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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
  • A. Wolff
    London
    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
  • tothemanorbornfreak
    12/6/14
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    "Charming, poignant, witty and totally satisfying"
    What did you like most about 84 Charing Cross Road?

    The atmosphere. It was beautifully conveyed by the two narrators, who handled the 10+ voices superbly. I was transported to the side of every one.


    What other book might you compare 84 Charing Cross Road to, and why?

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, partly because of the format but also because of the similar effect it had of drawing me to each character. But I think 84 Charing Cross Road is better.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    All the ones in which Helene flew off the handle and sent tantrum letters to Frank. He never rose to the bait - perfect English gentleman! - but you could hear the twinkle in his voice.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I wouldn't, partly because there is already a film that I have yet to watch, but mainly because I can't see how a film could possibly add to the magic of the voices.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a beautifully written true story, very engaging and really really interesting. Especially to book lovers! Please listen to it, you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crispin
    Tufnell Park, United Kingdom
    11/13/14
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    "Fact beats fiction"

    I am inclined to agree with Helene that a good true story beats fiction every time. This one is brilliantly done. I have not seen the film but would be surprised if it is a good, I suspect it has been jazzed up in the way that movies tend to. Juliet Stevenson and John Nettles do a brilliant job of bringing the characters back to life from the pages of their letters.

    0 of 0 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
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