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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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    "Fresh Breath of Koontz"

    I really enjoyed this book - sometimes the sci-fi tendency of Koontz goes too far, and this books lack of that is a huge positive in my opinion. All of the characters were relatable, and the story kept moving. I would recommend this book for all Koontz fans, as well as those looking for a fast moving adventure, with twists of course!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel McAfee Texas USA 11-15-06
    Daniel McAfee Texas USA 11-15-06 Member Since 2016

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    "First Koonz Book and I liked it"

    This was a real good story. The character plots were good, albeit at times a tad far fetched.

    The reader did a great job as well.

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    anita 11-04-06
    anita 11-04-06 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Book!"

    This was a great audio book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diane M Benetz Parkville, MO United States 09-24-06
    Diane M Benetz Parkville, MO United States 09-24-06 Listener Since 2004
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    "Great book!"

    Really a pleasure to listen to. Another terrific Dean Koontz thriller.

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    Wendy Katy, TX, USA 09-17-06
    Wendy Katy, TX, USA 09-17-06
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    "Koontz never writes a bad book"

    I have read all of Koontz's books and I have never been disappointed. Great story teller. This book was no exception, great plot!! Can't wait for the next one.

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    Maureen B lafayette, ca 08-02-06
    Maureen B lafayette, ca 08-02-06 Member Since 2017

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    "entertaining"

    This book was an easy listen. It's his typical formula, but works. I enjoyed the plot twists & betrayal (which I saw coming). It was a great underdog story.

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    Thomas Burr Ridge, IL, United States 07-12-06
    Thomas Burr Ridge, IL, United States 07-12-06 Member Since 2013
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    "Well, I liked it"

    It seems people are being pretty hard on this book, or maybe I'm just easy to entertain, but I thought the book was interesting and got better as the story developed. Not the BEST book I've ever read, but a good story none the less.

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    Diane Plano, TX, United States 06-25-06
    Diane Plano, TX, United States 06-25-06 Member Since 2017
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    "The Ending Hurt!"

    This book was supposed to be a cliffhanger. A book with a cliffhanger can't be this contrived. The way he tied up the loose endings at the end really, really irritated me. After nine hours of listening . . . it wasn't worth it. It was a lazy ending, that smacked of Deus Ex Machina. The ending made the whole book unreasoning, unintelligent, and flat out not worth it. After building so many twists and turns that really made me wonder how in the world the main character was going to stay out of prison, the lame back yard barbecue with family, friends and friendly cops in attendance, plus a newspaper article didn't do it for me. For that, just write "The End" on the last page, and don't yank my chain.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Harvey The Coast of Rhode Island 06-24-06
    Pamela Harvey The Coast of Rhode Island 06-24-06 Listener Since 2003

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    "Big"

    As in good story, "but"...I thought all the twists and spins on the familiar kidnapping story were interesting and entertaining and I especially liked the launch. I like stories that evolve from a simple premise and I am not a particular fan of Dean Koontz so maybe this is why I found things to like about this book. Not typical D.K.

    As usual, though, the good parts were all taken by men, and Dean is a guy's writer, his books the male equivalent of "chic fic".

    I loathed the last kidnapping scene, where the killer-to-be talks very slowly about his uninteresting involvement in a fundamentalist Christian sect in New Mexico. Every time he said "In New Mexico" I groaned and fast-forwarded my iPod. I think the kidnappee felt the same way but she didn't have the fast-forward button in her real-life situation. I was disappointed that Dean couldn't get through one whole novel without introducing at least one boringly flat, extreme, unrelatable, mono-dimensional character. I liked the take on fundamentalism though, that these "Christians" can also be murderers. Anyway, this guy took up way too much of my time and slowed the story's pace unnecessarily.

    Most of the other characters were well-presented, however, and the dialogue was compelling.

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    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 06-15-06
    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 06-15-06 Member Since 2016

    Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.

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    "Average"

    This was my first Koontz book. I wasn't sure what to expect as I was told he was a "horror" writer. This book was not guesome or horrific at all. It was a very average mystery. It was interesting and at no time did I contemplate not finishing it. There are sections where it dragged, but it still held my interest. There are much better mystery writers out there like Connelly and Grisham. I found the narrator annoying at first but he actually grew on me. He read this book slowly and methodically and it sort of inhanced the plot. Although the book is not a memorable one, it's a good filler if you're looking for a quick listen.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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