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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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    Linda Reykjavík, Iceland 06-23-13
    Linda Reykjavík, Iceland 06-23-13 Member Since 2016

    huldukona

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    "The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie a very good book"
    Where does The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    2


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie?

    His awakening of emotion to Beth, don't want to say to much, it could ruin it for others.


    Have you listened to any of Angela Dawe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No this was the first time. She was terrific.


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

    Passion


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing that keeps me from giving this book a full 5 stars is the overdone intimate scenes, perhaps it was because you are listening to the story rather than reading it I don't know, but it wont stop me from getting the second book :)

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    Kathleen Bronx, NY, United States 06-21-13
    Kathleen Bronx, NY, United States 06-21-13

    Addicted to Audio Books.....

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    "I love this book!"
    What did you love best about The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie?

    Lord Ian Mackenzie and Beth their love story is riveting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ian and how his world changed for the better through learning to love and let go with Beth


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending was very touching when Ian came to the realization that he could love someone.


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    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 06-20-13
    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 06-20-13 Member Since 2013

    LauralOlivia

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    "Good listen, slow start"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The ending was good. Many books I listen to more than once. I probably won't be listening to it again.


    Has The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I might try another. I might go back to the solid murder mysteries, Patterson etc. I quit those because they seemed like formulas, predictable.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Good


    Do you think The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


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    Penelope Adelaide, Australia 06-15-13
    Penelope Adelaide, Australia 06-15-13
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    "Brilliant Story, strange narrator."
    What did you love best about The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie?

    I loved the surprising twists and turns and the erotic sex scenes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Beth,such a strong women unafraid of anyone and at ease with her sexuality.


    Which character – as performed by Angela Dawe – was your favorite?

    I also loved Ian Mackenzie-very atractive !


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes- once I got used to the starnge voice of the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrators voice was strange,but she did do the voices of the characters quite well.<br/>I wish their was another book in the series -the mackenzie men are very interesting and attractive .

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    Ang Johannesburg, South Africa 06-11-13
    Ang Johannesburg, South Africa 06-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Weak"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Can't imagine


    What was most disappointing about Jennifer Ashley’s story?

    The story was pretty weak, but the narration was worse.


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

    No


    What character would you cut from The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie?

    The story was full of holes and the characters made little sense


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your pennies

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    Amazon Customer United States 06-03-13
    Amazon Customer United States 06-03-13 Member Since 2010

    Romance Junkie

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    "Excellent characters and narration."

    I love it when an author provokes you to think outside the box. I loved Ian and Beth and while the HEA is a given, I never found this boring. The dialogue and characters are intelligently written. This is the favorite of the MacKenzie series for me...but I do like books 2 and 3 almost as well. I am so tired of cookie cutter, black and white romance, this author explores a disability (a level of autism) which certainly would have been referred to as "madness" in that time period. I am certain many disabilities existed and many abusive situations that are not discussed or necessarily known about in Austen's books. Much ignorance and tolerance was afforded the elite since they "deserved" to do what they wanted to. The MacKenzie's father was a case in point. I found this quite interesting, I'll listen to this again.

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    06-02-13
    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.

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    Kay KB 06-02-13
    Kay KB 06-02-13
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    "Really good"
    Would you listen to The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie again? Why?

    Yes I would. It was a very unusual story. Totally unexpected.


    What other book might you compare The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie to and why?

    The Lord of wicked intension.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Every scene with Ian's man servant.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yes, found it hard to put down.


    Any additional comments?

    It think every one should read it.

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    Tara Colorado Springs, CO 05-26-13
    Tara Colorado Springs, CO 05-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Boring, Boring, Boring!"

    Ok, I tried to enjoy the book. It is really boring. I returned it because I just could not get through it. I've read historical romances before and enjoyed them but this was just fluff. The storyline was boring and the characters were not engaging. I can do slow storyline if the characters are exciting but you got neither with this book. Even purchasing the book from the first book sale at a discount could not make me finish it. I would rate this as a pass. To me if a book does not capture your attention 4 chapters in then it is not going to.

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    Diana 05-24-13
    Diana 05-24-13 Listener Since 2009

    Book addict, romance lover, sometimes blogger, and everyday librarian!

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    "Interesting Story w/Okay Narration"

    There were parts of this narration that I enjoyed and there were parts that ruined my enjoyment of the story. The narrator had an mellowness of tone and pacing that weren't rushed, but there were times when the pauses between sentences and paragraphs were too long. So long that I thought a new chapter was starting only to discover it was still the same conversation. The narration did serve well enough to highlight important parts of the story, parts I may have missed if I had only read the story.

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