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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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    Raymond Baldwin, NY, USA 07-18-06
    Raymond Baldwin, NY, USA 07-18-06
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    "Great Story!"

    I will start by saying that I am not a big fan of Dean Koontz. I find him boring, and very slow moving. A friend reccommended this book to me, and I was not hopeful, but I was pleasantly surprised. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The narrator is interesting without being "campy". I highly reccommend this book.

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    Joan Brighton, MI, USA 07-17-06
    Joan Brighton, MI, USA 07-17-06
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    "Great Listen!"

    I thought both the book and the narrator were great! It kept my interest right from the beginning and the book took some very interesting twists and turns. I took some very long walks just so I could continue listening.

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    Frank 07-16-06
    Frank 07-16-06 Member Since 2009
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    "I loved this book"

    I thought this book was made to be listened to as an audio book. The narrator was good and told a good story. I really enjoyed it while driving back and forth to work or walking the dog. I think the dog got to walk more than usual because I wanted to listing to the book. I highly recommend it as good entertainment.

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    Donna 07-15-06
    Donna 07-15-06
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    "I loved the book"

    Prior to reading the other reviews I couldn't imagine anyone not liking this book. I love unabridged books because it is only then that you get the full impact of the story.

    I thought the narrator was excellent and had a hard time stopping the book when I needed to.

    I would highly recommend the book.

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    Ami 07-11-06
    Ami 07-11-06 Member Since 2013
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    "talk about making a short storie long"

    good storie but the narator sucks! Could he whisper any more! plus everything is described to the point where your like ALL RIGHT ALL READY GET TO THE NEXT THING!!!!! cool storie but way too long due to the constant over discribing.

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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