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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (16,492 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dean Koontz Narrator: John Bedford Lloyd Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Funny, scary and entertaining.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • A master storyteller and a daring writer... he gives readers bright hope in a dark world.... Life Expectancy pits good versus evil and carries a persuasive message, about the power of love and family and the miracle of existence... Koontz is a true original and this novel, one of his most unusual yet, will leave readers aglow. Publishers Weekly, starred review.
  • “Koontz writes of hope and love in the midst of evil in profoundly inspiring and moving ways.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Prepare to be enchanted.”

    Sunday Oregonian

  • “Koontz is a master storyteller and a daring writer, and in his novels he gives readers bright hope in a dark world. Life Expectancy is an exemplar of his extraordinary work and one of his most unusual yet, will leave readers aglow.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bob | 2/19/2014

    " read this book, you'll never look at Clown the same way again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jessica Trotto | 2/13/2014

    " Five Terrible Days...or are they? Are we able to make lemonade when handed lemons? Do the days have to be terrible? Or can we triumph over adversities? Great story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jo | 2/7/2014

    " While all of his more recent books (that I've read, at least) seem to follow similar themes, they do each manage to be different enough to really enjoy them. This was fast paced and cleverly done with multiple twists - great thriller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tony Ivey | 2/3/2014

    " Another excellent read from Koontz. "

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