The Dutch House: A Novel

Written by:
Ann Patchett
Narrated by:
Tom Hanks

Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
1715
Narrator
467
Release Date
September 2019
Duration
9 hours 54 minutes
Summary
Audiobook performed by Tom Hanks.

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize


New York Times Bestseller | 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 & 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.
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JILL V.

Totally loved the characters and Tom Hanks made it a fantastic listening experience.

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Kaylee S.

Great read!!! If you looking for a beautifully written story and great narration this is the book for you. The characters have depth and the story flows effortlessly throughout their life. Truly a beautiful listen, Tom Hanks draws you in with his rich and emotional voice while keeping in mind the authors voice. I have already recommended it to my family and friends.

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Anonymous

I wish Tom Hanks narrated all my books! Engrossing read.

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Anonymous

Just kept waiting for something to happen, but it’s character development without plot. Brilliantly read by Tom Hanks, he was the best part of this book.

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SueC

I absolutely loved this book! Great characters and a moving story. Tom Hanks was also a wonderful narrator. I actually read it several times. I really loved the two main characters... I missed them when I completed the book!

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Anonymous

Great book by great reader. Marvelous!

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Anonymous

Loved the story and especially loved Tom Hanks reading!

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Anonymous

Tom Hanks is an excellent narrator! I thought the book, while interesting, was longer than it needed to be.

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Chris S.

Loved the story and richness of characters. And I could listen to Tom Hanks read the phone book!

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Ferrell Jackson

This was a little confusing in the beginning but once you understand the way it jumps back a forth between periods of time, it's fine. Tom Hanks was great, the book was so so.

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Anonymous

This book keeps the audience engaged and entertained as the story unfolds, and Tom Hanks' narration is spot on.

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Elaine

It was entertaining. I recommend it.

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Anonymous

Intricate story, superbly narrated

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Esperanza S.

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

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Taylor T.

Boring, boring, boring.

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Sylvia C.

loved it!!!

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Vicki K.

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!

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Eva P.

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

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Irina K.

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!

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Anonymous

Loved this book & Tom AHA is narrating it!

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Jodi L.

This was a very interesting story, with such detail and descriptive picture telling that as a reader made me feels like I could smell feel and visually take in the story on every page. Having Tom Hanks narrate this kept me engaged which I think had I just been reading this I may have drifted off a little as it’s a very slow moving book. Needless to say the story unravels really well as you get into it and for the most part this is a phenomenal healing book to read if you, like me have suffered from ups and downs and deep family relationship drama that needs time for forgiveness to set in and anger and resentment to release. Like a fine bottle of wine, the flavors of this book are truly appreciated over 30 or more years of life you read through and that feel good moment at the end was well worth it. The inclusion of detailed portraits and a sense of different families lived through one home to next occupants was a very clever inclusion of which the author showcases really well and adds so much deeper appreciation. In some way this book also hinted on or could have been a home, a house, a life of one family to the next in Germany after the world war and yet it was an unusual home that the story centers around positioned on the East Coast of USA. I will certainly be imprinted a for a long time from this book.. inspired to paint more too, well done Ann. I feel like I know you after reading this. How strange to say that :) maybe we will meet someday. Marvelous work.

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Suzanne M.

Sweet. Detailed. About forgiveness. love. Acceptance. longing. Very enjoyable. Some sad parts. Overcoming obstacles. Perservence

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Jules

I loved this book! Especially Tom Hanks as the narrator! He was perfect!

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Anonymous

Like everyone, I really enjoyed the writing, the characters, how things developed especially the last third or so if the book ~ and Tom Hanks truly was perfection!

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Anonymous

i love this Dutch House story

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Anonymous

Ik moest er even inkomen, maar toen bleek het best goed!

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Sarah K.

Universal story of a family and the subsequent generations that follow, excellently narrated by Tom hanks.

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Susan Rollenhagen

I enjoyed this book, although there just wasn't quite enough plot to bury myself into it liked I'd hoped.

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Allen F.

It was ok but I listen to better books

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Melissa E.

I would've liked a different narration

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Shoshana G.

Great story. Really engrossing. Loved the characters.

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Celeste E.

Excellent narration. Good story except for the ending

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Anonymous

The story is engrossing, fun to read, my only objection is the lack of depth in the writing and language

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Ellen P.

Loved this books. Ann Patchett is great with character development. Just a great story about 2 siblings devoted to each other through the trials and tribulations of life. Beautifully read by Tom Hanks. Great read!

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Anonymous

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Mr Hanks did a wonderful job with the narration. Interesting story!

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Nadezhda C.

Thank you so much, it's a wonderful story and author! And the narrator

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Andrea K.

Excellent woven story by the author. I have always loved the voice of the narrator. This was a perfect combination and I didn’t want it to end.

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CJ G.

What could be better then Tom Hanks reading a Patchett novel? Wonderful characters and story!

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Mary C.

Tom Hanks is an excellent narrator. Enjoyed the development of characters. Very well written!

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Anonymous

I loved the relationship between brother and sister …. but didn’t quite get the ending. I wanted it all to come together at end but it didn’t. Tom Hanks was best part!

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Anonymous

Wonderful narration! Book was enjoyable.

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Candace K

Loved Tom Hanks narration of this read. I would have enjoyed this book read by anyone but now that Hanks read it, hope they make it a movie!

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Patricia M.

This was a very good book. Tom Hanks was a perfect narrator for it. It's funny how things sometimes come full circle. We often make the same mistakes our parents make. Tom Hanks was one of the best narrators I've ever heard. He made this book come alive.

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Abbye D.

Beautifully written and brilliantly narrated!

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Briana G.

Well-written and well-read. This is a book more about the story of humans that a dramatic storyline.

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Anonymous

Wonderful!

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Marianne T.

Tom Hanks was an excellent reader! Interesting story, what goes around comes around. I wish I had the ability to forgive like the characters in this book.

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Joel B.

Enjoyed it very much

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Donna P.

Excellent read...

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Anonymous

Great book and Tom Hanks was excellent

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Joanna C.

one of my most favorite books ever. tom hank’s narrating is just icing on the cake

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Carrie K.

All characters are well-developed, including the house. Just enjoy their story as it goes back and forth in time. I loved it, and, of course, the narrator!

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Deborah H.

Tom Hanks was so excellent as the narrator, I wonder if I would have loved this book as much if I had not listened to the audio?! I thought the story was great and plenty “happened“ so don’t listen to the reviewer who said nothing happens. Highly recommend.

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Anonymous

Wonderful, well written story with the great Tom Hanks reading it. It just doesn't get any better than this.

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Dahlia F.

Slow to start. Then I discovered the pace option and once I was able to switch up Tom Hanks so he spoke faster I was totally hooked. The story is so lovely, the characters drawn so brilliantly, and both stayed with me for a long time after.

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Melissa M.

I feel so spoiled, I now need Tom Hanks to read me all my books. Incredible job

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Anne D.

Thoroughly enjoyed both story and Tom Hanks’ narration. Very rich, insightful character studies.

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Anonymous

narration is exceptional.

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Allison S.

Dull story, never escalated

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Tina K.

Engaging read about the life of two siblings during post-world war 2 America. The character development was great, as was listening to Tom Hanks.

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Daniela E.

absolutely loved it!!

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Anonymous

Great character development and descriptions but very slow and plodding. No action and little to make me care until the end. When I read the other reviews it makes me think I missed something.

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PAMELA S.

enjoyed the book

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Linda F.

Tim Hanks could read a dictionary and I would be thoroughly entertained! He is great and the book is very heart warming.

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Anonymous

Great read with the author tying the characters into the storyline to make the book a top read.

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Anonymous

Fabulous. Ann Patchett's story is rooted in a particular time and place, yet timeless and universal. I already miss hearing Tom Hanks talking to me as the characters, about their lives and insights.

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Erez P.

The time flew by listening to this sweet story.

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Emily C.

Engaging story- I enjoyed the character development and richness of the story line.

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Anonymous

liked this book, first time listening to a book ! look forward to ore listening

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Anonymous

Hard to shut down, even for a break. interesting family dynamics.

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PuzzlingPandora

The characters and relationships are so well developed and realistic. Tom Hanks is so marvelous in telling this story that spans several years. I thoroughly enjoyed this read.

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Anonymous

I loved the nuanced psychological and spiritual journey the brother and sister took as they recalled their lives in the Dutch House and their exile from the Ditch House. Tom Hanks as narrator proves his great acting ability through his oration. This was a pure pleasure!

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Wojciech S.

Slowish start, but worth it. Interesting story line, with flashed-out characters, and serious questions galore. Mr. Hank's performance -- masterful.

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Anonymous

Loved the book and its psychological nuances and messages. Tom Hanks narrating was icing on the cake!

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Anonymous

I really enjoyed this story, it reminded me of the home I grew up in. When I am back I always make a point to drive by so many memories. Tom Hanks Did an excellent job,of course. It was great.

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Anonymous

The story was slow

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Karen Larson

Enjoyable story made even more pleasant by the narrator's reading

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Barbi N.

This book is very detailed and intricate. It tells about unconditional love in a dysfunctional family. In the beginning it was very slow to get started but it picked up and was wonderfully written. Tom Hanks is a fabulous story teller

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KAMINI C.

Beautifully written and narrated. You start missing Tom Hanks voice and want to see his movies then. Thoroughly enjoyed!!

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LCaldwell

Disappointed! Oh my goodness it was SO boring! I didn’t even care for Tom Hanks reading it and I love him!

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Anonymous

Beautifully written. I loved it. Tom Hanks was perfect.

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Llaypo

Best ever. Wonderful story and Tom did an awesome job of narrating.

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Erica R.

I will never listen to a book read by a famous actor again. I could only imagine Tom Hanks being cute and likable, instead of the character the author wrote. As for the novel itself, The story itself was extremely pedestrian, the writing was bland. But it’s a good enough listen while prepping dinner or waiting in line.

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Anonymous

Loved that Tom Hanks did the narration. Story line is good and keeps you engaged to find out how it will end.

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Tracy L.

Tom Hanks was a perfect narrator for this story. It was a great one to listen to.

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Daryl O.

Interesting saga of a family in metro Philadelphia.

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Mudassar B.

An ordinary story of an extraordinary bond between a brother and a sister narrated with mesmerising eloquence!

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Alice L.

I chose this book because Tom Hanks was the narrator & he didn’t disappoint. Patchett’s characters were complex & very interesting. Thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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Anonymous

Loved this book. Tom Hanks was a superb narrator.

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Emily B.

Interesting read.

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Marchell I.

Great book, characters were well written , Took me minute to get into Tom Hanks but I did and loved every minute! Loved it

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Nonie M.

The narrator is especially good.

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Susan H.

This book was quite good, and well written. Tom Hanks absolutely MADE the story! He was GREAT.

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Kim S.

Great read!

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Anonymous

I couldn’t stop listening to this novel. Tom Hanks just made it that much better!

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Colleen M.

This is a wonderful story made all the better by Tom Hanks narration. Strongly recommend.

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Anonymous

Tom Hanks read this gem with all the tenderness in the world.

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Debra B.

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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Nancy C.

Awsome! Tom Hanks was fabulous

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Randy L.

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

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Cynthia R.

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

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Richard M.

By far one of the best books we have heard. Tom Hanks is brilliant. It is like he is sitting in your living room reading a wonderful story to you. A must read!!!

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Dorothy R.

Interesting read. Tom Hanks didn't dissappoint.

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Laura Lee Welsh

Loved this book. Tom Hanks is an an excellent narrator of this book and really brings it to life!

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Loren B.

I loved The Dutch House! Especially read by Tom Hanks! The story was very engaging and so beautifully written. It was a treat to listen to! The character development was well conceived. I enjoyed everything about this book!!

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Anonymous

Tom Hanks made this a pleasant book to listen to.

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Stephanie M.

Really good book and very easy to listen to Tom. He doesn't necessarily separate each person through a completely different voice (which made it even better), but I loved the brother-sister relationship and how he kept a light-hearted and upbeat voice. I actually looked forward to hearing him say what chapter we were on because he was so cheery announcing each one.

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Alina M.

The best part about this book was the narration by Tom Hanks! Amazing The story itself felt short for me. While the bond between the siblings was heartwarming, the rest of the characters were unimpressive. I kept waiting for some twist in the plot which never happened.

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Diana K.

Tom Hanks made this story incredibly interesting. The book was good but Tom Hanks made it so very special.

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Brian J.

this was not as good as I thought it was going to be, but it still made for good discussion at my book club. it's a bit slow.

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Anonymous

Not my type of book, Tom Hanks reading it was the highlight for me.

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Jeff Stewart

Ann Patchett has created an American mini-Downton Abbey where the house is the star, but its occupants provide a resonating story. Tom Hanks is magnificent in putting life into all the characters. His reading style is magnetic drawing you into the book.

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Cheryl Z.

If I could give Tom Hanks 10 stars, I would!!! I loved how he read this book! The book was interesting, thought provoking, loved the relationship between siblings.

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Gina W

Excellent deeply moving story of sibling love ❤️ and the obstacles of growing up. I loved it and couldn’t wait till the next time I could listen. Tom Hanks narration was very special and Perfect !

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Sharon P.

I truly wanted this story to continue!

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Amy C.

I listen to a lot of books and this is one of my favorites!! In fact I will probably listen again- which I never do! Tom hanks is brilliant and the story is a heartfelt idea of family and love. Listen to this book!!!!

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Anonymous

Beautiful read

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Geraldine A.

A bit long in parts Great narrator Very good story of loss, grief, aging

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Deborah S.

Tom Hanks kept me interested in this slightly dry and dark novel.

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Anonymous

This was a great story with a fantastic narrator! Kept my attention throughout.

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Christopher H.

Tom Hanks was a great narrator and this book was captivating in a Of Human Bondage by William Somerset Maugham kind of way. Not sure I liked the ending, but maybe that’s like life too? Still thinking about the book and the story line. Throughly enjoyed it.

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Darcy J.

Tom Hanks reading of this books makes you feel you truly know the main character, Danny. Thanks Ann AND Tom

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Mary T.

Tim Hanks does a great job as narrator of the engrossing book. Setting: Elkins Park, PA.

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Anonymous

Can't imagine this book being narrated by anyone but Tom Hanks. What pleasure, a treat. Wonderful story, Ann Patchett!

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Berva Lorraine H.

Tom Hanks made a fabulous narrator! The book was good but he made it better.

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Anonymous

Could not stop listening! Tom Hanks was mesmerizing moving from character to character!

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Frances S.

This was an amazing experience. Written content and narration was presented in a manner on undeniable talent. I was surprised that the story ebbed and flowed nicely without a lot of variation or surprises. Sensibly written, almost like a bio, yet intriguing details. Loved Tom Hanks as narrator and became mentally engaged. Nicely done!!

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Michelle C.

I absolutely loved this novel and I must recommend the audiobook. Tom Hanks is the best narrator I have listened to. I listen to audio books all the time. I hope he does more narrations.

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Anonymous

Tom Hanks was the most fabulous reader I have ever heard. The book was great, but really brought to life by Hanks.

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Jeanette F.

Best book I have listened to in a year

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Roger C.

Beautiful book. Tom Hank's is a superb narrator.

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Jane L.

Tom Hanks wove this family story with excellence. A simple story with family intrigue and complex relationships. I wish I could give an Oscar to Tom Hanks for his role in this book and pray we have more quality performances from other narrators.

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Patricia R.

A sweet, easy listen.

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Rita P.

Great book. Characters that stay with you. I didn’t want it to end.

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Margaret F.

Tom Hanks is a perfect narrator for the beautifully written book!

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Anonymous

Great listen!

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Tammy K.

Absolutely one of the best books I’ve listened to. Beautifully written and preformed.

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Carolyn A.

Exquisite! Such rich and well-developed characters within a very satisfying story. The book finishes strong, too, which is a failing of many novels. And Tom Hanks brings the book to life in a comforting way.

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Gina M.

OMG! Tom Hanks rocks this book! I didn’t want it to end. Loved the characters and just simply enjoyed the read from beginning to end. Thank you Anne and Tom!

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Elizabeth R.

An absolutely lovely "slice of life" novel, beautifully drawn and delivered by Tom Hanks. Loved it very much. I'll likely listen to it again.

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Carol V.

Very interesting different kind of story - I loved Tom Hanks as narrator!

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Anonymous

Great book!

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Claude M.

I liked this novel very much...Tom Hanks was so good.

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Caprice M.

The combination of a great story and Tom Hanks narrating made this one of my new favorites!

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Anonymous

Wow! The depth of the characters was amazing and so human. It "made" me take a look at my memories in a new light, the power of forgiveness and the realization you can only change yourself.

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Anonymous

This was so enjoyable to listen to. Great story plus the narration was wonderful. Tom Hanks has set a new standard for audiobooks!

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Melissa B.

Good story and loved Tom Hanks!

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