We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
Never Less Than a Lady | [Mary Jo Putney]

Never Less Than a Lady

RITA Award-winning, New York Times best-selling author Mary Jo Putney is justly celebrated as a master of the Regency romance. Here Alexander Randall is the last heir to the Earl of Daventry and he must find himself a bride. His prayers are answered in the form of distressed midwife Julia Bancroft. But though their union would benefit both parties, Julia is reluctant to surrender her heart.
Regular Price:$24.49
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

RITA Award-winning, New York Times best-selling author Mary Jo Putney is justly celebrated as a master of the Regency romance. Here Alexander Randall is the last heir to the Earl of Daventry and he must find himself a bride. His prayers are answered in the form of distressed midwife Julia Bancroft. But though their union would benefit both parties, Julia is reluctant to surrender her heart.

©2010 Mary Jo Putney, Inc. (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

“… rich in complex, realistically complicated characters, expertly spiced with intrigue, and infused with a wickedly subtle wit.” (Booklist)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.0 (224 )
5 star
 (77)
4 star
 (87)
3 star
 (47)
2 star
 (12)
1 star
 (1)
Overall
3.9 (168 )
5 star
 (54)
4 star
 (69)
3 star
 (30)
2 star
 (12)
1 star
 (3)
Story
4.2 (170 )
5 star
 (75)
4 star
 (65)
3 star
 (25)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (1)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Joki Helsinki 07-17-13
    Joki Helsinki 07-17-13 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    180
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    99
    83
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    16
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Avoids the Cliches of the Genre"

    I purchased the Audible book after a great sale recently. I had read and liked Mary Jo Putney's works in the past (though not in the last decade) and decided to find a good Summer read.

    What I really liked about this book is that it managed to avoid nearly every cliche that are so rampant in the romance field right now. Despite there being many chances, there were no "great misunderstanding" and the characters reacted logically, calmly, and intelligently to situations. There was no evil 'big baddie' forcing deus et machina situations. The female character isn't an annoying 'spitfire' who gets into situations just so she can be rescued by the alpha male. The male isn't even alpha - he's respectful of the heroine but not so much that it is anachronistic. The Heroine doesn't suddenly develop the ability to shoot a gun, ride a horse, or any other implausible ability just to get out of a situation. Nor is modern knowledge of medicine used to make fun of the doctoring of that era.

    What we have is a very gentle, well written, emotionally resonating story of two people getting to know each other and learning to trust. It is skillfully plotted novel that doesn't rely on action so much as communication to build the relationship over time. It's what I would characterize as a mature novel - for those who are tired of the cliches and overwrought plots and just want a novel of two decent people, with hard pasts, who learn to overcome their own fears of intimacy to create a love match.

    The audible narrator, though male, did an excellent job of both the female and male voices as well as the plot.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Carolyn United States 08-15-13
    Carolyn United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2010

    Romance Junkie

    HELPFUL VOTES
    24
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    76
    44
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    6
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "If Simon Prebble Narrates, I'm In!"

    this man is a fantastic narrator. He makes these stories come to life, the combination of Mary Jo Putney's writing and Simon's narration are priceless for historical regency romance! I look forward to more!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Charlotte Kingston 10, Jamaica 10-23-11
    Charlotte Kingston 10, Jamaica 10-23-11 Member Since 2011

    Avid mystery reader, huge Agatha Christie fan.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Nicely done!"

    I really enjoyed this performance and this story. I was very leery about trying another romance novel as an audiobook, my first romance audiobook experience didn't end well (in fact, it hasn't ended, I can't bear to finish it).

    However, Simon Prebble gave a very enjoyable performance of one of Putney's usually enjoyable Regency romances. His pace and rhythm were entirely appropriate and his voicing of the various characters was very well done, indeed. I particularly liked that he did not try to force his voice to some ridiculously high pitch for the female parts, rather he adopted a softness of tone which he even managed to vary for different female characters.

    The story itself is characteristic of Mary Jo Putney, there is a wide cast of characters from related novels, but they manage not to encroach too much on the central characters' development, something I have always appreciated about her "serial" books. Apart from the feeling that the story ended somewhat abruptly, likely because the characters will re-appear in subsequent novels, I thoroughly enjoyed this particular listening experience.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lynda Northridge, CA, United States 08-19-13
    Lynda Northridge, CA, United States 08-19-13 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    33
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Just an old fashion love story"

    A decent man works to heal he woman he loves, ah...so refreshing, no stupid misunderstandings, just two people trying to make each other whole. Nothing more to say other than I enjoyed it immensely.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sarah West Lebanon, NH, United States 06-28-13
    Sarah West Lebanon, NH, United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    56
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "couldn't bring myself to listen to the whole thing"

    Plot holes, cardboard characters with zero development, modern sensibilities and turns of phrase totally out of place in the historic context... My disbelief was less and less suspendible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    D. K. Blalock Fayetteville, NC 05-16-13
    D. K. Blalock Fayetteville, NC 05-16-13 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    169
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Worthy of a repeat listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Never Less Than a Lady the most enjoyable?

    The story flowed in such a way I "couldn't put it down"


    What other book might you compare Never Less Than a Lady to and why?

    This book was a reminder of the older Putney books I enjoyed so much. Might have to buy them again!


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    Randall. He was strong without arrogance. Sensitive without weakness.


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

    The reaction of Julia's brother to her after years of separation brought tears to my eyes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    MickeyMarie Narnia 04-22-13
    MickeyMarie Narnia 04-22-13 Member Since 2003

    I read so I can write

    HELPFUL VOTES
    640
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    285
    235
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    146
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I loved it!"

    What a great story. Fantastic Julia has suffered some really horrible stuff done by her first husband, his father, and her own father. Then she gets hooked up with a really cool guy who is willing to do whatever it takes her to get past all of that and have a normal life as a wife and mother. Somewhere along the way add a great little boy who needs someone to love him, and you have a family.

    Simon Prebble isn't just good. He's one of the best, and as usual his performance brings this terrific story to life.

    Well worth the time and credit.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jonna Etna, NH 04-16-14
    Jonna Etna, NH 04-16-14 Member Since 2009

    I have a PhD in American Literature but my love affair with romance novels on audible is going strong.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    41
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    49
    42
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    8
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Sweet, Lovely and totally predictable"

    This story was brain candy for me. I found it a bit slow at the beginning, with a bit too much detailed conversation as if they were discussing the grocery lists. But I figured it was part of the development of a love relationship that starts out as non-existent - despite their marriage - and builds throughout. Alexander Randall who is suddenly to become the Earl of Daventry needs a bride, and he picks the only woman he's ever found attractive, the widowed midwife Julia Bancroft. Since the marriage proposal comes at a time when they are basically strangers and is offered only as a solution to Julia's life being threatened, they negotiate a marriage that leaves all kinds of doors open for later divorce. Julia's previous marriage has left her afraid of marrying again. Needless to say the plan to allow easy exit grows problematic as they become more involved with each other. Since we know there will be a happy ending, the story's biggest flaw is an inability to create much suspense. The characters are thoroughly lovable, though there are plenty of villains to keep things interesting, and the problem resolutions thoroughly satisfying. Pleasant and not too challenging read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Gayle Faribault, MN 04-02-14
    Gayle Faribault, MN 04-02-14 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    99
    51
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good Read-good series!"

    This is the Lost Lord series book 2 by Putney. I like the story and was taken with the characters in this one. Not the typical hero and heroine, but easy to get involved with. Enjoyed their story and enjoyed the way the series winds the characters together. I also like that each book does a little to set the stage for the next one, makes one want to move right into the next story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Robyn FRANKSTON SOUTH, Australia 12-01-13
    Robyn FRANKSTON SOUTH, Australia 12-01-13 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Nice little romance but lacks depth and colour."
    Would you try another book from Mary Jo Putney and/or Simon Prebble?

    If Never Less than a Lady is typical storyline and writing style of this author, then no I would not try another of her books.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I may listen to A discovery of Witches again, I've been spoiled by Deborah Harkness.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Simon Prebble’s performances?

    No. I found this narrator disappointing. His voice droned through much of the story and barely stopped between one sentence to the next. Thus far the worst narration I have experienced.


    What character would you cut from Never Less Than a Lady?

    No. Subtracting anyone from the story could leave it even drier. None of the characters caused an emotional response for me to either want them out of the story or enjoy how they were portrayed.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy a book that has layers. This book did not get my attention let alone keep,it. The narration style only added to my disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 13 results PREVIOUS12NEXT
Sort by:
  • Marie-Clare
    Cheltenham, Glos, United Kingdom
    4/24/11
    Overall
    "Never Less Than a Lady"

    I found this a really enjoyable audiobook, fairly typical of it's genre. I love listening to Simon Prebble read, he has an excellent way with characterisation and is very easy to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-1 of 1 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.