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The Husband Audiobook

The Husband

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Publisher's Summary

With each and every new novel, Dean Koontz raises the stakes, and the pulse rate, higher than any other author. Now, in what may be his most suspenseful and heartfelt novel ever, he brings us the story of an ordinary man whose extraordinary commitment to his wife will take him on a harrowing journey of adventure, sacrifice, and redemption to the mystery of love itself, and to a showdown with the darkness that would destroy it forever.

What would you do for love? Would you die? Would you kill?

We have your wife. You can get her back for two million cash. Landscaper Mitchell Rafferty thinks it must be some kind of joke. He was in the middle of planting impatiens in the yard of one of his clients when his cell phone rang. Now he's standing in a normal suburban neighborhood on a bright summer day, having a phone conversation out of his darkest nightmare.

Whoever is on the other end of the line is dead serious. He has Mitch's wife and he's named the price for her safe return. The caller doesn't care that Mitch runs a small two-man landscaping operation and has no way of raising such a vast sum. He's confident that Mitch will find a way.

If he loves his wife enough...Mitch does love her enough. He loves her more than life itself. He's got 72 hours to prove it. He has to find the two million by then. But he'll pay a lot more. He'll pay anything.

From its tense opening to its shattering climax, The Husband is a thriller that will hold you in its relentless grip for every twist, every shock, every revelation, until it lets you go, unmistakably changed. This is a Dean Koontz novel, after all. And there's no other experience quite like it.

©2006 Dean Koontz; (P)2006 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Koontz ratchets up the tension....[A] pulse-pounding thriller with echoes of Hitchcock and Cornell Woolrich." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Mitchell Columbia, SC, USA 07-10-06
    Mitchell Columbia, SC, USA 07-10-06
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    "Decent Story - Boring Narrator"

    This book was over-hyped by the publisher and the media. The story is decent but the narration was too flat, taking away from the book. Parts of the story that should have built tension and anticipation were handled to flat - maybe I missed something. Seems like it may have been a better read than a listen.

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    Phillip 06-29-06
    Phillip 06-29-06
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    "Divorce the Husband"

    Koontz book --"The Husband" -- is a painful listen. It is hard to know how much of the pain is generated by the lackluster reading or the insipid plot that drones on and on about leaves and spiders and colors. The actual story line could have been wrapped up in about 30 minutes, yet the author insists on shackling us to his thin attempts to create a "mood", which eventually is a mood akin to the feeling one gets when they are seasick. I loved some of the early Koontz books, but this will be the last upon which I waste my money.

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    Doug Hillsboro, OH, USA 06-21-06
    Doug Hillsboro, OH, USA 06-21-06
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    "An easy and entertaining listen"

    Another great Koontz story with that just flies by. Great story development and the Koontz classic "innocent yet determined" central character. You will love it if you are an Odd Thomas fan.

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    Barbara Ashfield, MA, USA 06-20-06
    Barbara Ashfield, MA, USA 06-20-06
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    "Surprises"

    Great story! Just when you think you're following the plot it twists and turns and keeps you on your toes. Couldn't put it down. (Which with audio means spending a lot more time in the driveway when I get home from work!)
    Really enjoying Koontz' books, this is one of my favorites.

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    Daniel Northridge, CA, United States 06-19-06
    Daniel Northridge, CA, United States 06-19-06 Member Since 2015
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    "Painful details"

    While this book makes a good listen I would not buy it again. First of all, this production would have been better served with a different voice talent. I found the voice spectrum too narrow to be dealing with so many charaters - and quite frankly annoyingly soft.

    While the story has a surprising twist, the authors (oftentimes) prosaic detailing of the scenes is a bit distracting and does not add to the tension (there is only so many times one needs a detailed explanation of the Santa Ana winds).

    The ending was a huge letdown, standard fare of "knight in shining armor" rescue.

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    Deborah Raleigh, NC, USA 11-27-07
    Deborah Raleigh, NC, USA 11-27-07
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    "The Husband"

    Wow, should have had more faith in the other reviewers. What a waste of time. I thoroughly enjoyed two of the "Odd" books, I hope this author isn't a "one trick pony". Buy something else, even watch the road while your driving other than waste your time.

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    shirley K. Bigham 10-13-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Narrator beware"

    The story was good, a little overboard with some descriptions of plants, trees, etc. The narrator was slow, paused in places not appropiate. The story line was also "wordy". This was my first Koontz and I was not impressed.

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    Debbie 06-08-06
    Debbie 06-08-06 Member Since 2014
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    "Poorly written"

    Poorly written and poorly narrated. Koontz writes likes he's using a Thesaurus to replace words -- unnecessarily. It would read better if he wasn't trying to impress us with his vocabulary. It would read better if his characters weren't so implausible. It would be hard for any narrator to read this naturally.

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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 10-20-12
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 10-20-12 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "nervracking, ingenious, and satisfying"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Husband to be better than the print version?

    never read the book. i can not see well enough to read. i loved the audio version!


    What did you like best about this story?

    i found the motivation for the whole kidnapping interesting. there were different motives for the kidnapping for some of the kidnappers and the catalyst of the whole crime had a completely different motive.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    anson and mitch in the laundryroom.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    brotherly love is not always reality.


    Any additional comments?

    figuring out why the whole thing happened was the most interesting thing for me. i found the plot to be very clever. koontz gets a five for this one! the reader was great!

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    lynda blakney pembroke pines, florida, US 07-21-09
    lynda blakney pembroke pines, florida, US 07-21-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "wonderfully performed"

    I like listening to books because I can escape in my mind easily if it is read well ... I enjoyed this book and it was read well it was like I was watching it in my head ...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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