84, Charing Cross Road

Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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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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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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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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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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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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A beautiful story

This has long been one of my favorite books.
The performance brought the characters to life.
Thank you.

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Kindred spirits long distance<br />

The dialog was witty and British am very American this was a charming short story about 2 friends that had a love of books 20 years and was amazing well worth it this is a must listen to

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An Eternal Favorite

I have loved this book for years! I enjoyed the breezy narration of this version, but it is quite different from what I'd envisioned inside my head at first reading. I think I prefer reading it myself, but that might just be nostalgia for my first experience of this lovely, lovely book.