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Life Expectancy Audiobook

Life Expectancy

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Publisher's Summary

Jimmy Tock comes into the world on the very night his grandfather leaves it. As a violent storm rages outside the hospital, Rudy Tock spends long hours walking the corridors between the expectant fathers' waiting room and his dying father's bedside. It's a strange vigil made all the stranger when, at the very height of the storm's fury, Josef Tock suddenly sits up in bed and speaks coherently for the first and last time since his stroke.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    C. Cole Tennessee 06-15-06
    C. Cole Tennessee 06-15-06 Listener Since 2005

    C. Cole

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    "Enjoyed this book..."

    I wasn't sure exactly what to expect but I was pleasantly suprised. It kept my interest and I enjoyed the twists and turns. Definitely recommend.

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    Amazon Customer 03-27-06
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    "Good story"

    This is a good book and I enjoyed the reader as well. I find Dean Koontz to follow a similar style and formula for many of his books, yet they are still entertaining. This wasn't quite as good as "Odd Thomas," but still enjoyable. I found myself rooting for the main character and his family on many occassions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer asheville nc 02-22-06
    Amazon Customer asheville nc 02-22-06 Member Since 2016

    lisa

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    "Great, Great Great"

    This is a really great "listen", I always enjoy most of his books, but, this one goes to the top of my list. When I listen to a really good book, I feel like I have met new friends, and I am always a little sad when the book ends. This book falls into that catagory.

    If you like Dean Koontz, you will love this one!

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    William REDDING, CT, USA 02-14-06
    William REDDING, CT, USA 02-14-06
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    "KOONTZ DOES IT AGAIN"

    This book has tongue-in-cheek humor, sumptuous language and imagery and suspense. His joy of writing will awe you. I am never disappointed by Koontz's style and content, and the narration is terrific. I highly recommend Life Expectancy to both neophyte and Koontz regular readers. It's a fun read and/or listen.

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    Mary J Harrison, NJ, USA 12-15-05
    Mary J Harrison, NJ, USA 12-15-05
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    "SURPRISED"

    >^..^<
    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 >^..^<

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis 12-08-05
    Phyllis 12-08-05
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    "the best"

    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.

    Vintage Koontz.

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    Dr. T 12-06-05
    Dr. T 12-06-05
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    "Koontz Life"

    An unusually humorous story, for Dean Koontz, that packs in adventure, science fiction, and drama in one great package.

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    Brendan Arlington, WA, USA 09-14-05
    Brendan Arlington, WA, USA 09-14-05
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    "Another great one!"

    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.

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    Janet 08-16-05
    Janet 08-16-05

    I listen to books while doing housework. The more interesting the book, the more housework gets done!

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    "Too much action for me..."

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Galt, CA, USA 08-08-05
    Andrea Galt, CA, USA 08-08-05
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    "Captive listener."

    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!!

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