockmann with narrator Kymberly Dakin. I actually looked up to see if narrators of the two books are the same (they're not - and listening to one after the other I have to say Sandra Burr was not nearly as awful as Kymberly Dakin). Then I actually looked up online to see if narrator of Stand-In Groom is the one who plays Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney) on The Mentalist; that actress/character has a tendency to drop her voice so you can't catch every word of her dialog and has a soft breathy (tho not nearly as breathy as Dakin) voice too. Give me Barbara Rosenblat as Amelia Peabody ANY day!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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