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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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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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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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A very special book

I was a bookseller for 40 years. Listening to this book reminded me of so many special customers over the years.

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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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Pleasure to hear this old favorite

Sweet, funny and touching in under two hours. At first I was put off by not hearing Anthony Hopkins as the male narrator. (He starred in the movie) But that passed. Barbara Rosenblat was a seamless replacement for Anne Bancroft.

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A wonderful story

First, you can’t go wrong with any book performed by Barbara Rosenblat. This book is charming and quirky, and a pleasure to listen to. Audible ... please arrange for the sequel!

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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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finally read the book

I rented this movie years ago from a mom and pop video store. The story always remained in my mind and I decided it was time to read the book. I think it's the way these letters show how books can bring people from different walks of life together that is so heartwarming to me.

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Just plain lovely!!!!!

This is one of my favorite books. The caste does a brilliant job of bringing it to life and I look forward to listening to it again with hot coco in front of a fire.