Yes I would listen again, and will. This book holds your attention from the very beginning. It has everything needed for a good book. I truly enjoyed Ian's characters. I couldn't figure out at first what was wrong with him. However, the more you get into the book and learn how smart but strange he really is, then you understand that he is autistic. I loved the way that Beth was very willing to deal with it.
When Ian meets Beth at the opera and makes a play for her and succeeds. He has pure tunnel vision when it comes to Beth.
A.D. is very good. She handles the different characters quite well. I would listen to her again.
This was my first book by J.A and I enjoyed the content and the way she develops a story.I loved Beth's wit and the fact that Ian didn't get it at times and that was ok.
I picked up The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie in one of those Audible 2 for 1 credit deals – I had one book I really wanted, and I saw this one had good reviews, so I grabbed it. And then didn’t read it for months. But then I had a chance to sit at Jennifer Ashley’s table at an author event and the last thing I wanted was to sit there having never read anything by her. So I pulled up The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie.
And cursed myself for waiting so long. The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie was nothing like I’d expected. When I saw madness in the title, I jumped to ideas of a over-the-top, eye-roll-worthy insanity. Boy was I wrong. The madness Jennifer Ashley wrote was genius!
As I grew to know Ian Mackenzie better and better, I found myself speculating about his illness. Right off the bat, I was pretty certain he fell on the Autism spectrum. By the halfway point, I was all but certain he had Aspbergers. What made this so genius, though, was that Jennifer Ashley couldn’t come out and tell us what was “wrong” with Ian, like she could have done with a modern setting. She had to do such an INCREDIBLE job writing his character that we’d figure it out ourselves. (BTW: I TOTALLY asked her if I was right, and I was!)
The other brilliant thing about this move was the creation of a historical hero like you haven’t read. There’s very little predictable about this story line (except that it’s a romance), and in large part because Ian is so remarkably different. He says things that break your heart, when coming from any other man would not be romantic at all. And I dare you not to fall for him.
Olivia sure didn’t have a chance. Who’d have thought a man telling you he can’t love you and never will would do the trick, huh? (that’s not a spoiler, btw, happens in like chapter 1 or 2) Olivia was the perfect character to pair with Ian, since she also isn’t traditional. Olivia is a widow, giving her more freedom than other single women. It also makes her sexually experienced, so she’s not a blushing virgin, but also not a misplaced modern woman in a historical setting. That opens up doors for some steam people ;)! Added to that, Olivia wasn’t brought up proper – she was a lady’s maid and only came into money by luck – so she’s not really buying into propriety.
The fascinating characters really came to life with Angela Dawe’s narration. She did such a good job with both the male and female voices – particularly with the British and Scottish accents. I will definitely continue listening to this series (and add Angela Dawes to my narrator short list).
I’d recommend The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie to fans of historical romance that are looking for some unique leading characters. The best part? He’s got brothers and we get to see their crazy family some more as the series progresses!
“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
While Ian MacKenzie is not your typical romance novel hero, his uniqueness makes him likeable and his devotion and loyalty to his love interest makes this a great book!
The characters in this book grow on you due to their flaws and weaknesses, they make them real and you end up rooting for them and becoming consumed by the story. This is a great start to an excellent series. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed!
I bought this for the autistic hero. Being on the spectrum myself, I am always intrigued by fictional depictions of people like me. It didn't disappoint, but I also didn't go out and buy everything the author writes, so I had to dock stars for it being non-obsession-inducing.
I already have. Lord Ian Mackenzie is believe has Asperger autism which is what my nephew has and acts the same way about many things.
I like Beth. From the moment she met Lord Ian Mackenzie, she didn't realize it but she was lost. Not only did he ask her to marry him within five minutes of meeting her, but her own body was willing to go with him. It Ian's brother hadn't entered the opera box, she would have probably done it.
When most of the McKenzie family is at the dinner table, Beth who had had her first riding lesson, commented that she needed a softer horse, Ian laughed, a warm, velvety sound. Everybody at the table, except for Beth was stunned. Nobody had ever heard Ian laugh before.
BEAUTIFUL, INSPIRING, AWESOME
hmmmm that's a good question because in this book my focus and awe comes from Ian's asperger's or some form of autism I'm assuming? Which holds a special place in my heart that Jennifer Ashley incorporated this into her historical novel. It was nice to imagine how someone, but mainly others, dealt with differences during that time period.
She brings the characters to life, making them real for me. If I read the book, then they would all have "my" voice so to speak. She puts personality to the characters giving them voice for lack of better words. So much to the point to where some of the character's voices (i.e. Eleanor in Book 4) get on my nerves. Angela is that good, that all of these characters are real in my mind LOL!
Overall the connection and understanding between Ian and Beth still gives me tears and I have already completed book 4 of this series. They are still my favorite couple by far! Most of all, I love and admire Ian's understanding and acceptance of himself.
LOOOOOVED THIS ONE! STILL MY FAVORITE!
Absolutely. This is a well-researched story with strong characters and an intriguing plot.
When Ian is shooting the pistol in one of his rages.
Easy to tell the voices of different characters, and she didn't detract from the story.
Prejudice doesn't stand in the way of love, or something cheesy like that
This is a one-of-a-kind story. An autistic hero? A strong, independent heroine that doesn't lose her personality? I love this story.
I really enjoyed this book because Lord Ian isn't perfect. He is a flawed human being just like the rest of us. Nobody is perfect. The book is interesting and had me under it's spell from the beginning. Will download the rest of this series.
I listened to this book and although I did not like Angela Dawe's performance at all I decided to buy the second book because the story was really good. I did not like the second book, not even the story, but I gave a shoot to the third book and, thank God it was a little better. After that I skipped Hart's story and went strait to Fellows just because it was on sale otherwise I was probably given up on this series. I did like that one though, I thought the story was cute and by then I was used to Angela's voice but her performance again was not good. She needs to put the emotions in practice, she misses laughs, cry, anger etc...She might say " he laughed when he answered...." but when she does the voice of the person she misses the laugh. I probably sound weird but listen to Rosalyn Landor and you'll know what I'm talking about.
The story was not the best in this genre. But a good listen. But the narrator makes the the most disgusting gastric noises as she reads. It's disgusting! I can't believe the producers didn't edit this. And she does it in all the books in the series. Her dialect and tone are great, but the noises are quite distracting.
Take a Tums!