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Life Expectancy

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John Bedford Lloyd

11 Hours 35 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

December 2004

Audio Book Summary

With his bestselling blend of nail-biting intensity, daring artistry, and storytelling magic, Dean Koontz returns with an emotional roller coaster of a tale filled with enough twists, turns, shocks, and surprises for ten ordinary novels. Here is the story of five days in the life of an ordinary man born to an extraordinary legacy—a story that will challenge the way you look at good and evil, life and death, and everything in between.

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 frist 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 twentieth year; the second in his twent-third year; the third in his twenty-eighth; the fourth in his twenty-ninth; the fifth in his thirtieth.

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 anomal 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.

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  • Eric C.

    Props to the narrator, he really did a great job highlighting the details and the emotions. However...this book is really boring. It sets you up with so much hype, but it is awfully boring as everything unfolds. I gave up half way through, so I'd say skip this one.

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  • Phyliss A.

    This book was so boring, that I could not get past the 3rd CD! This happens so seldom, I was completely ready to throw it our the window!

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  • Erin Wigton

    I loved this book in paperback I loved it even more on audio.

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  • Rhonda Bradley

    Surprising, suspenseful and the narrator makes it fun!

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  • Susan Remaly

    I really enjoyed this book, definitely entertaining! I loved the characters, and laughed out loud a few times, which surprised me. I couldn't stop listening.

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  • Anonymous

    Strange, but loved it. This book made me laugh quite a bit, and it also kept me sitting in my car in the driveway..not wanting to stop listening. Totally worth the listen.

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  • Anonymous

    I really liked this book. It was a bit different and it does take a bit of time to get into it, but it is worth it.

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  • Mickye Way

    WOW!!! OK, first I'll say that as far as Dean Koontz stories go, I've read about 10, and out of those 10 only Watchers was a keeper for me. No real attraction to search out Dean Koontz novels with that ratio. However, what with the availability of the Simply Audiobooks library, I found myself back at the Dean Koontz shelf. The ratio is still about 1 out of 10 for me. This one is a keeper. I agree with other reviewers that it takes time for this one to get hooked into, but from the first disc, it was just weird enough to keep plodding along. There is really good, enjoyable humor in this story, but the overall dark side of what the people in the story have to endure lead me to think how terrible it would be to have something this bizarre happen to anyone! If Hollywood could for once follow the story exactly as written, this would be a very creepy blockbuster movie for sure.

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  • Cindy

    I normally love Dean Koontz but was very disappointed with this one. It was sappy! By the 4th CD I had to give up. I couldn't get into it at all. Not worth your time.

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  • Anonymous

    I have to admit, when I started the first CD, I wasn't very impressed, but it turned out to be a really good book. This was my first Koontz book, and i am adding a few more to my list of future listens. Alot better than expected.

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