The Dutch House

The Dutch House

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2019
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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. Cyril's son Danny and his older sister 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.
Publisher: New York :, HarperAudio,, 2019
Edition: Unabridged
Description: 1 online resource (9 audio files) : digital
ISBN: 9780062963703
Additional Contributors: Hanks, Tom.
Patchett, Ann, Dutch house

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May 08, 2020

This character-driven saga narrated by Tom Hanks was simply a delight to listen to. I cannot imagine that a better voice for Danny Conroy could be found in this universe. "The Dutch House" is brought to life and elevated by this audio production. If you haven't read it yet, skip right to the audio book.

ArapahoeKati Jan 23, 2020

Tom Hanks did a masterful job with this character-driven novel. If you like books about relationships between families, particularly siblings, read this.

Dec 14, 2019

I was disappointed. Two siblings suffer the loss of their mother and a fancy house. They perseverate on the house as the symbol of their loss. Danny fails to grow as a person and cannot adequately love his wife and children. Like his father before him, he gives gifts to his wife that she does not want, but makes no effort to stop navel gazing and know her. He leaves his own children emotionally - just as devastating as an actual physical loss. There are sources of help, but non are sought. Danny becomes a doctor only to deplete the education trust that might benefit his step-siblings. A selfish act in taking the position of someone who actually wanted to be a doctor and help people. I found no empathy for Danny, only disappointment. Even the very end leaves the house as the obsession. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Dec 10, 2019

Riveting. I love this type of book that follows a family and their employees through time. This family had one memorable experience after another, and all tied back to the house in some way.

SPL_HEATHERL Nov 26, 2019

Please see summary section for a full review of this book.

Nov 01, 2019

I loved this book. I’m not sure if it was the book, or Tom Hanks reading the book that I loved most. It’s a very different book from what I usually read/listen to. Is it a story of a house? A very dysfunctional family? A love story of a brother and sister? What ever I’m so happy I saw that beautiful cover of the little girl in the red coat.


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SPL_HEATHERL Nov 26, 2019

A new story from a favourite author is always something to look forward to, but when that novel is read for the audio version by the inimitable Tom Hanks, you know you’re in for a treat.
Ann Patchett’s The Dutch House is the story of Danny Conroy and his sister Maeve. The siblings grow up in a large Pennsylvania mansion built after the Second World War by Dutch immigrants. Cyril Conroy, Danny and Maeve’s father, bought the house hoping to make his wife happy, and to showcase his own success. Eerily the house is full of the portraits and possessions off the Dutch family that lived there before them.
Little does Cyril know that his purchase of the house will set off a chain of events that will affect the lives of Danny and Maeve for the next five decades.The children’s mother, Elna, fells uncomfortable in the enormous mansion. For her the decadence of the house represents all that’s wrong with the world. She eventually flees, abandoning her children and husband, and it falls on the no-nonsense Maeve to take care of her little brother. Just as life seems to be getting back to normal their father moves his new wife, Andrea in, with disastrous consequences. The Dutch House is a modern day fairy tale and Andrea is the quintessential evil stepmother duping the children of their home and inheritance.
Patchett has long been revered for her strong character driven stories such as Bel Canto and State of Wonder, and The Dutch House doesn’t disappoint. Hanks, the narrator, embodies the character of Danny as if he’s sitting in his armchair telling you all about his life. His narration adds a richness and depth to Patchett’s already compelling story.
If you’ve read Patchett’s earlier novels you’ll know to expect the very best writing and that you’re going to meet characters who will stay with you long after turning the last page. If this is your first novel by her, I think you’ll finish it looking forward to exploring more of her stories.


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ArapahoeMaryA Jan 16, 2020

...we overlay the present onto the past. We look back through the lens of what we know now, so we're not seeing it as the people we were, we're seeing it as the people we are, and that means the past has been radically altered.

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