This, on the other hand, is pure tripe. It’s more that the voice in your ear doesn’t always seem to belong to Danny Conroy, the novel’s circumspect narrator. 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. I did not find the book entirely credible, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 24, 2019. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves. Reviewed in the United States on September 27, 2019. This is the best brother/sister novel I have ever read. She hated the house, and had gone to India, leaving the family when Danny, the narrator, was just three; and Maeve had looked after her brother. Achingly insightful, phenomenally crafted. She resents her stepchildren to the extent that when their father dies unexpectedly she throws them out. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. This was my very first Ann Patchett novel and I wanted to LOVE it!! It’s really well written, has great characters, is original and feels like a big meaty story I could get lost in. Reviewed in the United States on October 2, 2019. As Danny grew older, he monitored Maeve’s diabetes whenever he could. novels. I also loved the relationship between Danny and Maeve and can only hope my own children would cling to eachother this tightly in good and bad. By Megan O'Neill Melle @MeganEONeill I was disappointed at the flat monochrome we were given. This is my favorite of her novels. Throughout their lives they return to the well-worn story of what they’ve lost with humor and rage. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020,, Inc. or its affiliates. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. Maybe, as with British actor Juliet Stevenson, who narrates more than 130 titles – if anyone can whisk you through a tome like Middlemarch, she can – we just need to forget it’s Hanks by hearing him read more. If I could give 10 stars I would. The characterisation is so well done, you really care about all the family members, except perhaps Andrea. author, Ann Patchett narrator, Tom Hanks setting, Philadelphia Book Rating: 3/5A moving autobiographical fiction novel, The Dutch House focuses on the relationship between two siblings, Danny and Maeve Conroy. I have read them all. Tom Hanks' ubiquity acts as a distraction in his narration of The Dutch House. The narrator, the son of the family is always one step behind in understanding events or realising the way his own actions influence many developments. Reviewed in the United States on September 28, 2019. So yes, I was primed to love “The Dutch House”, and I did! The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. The Dutch House is full of the stuff I love in fiction. Ann Patchett Collection 3 Books Set (The Dutch House, Commonwealth, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage), Olive Again By Elizabeth Strout & The Dutch House By Ann Patchett 2 Books Collection Set, American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel. He was a Catholic and lived there with his wife Elna and two children, Maeve and, seven years younger, Danny. Bloomsbury presents the audiobook edition of The Dutch House by Ann Patchett, read by Tom Hanks.. An unforgettably powerful new novel of the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood and a past that will not let them go - from the number one New York Times best-selling author of Commonwealth and Bel Canto. I thought he was reading too quickly at first, even checking the playback speed, but he won me over by the second chapter. The Dutch House is a return to her usual form, a compelling and sensitive book. The only other book Hanks narrates on Audible is a collection of self-penned short stories. If you are a fan of Ann Patchett’s writing and enjoy stories of family, faith and forgiveness then I highly recommend this book. Everyone's Favorite Author, Ann Patchett Talks The Dutch House, Broken Families—And Tom Hanks . Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 27, 2019. Maeve was aided by two splendid housekeepers, Sandy and Jocelyn, and initially by Fiona, a nanny they called Fluffy, who had worked for the Van Hoebeckes. During the ensuing years they go back to the house, sitting outside and watching from their car but never once do they venture inside. Not just because it’s my habit to rave about Patchett’s novels, but because it’s GREAT; it’s my new favorite! Dialogue between siblings, parents and children, caught so well. Danny is the narrator. She is just the best contemporary author today. After Danny and Maeve's mother leaves their father he remarries. Audio CD – Unabridged, September 24, 2019, Mass Market Paperback, International Edition. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. Please try again. To say that I am honored by his extraordinary talent is an understatement," she said. Exceptionally well crafted American family saga in which a sumptuous house, built by a Dutch couple, is a character in its own right. Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past. Hanks’ Hollywood ubiquity is distracting. Something went wrong. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. I just could not shake the feeling that the protagonist/narrator should have been a female.