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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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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    Isabell United States 05-24-13
    Isabell United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2014

    I love Audible!

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    "WOW!!! This book shocked me.. Very Good Listen."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version; I'm glad I haven't read it. this was really interesting...


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

    Ian Mackenzie's character was memorable throughout the whole of the book. A character like his, just show you that all people, no matter what they have that works against them, want to be loved unconditionally. I trully lliked this storyline.


    What does Angela Dawe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't know exactly, except that I can say, she didn't take anthing away from the book.


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

    YES!!


    Any additional comments?

    A good book of unconditional love and how people mental issues or those that are considered as special, need love and someone that will love them without condition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DK 05-22-13
    DK 05-22-13 Member Since 2013

    Romance & espionage are my faves–but I like/review almost everything! If review is helpful please vote 'yes.' Consider following me. :-)

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    "Don't Usually Go 4 Historical Romance, But...."
    If you could sum up The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, suspenseful & passionate


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

    It is SO unique in its premise and character execution I cannot think of any other to compare it to. Perhaps others in this series (which I will be getting!)


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Angela Dawe?

    Sure, but 5 Stars would have been easily earned if there was a stronger accent!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No [I don't react strongly to much], however it was very well written and there were a few instances when I found myself chuckling a bit.


    Any additional comments?

    It is very rare that I can stand to listen to 'historical' romances. I took a chance on this one as it was on sale for $4.95 and am so glad I did; I believe it IS 'credit' worthy and I plan to get the rest!

    NOTE: Some sexual content

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    Smooch CA 05-17-13
    Smooch CA 05-17-13 Member Since 2016

    Lost in a good book

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    "God I love this book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definately! It is so honest and well written. I decided to trust all the other reviews before me and I am so happy I did! It is hot and enticing, specific, but totally lovely! It is graphic in the most perfect and well written way. The love scense are tasefull and unique. It made me shudder more than once!!


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

    How open and honest Ian and Beth are with each other. There's no games, no wondering how they feel - there's no embarrassment and you can hear that in the way the story is written and the delivery of the narrator. I found myself falling in love with this couple and just rooting for their happiness.


    What about Angela Dawe’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is perfect! She has a deep voice - never shrill. It is seductive and works perfectly for both male and female. She has a great flow - never too fast, never exaggerated and she speaks each charater in such a way that really helps portray their personalities.


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

    Wicked Hot Indulgence!


    Any additional comments?

    Go have a hot, enticing listen that will satisfly all your "great book" expectations! This book feels like a vacation - I hope you enjoy it too!

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    Pat LORENA, TX, United States 05-13-13
    Pat LORENA, TX, United States 05-13-13 Member Since 2013

    I enjoy many types of books and am always looking for new authors to read and listen too. I enjoy reading the reviews and adding my own from time to time.

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    "Sexy Scottish Lord Stops Widow From Big Mistake"

    Lord Ian Mackenzie loves Ming bowls to the point of obsession. Their beauty kept him from going insane after being put in an asylum by his abusive father when he was a child. He is brilliant but appears to walk to a different drummer. He prevents beautiful young widow Beth Ackerly from marrying Sir Lyndon Mather who is only after her money. It takes little time for Ian to want Beth himself and when she breaks the engagement to Mather and goes to France he follows her. They come home to Scotland married. Ian's brother Hart, the Duke of Kilmorgan is not happy about the marriage and makes life a little uneasy for Beth at first. There is a power struggle which involves a former lover of Hart's that puts Beth in peril and Ian has several setbacks. A well rounded story with great love /sex scenes. Jennifer Ashley writes this type of novel very well. All the books in this series are good and book six will be out soon. Have really enjoyed the stories of the Mackenzie brothers. Well worth a credit. Have listened several times and will again.

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    Wan Shah Alam, Malaysia 05-07-13
    Wan Shah Alam, Malaysia 05-07-13
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    "A Great Listen! Witty and Entertaining"

    I picked this one up because it was on sale but what a pleasure it turned out to be. The character Beth is read out well by Angela Dawe, although it took me a while to get use to her narration. However in the end, I thought her narration was very suitable to the tale to be told here. Ian, the unexpected 'hero' in this book, wormed himself into my heart. I like the detailed description of his thoughts. Jennifer Ashley shown a believable insight in the mind of an eccentric or genius or as a reviewer mentioned, one with slight autism.

    Character development of Beth and the Mackenzie brothers unfold quite nicely. Towards the last few chapters, I just could not stop listening. Now I'm going to check out the book version of Mack and Isabella's story. Wish the audio version of these series will be out soon.

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    Robin 05-07-13
    Robin 05-07-13
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    "Too wordy and had a hard time enduring the reader."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The reader has the voices ok.. but reads the book as if it is an instruction book for a toaster or directions to assemble a bookcase. That becomes annoying!


    If you’ve listened to books by Jennifer Ashley before, how does this one compare?

    My first... and would like to continue in the series, but if I do I will buy the books, not endure the reader again.


    What didn’t you like about Angela Dawe’s performance?

    Might as well have been reading a techinal manual.


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

    The story line was good and developed characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Different reader would have made a world of difference.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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