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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 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.| 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|Audiobook performed by Tom Hanks.

New York Times Bestseller

Reviews (60)


Written by Esperanza S. on April 1st, 2020

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I loved the story, and Tom Hanks was awesome, of course❤️

Written by Taylor T. on March 29th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Boring, boring, boring.

Written by Sylvia C. on March 28th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

loved it!!!


Written by Debra B. on March 28th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I don't know if it was just because Tom narrated this book, but it was so funny! Made my commute fly by!

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Written by Vicki K. on March 24th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved this book! I loved the characters and the story and was very sad to hear the final page. I didn’t want it to end. The main characters were all realistic and likeable and I loved the relationship between brother and sister. Just a really good listen with a really wonderful narrator. Tom Hanks was superb!


Written by Eva P. on March 23rd, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I really enjoyed this book. It is a pleasant story magnificently read by Tom Hanks. Highly recommendable!

Written by Irina K. on March 19th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Tom Hanks did a great job as a narrator. Finished the book in 3 days. The novel is a page turner: captivating, mysterious, and psycological. Definitely recommend!

Written by Nancy C. on March 18th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Awsome! Tom Hanks was fabulous


Written by Randy L. on March 9th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I liked the story very much. My first audio book and I'll definitely do it again

Written by Cynthia R. on March 5th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The story is compelling we all love homes that we were raised in that had their own personalities their own pluses and there shadows. The narrator Tom Hanks was superb he was a Daniel his love for his sister and their support of one another was enriching. At times I was laughing other times tears stream down my face I love this book thank you

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. "