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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.

    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.

  • 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.

  • Cheryl Z.

    If I could give Tom Hanks 10 stars, I would!!! I loved how he read this book! The book was interesting, thought provoking, loved the relationship between siblings.

  • Gina W

    Excellent deeply moving story of sibling love ❤️ and the obstacles of growing up. I loved it and couldn’t wait till the next time I could listen. Tom Hanks narration was very special and Perfect !

  • Sharon P.

    I truly wanted this story to continue!

  • Amy C.

    I listen to a lot of books and this is one of my favorites!! In fact I will probably listen again- which I never do! Tom hanks is brilliant and the story is a heartfelt idea of family and love. Listen to this book!!!!

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