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    Audiobook performed by Tom Hanks.

    New York Times best seller | 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 and 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 number-one New York Times best-selling 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 unshakable 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.

    ©2019 Ann Patchett (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

    Commentaires

    "Tom Hanks narrates this novel about Danny and Maeve, and their beloved childhood home, The Dutch House, 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. It's not a dramatic performance but is, instead, 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 Magazine)

    Ce que les auditeurs disent de The Dutch House

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    Outstanding!

    An outstanding novel. Well written and Tom Hanks' reading is exceptionally good. I strongly recommend listening to it!

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    Loved it!

    I loved everything about this book. Tom Hanks was one of the best narrators I have listened to. I didn't have any expectations when I started this book, and I was sad to hear it end. 5 stars!!

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    A little bit boring

    This story of an US family after the second world war stretches along 5 décades with too little action, too little surprise. An awful stepmother which likes the money more than the humans, a son and a daughter working hard to survive but never getting over their past. Only at the end of the novel, when the mother reappears, we really enjoy the Whirlpool of the characters.

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    great book

    I laughed out loud, I cried... this was a great book and Tom Hanks did a wonderful job reading it

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    a beautifully told story

    This was the first Ann Patchett book I listened to. Finished in 3 days (could have finished earlier but I was working). Wonderful to listen to, great insights expressed so well that it was almost overwhelming in a positive way. I had push the pause button so I could repeat them in my head with a smile. The plot is already very interesting and exciting and beautiful. But the writing is so good, you just enjoy the words, the expressions. The book inspired me listen to a couple of other books by the author. Last but not least, Tom Hanks is perfect as narrator. I loved his understated performance and I am certain he had a lot to do with my admiration for this book. I recommend it 100%. By the way, this is my first Audible book review ever.

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    Astonishing book

    I could not turn this story off. I just listened and listened and entered into the world of the Dutch House and all the storiesof these amzingly well drawn characters;

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    Tom Hanks is perfect!

    I almost could see a movie with Tom Hanks before my eyes while listening... the pure joy!

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    Loved it!

    Tom Hanks brilliantly narrated this book. I didn't expect to like it that much. What a great experience.

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    • Regina
    • 07/12/2019

    Not my favorite Patchett

    I waited a week after finishing this one to write a review. I wanted some distance to see how I felt about it after thinking about it. But I didn't think about it at all; making this a forgettable story. I have enjoyed several previous Ann Patchett novels but wouldn't put this in the same class as Bel Canto, Commonwealth or State of Wonder. I world rank it below Run. While I love Tom Hanks as an actor and think he melds into his characters to the point you forget it's Tom Hanks, the exact opposite is true here. You never, for a second, forget it's Tom Hanks. And he adds an odd snarky monotone to Maeve and Danny making them less likable than written.

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    • Wendy Sinclair
    • 17/01/2020

    Mixed reviews

    This is my first Ann Patchett book. It was overall a good reading experience, but I expected more. The characters and the writing were great (except one thing I'll mention later) The beginning of the story hooked me and I wondered what the characters were going to strive for, what wonderful obstacles they were going to overcome to fulfill their goals. I was set up for a wonderful plot. I do have to say, I liked the narration. Tom Hanks did a wonderful job. As I read my way through the book I like Maeve and Danny and really all the characters I was supposed to like and disliked those I was supposed to dislike. I will say that I had hoped Danny would become a stronger character in many ways. He seems to get pushed into doing things he doesnt want to do and just kind of floats through a lot of the story. He does eventually get the career he wants, but because of how many decades the book covers, I never really connect with the success of it. About a third of the way into the story,, I thought the book was over. Everything seemed to be tied up and there was really no plot left. I continued to read (or listen, lol) because the writing was still very good but the characters had nothing to do but get older. There were areas where I still saw potential for the characters to have a goal and accomplish it, but nothing was ever put that way. It didnt allow the character to strive-overcome-and enjoy. Most things in the story just happened to the characters. They weren't the author of their stories. Danny's indifference,to most things, bothered me. I liked him, his love and dedication to his sister, but the just floated through circumstance and was indifferent to big things which was a huge character flaw especially within the main character. The story continued to lose direction as it went on. I struggled with "what is the author trying to convey, what is the message she wants to leave me with," and I never found the answer to my question. The writing was compelling and I read until the end, but there were times I was bored and many times I felt like I was reading an aimless account. The book could have ended a little after the half-way mark and might have made more sense. I I think there are many positive elements to this story. I dont want to take away from that. From other reviews, I can see I am mostly alone in my opinion, but I felt I needed to share my honest thoughts. I would read another book by this author because the writing is so good, but if all the stories fall flat like this one, I may only invest my time into one more. If less time had passed in the story, I think the author could have brought out more in the characters and maybe gave more of a direction to the last third of the book.

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    • Tara Saunders
    • 27/01/2020

    Kept waiting...

    Very well written and of course the narrator’s voice made the book. It grabbed my interest at the beginning so I kept on waiting and waiting for something more to happen. But it never really did. I wanted this book to be so much more.

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    • Penny Mann
    • 25/09/2019

    Tom Hanks Should Read Every Book

    Turns out there is only one way to make a Patchett book even better - have Tom Hanks read it. Wonderful story, endearing in and of itself... made more alive with the mastery of Hanks’ delivery.

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    • RobinJanice
    • 26/09/2019

    Magnificent

    Tom Hanks’ narration takes this beautiful story to the next level. I honestly don’t know what I’m going to download next as this has spoiled me....

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    • teaman
    • 26/09/2019

    Amazing

    I listened in one sitting. One of my favorite authors, narrated by one of the best living actors. How can you go wrong?

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    • J A Darby
    • 25/09/2019

    Easy listening

    This is the perfect story for Tom Hank's voice. can not image anyone else doing it. Found this to be a well paced story with interesting people. Highly recommended.

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    • Robert
    • 03/10/2019

    Wonderful listen

    The book was moving. The reading warm and comforting. Great novel. I’m going to read the novel now and simply enjoy it once again.

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    • Lillian Holsenback
    • 04/10/2019

    Great story, awesome narrator

    Thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Very well written and a captivating story. The narrator, Tom Hanks, brought this story to life and kept my attention even through the slower moments.

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    • Colleen
    • 06/10/2019

    Excellent!

    I just spent a few days with Tom Hanks and he read me this great story. I always wanted a younger brother and now I wish he was it, or at least the character of Danny was it! This was an excellent story, one that I hated to see end.

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    • Amazon Kunde
    • 24/12/2019

    Painfully dull

    I made it to the end of this stupefyingly boring story, which is definitely thanks to the narrator. Tom Hanks made the misery bearable with his pleasant voice and engaging performance. That's about the only common ground I can find with the myriad rave reviews I read before purchasing this book. Yes, in a sense it nails the way the everyday amounts to the story of a life, and yes, the siblings feel human and their relationship dynamics, the interplay of loyalty, love, guilt, codependence etc. between them, feel realistic. But overall it was annoying drudgery, boring dysfunctionality with no transcendence, very little growth, and not one likeable or admirable or particularly interesting character. Perhaps this kind of stuckness is a pet peeve of mine, and I just dont enjoy people, real or fictional, who waste their lives on resentment and self pity and victimhood and never expand beyond their original stories. I felt very little connection to them. Also, considering the amount of random details, people doing this and saying that and carrying plates around and what not, there was no sense of actual life. I waited for a point until the end. It's the uneventful, uninspiring, uninteresting story of some dysfunctional people. It scares me a little that so many readers find connection to this.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 13/01/2021

    Bewegende Familiengeschichte

    Die Geschichte war sehr interessant und bewegend. Leider hat Tom Hanks sie nur vorgelesen und nicht erzählt, weshalb es teilweise sehr langatmig wirkte.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 27/12/2020

    Beautifully narrated family saga

    A fascinating story of family, growing up, relationships. Heart breaking in the best possible way. Tom Hanks does a fantastic job narrating.

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    • Einat
    • 06/06/2020

    Stunning performance!

    A touching story read wonderfully by the most talented Tom Hanks. An absolute pleasure. Thank you!

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    • Ana Slanina
    • 30/04/2020

    Tom Hanks reading for you is wow!!!

    I loved it!! And really enjoyed the story, also the reading by Tom Hanks!