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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (900 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Deborah Mitford Narrator: Anne Flosnik Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9781452670263
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Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire, is the youngest of the famously witty brood that includes the writers Jessica and Nancy, who wrote when Deborah was born, "How disgusting of the poor darling to go and be a girl." Deborah's effervescent memoir Wait for Me! chronicles her remarkable life, from an eccentric but happy childhood in the Oxfordshire countryside, to tea with Adolf Hitler and her controversially political sister Unity in 1937, to her marriage to the second son of the Duke of Devonshire. Her life would change utterly with his unexpected inheritance of the title and vast estates after the wartime death of his brother, who had married Kick Kennedy, the beloved sister of John F. Kennedy. Her friendship with that family would last through triumph and tragedy. With its intense warmth and charm, Wait for Me! is a unique portrait of an age and an unprecedented look at the rhythms of life inside one of the great aristocratic families of England. It is irresistible listening and will join the shelf of Mitford classics to delight audiences for years to come. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Enjoyable.... Compelling as a portrait of a vanishing world. Wall Street Journal
  • Wait for Me!…teem[s] with memories of love, war, betrayal, heartbreak, housekeeping, and frolic…tantalizing…riveting.

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Funny, loving, sparkly, snarky, heartbreaking, chilling, gossipy, wise.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Charming, captivating, and at times wickedly funny. ‘Wait for Me!’ was the refrain of young ‘Debo’, the baby of the family. Now ninety, she has caught up beautifully.”

    Time

  • “Admirably done, cannily blending disclosure and reticence in a charming book that kept me riveted.”

    Guardian (London)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 2/19/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book.....sounds like a sensible woman! Some fascinating insights into influential people and events during the 20th century, and an interesting look at how the 'other half' live (not that much differently - give or take the odd eccentricity and landed estate). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ted Bell | 2/3/2014

    " So far, so good. If you haven't read her book, 'Counting My Chickens', you're in for a wonderful time! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 1/27/2014

    " Because I'm so interested in the Mitford family, I'll keep this book even though Deborah (Mitford) Devonshire's writing is not up to the family standard. In terms of short anecdotes, yes...she can be very amusing. She lets her biases show, as do all her sisters who have published books, but there isn't much to back her statements up. She is very interesting when she talks of historical figures, especially as she introduces them in such a way that you don't feel she's name dropping. I would have preferred Mitford to talk more candidly about difficult times in her life...when you're over 90, surely you don't need to worry what anyone thinks anymore! She is quite candid about her husband's alcoholism, so speaking of her many miscarriages, or caring for Nancy during her fatal bout with cancer, or her parent's antipathy for each other over the players in WWII. This would only interest people who like to read about England between the wars; after that, there's not much else. More pictures would have been lovely, too... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 1/27/2014

    " If picking up this memoir as a first in the Mitford "collection", I advise a different starting point. Dowager Duchess assumes you have a working knowledge of the good bad and ugly of each of the sisters details. Her life reelection is light and delightful and very discreet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caro | 1/21/2014

    " Any book by a Mitford is sure to be fun. The best bits here are about her childhood, even though we've read it all before from Decca, Nancy and Diana. Her account of her adult years is grouped by topic - the Kennedys, for example - and feels a bit perfunctory despite some wonderful stories. Old age is catching up with her and her friends (a hilarious story about Patrick Leigh Fermor in the bath at age 90 noticing with horror that his feet had turned black, then realizing he had merely forgotten to take off his socks) though she seems to be living alone (with lots of help) quite happily. Chronicling the deaths of her beloved parents, husband and sisters is very sad. "I wondered how anyone could die without at least four daughters at their bedside," she writes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marlies | 1/21/2014

    " Well done all around. What a life! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie Lucianovic | 1/17/2014

    " I'm starting to stall out and skim the last chapters of this. It was engaging when she was talking about her childhood, but recording what went on in the 60s and 70s is getting a little dull as well as depressing what with everyone dying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noel | 1/16/2014

    " Debo Mitford Cavendish is the last surviving Mitford girl (sister of Nancy et al). She married the Duke of Devonshire and her memoirs give an interesting insight into the lives and struggles of the large estate owners of Britain in the age of death and inheritance taxes. Lots of history here too as she was great friends with the Kennedy's and attented the JFK inauguration and funeral as a guest of the family. The book has moving and personal accounts of both of these iconic events. Also I hadn't known JFK's sister Kathleen ("Kick") was buried in the Duke of Devonshire's churchyard. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristen | 1/14/2014

    " This definitely read like a wealthy British woman wrote it. I'm sure Deborah Mitford has had some great things happen in her life, but it doesn't come through in this book. The book read like her resume with at least 4 chapters being devoted to her various charitable organizations and how she got involved and what she did and blah. When it's not about that it's about her renovations of her house. Sure the pictures were nice but I wanted something, not Better Homes and Gardens. The book seems very cold, like she didn't want to say anything remotely offensive and I was just flat out bored. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances Kuffel | 1/13/2014

    " I can NOT get enough of the Mitfords. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stevie Carroll | 1/3/2014

    " A fascinating memoir, filled with new details of stories I thought I already knew. Stories of everyday Derbyshire life (for certain values of everyday) are told with the same affection and wit as stories about the major events of the twentieth century. Well worth dipping into again and again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane C. | 12/24/2013

    " Another chronicle of the rather mad Mitford family, interesting, funny, compassionate. My favorite so far from one of the Mitford sisters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 12/5/2013

    " it was interesting but a bit factual with little to no introspection. I don't know if readers unfamiliar with england and the families mentioned would enjoy it as much. I wouldn't run out and get this one--the Sisters is much better if you want to read about the Mitfords. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Blaise | 11/18/2013

    " It took awhile for me to get into this book, but I did end up enjoying it. I probably would have given it 3.5 stars if I had the option. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/23/2012

    " I did not find the author to be a great writer, but her family and life so interesting I wanted to finish the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 5/31/2012

    " I grew up on stories about the irrepressible Mitford girls, so liked the first part of this book - her childhood - a great deal. As she ages, though, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, displays many of the attitudes I loathe about the British upper classes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susanne | 4/23/2012

    " Charming. A natural writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 3/30/2012

    " Debo still has all her senses at age 90. How she must have suffered from her husband's alcoholism, treated in but a few pages. She seems to be a hard worker, keeps calm and carries on.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hendo | 2/2/2012

    " Not bad. Probably would have been better had I been a little bit more familiar with the many, many people she references in the book. Have always been enthralled by Chatsworth and all that British nobility. Hope to visit some of the Devonshire estates someday. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 10/22/2011

    " A worthwhile read to get an idea of her life (from her point of view), but it feels so much has been glossed over (from my knowledge of the Mitford family). If you're going to write an autobiography do it properly. I shall be more interested to read a biography. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 6/21/2011

    " Debo still has all her senses at age 90. How she must have suffered from her husband's alcoholism, treated in but a few pages. She seems to be a hard worker, keeps calm and carries on.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosie | 6/20/2011

    " An inside look to the famous Mitford sisters (Nancy, Diana, Jessica, Unity and Debo) and life in the upper crust of England in the mid 20th century. A little fussy but interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 4/18/2011

    " All through the book I kept remember her quote 'They think because my sisters can write I can too,'' she remarked in a letter to Fermor. ''Ha ha. They will be sorry soon.''
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 4/16/2011

    " Entertaining, but rote for those well-saturated in Mitfordania, or whatever it's being called nowadays. Somehow, I can't get enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 4/12/2011

    " Could have used a family tree and cast of characters "

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About the Author

Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire, is the sister of Nancy, Pamela, Tom, Diana, Unity, and Jessica Mitford. She is a past president of the Royal Agricultural Society of England and of the Royal Smithfield Club. She is the author of a number of books, including Counting My Chickens…, Home to Roost, and Round About Chatsworth.

About the Narrator

Anne Flosnik, a seasoned audiobook narrator, has over four hundred titles to her credit and several awards and distinctions, including three AudioFile Earphones Awards, a USA Today Recommended Listening, and the American Library Association’s Special Services to Children Award. She has twice been an Audie Award finalist. She is an accomplished actress with lead credits on stage, on television, and in commercials and voice-overs.