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The Dutch House: A Novel

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Tom Hanks

9 Hours 54 Minutes

HarperAudio

September 2019

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Loved this book & Tom AHA is narrating it!

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  • Christopher H.

    Tom Hanks was a great narrator and this book was captivating in a Of Human Bondage by William Somerset Maugham kind of way. Not sure I liked the ending, but maybe that’s like life too? Still thinking about the book and the story line. Throughly enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

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

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  • Darcy J.

    Tom Hanks reading of this books makes you feel you truly know the main character, Danny. Thanks Ann AND Tom

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  • Mary T.

    Tim Hanks does a great job as narrator of the engrossing book. Setting: Elkins Park, PA.

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  • Anonymous

    Can't imagine this book being narrated by anyone but Tom Hanks. What pleasure, a treat. Wonderful story, Ann Patchett!

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  • Berva Lorraine H.

    Tom Hanks made a fabulous narrator! The book was good but he made it better.

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  • Anonymous

    Could not stop listening! Tom Hanks was mesmerizing moving from character to character!

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