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Author: Ann Patchett Narrator: Tom Hanks Publisher: HarperAudio Audio Length: Release Date: September 2019 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780062963703

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Audiobook performed by Tom Hanks.

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize

New York Times Bestseller | A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick | 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 SimpleGood 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.

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  • “Intricate and alluring.”

    - Boston Globe
  • “Hanks brings his trademark calming tone to his reading as first-person narrator Danny.”

    - Parade (audio review)
  • “Hanks is balanced, measured and still so endlessly charming. This is one voice you absolutely need in your head.”

    - Elle (audio review)
  • “Tom Hanks narrates this novel…with a restraint that admirably captures the writing’s surface calm and buried tension…Hanks takes his narrative cue from Danny, who tells the story in a mix of bemusement, wonder, and nostalgia…a sensitive and warm reading of a fine novel about love, loyalty, redemption, forgiveness, and what we will do to make the world the way we want it to be.”

    - AudioFile
  • “A paradise lost tale dusted with a sprinkling of Cinderella, The Little Princess, and Hansel and Gretel."

    - NPR
  • “A deeply pleasurable book.”

    - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


  • A Parade Magazine Pick of Most Anticipated Books of Fall
  • A September 2019 LibraryReads Pick
  • An Entertainment Weekly Pick of the 40 Biggest Titles of the Season
  • A Washington Post Pick of the Month
  • A People Magazine Best Book of Fall selection
  • A USA Today Pick of Books Not to Miss
  • New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
  • New York Times bestseller
  • Finalist for the 2020 Southern Book Prize for Fiction
  • A New York Times audio bestseller
  • A Booklist Editors’ Choice of Best Audiobooks of the Year
  • A 2020 Audie Award Finalist for Audiobook of the Year
  • A 2020 Audie Award Finalist for Best Male Narration
  • Finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
  • An Elle Magazine Pick of Best Audiobooks

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A fantastic story, and what a privilege to have Tom Hanks read it. This a very colorful story with interesting characters. After I finished “Where the crawdads sing” I was hard pressed to find a follow up because that was such a good book, and The Dutch House fulfilled my need for a worthy next-read. "

    - Gina Greer, 3/6/2021
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    " Well written and narrated. Visual descriptions compelling—engrossing story. "

    - SW, 3/6/2021
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    " Tom Hanks can read you a shopping list and make it a great story. I loved the story from start to finish. The characters were interesting and it kept you wanting more. I still think about the story even after I have read several books after. "

    - Dina, 7/1/2020
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Favorite Author~ Never disappoints~ Added bonus was favorite Actor narrated!! What more could one ask for! Thank you Ann Patchett for another wonderful story. "

    - ellie, 3/3/2020

About the Author

Ann Patchett is the author of eight novels, four works of nonfiction, and two children’s books. Several of her books have been New York Times bestsellers, with Commonwealth reaching the #1 spot on the New York Times bestsellers list. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Women’s Prize in the UK, and the Book Sense Book of the Year, and The Dutch House was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. 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.

About the Narrator

Tom Hanks has won Academy Awards for best actor for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump. He has starred in many other films, including Big, Sleepless in Seattle, Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile, Cast Away, Catch Me If You Can, Captain Phillips, Bridge of Spies, and Sully. His other awards include Golden Globes, Primetime Emmies, and the American Comedy Award, among others. His first work of fiction is the short-story collection Uncommon Type.