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84, Charing Cross Road

Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (186 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

When Helene Hanff makes an innocent inquiry about the possibility of purchasing hard-to-find books through Marks and Co., Booksellers, she begins a 20-year love affair with Frank Doel, the proper English bookseller who answers her letter and sends along her first order in the fall of 1949.

They are two very unlikely correspondents: she a cranky Jewish New Yorker who writes TV scripts and lives in a messy apartment on East 95th Street; he a determinedly courteous middle-class Englishman who sends her beautifully bound and often obscure antiquarian books from the shop he manages on Charing Cross Road in London.

The letters, written between 1949 and 1969, capture the period and pay tribute to the special kind of reader who treasures a well-worn classic.

©1970 Helen Hanff (P)1993 Recorded Books, LLC

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A True Story About How Books Connect People

I am not a regular reader of collections of letters, but I fell under the spell 84 Charring Cross Road almost immediately. This is a beautiful and true story, told through correspondence, of the love of books, and their power to draw readers together. 84 Charring Cross Road revels in the way books can connect people, even across an ocean, and even if those people have never met.

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Sweet

I had put this book off, for reasons unknown. It was on three different suggestion lists for light hearted enjoyable reads.
I concur, those are the right lists for this book.

The irony is I’ve been awake with with pregnant lady insomnia. I have listened to this entire sweet book in one long go and can now go back to sleep with a smile.

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Lovely story

beautiful narration, hard not to like all characters. I wish it could have lasted more.

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I have always loved this story.

This audio version does it proud. Thank you for your care and a wonderful performance.

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  • Joan
  • Charlotte, NC, United States
  • 01-24-19

Booklover’s delight

This short book of transatlantic correspondence is a delight. The personalities of letter writers come through in the readers voices. The shared love of fine books, the generosity of the writers and the mutual appreciation of the writers makes for a wonderful, funny, and wistful tale.

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Loved this!

I enjoyed getting to know the staff of 84, Charing Cross Road and Helene. I wasn't ready for the end, but a very delightful quick read.

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Relationships

Most excellent female narrator.
Great story.
Well written.
Well acted.
A pleasure to listen to this book.

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  • Joseph
  • YORK, PA, United States
  • 10-01-18

A gem in print as well as in audio form

I've owned this book in print for many years and have read it many times. It is refreshing to finally listen to it in this wonderful audio version. The narrators brought the characters to life with the same pizzazz as it had been scribed.
The special relationship between Helen and Frank is such a heart warming and gentle "love" story.
I wish that antique book stores that specialize in providing service to book lovers rather than the almighty dollar still exist.
This is truly an amazing book. A must listen!

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Truly delightful

The book is a true delight in every way. The correspondence between Hanff and Doel over the years is a testament to human connection, and the power books have to connect us. Short but so worth it. I will listen again.

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Still magical and indescribably delicious...

I read this book many many years ago and it still warms the cockles of my heart....
I wish now as I did then that I could have known both Helene Hanff and Frank Doel.
And the narrators only add to the magic!!
Both the reading of it and the listening to it is still magical.... Thank you.