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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
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"Unmitigated delight." (Daily Telegraph) "Immensely appealing...witty, caustic." (Listener)
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By Jool on 10-03-16

Just beautiful!

Wonderful book and beautifullynatrated. A joy to listen to. Whatever am I going to read or listen to next?

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By Crispin on 06-03-07

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.

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By Lance on 11-01-09

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.

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By Kylie on 09-01-16

Marvellous!

Loved this almost from the start. I thought the reading of the addresses every couple of minutes was annoying at first and if I was reading it would have skipped looking at the address but as it went on it was almost rhythmic and I grew to love it as part of the overall experience. The performance by Juliet and John was excellent and added so much to the enjoyment of the book. I loved researching more about the story once I had finished. What wonderful kind people they were.

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By Maria Gray on 05-18-15

Kindness of a Stranger

I read the book when it was first published and absolutely love this audible edition. I was unable to listen to this book in public places, as tears kept welling in my eyes, especially at the kindness this woman showed for people she didn't know on the other side of the world. At the end of the book the producer stated that when he asked the actors to read this book, their response was the quickest and most enthusiastic he had ever had from anyone for any book. I think that says it all.

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