Life Expectancy

  • by Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by John Bedford Lloyd
  • 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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Not my favorite Koontz, but still engaging...

I normally rate audiobooks based on whether or not I can fall asleep to them. I found the characters and plot of this book good enough to keep me up til morning on two different nights. Not only was the story suspensful, it had a finely honed humorous edge to it. The twists of the second half of the story were very unexpected, which was a delight to me since I normally predict them. I'm glad to see that Koontz is still in top form.
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- Nicholas

MUCH BETTER! MR. Koontz is back

This book was so much better than the Taking. Mr. Koontz is back. I haven't been able to stop listening. The reader is great and the plot engaging. Great fictional read (listen).
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- Anthony

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-02-2004
  • Publisher: Random House Audio