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84 Charing Cross Road | [Helene Hanff]

84 Charing Cross Road

Told in a series of letters, this true story of the correspondence between a New York writer and a London bookseller has touched the hearts of thousands.
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Publisher's Summary

Told in a series of letters, this true story of the correspondence between a New York writer and a London bookseller has touched the hearts of thousands.

©1970 Helene Hanff; (P)2007 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Unmitigated delight." (Daily Telegraph) "Immensely appealing...witty, caustic." (Listener)

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  • Crispin
    Tring, Herts, United Kingdom
    6/3/07
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    "Truth Stranger than Fiction"

    A story told entirely in letters charting the relationship between two people who never meet. It is a cliche, but 84 Charing Cross Road is heartwarming, tender, funny and tragic. The relationship that develops between Helene Hanff (a spiky, impoverished New York writer) and Frank Doel (a conventional, formal English bookseller) is told through their correspondence as HH tries to obtain rare and obscure titles from the eponynous bookshop. That it is a true story told through the actual correspondence between the two makes it tremendously affecting.

    The story is beautifully read by Juliet Stevenson and John Nettles - brilliant casting - and the whole unabridged reading lasts barely 2 hours which just goes to show that the best things really do come in small packages.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Lance
    Canterbury, United Kingdom
    11/1/09
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    "Love by mail"

    What a wonderful story. It was like waiting on the doorstep for the next letter to arrive. You could almost imagine rows and rows of books in a tiny shop. It was a love story yet, it wasn't. It was a lovely story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fliss
    London, United Kingdom
    6/14/11
    Overall
    "An utter joy!"

    I laughed out loud and then wept on the train - and that's saying something.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Angela
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    8/21/08
    Overall
    "Short but Sweet"

    This is such a lovely book and a great recording. Only a couple of hours long but it is still worth downloading. This accompanied me on a long run and I was smiling through most of it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Alison St Pierre
    Lancashire
    9/8/13
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    "Quintessentially English and bursting with charm."

    I really enjoyed this book! The description of London around the war time period and the incredibly English characters are a joy to imagine. I could see the bookshop and smell the books. This book gave a real insight into rationing and the joy of exchanging letters, (a dying art). Totally recommended!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fiona
    maghera, londonderry, United Kingdom
    11/20/10
    Overall
    "lovely listen"

    Really enjoyed this book - lovely true story - great book to listen to at bedtime.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. M. Curtis
    Bristol UK
    6/4/14
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    "Love love loved it..."

    Am i the only person in the world that didn't realise how simple yet totally absorbing this story is.

    Read no more just listen to this you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bookie
    UK
    5/23/14
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    "Touching and absorbing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Kept me engrossed throughout. A series of fascinating and entertaining exchanges by letter over many years. Two unlikely correspondents, very different and the interest was as much in what they didn't say!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked both, equally for different reasons. One, whacky, humorous and single minded, the other straight laced and rather stiff upper lip who warmed gradually. And the insight into the deprivations in Britain following the end of the war were fascinating.


    Have you listened to any of Juliet Stevenson and John Nettles ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Excellent narration by two of my favourite 'voices'.


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

    The end of the book was very moving.


    Any additional comments?

    Short, but absolutely riveting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Bowers Gifford, United Kingdom
    12/21/13
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    "Charming"

    A totally unique and easy to listen to book. I loved the accents and feeling drawn back to the time period the letters relate to. I presume some letters are missing as there are some gaps but this does not take away from the story. I read a little more into the life of Helen Hanff and it was nice to learn (post letters) a bit more of the story. A very easy way to pass a couple of hours. Recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sue Bayliss
    London, England United Kingdom
    8/20/13
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    "Fantasic"

    I listen to this on a Sunday afternoon whilst I was out in the garden doing some over due maintenance and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The narration was excellent both Juliet Stevenson and John Nettles were excellent. I hadn't heard of the book before but saw the reviews and decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed. The story is beautiful and a very easy listen. It is well paced and funny.

    This is a lovely story and definitely worth a listen, you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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