A House to Let

Read by Ruth Golding

(4.4 stars; 102 reviews)

A House to Let is a short story originally published in 1858 in the Christmas edition of Dickens' Household Words magazine. Each of the contributors wrote a chapter (stories within a story, or, in the case of Adelaide Anne Procter, poetry) and the story was edited by Dickens, who also wrote the first and last chapters with Wilkie Collins.

The plot concerns an elderly woman, Sophonisba, who notices signs of life in a supposedly empty dilapidated house (the eponymous "House to Let") opposite her own, and employs the efforts of an elderly admirer, Jabez Jarber, and her servant, Trottle, to discover what is happening within. (Summary by Ruth Golding and Wikipedia)

(4 hr 12 min)


Over the Way 37:31 Read by Ruth Golding
The Manchester Marriage Part 1 31:54 Read by Ruth Golding
The Manchester Marriage Part 2 51:43 Read by Ruth Golding
Going into Society 38:14 Read by Ruth Golding
Three Evenings in the House 21:17 Read by Ruth Golding
Trottle's Report 39:15 Read by Ruth Golding
Let at Last 32:10 Read by Ruth Golding


(5 stars)

I am certain that Ruth could read the telephone directory and make it sound interesting. Not that such comment should detract from General appreciation of the story. Interesting tale lovely sentimental ending and excellent characterisation brought to life by this first class reader. I am partially sighted and miss the ease with which I used to read myself. Ruth, you have helped to keep literature alive for me for which I send a big thank you.

Great Story and Fantastic "reading" by Ruth Golding

(5 stars)

Ruth has such a fantastic way in which she narrates the story... with great expressions, and different voices for each character that anyone listening actually feels transported in the midst of the characters!! Nowadays I don't hunt the database for interesting stories, I search for stories Ruth has narrated and pick from them!! Thanks for the wonderful narration Ruth!! Of course, being a Charles Dickens story, the story per say is very interesting too, a couple of chapters seem to be off tangent, maybe to accommodate the four authors, but nevertheless it's a great story!

Didn't think much of it at 1st but then...

(4.5 stars)

The beginning of this tale just sounded like a word 4 word retelling of any house to let at the time of writing until a particular phrase was spoken. 'My horse has an empty spot next to it for your horse.' Knowing that neither of them owned a stallion or a mare for that matter, I suddenly realised that Mr Chadwick wasn't referring to to our fine 4 legged equestrian friends at all, but to an offer of marriage. How business like & unromantic can you get! Then, when her original husband barges in after spending so much time tanning himself on a desert island, I thought the 2 men would come to blows in either a duel or at least a 10 round boxing match. Suffice to say that my interest piqued quite suddenly from his unique way with words, with as much feeling as a rock in a very hard place. 10 points to the reader...exceptional quality & control. Miss Ruth certainly did the trick in her interpretation of the different characters within this memorable account.

An amusing conundrum...

(4 stars)

This story revolves around a house which is apparently vacant--or is it? The plot goes through many twists and turns in the search for an answer to this question. Ruth Golding's narrations is wonderful, adding greatly to the characterizations and comic touches throughout. Thank you!

Delightful collaboration

(4 stars)

I enjoyed the collaboration. You don't quite know where the next chapter is going to take you. Ruth does an excellent job reading this solo project - she's so easy to listen to, and so subtly expressive.

hidden jewel

(4 stars)

Dickens was a rock star of his era. As such, he had his own literary periodical and his choice to use a collaborative format to write “A House to Let” is charming brilliance.


(4.5 stars)

A satisfying collaboration of talented writers. It was a treat to hear fine poetry in the midst of good prose. Then the always enjoyable reading of RG was the perfect final ttouch.

Ruth Golding British Actress Sings this Story Alive!

(5 stars)

Charles Dickens would have raved at the reading by Ruth Golding had he lived another 140 years or so longer ;)