My spouse and I listened to the first third of the book on a trip and it caught both of our interest. I finished listening to it by myself and I don't recommend my spouse bother to listen to the rest. Too much time is spent developing the first part of the story and too little is spent on the second half. Important events are not explained, they just happen. Some things that happen in the beginning don't go anywhere, as if Koontz forgot them or that they were edited out. The events leading up to the request to Punchinello are not well developed, and the last event involving Jimmy's son comes out of nowhere! Being a nurse, I also picked up on some incorrect medical terminology. I doubt if there are many internists who deliver babies as a matter of course. The events at the hospital in the beginning aren't believable. Are there only 2 nurses and one doctor in the entire hospital or are all the others deaf? I think Koontz could have done better. This reads like a first book, not one from a known writer.
I just finished listening to Life Expectancy in the house. That might sound silly but I almost never listen anywhere but the car. I had to bring this in to finish the last hour as I just could not wait till tomorrow. What a great story. The narrator is, as always, awesome, with his character voices. The plot had me riveted from the beginning and always on the edge waiting for the next twist. The humor threaded throughout kept me smiling and the "bad days" almost made me cry. I'm ready for more Koontz.
This book has plot twists that keep you guessing every minute, the characters face unbelievable situations with humor. It was a really good listen
If you like Koontz or you like things that could be possible but never would be or if you happen to like things well said with a lot of words - you will like this book. If Odd Thomas and By the Light of the Moon are your thing, this is for you.
This is without question the most awful book I have ever tried to listen to. It was so badly written that I quit in mid-book. I wish I could rate this book with a minus.
I am writing to let you know I've recently finished this title and found it . . . well, disappointing.
With all due respect, please do not feel compelled to publish EVERYTHING you write.
While often cute and perpetually fluffy, this story offers little in the way of substance. I found the characters unbelievable and (worse) dull. At one point I wondered if you weren't possibly lampooning another famous author, with the whole 'evil clown' thing.
I highly recommend many of your other fine books to prospective listeners. "The Face," "Mr Murder," or "From the Corner of His Eye," as well as many others.
But, as ever, thanks for trying. I hope you are well. Maybe you should consider taking a little time off, rest up a bit.
This is worth your time! You won't want to stop listening! In this book, you become part of a wonderful family. This is different from other Dean Koontz books I have heard. The best thing is, it could really happen. Spend time with Jimmy and Lori, you will be glad you did!
After reading the other reviews I am truly shocked. Am I the only listener who found Koontz' attempts at humor redundantly lame?
As one star is the lowest rating possible, I guess that's my score, but it truly deserved a -0 in my opinion.
I am normally just luke-warm on Koontz's book even though I enjoy them. This was his absolute best. A bit of humor mingled with a lot of suspense. I had a hard time putting my ipod down! A definite read/listen! The reader was good as well.