The Dutch House

Version: Unabridged
Author: Ann Patchett
Narrator: Tom Hanks
Genres: Marriage & Family
Publisher: HarperAudio
Published In: September 2019
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 9 hours
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Overview

Audiobook performed by Tom Hanks.

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize


New York Times Bestseller | 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 | 2020 Audie Finalist – Audiobook of The Year & Best Male Narrator

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.

Reviews (113)

Written by Dahlia F. on March 4th, 2021

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Slow to start. Then I discovered the pace option and once I was able to switch up Tom Hanks so he spoke faster I was totally hooked. The story is so lovely, the characters drawn so brilliantly, and both stayed with me for a long time after.

Written by Melissa M. on January 30th, 2021

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I feel so spoiled, I now need Tom Hanks to read me all my books. Incredible job

Written by SueC on January 13th, 2021

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I absolutely loved this book! Great characters and a moving story. Tom Hanks was also a wonderful narrator. I actually read it several times. I really loved the two main characters... I missed them when I completed the book!

Written by Anne D. on December 19th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Thoroughly enjoyed both story and Tom Hanks’ narration. Very rich, insightful character studies.

Written by Anonymous on November 18th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 3/5

narration is exceptional.

Written by Allison S. on November 17th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Dull story, never escalated

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Written by Tina K. on November 14th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Engaging read about the life of two siblings during post-world war 2 America. The character development was great, as was listening to Tom Hanks.

Written by Daniela E. on October 31st, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

absolutely loved it!!

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Written by Anonymous on October 30th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Great character development and descriptions but very slow and plodding. No action and little to make me care until the end. When I read the other reviews it makes me think I missed something.

Written by PAMELA S. on October 28th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

enjoyed the book

Author Details

Author Details

Patchett, Ann

"Ann Patchett was born in Los Angeles in 1963, the youngest daughter of her nurse mother and police officer father.

While attending Sarah Lawrence College, Patchett took fiction writing classes with Alan Gurganus, Russell Banks, and Grace Paley. She sold her first story to the Paris Review, where it was published before her graduation. Patchett then went on to attend the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop.

In 1990, Patchett won a residential fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. It is there that she wrote her first novel, The Patron Saint of Liars, which received a James A. Michener/ Copernicus Award for a book in progress. In 1993, she received a Bunting Fellowship from the Mary Ingrahm Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College.

Patchett's second novel, Taft, was awarded the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for the best work of fiction in 1994. Her third novel, The Magician's Assistant, was short-listed for England's Orange Prize and earned her a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1994. In October of the same year, just three days after the official release of The Magician's Assistant, Patchett was awarded the Nashville Banner Tennessee Writer of the Year Award.

She has also written for numerous publications, including The New York Times Magazine and Gourmet.

Ann Patchett's most recent novel, Bel Canto, won the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Patchett currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She published her non-fiction work,Truth and Beauty, in 2004. "