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)
The only bad part was that it ended. An old romantic tragedy based on class differences of the old South in the antebellum period in New Orleans, leaves a mystery, legends, spirits and a beautiful home in ruins.
Fast forward to modern day where a Boston lawyer breaks his engagement and goes to New Orleans to by the home and restore it to its former glory. He meets the most interesting people in the process of restoring the home. In the process he begins to hear, see and dream things that happened 100 years ago. Can he solve the mystery, renew the house AND get the girl?
The characters are rich in creole tradition, the phrasing and behaviors are spot on for the area. Each character is believable and charming. An excellent read
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.
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.
Yes, because I have listened to others of hers and really enjoyed them.
James Daniels just seemed flat to me. Sandra Burr's voice sounded like it was electronic and not human.
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.
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.
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...
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