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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (23,472 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dean Koontz Narrator: Holter Graham Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9780739332887
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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 seventy-two 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.


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Quotes & Awards

  • The Husband moves like a roller coaster without brakes….Without a doubt, Koontz is America's No. 1 author of thrillers today … The Husband is one of his finest novels. The Denver Post
  • Dean Koontz thrillers are the perfect way to chill out on a hot summer day. The Chicago Tribune
  • Fast-paced.... Koontz often pulls the rug out from under his readers' assumptions about his characters and their motives. Associated Press, Book Reveiw
  • Koontz ratchets up the tension.... [A] pulse-pounding thriller with echoes of Hitchcock and Cornell Woolrich. Publishers Weekly
  • “Dean Koontz thrillers are the perfect way to chill out on a hot summer day.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Without a doubt, Koontz is America’s No. 1 author of thrillers today…The Husband is one of his finest novels.”

    Denver Post

  • “A pulse-pounding thriller with echoes of Hitchcock and Cornell Woolrich.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Al | 2/16/2014

    " With each and every new novel, Dean Koontz raises the stakesand the pulse ratehigher 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 itselfand 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 seventy-two 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 2/12/2014

    " What would you do if your wife/husband was kidnapped and the ransom was set at $2 million? Mitch is a gardener and shares a normal life with his wife of three years. But all that is changed with one phone call. Mitch must then decide what kind of man he is and what he is willing to do to get his wife back. This was my first Koontz book and will not be my last! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Willow | 2/5/2014

    " Excellent read it in two sittings. Go Dean Koontz "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 2/1/2014

    " Another fast-paced page-turner from Koontz. I enjoyed the book and would rank it as one of Koontz' best thrillers (as opposed to his horror/paranormal books). I recently read Velocity which I also thought was very good. Would highly recommend both books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana Hale | 1/28/2014

    " I was disppointed by the ending! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irma Dana | 1/20/2014

    " seru juga niy bacanya..... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 melydia | 1/20/2014

    " I have remarkably little to say about this one. As it says on the cover, this is about a gardener who gets a phonecall from his wife's kidnappers, demanding two million dollars in sixty hours. It's got a lot of good suspense, though the ending is so tidy as to be unbelievable. I like Koontz, but I'm glad I only paid a dollar for this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy | 1/19/2014

    " A story where the 'hero' is just frustrating. Otherwise a Koontz, no fluff to fill pages, novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ebony Rao | 1/15/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. Its all about the good guys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 1/14/2014

    " This was a wonderful, fast paced novel. Characters were well thought out and realistic. A great story that proves the lengths a husband will go to and save the woman he loves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Selena | 1/11/2014

    " This was a good storyline, but Koontz's overuse of adjectives and imagery made it almost twice as long as it needed to be. This detracted from the story rather than adding to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica | 12/20/2013

    " Listened to this one on tape. Moved pretty quick and kept me in the car a few times to finish a chapter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melodie Dixon | 12/12/2013

    " A real Thriller! You really need to read this one. Fast paced reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 12/8/2013

    " I like this book, because I am a landscaper! The protagonist is also a lawn boy. This book starts out interesting and stays interesting, easy fast read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 11/22/2013

    " This was my first Dean Koontz novel. An easy read and entertaining... a little far fetched (but then most suspense novels are not exactly based in reality). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barb Neddo | 11/3/2013

    " More twists than a moderate's mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marine | 10/22/2013

    " I loved this book. It made me think what would I do if someone kidnapped my wife. How far would I go to get her back. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thetyka | 9/17/2013

    " Very entertaining... definitely kept my attention from the beginning. There were parts where you tried to predict the next step, but it threw you off... good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miriam | 9/12/2013

    " good book but some parts were dragging, i was starting to give up esp when in the beginning was a page turner then it was boring... the end was a bit surprising. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marsha | 4/12/2013

    " Very good...kept me reading and suprised me also good ending! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat | 1/15/2013

    " I love Dean Koontz! Ok, maybe not the whole Frankenstein business, but he is such a descriptive author! Read this one twice. May have to go for a third! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 11/10/2012

    " A good thriller - started just like another of his that I read recently, but the story had it's own twists and kept me hooked to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina | 11/1/2012

    " Horrible premise, but entertaining, as Koontz always is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clark Chamberlain | 9/23/2012

    " A very fast paced story that keeps twisting you up as you continue reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 8/30/2012

    " This had more suspense than the usual Koontz book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie Bolte | 8/8/2011

    " This one has a really good twist to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 6/24/2011

    " I was hoping for a scary book and this wasn't, but it was a quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrian | 6/14/2011

    " Very good, could not put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 6/8/2011

    " I liked this book alot. i read it a long time ago and would love to read it again. but i cant remeber much detail. but i know i liked this book alot! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 6/8/2011

    " Loved It..I missed you Dean Koontz.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthea | 6/7/2011

    " This is one of the best books that I have ever read! It is intriguing right from the first page, and somehow never goes where you expect it to go. Dean Koontz' best book, in my opinion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 5/22/2011

    " This book was probably one of his best yet. I could not put it down, I read it in a day. Gripping, page turner, roller coaster ride, awesome plot, great characters. A MUST read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 5/11/2011

    " i liked the story, it kept me on the edge of my seat! i wasn't too fond of the ending though... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " A good book. Betrayal by his brother and his dad collects dinosaur turds. He still got his wife back. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 4/30/2011

    " No time is wasted in hooking the reader in this fast paced thriller where the tension never slackens.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clark | 4/23/2011

    " A very fast paced story that keeps twisting you up as you continue reading. "

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About the Author
Author Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz is one of the most popular writers in the world. When he was a senior in college, he won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition and has been writing ever since. His books are published in thirty-eight languages with worldwide sales over 400 million copies. Fourteen of his novels have risen to number one on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list and sixteen have risen to the number one position in paperback. Several of his books have been adapted into feature films and television miniseries, including the highly rated Intensity on the Fox Network. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever Anna, and the enduring spirit of their golden retriever Trixie.

About the Narrator

Holter Graham, award-winning audiobook narrator, has appeared in many films, including Fly Away Home, Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive, and Hairspray. His television credits include Army Wives, Wasted, Damages, and Law & Order, among others. Graham is the winner of twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards.