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Publisher's Summary

Benedict Cumberbatch and Louise Brealey read a love story in letters, played out against the backdrop of the Second World War.

'Can you feel, as you read these words, that I am thinking of you now; aglow, alive, alert at the thought that you are in the same world, and by some strange chance loving me.'

A small blue box opened in 2008 revealed a wartime world of love, longing and frustration. Inside were bundles and bundles of letters written neatly in pen, in pencil, on thin blue airmail paper or headed army notepaper. Envelopes covered in postmarks, redirections, censor's stamps. A love affair in letters between two people who barely knew each other, thousands of miles apart, in the middle of a war, with no idea when or whether they would ever see each other again.

On September 5th, 1943, Chris Barker, a signalman stationed near Tobruk in North Africa, decided to write to a former work colleague, Bessie Moore, a Morse code interpreter at the Foreign Office back in London. The unexpected warmth of Bessie's reply changed their lives forever.

Chris and Bessie's love letters first appeared in Simon Garfield's book To the Letter. They toured literary festivals as part of Letters Live before being published in a book, My Dear Bessie.

Written by Chris Barker and Bessie Moore.

Letters compiled by Simon Garfield.

Adapted by Sara Davies.

Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins.

Cast:

Chris - Benedict Cumberbatch
Bessie - Louise Brealey
Irena - Jane Slavin

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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Sweet romance, top notch narration

What made the experience of listening to My Dear Bessie: A Love Story in Letters the most enjoyable?

The quality of narration stands out. They can really act, and it shows.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Bessie. She sounded so sweet and hopeful!

Any additional comments?

I'm now in the mood of writing a love letter to my husband!

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enjoyed the story

enjoyed the story. wish there were more letters. good story telling. narrators did a good job

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Finally this is beautiful louise and Benedict at their best since Sherlock my heart and ears are purely smitted by this thanks Audible will cherish this these two reading these letters this is reason I bought dear Bessie book

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  • Ijeoma
  • Brooklyn, New York
  • 03-11-18

Short But Wonderful

These letters are so romantic and beautiful, but they’re so short. The book is still amazing regardless. I would definitely listen to more books by the narrators in the future. Highly recommended.

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  • 04-02-18

Absolutely lovely

This was an excellent letter, hopelessly romantic. This has now set a boundary for relationships to come in the future.

Performances were excellent (made me think of Sherlock and molly having a love affair) but was absolutely fantastic.

Read this book!!!!! I know I will listen to it again multiple times!

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  • Muffin's Mom
  • 03-31-18

Lovely

The most beautiful love story I've ever heard. I'll be falling asleep to this for a long time to come.