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Monday, 5 May 2014

REVIEW: BORN OF PERSUASION by Jessica Dotta and Amanda McKnight Narrator


by Jessica Dotta
read by Amanda McKnight

She never imagined securing her future
would require delving into the past.

London 1838, and seventeen-year-old Julia Elliston’s position has never been more fragile. Orphaned and unmarried in a time when women are legal property of their fathers, husbands, and guardians, she finds herself at the mercy of an anonymous guardian who plans to establish her as a servant in far-off Scotland.

With two months to devise a better plan, Julia’s first choice to marry her childhood sweetheart is denied. But when a titled dowager offers to introduce Julia into society, a realm of possibilities opens. However, treachery and deception are as much a part of Victorian society as titles and decorum, and Julia quickly discovers her present is deeply entangled with her mother’s mysterious past. Before she knows what’s happening, Julia finds herself a pawn in a deadly game between two of the country’s most powerful men. With no laws to protect her, she must unravel the secrets on her own. But sometimes
truth is elusive and knowledge is deadly. . .


Audiobook: BORN OF PERSUASION Unabridged 13.25 hrs
Series: Price of Privilege Trilogy #1
Genre: Historical, Fiction 

Author: Jessica Dotta
Narrator: Amanda McKnight
Published: September 2013
Publisher: Oasis Audio 


My Thoughts?
""Well, haven't you anything to say?" he finally demanded.
When had it ever mattered what I said?
My words were as empty as air.
No one consulted me about concealing mama's suicide, addressed the cost of the funeral, or even bothered to tell me,
that should my parents die, 
I'd have a guardian.  No.  I would not speak.
I learned early that women did not escape their bonds..."
"I knew better than most how to maintain a frost around my heart."
Julia Elliston, daughter of famous athiest and published writer,
is shunned by society because of him and his memory, even when
her mother dies.  She removes herself from their home
to Am Meer, the country home of a lifetime family friend.
Julia intends to formalize her youthful betrothal to the neighbouring family's son, Edward Auburn, to avoid further interference from her unknown guardian.  
But when Edward arrives to pay the family a call 
- as a vicar -  
 all Julia's hopes are dashed.
Julia's efforts to prevent servitude in Scotland
take serious turns for the worst and wilder consequences
than those she'd tried to prevent!
* intense!
I was constantly setting it down to give my emotions a break
[blood pressure too!]
High suspense, imaginative, captivating intrigue ...
Excellent characterization with unexpected twists that send your head for a spin. Settings are descriptive, story unusual and innovative, I am all anticipation for more of Julia Elliston's adventures! 
Taking the opportunity to review the audiobook of 
Born of Persuasion proved its suitability for recording.
'Listening' added an entirely new dimension to the story.
Having already loved reading the story,
I was unprepared for the additional pleasure of hearing it read.
The chosen reader is above and beyond any I've previously
experienced in my reviewing.
Amanda McKnight adds more to the story than just the
opportunity to hear it on audio.
Her accent is perfection.  Personalizations of characters,
dialogue, and descriptions, all come to life at Amanda's reading.
What I particularly value is the depth of interest her reading brings.
To hear the story in the language and accents of the day;
Amanda's varying accents admirably differentiated the various
characters and genders - different stations of life -
and their colloquialisms.
[Her characterization of Julia's maid alone is worth hearing!]  
All engage the listener at a deeper level than reading allows.
Ms McKnight's talents definitely increased the book's story value.
Text and narrator seamlessly complement each other.
Her voice age is perfect for the book's characters and content.
Listening to this audiobook proved a valuable
and much appreciated investment of time.
Oasis Audio's production is excellent.
No background interference to narration.
Clarity of sound and even tone for optimum listening pleasure.
Reading pace is easy to follow.
Production skill allows the plot to flow without interruption
and blatant edits.  
Steady volume without fluctuations kept me listening
{rather than needing to adjust sound.}
Attention to technical detail enhanced the enjoyment of
Born of Persuasion.
Obviously this novel is ideally suited to an audio version
and I certainly appreciate the opportunity to have enjoyed the experience.

Author Bio:

Jessica Dotta has always been fascinated by the intricacies of
society that existed in England from the Regency through the Edwardian era. She writes in a manner that blends past and modern fiction techniques. She lives in the Nashville area and works as a free lance media consultant and publicist. Her first novel Born of Persuasion released September of 2013.

Find Jessica online
and on twitter - Jessica Dotta
facebook - Jessica Dotta

Reader Bio:
Amanda McKnight - have not been able to find online links other than 2 additional titles, both by Oasis Audio - The Irish Healer and book 2 of Jessica Dotta's Price of Privilege series,
Mark of Distinction.
*Listening links provided for you to enjoy a sample of
Amanda's narration!


I'm anticipating reviews for these upcoming and will be posting
to whet your own listening appetite!

*Thanks to Oasis Audio for a copy to listen and review without cost or compensation.


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