The Seven Poor Travellers

Read by Ruth Golding

(4.4 stars; 111 reviews)

One of Dickens' Christmas stories, this was first published as part of the Christmas number of Household Words for 1854. The first chapter relates Dickens' visit to the ancient Richard Watts's Charity at Rochester. The second chapter is the touching story of "Richard Doubledick", which Dickens supposedly told the travellers, and Dickens' journey home on Christmas morning provides the short concluding chapter. (Summary by Ruth Golding)

(1 hr 11 min)


Chapter 1 22:46 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter 2 41:25 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter 3 7:16 Read by Ruth Golding


(5 stars)

Ruth Golding reads this pleasing and lesser know Dickens story with her unshakeable prowess. She is indeed a first class reader and I find myself scouring Librivox for further works she has brought to life.

Dickens short stories

(5 stars)

These little known stories-within-a-story are charmingly voice acted (not merely read) with excellent sound quality. Thank you Ruth. More please! TheBookworm (Manchester, UK)

(5 stars)

I echo everything my fellow listeners have written. A lovely little story, beautifully read. Thank you librivox.

Dickens at Christmas?

(4 stars)

This story's only connection to Christmas is that the main story is set up as a narration told on Christmas eve. The main story itself is a classic Dickens' morality tale, and charming enough if you are a Dickens fan. Ruth Golding, as ever, is a superlative narrator.

"The Seven Poor Travellers"

(3 stars)

3 are well worth the listen, but if your a poor traveller for time, don't feel too guilty about skipping the main course IMO.

Ruth Golding, Narrator *****

(3 stars)

This is one of many Christmas stories written by Dickens, yet due to its lack of continuity I found it very disappointing.


(4.5 stars)

the reading well done. it seems less thought out and under crafted than Dickens other works.

Lovely short Christmas story, excellent reader

(5 stars)

A Dickens tale of Christmas charity and brotherly love will read.