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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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    Tracy WOODSTOCK, GA, United States 03-18-14
    Tracy WOODSTOCK, GA, United States 03-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent writing and narration"

    Nora Roberts is an excellent writer. Her story flows smoothly and her characters have so much depth. Declan's sense of humor adds to the story and eases the tension with Angelina. James Daniels is a great narrator and his Cajun accents were the best. He really nailed Declan's character. I felt as if I could carry on my own conversation with him - that's how real James made him. Sandra Burr is also very good. Her voice is a pleasure to listen to. I really enjoyed everything about this book; the story itself, the flawless writing and the narration. I would highly recommend this book.

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    Alison Washington, DC, United States 03-17-14
    Alison Washington, DC, United States 03-17-14
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    "Couldn't even finish it"
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    This was my first Nora Roberts book. I've long avoided her because I thought she primarily penned formulaic romances. So when this popped up as the Daily Deal, I read the reviews and the majority of them focused on the mystery-aspect of the plot, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to check her out.

    I swear, I really did go in with an open mind. But I couldn't even make it half-way through the book before abandoning. The premise was interesting enough and the writing wasn't horrible... but I just find romance/bodice rippers to be lame. Eventually that part of the story outweighed the good and I felt I was wasting my time listening to trash. (Lest you think I'm prudish or anti-sex - I'm not. I just appreciate it being a thin vein of the story as opposed to its main artery.)

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    André ORLANDO, FL, United States 03-17-14
    André ORLANDO, FL, United States 03-17-14 Member Since 2011

    I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.

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    "GOOD BOOK"

    I enjoy Nora Roberts' style: the romance, mystery and something else... In this book the something else is reincarnation. Midnight Bayou is a good book, but couldn't give it 5 stars because I found very unlikely the reincarnation story and something in the flashbacks did not add much to the whole.
    Anyway, the narration is great and the book is a good pastime.

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    Ilona Northridge, Ca, United States 03-17-14
    Ilona Northridge, Ca, United States 03-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Ok, but not her best work"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really, there is so much else to read and listen to...Nora is getting tired.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Already into Roots.


    What does James Daniels and Sandra Burr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nothing really, it would have sounded better in my mind.


    Did Midnight Bayou inspire you to do anything?

    Not read any more or her books...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Mathiston, MS, United States 03-16-14
    Jessica Mathiston, MS, United States 03-16-14 Member Since 2014

    Love a good Romance. Favorite author is Anne Rice.

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    "A true love story thru death"
    What made the experience of listening to Midnight Bayou the most enjoyable?

    Not to spoil the story but this story was a riveting ghost story with a happy ending.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Deklynn's ability to always provide a humorous remark even in the face of despair.


    Have you listened to any of James Daniels and Sandra Burr ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I will look forward to duel narrators in the future. These two made this story very enjoyable and not mondane.


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    Kristin Brookings, SD, United States 03-10-14
    Kristin Brookings, SD, United States 03-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "wow, could not stop listening to this story"

    Another favorite by Nora Roberts. Have to say this plot really captivated me from the beginning. The opening scenes drew me in and I listened to almost the whole book in one day. Fortunately it was a day off and I could do housework! Immediately liked both the lead characters. Who wouldn't like a strong, intelligent male lead who is sensitive, great at rebuilding a mansion, rich, and likes to shop! The whole mystique of the time period in the past, plus the bayou traditions and tales, was a great setting. The only thing I didn't like, and it was minor, was that the end seemed a little abrupt. But that might have been just because I hated to have this book end. Narration was excellent also. Great combination of male/female voices for present/past. Highly recommend this one.

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    Becca 12-06-13
    Becca 12-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "SIMPLY UNEXPECTED"
    Any additional comments?

    As a huge fan of Nora Roberts' literary skills, I knew I'd like this book. However, I had no real idea I would LOVE this book. As with many of her books, the eerie mystery heightens the romance and the intimate passion shared between characters is sexy without being pornographic. I find myself almost wishing she would have prolonged the mystery and made this into a trilogy, but perhaps the constant and climactic suspense is what makes this book so intriguing. I'm sure that this book will be kept among my favorites and listened to again in the near future.

    As for the narrators, I like how the book was read and the parts presented. I feel they both did a wonderful job. They neither overacted (as so many do which turns off the reader/listener) nor did they distort their voices trying to mimic opposite genders. It was a good presentation.

    Highly recommended.

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    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 08-23-13
    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 08-23-13 Member Since 2013

    LauralOlivia

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

    Yes, buy it. It is very predictable which would usually be a deal breaker. However the journey is well worth it. The characters are interesting. Who doesn't love ghosts. Declan really made the story. His character was like no other men in stories. Interesting. The humor was essential. The end is predictable and corny but, oh well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Midnight Bayou?

    Every time the ghosts are slamming doors or clocks are chiming Declan just takes it in stride and will not give up, get discouraged or get scared. He just keeps on working.


    What does James Daniels and Sandra Burr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    James Daniels was excellent. He is right up there with Scott Brick. He brought humor without blatant dialog. It was the right pauses etc. I will look for books he is the narrator. Sandra was fine.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The relationship between the grandma and Declan.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer HOUSTON, TX, United States 04-29-13
    Amazon Customer HOUSTON, TX, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2011

    Lover so music and books.

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    "Awesome narrator"

    This was great. Coupled with romance, mystery and a little supernatural made it a winner to me. A big plus were the narrators.

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    Sandra R. Marcil 10-16-12 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed this book, but have to agree that the ending seemed rushed.


    If you’ve listened to books by Nora Roberts before, how does this one compare?

    Not Nora Roberts best book.


    Have you listened to any of James Daniels and Sandra Burr ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I thought James Daniels did an awesome job, loved listening to him in the Robert Crais/Elvis Cole books. He is a great narrator.


    Was Midnight Bayou worth the listening time?

    Was worth the listen, not sure how many times I'd listen to it again. Some of Nora Roberts books are worth several listens.


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