What he says before he dies is that there will be five dark days in the life of his grandson, five dates whose terrible events Jimmy will have to prepare himself to face. The first is to occur in his 20th year; the second in his 23rd year; the third in his 28th; the fourth in his 29th; the fifth in his 30th.
Rudy is all too ready to discount his father's last words as a dying man's delusional rambling. But then he discovers that Josef also predicted the time of his grandson's birth to the minute, as well as his exact height and weight, and the fact that Jimmy would be born with syndactyly, the unexplained anomaly of fused digits, on his left foot. Suddenly the old man's predictions take on a chilling significance.
What terrifying events await Jimmy on these five dark days? What nightmares will he face? What challenges must he survive? As the novel unfolds, picking up Jimmy's story at each of these crisis points, the path he must follow will defy every expectation. And with each crisis he faces, he will move closer to a fate he could never have imagined. For who Jimmy Tock is and what he must accomplish on the five days when his world turns is a mystery as dangerous as it is wondrous, a struggle against an evil so dark and pervasive, only the most extraordinary of human spirits can shine through.
©2004 Dean Koontz; (P)2004 Random House, Inc.
"Emotionally powerful and thought-provoking." (Booklist)
"Of all best-selling authors, Koontz may be the most underestimated by the literary establishment....A master storyteller and a daring writer....Koontz is a true original and this novel, one of his most unusual yet, will leave readers aglow." (Publishers Weekly)
"Mr. Koontz is a skillful storyteller....His new Life Expectancy offers a clear illustration of what he does right." (The New York Times)
EACH DEAN KOONTZ AUDIBLE I LISTEN TOO I AM MORE IMPRESSED. I LOVED READING HIS BOOKS BUT MOST OF ALL I TRULY ENJOY LISTENG TO THEM. I READ THIS BOOK BEFORE BUT ENJOYED IT SO MUCH I HAD TO GET THE AUDIBLE. THERE WAS SO MUCH MISSED THAT IT WAS AGAIN LIKE A FIRST TIME. WITH MY BOOKS THAT I TRULLY ENJOYED READING I USED TO DATE THEM FOR FUTURE REFERENCE TO READ AGAIN. NOW I JUST HAVE TO TRANSFER TO MY LISTENING DEVICE AND TAAH DAAH I AM LISTING TO IT AGAIN IF I WISH TO. PLEASE KEREP WRITING YOUR DELICIOUS BOOKS THAT KEEP US TURNING PAGES OR BETTER YET POPPING ONTO OUR LITTLE MP3'S. I TRULY ENJOYED THIS BOOK AGAIN. MAZIE >^..^<
This is one of the best and most enjoyable books ever.
good production values, great relationship with the reader -- just enough clues to keep you happy and just enough surprises to keep you amazed.
Yes this book was a tad slow at times, and a bit more unrealistic than most, but it was just as addicting to listen to as all his others.
I listen to books while doing housework. The more interesting the book, the more housework gets done!
By the time I finished the first half, I couldn't take any more.
This is a book of disasters, one after the other. It is a prime example of what is considered a good modern novel. Things keep getting worse and worse for the hero. I guess at some point it will get so bad that you think he must fail, and then he recoups and wins the day.
Aargh. I can't stand it. I like to see a hero have at least a chance of coming through. And the hero is so likeable and charming.
It is masterfully written, with powerful imagery, and a punch you in the throat plot.
But I'm not going to finish it now. Maybe after a long spell of quieter books I can screw up the courage to come back to it.
I could NOT get past the beging 45 minutes or so. That was before I went camping and everyone left me awake. Captive listener out of bordom. This book was so silly, funny, over the top, and good. I will never look at a clown or high flier without remembering this book and wondering about the happy-v-psycotic idea. I really would love to hear the story of how this book got thought up!!
Weird characters that are totally unbelievable populate this work. They were so nutty that it was impossible to connect with them. The story moves ever so slowly. I didn't even bother to finish it; I just couldn't care about any of these characters.
From start to finish I couldn't stop listening to this book. This was one of the funnest, most engaging books I have listened to. The reader did an excellent job.
I hated this one to end!! It has been years since I have read a Dean Koontz book and I have to give this one 5 stars. I fell in love with the characters and I sure hope he writes a book about Roweena!! I also enjoyed listening because of John Bedford Lloyd. He was great! I drive about 30 miles to and from work each day in terrible traffic and this book made my drive enjoyable. A great mixture of suspence and humor.
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