A House to Let


Read by Ruth Golding

(4.4 stars; 50 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)

Chapters

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

Reviews

A change of pace!

(4 stars)

A different store of that period with twists and turns supplied by the various authors.

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!

(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.

(5 stars)

i am in love with it. the nerrator is so damn awesome . very nice. she makes the story come alive.

Delightful little story

(3.5 stars)

So charming and unexpected. The reader Ruth Golding does a wonderful job of bring the story to life.

Mixed review

(3 stars)

The reader was excellent and has a great reading voice. She did a nice job. I just found the story difficult to get into.

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.

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!