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The Dutch House: A Novel

The Dutch House: A Novel

Written by Ann Patchett

Narrated by Tom Hanks


The Dutch House: A Novel

Written by Ann Patchett

Narrated by Tom Hanks

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4.5/5 (2,532 ratings)
Length:
9 hours
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Released:
Sep 24, 2019
ISBN:
9780062963703
Format:
Audiobook

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Editor's Note

Modern fairytale…

With two resilient siblings, an evil stepmother, and a house almost magical in its beauty, this novel feels like a modern fairytale. A story of emotional endurance and the beautiful relationship between a brother and sister as they navigate the journey to, and through, adulthood.

Description

Ann Patchett, the New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder, returns with 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.

"'Do you think it's possible to ever see the past as it actually was?' I asked my sister. We were sitting in her car, parked in front of the Dutch House in the broad daylight of early summer."

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.

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. Filled with suspense, you may read it quickly to find out what happens, but what happens to Danny and Maeve will stay with you for a very long time.

Publisher:
Released:
Sep 24, 2019
ISBN:
9780062963703
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook

About the author

ANN PATCHETT is the author of eight novels, four works of nonfiction, and two children's books. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the PEN/Faulkner, the Women's Prize in the U.K., and the Book Sense Book of the Year. Her most recent novel, The Dutch House, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. TIME magazine named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is the co-owner of Parnassus Books.


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  • The story of two siblings navigating the disintegration of their family and the loss of their beloved home, this novel feels like a modern fairytale. A story of emotional endurance and the beautiful relationship between a brother and sister as they navigate the journey to, and through, adulthood. Tom Hanks narrates this audiobook version, which of course means it's an absolute delight.

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Reader reviews

  • (5/5)
    Absolutely loved! Tom Hanks is a great narrator! Makes me homesick
  • (5/5)
    Wonderful, Tom Hanks did a fantastic job. Couldn’t stop listening.
  • (5/5)
    I loved this so much and the audio was wonderful!
  • (5/5)
    I Loved how Tom Hanks read this book, how the story unfolds over the years, the characters get older, it’s sort of a fairytale, the enchanting Dutch House so perfectly designed, the stepmother and throughout the years the bond between Danny and his sister -so beautifully written and read.
  • (5/5)
    Perfectly wonderful story. Loved it completely from beginning to end.
  • (5/5)
    I just sunk into this story and let it tell itself to me.
    So enjoyable. Loved Tom Hanks as the reader.
    Ah - Ann Patchett - a great storyteller.
  • (5/5)
    Anne Pachette talent for turning words into story don’t fail in this tale. The empathy and amazement at each juncture of the story enables the reader to feel for the characters, the house and the history as if it’s a memory of one’s on family heritage. Only failing, as a resident of the community that hosts the story, I wish there was more accurate fact checking of the community. Even so, I so wish I could drive down the street and see the Dutch House for myself in our neighborhood.
  • (4/5)
    Well read, Mr. Hanks carries the story well although I now have to picture the narrator as him which is fine. It is a good book which is mostly a study in the characters and their interdependence upon one another.
  • (5/5)
    The story of 3 generations of a family through a house and not only. Family constellation at its best . Family traits and destinies repeating until coming to a resolution. It really touched my heart . And the audio by Tom Hanks really did honor to it and was a perfect match. Perfect!!!
  • (5/5)
    Patchett’s splendid language conveying the longing, loss, and search for love and connection is paired with the perfect narrative provided by Tom Hanks. I could listen to him read baseball scores, but this novel is so enhanced by his knowing, steady voice.
  • (5/5)
    Masterful. This delicious work is worthy of your moments. So grateful to have spent some time here. Thank you.
  • (5/5)
    Wow! What an incredible audibook. The story was so well written and Tom Hanks was superb.
  • (5/5)
    Great story with interesting characters. Easy to follow the story line,
  • (5/5)
    It was a random click on a random book. What a surprise to have Tom Hanks reading it. The book is about nothing and everything all at once. Family, love, the passage of time. Felt like watching an old movie- cozy and simple. I've always loved looking up at old houses and imagining what stories they hold, who lived there, if they were happy, etc- and this was one of those stories.
  • (5/5)
    Patchett house is an amazing book. I read at least two books a month and this goes as one of the top five. Why? First of all I listened to the audio version and Tom Hanks Is an amazing story teller. This tells the story Of a perfect family torn apart by money and stature. It has a wonderful ending and it tells the beautiful relationship between a brother and a sister. it is so heartwarming.
  • (5/5)
    It’s a good story, made even better with Tom Hanks’ performance! I can visualize every single scene in my head when he narrates it! Amazing
  • (3/5)
    Engaging story but the narration was grating on the nerves. Toms voice was gravelly like he had a mouth full of spit the whole read. Ugh!
  • (4/5)
    A beautifully narrated book. My first audio book and I really enjoyed it
  • (3/5)
    Beautifully-written. Tom Hanks did a great job (though his funny reading of the chapter numbers was distracting). But I feel like the whole plot was exhausting and a bit of a slog. If you're halfway through, feeling bored, but holding out for a startling plot twist...give up now!
  • (5/5)
    I couldn't put this down I had to listen to every word. Tom Hanks reading was perfect. I really enjoyed this book thank you
  • (5/5)
    Loved the story, made me reminisce over my childhood. So many parallels. Cried a bit and laughed a lot. Not a fan of T. hanks, but that didn’t get in the way of me sinking into this great novel
  • (5/5)
    A great story I enjoyed very much, great reading performed by Tom Hanks. Would highly reccommend this book.
  • (5/5)
    Wow! Amazing story amazing author and Tom Hanks was the extra frosting on top!
  • (4/5)
    A very bittersweet story of real life. Well read by the narrator, of course. I do tend to hate the constant jumping back and forth in time, but it wasn't terribly hard to follow. Kind of like listening to a person rambling on about their past.
  • (5/5)
    Beautifully written. Somehow the characters and storyline were so complex but without deep explanation. Loved it.
  • (5/5)
    I LOVED this book. Tom Hanks did an absolutely fabulous job of narrating. The book is a understated character study. A book of family, love, loss, forgiveness, and reconciliation. It’s up there among my favorite books.
  • (3/5)
    I think it’s good but excessively and unnecessarily long. It’s a beautiful story of sibling relationship and abandonment but long and at times boring.
  • (5/5)
    The characters…the life lessons were engulfing. I didn’t want to leave the environment of the families. Even during the heart aches.
  • (5/5)
    Excellent story that I didn't want to end. Tom Hanks is an amazing narrator.
  • (5/5)
    Loved it
    Deep sweet family story well put together. Great characters