The Husband

Version: Unabridged
Author: Dean Koontz
Narrator: Holter Graham
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Suspense
Publisher: Random House Audio Assets
Published In: May 2006
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 9 hours
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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.

Reviews (49)

Written by Arthur Davis on June 6th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 5/5

WOW! gr8 book. could not stop listening to this book, all I won't to do is sit in my car intell I got to the end.

the husband

Written by shoiban on February 14th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Couldn't get past the first cd. So much filler description, and the narration was grating.

The Husband

Written by Lisa Roberts on July 15th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I enjoyed the book but the narration was quite grating on the nerves. It sounded like 'surfer talk", and at times sickeningly "syrup-y".

Great suspense novel.

Written by Anonymous on June 4th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The story was great, the person reading it took some getting used to..and even then got on my nerves sometimes. Loved the book.

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Written by Anonymous from San Jose, CA on March 5th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wow! This book was exciting from beginning to end. Very enjoyable - I was sad when it was over. One of those books where you hated to get out of the car, and just wanted to sit and listen to what happened next.

Best Koontz in a while!

Written by Kerrymc1 from Woodstock, GA on May 24th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was the best Koontz that I have read in some time. I was gripped right away! He got away from his super-natural tendencies, and this is just real-life action! I found myself cussing out loud and cheering on the good guys! I love this reader too. He does a lot of Nicholas Sparks' books.

Excellent Book

Written by Anonymous on June 6th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

fast pace and holds the attention. not the typical subject matter of Dean Koontz, so a surprise. I enjoy all his books but this one goes to the top of my Koontz list.


Written by Anonymous on March 19th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I did not find this story be intriguing... and did not care for the reader. Koontz could do better...

A great read

Written by GregRedi from Sugar Land, TX on March 11th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A great Koontz novel. He never went where I expected him too. Kept me guessing the whole time as to what would happen next.

the husband

Written by Anonymous on March 8th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I gave it 3 stars for intensity, but the ending was predicatable. I fell asleep on the narrator a lot too.

Author Details

Author Details

Koontz, Dean

Dean Koontz grew up in desperate poverty under the tyranny of a violent alcoholic father (Koontz's father served time in prison for trying to murder him). Despite his traumatic childhood, Koontz put himself through Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania (then known as Shippensburg State College), and in 1967 went to work as an English teacher at Mechanicsburg High School. In his spare time he wrote his first novel, Star Quest, which was published in 1968. From there he went on to write over a dozen more science fiction novels.

In the 1970s, Koontz began publishing mainstream suspense and horror fiction, under his own name as well as under several pseudonyms; Koontz has stated he used pen names after several editors convinced him that authors who switched genre fell victim to "negative crossover": alienating established fans, while simultaneously not picking up any new fans. Known pseudonyms include Deanna Dwyer, K. R. Dwyer, Aaron Wolfe, David Axton, Brian Coffey, John Hill, Leigh Nichols, Owen West, and Richard Paige. Currently some of those novels are sold under Koontz's real name.

Koontz's breakthrough novel was Whispers (1980). Several of his books have reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Koontz is renowned for his skill at writing suspenseful page-turners. His strengths also include memorable characters, original ideas, and ability to blend horror, fantasy and humour. Koontz has been criticized for his tendency to include too many similes and therefore to drag out descriptions, his frequent use of similar plotting structures, and a tendency to moralize heavily.

Koontz's protagonists,with the exception of Odd Thomas,arm theirselves with guns to do combat against the various monsters and madmen,and Koontz gets all the technical details right.There are no mistakes(functions and capabilities of different types of guns.)

Arguably, most of Koontz's work can still be classified as science fiction, as he tries to create plausible, consistent explanations for the unusual, fantastic events featured in most of his novels.

Koontz also has a very interesting way of adding his own little quirks to his novels, such as adding simple quotes from a book by the name of The Book of Counted Sorrows. Counted Sorrows was originally a hoax, like the nonexistent Keener's Manual Richard Condon cited for epigraphs he wrote himself. Eventually Koontz put together a poetry collection of that name, using all the epigraphs; it was printed as a limited edition in 2003 by Charnel House and as an eBook by Barnes & Noble. His more recent novels, starting with The Taking, have no verse by Koontz; rather, they have quotes by other authors (in particular, The Taking uses quotes from T. S. Eliot, whose works figure in the plot of the novel).

Koontz has long been a fan of Art Bell's radio program, Coast to Coast AM. He appeared as a guest after a fan reported to Bell that one of Koontz's novels featured a character describing a paranormal event as an "Art Bell moment."

Koontz currently resides in Newport Beach, a city in Southern California (as such, most of his novels are set in Southern California) with his wife Gerda and their dog Trixie Koontz, under whose name he published the book, Life is Good: Lessons in Joyful Living, in 2004. Trixie is also often referenced in his official newsletter "Useless News".

Dogs often figure heavily in Koontz's novels, as he is an avid dog lover. Watchers, Dark Rivers of the Heart, and One Door Away from Heaven are prime examples. However, lately he has seen fit to include cats as characters, most notably the smart cat Mungojerrie in the Christopher Snow novels.