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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:

 A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick| A New York Times Book Review Notable Book| TIME Magazine's 100 Must-Read Books of 2019

Named one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, The Washington Post; O: The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, Vogue, Refinery29, and Buzzfeed

Ann Patchett, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth, delivers her 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.|Audiobook performed by Tom Hanks.

New York Times Bestseller

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  • JILL V.

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

    4 of 4 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    I wish Tom Hanks narrated all my books! Engrossing read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Loved this book & Tom AHA is narrating it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Stephanie M.

    Really good book and very easy to listen to Tom. He doesn't necessarily separate each person through a completely different voice (which made it even better), but I loved the brother-sister relationship and how he kept a light-hearted and upbeat voice. I actually looked forward to hearing him say what chapter we were on because he was so cheery announcing each one.

  • Alina M.

    The best part about this book was the narration by Tom Hanks! Amazing The story itself felt short for me. While the bond between the siblings was heartwarming, the rest of the characters were unimpressive. I kept waiting for some twist in the plot which never happened.

  • Diana K.

    Tom Hanks made this story incredibly interesting. The book was good but Tom Hanks made it so very special.

  • Brian J.

    this was not as good as I thought it was going to be, but it still made for good discussion at my book club. it's a bit slow.

  • Anonymous

    Not my type of book, Tom Hanks reading it was the highlight for me.

  • Jeff Stewart

    Ann Patchett has created an American mini-Downton Abbey where the house is the star, but its occupants provide a resonating story. Tom Hanks is magnificent in putting life into all the characters. His reading style is magnetic drawing you into the book.

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