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 (89)

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Written by Barbi N. on August 2nd, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book is very detailed and intricate. It tells about unconditional love in a dysfunctional family. In the beginning it was very slow to get started but it picked up and was wonderfully written. Tom Hanks is a fabulous story teller

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Written by KAMINI C. on July 26th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Beautifully written and narrated. You start missing Tom Hanks voice and want to see his movies then. Thoroughly enjoyed!!

Written by LCaldwell on July 26th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Disappointed! Oh my goodness it was SO boring! I didn’t even care for Tom Hanks reading it and I love him!

Written by Anonymous on July 13th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Beautifully written. I loved it. Tom Hanks was perfect.

Written by Llaypo on June 28th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Best ever. Wonderful story and Tom did an awesome job of narrating.

Written by Erica R. on June 25th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I will never listen to a book read by a famous actor again. I could only imagine Tom Hanks being cute and likable, instead of the character the author wrote. As for the novel itself, The story itself was extremely pedestrian, the writing was bland. But it’s a good enough listen while prepping dinner or waiting in line.

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Written by Anonymous on June 22nd, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Loved that Tom Hanks did the narration. Story line is good and keeps you engaged to find out how it will end.

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Written by Tracy L. on June 21st, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Tom Hanks was a perfect narrator for this story. It was a great one to listen to.

Written by Daryl O. on June 15th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Interesting saga of a family in metro Philadelphia.

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Written by Mudassar B. on June 8th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

An ordinary story of an extraordinary bond between a brother and a sister narrated with mesmerising eloquence!

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. "