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Life Expectancy
Life Expectancy
Author: Dean Koontz
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'...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780553588248
ISBN-10: 0553588249
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 512
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 582 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 7
Time is running out for Jimmy Tock, the reluctant and adorable hero of this book. I fell in love with Jimmy and his unconventional family, who look at life with insight, humor, and a great deal of trepidation as five darkly predicted dates loom closer and closer. And just when you think you have everything figured out, Koontz pulls the rug out from under his readers yet again, leaving us gasping in shock, horror, and laughter - but not necessarily at the same time. There is no other writer that can make me shiver and sputter at the same time.
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Helpful Score: 4
I abolsoutely LOVED this book. My boyfriend and all his friends love Dean Koontz books, and they got me hooked! Jimmy, the main character, is so likable and relateable, I was rooting for him the entire time; all the while being in the grips suspense. Dean Koontz is a genius!
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Helpful Score: 4
Rudy Tock paces between the ICU where his father lies dying and the maternity ward where is son is about to be born. At the very moment of his fathers death, his son is born. In the short minutes before his last breath Josef Tock predicts the very birth, weight and five days of in the future of his grandson.
The Tocks proceed for the next 20 years as a normal American family, then in his 20th year the first of the five predictions comes true and the Tock family is changed forever.

This is a page turner, and edge of the seat, mindlessly eat your popcorn, I wish this was a movie, kind of book. A must read for everyone. The suspence and twist and turns and the huge suprise toward the end is simply spine tingling.

Don't let this book go unread.
Mel avatar reviewed Life Expectancy on + 186 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
This was insane. I mean a psycho clown-well you people should just read this. There are many twists and turns. Just when you think you figured it out Dean Koontz does the bizzare even for him.
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Helpful Score: 3
I was pleasantly suprised by this book. I went into it thinking that Dean Koontz is darker than what I normally like, but I found myself laughing out loud in a lot of places in this book. I loved it and can't wait to read more by this author.
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I enjoyed the book, but not as much as some of the other Dean Koontz books that I've read.
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Interesting story, could be better written. Not deep enough, needs more character developement
Phantene avatar reviewed Life Expectancy on + 72 more book reviews
I have read every book written by Dean Koontz, and I must say that, in my opinion, this is by far his best work. This book literally kept me on the edge of my seat! It was fun, scary, entertaining, beyond belief at times, and a completely memorable and satisfying read. I can't recommend this book highly enough!
dangerlucy avatar reviewed Life Expectancy on + 14 more book reviews
It's been several years since I've read Dean Koontz. I was pleasantly surprised by the humor that mirrored the gloom and doom in the story line. Great plot twists, great story.
dragoneyes avatar reviewed Life Expectancy on + 797 more book reviews
I enjoyed this book immensely. Right before a child is born, his grandfather predicts 5 fateful days on his deathbed. Along with those 5 days he gives uncanny details about his grandson's birth to the child's father. After that the story takes off. It is somewhat predictable but that does not take away from the story. There is suspense, wit and madness all balled into one. I totally recommend this book.
tobisgma avatar reviewed Life Expectancy on + 9 more book reviews
Loved it
waghowest avatar reviewed Life Expectancy on + 23 more book reviews
Another great book! I am never disappointed.