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
"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)
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.
I am a "constant reader" of Stephen King. Once I was hooked on reading now I can take it anywhere with audiobooks.
Can't put down!
Declan, he is ruff and gruff and he knows what love is.
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.
Love never dies. or Do you believe in reincarnation?
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.
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.
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.)
I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.
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.
Not really, there is so much else to read and listen to...Nora is getting tired.
Already into Roots.
Nothing really, it would have sounded better in my mind.
Not read any more or her books...
Love a good Romance. Favorite author is Anne Rice.
Not to spoil the story but this story was a riveting ghost story with a happy ending.
Deklynn's ability to always provide a humorous remark even in the face of despair.
I will look forward to duel narrators in the future. These two made this story very enjoyable and not mondane.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The relationship between the grandma and Declan.
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