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The Dutch House: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ann Patchett

Narrated By: Tom Hanks

Publisher: HarperAudio

Date: September 2019

Duration: 9 hours 54 minutes

Summary:

Audiobook performed by Tom Hanks.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder, comes Ann Patchett's most powerful novel to date: a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go. The Dutch House is the story of a paradise lost, a tour de force that digs deeply into questions of inheritance, love and forgiveness, of how we want to see ourselves and of who we really are.

At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves.
The story is told by Cyril's son Danny, as he and his older sister, the brilliantly acerbic and self-assured Maeve, are exiled from the house where they grew up by their stepmother. The two wealthy siblings are thrown back into the poverty their parents had escaped from and find that all they have to count on is one another. It is this unshakeable bond between them that both saves their lives and thwarts their futures.
Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past. Despite every outward sign of success, Danny and Maeve are only truly comfortable when they're together. Throughout their lives they return to the well-worn story of what they've lost with humor and rage. But when at last they're forced to confront the people who left them behind, the relationship between an indulged brother and his ever-protective sister is finally tested.

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  • JILL V.

    Totally loved the characters and Tom Hanks made it a fantastic listening experience.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Just kept waiting for something to happen, but it’s character development without plot. Brilliantly read by Tom Hanks, he was the best part of this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Loved this book & Tom AHA is narrating it!

  • Berva Lorraine H.

    Tom Hanks made a fabulous narrator! The book was good but he made it better.

  • Anonymous

    Could not stop listening! Tom Hanks was mesmerizing moving from character to character!

  • Frances S.

    This was an amazing experience. Written content and narration was presented in a manner on undeniable talent. I was surprised that the story ebbed and flowed nicely without a lot of variation or surprises. Sensibly written, almost like a bio, yet intriguing details. Loved Tom Hanks as narrator and became mentally engaged. Nicely done!!

  • Michelle C.

    I absolutely loved this novel and I must recommend the audiobook. Tom Hanks is the best narrator I have listened to. I listen to audio books all the time. I hope he does more narrations.

  • Anonymous

    Tom Hanks was the most fabulous reader I have ever heard. The book was great, but really brought to life by Hanks.

  • Jeanette F.

    Best book I have listened to in a year

  • Roger C.

    Beautiful book. Tom Hank's is a superb narrator.

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