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The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie Audiobook

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie: Highland Pleasures, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Romance, 2013

It was whispered all through London society that he was a murderer, that he'd spent his youth in an asylum and was not to be trusted - especially with a lady. Any woman caught in his presence was immediately ruined. Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord whose hint of a brogue wrapped around her like silk and whose touch could draw her into a world of ecstasy.

Despite his decadence and intimidating intelligence, she could see he needed help. Her help. Because suddenly the only thing that made sense to her was the madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie.

©2011 Jennifer Ashley (P)2012 Tantor

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"The Mackenzie brothers will leave you breathless." (Elizabeth Hoyt)

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    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 03-05-13
    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 03-05-13 Member Since 2016

    I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)

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    "You might see madness, I see perfection..."

    .."Is this what love feels like?" He whispered to her. "I don't like it, my Beth. It hurts too much"

    **swoon** I'm in love with Ian Mackenzie...I resisted getting this book because I had my reservations about a hero with high functioning Autism. It had such high ratings that I decided to try it. And I loved. I loved it to pieces!!! I don't like to give spoilers so I'll just say that by the end of this book I was in love with the hero, I really liked the heroine and I was very intrigued to know more about the other Mackenzie brothers. And it is HOT! When you can't communicate well with words, you let your body do the talking. And Ian was a master at that **sigh** This is one of those series that I don't just read, I devour and obsess about.

    Narration: I've listened to several other books narrated by Angela Dawe and she is a good narrator. The way she portrayed Ian was amazing. I really liked the voice she gave to him. But she does sound very American and there is not one American character on that book. She tried the Scottish accent and failed miserably. The story was so good that I really didn't mind the accent.

    This book is a must listen. It is worth every penny and every second you spend on it. <3

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    bookworm2bookworm 11-13-13

    Mel

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    "Touching romance ruined by narration."
    If you could sum up The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie in three words, what would they be?

    Unique; Romantic;Sensual


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's the hero that makes this story unique. Reading it, I could feel his pain. I also loved the relationship portrayed between the brothers.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Angela Dawe’s performances?

    No.


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

    Meet the woman that tamed the mad Lord Ian Mackenzie.


    Any additional comments?

    I was very, VERY disappointed with the narration of this wonderful and well written book. Ms.Dawe was not able to portray the most important character of this story which was Ian. His character came across too wooden, stoic, That is not what he was.Ms. Dawe's narration is too fast, too forced and I'm sorry to say, extremely annoying. Every sentence has a high pitched ending.

    Frankly, I am surprised that a woman was chosen to narrate this story. If this story had been narrated by a male narrator, I believe it would have been much better. I would be willing to buy it again in that case.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 10-25-12
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 10-25-12 Member Since 2015

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "Great story from beginning to end!"

    Ian is so great. He is not mad but then again, he is completely mad!
    I like how Beth could tell right away there was something interesting about him. I love the bluntness of Ian. The fact that he was so direct made him seem mad to everyone, but not to Beth, his Beth. Very cute story. The bed talk was just so cute and funny, but so erotic at the same time. Very good. Worth the credit.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lulu 03-29-12
    Lulu 03-29-12

    I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.

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    "What a Fascinatingly Unique Hero"

    The plot was typical Victorian romance. But the hero was fascinating. He was institutionalized most of his childhood, and today would have been labeled autistic. At the same time he was the classically good looking and brilliant hero. The heroine had a great sense of humor and chattered mindlessly whenever she was nervous. All of which was lost on the hero. Yet somehow they made the perfect couple. They made the book. Truly a joy to get to know. The narrator was OK. She handled the heroine well, but wasn't quite up to all the Scottish male characters.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Leesa 03-12-13
    Leesa 03-12-13 Member Since 2016

    I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.

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    "Different kind of man."
    Where does The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would say it's a little better than average. I like it because the male lead character is different than most because of his mental/social problems.


    Any additional comments?

    I think it's worth your credit, especially if you like this genre of book.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Kansas City, MO, United States 03-29-12
    Laura Kansas City, MO, United States 03-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "What a Fascinatingly Unique Hero"

    The plot was typical Victorian romance. But the hero was fascinating. He was institutionalized most of his childhood, and today would have been labeled autistic. At the same time he was the classically good looking and brilliant hero. The heroine had a great sense of humor and chattered mindlessly whenever she was nervous. All of which was lost on the hero. Yet somehow they made the perfect couple. They made the book. Truly a joy to get to know. The narrator was OK. She handled the heroine well, but wasn't quite up to all the Scottish male characters.

    14 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Minka 10-27-16
    Minka 10-27-16 Member Since 2015

    There comes a time when you have to choose between listening to audible or going to bed.

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    "Madness and Mayhem!"

    This was a great story. I wasn't expecting plot twist hot and steamy all throughout the story. This was well worth the credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T. L. Walker Montgomery, Al, USA 03-04-16
    T. L. Walker Montgomery, Al, USA 03-04-16 Member Since 2016

    Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go insane. Reviewer at BiblioSanctum.

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    "Scrached My Historical Romance Itch"

    Prior to listening to this book, I hadn't read a historical romance in quite some time. I think it's safe to say that it's probably been a few years. It's a little harder for me to get into historical romance than some other romance genres, but sometimes, I get the itch to read one. The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie introduces us to the MacKenzie clan, a group of Scottish brothers who are the scandal of London. In London, Ian meets and subsequently begins having an liaison with the widowed Beth Ackerley after warning her away from a dubious suitor. Surrounding their affair is a bit of mystery as an inspector begins hounding them due to the death of a woman with connections to the "mad" brother, Ian MacKenzie, who has spent some time in an asylum. Despite their status and wealth, the brothers grew up with an overbearing, abusive father. We get to dip into some of Ian's torment at the hands of his father and again at the asylum he was confined to and see how these events have shaped him as a person.

    I liked both Beth and Ian. Beth was warm, funny, and assertive when she needed to be. I appreciated that she wasn't an 18-year-old virgin, but a woman who'd been with a man, enjoyed sex, and while she had decorum, she eschewed convention for happiness. Ian obviously had Asperger's, which would be seen as defiance and madness in 1881. Ashley was consistent in his actions. His "eccentricities" weren't just conveniences needed for certain scenes and then forgotten. The decision to write Ian on the autism spectrum is probably something you'll never see in a historical romance again. Be warned. This is a fairly steamy book. You're not going to find as much bawdy language in the descriptions as books that take place in modern erotica, but it manages to slip in a few laugh-worthy words and phrases that had me shaking my head a bit. This book doesn't overwhelm you with sex on every page, so it's easy enough to skip over if you don't enjoy reading explicit sex.

    A couple of things I wanted to point out that hindered my reading experience a little. Beth flip-flopped between believing Ian's sincerity and questioning it at the strangest times, which was a little odd because she seemed to maintain that she believed him to be a man of his word. I guess she was supposed to be put-off some because Ian wouldn't meet her gaze or always pay attention to what she was saying (all due to his being on the autism spectrum), but Ian was straightforward about his intentions and never wavered in what he wanted from her. Also, even though there's a hint of mystery, this doesn't overtake the romance portion of the story. It's not supposed to, but what I mean is that, despite the fact that Ian stands accused of murder by an inspector, there's not really much official about the investigation. The accusations come from an investigator who has a personal vendetta against the family and uses his own time to "investigate" the matter.

    Angela Dawe narrated this story, and this was the first time I've listened to anything by her. She did an admirable enough job even with a few production hiccups in the story, such as sometimes not changing her voice until she caught herself mid-dialogue for the male characters. Overall, I enjoyed the story for what it was, and of course, it ends with happily ever after because of course it does. I don't know if I want to continue reading more about the MacKenzie clan, but I think this has scratched my historical romance itch for a while. When the urge pops up again, I'll certainly consider these books to sate that need.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MutteryBuffins USA 11-10-15
    MutteryBuffins USA 11-10-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Slow start, turned out okay but was ruined"
    What disappointed you about The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie?

    To be perfectly honest, I nearly didn't even continue with this book after a the first chapter. I was falling asleep during it. But I hate NOT finishing books so I decided to continue it. It turned out okay actually. Too many questions left unanswered, however. But what ruined it for me was about 14.5 min from the end when one of the characters says one phrase repeatedly. It really just cheapened the whole story, which I found to be developing quite nicely and it was sweet. Nope. It ruined it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not something by Jennifer Ashley, that's for sure. Probably go back and listen to Outlander, for the 5th time.


    What three words best describe Angela Dawe’s performance?

    Not that great.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The overall story developed nicely and was sweet. It was slow to start and the end was ruined but it was "ok".


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robbie Murray Bridge, Australia 06-02-13
    Robbie Murray Bridge, Australia 06-02-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful Surprise"

    Ian and Beth work. This is a romance that makes you feel the love. Two flawed people who find in each other exactly what the other needs to make life worthwhile. A simple premise to romance really, but in so many romances I have read in the past, I finished the book with the vague sense that the featured couple in the book just really didn't seem to belong together. That was not the case with this book. If there has ever been a couple who belonged together, it's Ian and Beth.

    Beth is a product of an unfortunate union between a well bred girl and a French con artist. She's seen the seedier side of life. She spent 3 years in her late teens in the workhouse, but was saved by a kind young vicar and became his wife. There's was a happy marriage until he dies and leaves her a widow. She's then taken in as the companion of a grand and wealthy lady, who eventually dies and leaves Beth her fortune.

    Being a new heiress, she ventures into different social circles and stumbles upon Lord Ian MacKenzie. Ian is the youngest of the MacKenzie brothers, and by todays standards, would have been labelled autistic. His father, a duke, had him committed to an asylum, but as soon as his father died, his eldest brother, now the duke, gets him released and brings him home. Ian has a phenomenal memory, and helps his brother in certain business and political tasks.

    There is a wonderful love story. There is a neat (though a tad predictable) mystery. There is a good deal of humour. What's really special about this book though is the hero and Jennifer Ashley's portrayal of his autism. For the most part, she stays true to the stark truth of the disorder that afflicts Ian, and the effect it has on those around him. Still, she doesn't make him into a victim. Instead he's a strong, brilliant man who has to work within the limitations of the autism.

    Never mind his disability, I reckon Ian is one of the sexiest heroes in literature. How the author made it happen, I'm not sure. It sort of snuck up on me. There is no doubt, however, before I was halfway through this book, I was head over heels for Ian, and I see by other reviews that I'm not alone in my adoration.

    I have read several books by Jennifer Ashley, and this is the best one by a mile. Her characters are endearing without being too "sweet", her jokes were funny, and the action was paced perfectly.

    Angela Dawe is a tried and true narrator, and I always have faith that she will deliver wonderful performance. She certainly didn't let me down here. I loved the way she softened Ian's voice. Her Scot's accent wasn't the best I've heard, but I found it credible. It certainly didn't make me cringe. I thought she delivered a solid performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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