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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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    Carol 03-27-14
    Carol 03-27-14
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    "Cliché"

    Reads like a bad made - for - tv movie. Skillful writing but Boring story line. I had to force myself to finish it. It's basically a typical cliché boy meets girl who doesn't want to get hurt, boy chases girl until she changes her mind. Oh and there's a ghost here and there. It's mostly about a love story that has been done too many times. I enjoyed the narrators, though. That is probably why I finished it.

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    Tracey Keller, TX, United States 03-26-14
    Tracey Keller, TX, United States 03-26-14
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    "Mediocre"
    What did you like best about Midnight Bayou? What did you like least?

    I normally love Nora Robert's but I wasn't a big fan of this book. First of all I really didn't care for the narrator's. The man's voice was not as good as some of the other's she's had and the woman's voice sounded electronic to me, way to monotone. Secondly, I wasn't a big fan of the whole re-incarnation theme throughout the book. I enjoyed it okay but definitely not one of her best.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Nora Roberts? Why or why not?

    Yes, because I have listened to others of hers and really enjoyed them.


    What didn’t you like about James Daniels and Sandra Burr ’s performance?

    James Daniels just seemed flat to me. Sandra Burr's voice sounded like it was electronic and not human.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


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    Cw4 03-23-14
    Cw4 03-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyable yet flawed"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Midnight Bayou to be better than the print version?

    I love audio books and have found myself lately listening more than reading. That being said, I do believe this book would have been better in print mainly because of the botched accents in the audio version. If you have ever lived in the south, especially Louisiana, this will drive you CRAZY! The narrators, especially the female reader, bounced back and forth between an Irish accent to a feeble attempted Cajun accent. With a bit of research and coaching, the narration could have been tremendously better.


    Any additional comments?

    This audio book would be enjoyable to anyone who is fond of the romance/mystery genre and not very familiar with a true Cajun accent. The story has a supernatural twist which I found interesting and the main characters (especially Declan) were easy enough to embrace. It was predictable at times but that isn't always a bad thing especially in a romance novel. I would recommend this book to someone wanting a fun weekend or vacation read.

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    Lyndsey MENOMONEE FALLS, WI, United States 03-19-14
    Lyndsey MENOMONEE FALLS, WI, United States 03-19-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved 98% of this book!"
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed almost all of this paranormal romance. I don't usually read stand-alone novels since I l-o-v-e a good series. However, this book was surprisingly good. Midnight Bayou started off strong in my opinion and stayed that way until about the last 15 minutes of the book. Without giving away any spoilers I will just say that I felt the ending was extremely rushed and could have been fleshed out a bit more. The plot builds and the characters keep saying that something needs to happen or be resolved. And then bing-bang-boom, the book is over. With that in mind, I do still feel that this book is work reading. The characters are interesting, the setting sounds beautiful and there is even a ton of detail on the house remodeling and old furniture styles (I also love furniture). I laughed out loud a few times which was great because I'm always looking for books with humor.

    As for the narrators, I mostly enjoyed both of them. I am very picky as far as narrators go and I didn't mind either. I actually liked how they switched back and forth between the present and the past. While I preferred James Daniels' reading over Sandra Burr, I will say that neither got the accents quite right but neither narrator made any of the women's voices sound whiny also which is a huge pet-peeve of mine. So I have to give them credit for that.

    In the end, as I said before, I would recommend reading Midnight Bayou. It's an entertaining and fun little read, but unfortunately, expect to feel a little cut-off at the end.

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    Anita milan, MI, United States 03-19-14
    Anita milan, MI, United States 03-19-14 Member Since 2013

    I am a "constant reader" of Stephen King. Once I was hooked on reading now I can take it anywhere with audiobooks.

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    "My first Nora Roberts novel, but not my last!"
    If you could sum up Midnight Bayou in three words, what would they be?

    Can't put down!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Declan, he is ruff and gruff and he knows what love is.


    Which character – as performed by James Daniels and Sandra Burr – was your favorite?

    I liked both equally as you knew what period of time you were listening to. James in the here and now and Sandra for the voice of the past.


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

    Love never dies. or Do you believe in reincarnation?


    Any additional comments?

    I have never read a Nora Roberts novel before, this was on the Daily Deal and thought "why not?". I am so glad I did, I couldn't put it down. The characters come to life and I had to find out what happened. This was the first of her books for me, but not the last. It is a good ghost story.

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    Tracy Naples, Fl United States 03-18-14
    Tracy Naples, Fl 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"
    Any additional comments?

    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...


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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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