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Life Expectancy

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  25,519 Ratings  ·  1,505 Reviews
When the hand of fate reaches out to touch an ordinary man...

In the moments before he is born, Jimmy Tock has a strange destiny thrust upon him. His dying grandfather phrophesies five dark days in his grandson's life - five dates on which Jimmy will face terror and violence, malice and perversion.

A storm rages. There is a chilling significance in the old man's words. The
Paperback, 550 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by HarperTorch (first published 2004)
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Nov 04, 2015 Alejandro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My second favorite Koontz' novel!!!


I love this book!!!

This novel isn't featured in my virtual shelf of "Favorites", but not because I don't like it, just since I already have Phantoms in that shelf and I want to keep it to maximum 10 books there, it would have to be 2 books from Dean Koontz and if I have to make the hard choice, I'd choose Phantoms.

But, Life Expectancy is a REALLY CLOSE second favorite book by Dean Koontz.

It's one of the best books that I ever read.

Feb 18, 2008 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life Expectancy is probably my favorite book of all time. It was so different than any book I had ever read, and was much different than I expected. It flows so perfectly from the first person point of view, and the characters are unforgettable. Plus, it has clowns...
Oct 20, 2008 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will make you question all good looking men.
Edward Lorn
Aug 12, 2014 Edward Lorn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 52-in-52-2014
LIFE EXPECTANCY Review I'm about to spoil the hell out of this piece of garbage in the hopes that you run screaming from its pages as if the longevity of your genitals depended on it.

The Good: This book is readable. Meaning, you can read it. Moving on.

The Bad: The synopsis is terrific: engaging, intriguing, enticing, everything a book description should be. So why isn't this up there with The Good? Because the synopsis fucking lies like a rug under a steam roller. You see, Jimmy Tock's grandpapp
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
"Some lives, conducted with grace, are beautiful arcs bridging this world to eternity."

"No one's life should be rooted in fear. We are born for wonder, for joy, for hope, for love, to marvel at the mystery of existence, to be ravished by the beauty of the world, to seek truth and meaning, to acquire wisdom, and by our treatment of others to brighten the corner where we are."

"No one can grant you happiness. Happiness is a choice we all have the power to make."

Ever since first reading this book 20
♥ Marlene♥
This is what I wrote reading this book........

This is the second time I am trying to read this book.

I am a huge Koontz fan but this book really disappointed me.

It is so far, not exiting or scary at all, because the main characters are not frightened.
They are constantly making funny (not) remarks and it is just not realistic.

You are a hostage and you are constantly cracking jokes!!! No way.

I have read 170 pages of the book and am really struggling (again!) to read more.

And that is really an excep
Mar 17, 2016 George rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Βαθμολογία: 7/10

Την περσινή Πρωτομαγιά ήταν η τελευταία φορά που διάβασα βιβλίο του Ντιν Κουντζ και όσο να'ναι μου έλειψε λιγάκι. Αυτό είναι το ενδέκατο μυθιστόρημά του που διαβάζω και μετά από έξι συνεχόμενα που τους έβαλα από τέσσερα αστεράκια, ήρθε καιρός να ξαναβάλω στον Κουντζ τρία αστεράκια. Η ιστορία μου φάνηκε αρκούντως ευκολοδιάβαστη και ψυχαγωγική, με αρκετή τρέλα, λίγη αγωνία και κάποιες αποκαλύψεις στην πλοκή, όμως νομίζω ότι ο Κουντζ τα (ψιλό) έκανε σαλάτα με την χιουμοριστική προσέ
Jane Stewart
3 stars. Tongue in cheek mystery suspense.

I was disappointed when I saw this was first person. Sometimes it works, but usually it’s not as good for me, and in this case first person did not help. The plot premise was odd. It didn’t draw me in as much as other plots. When the book begins, we are told something disastrous will happen five times during Jimmy’s life. It feels like a scavenger hunt. The first day comes and we watch a disaster which Jimmy survives. Then we wait a little and watch the
Jun 27, 2009 Remy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Dean Koontz book. I expected a horror story, but this book was actually quite funny. I just grabbed it off the paperback section of the library to take to the beach, and I was pleasantly surprised. Initially, I found the main character, Jimmy, a little like Ignatiuos Reilly from "Confederacy of Dunces," but he actually had a great deal more sense. I think it was more in Koontz's writing style. The characters were so likeable, that I wanted to be friends with them; except for the ...more
Jan 09, 2009 Jodyishappy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a strange book. I don't know how else to describe it. When my husband told me it was a weird one but he thought I would like it, I really I was almost sure I didn't want to read it. I almost pasted it up, but I am glad I didn't. I never knew where it was going to go next. I never even tried to make predictions like I normally would. It also was filled with so much dry humor that you just had to laugh. The entire time I was reading this one, I couldn't help but think that the author ...more
Larry James
Aug 16, 2015 Larry James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved the book!The humor was surprising and the story was as good as anything I've ever read. I could not put this one down, and it thrilled me from beginning to end.!
Apr 02, 2008 Cherie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Wow! This book totally blew me away. Best Koontz book I've read yet, and I thought Odd Thomas would be a tough act to follow. I may have to pick up a copy of this book for own PC bookshelf so I can let hubby and all my other non-BC friends read it too. :)

Great character development, suspense, the kind of book I didn't want to put down. At times, I was so anxious to know how a particular situation would turn out that I'd find myself skipping ahead a couple of chapters, and then immediately scoldi
C P  Cabaniss
I read this book for the first time in August or September of 2011, which started my love of Dean Koontz novels. Now, five years later, I've finally read this book again. And it's just as enchanting as I remember.

The events of this novel don't seem like they would make a compelling story, and yet they do. It's filled with a cast of varied and realistic characters, the struggle between good and evil, and the message that there is always a reason to hope.

Koontz has a beautiful style that has me
Jul 17, 2011 Tracy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
This is one of my favorite Dean Koontz novels. It has all of the elements you would expect to find in a DK novel!
Jenn Sadai
Aug 21, 2016 Jenn Sadai rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dean Koontz never disappoints. So many unexpected twists and turns. Gripping and imaginative story that reminded me why I used to read his books every chance I got.
Mar 08, 2014 Johnny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
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Christopher Owen
Simply put, this novel is nothing short of incredible. Highly original, darkly amusing and almost (ALMOST) too clever for it's own good.

For me the mark of a good book is the inability to put it down. Getting so caught up in the story and the characters that you think abouto it even when you're not reading it.

I'll try to avoid spoilers, but my favorite thing about this novel is how evrerything is connected. It's obvious that Koontz had every detail planned in advance. One thing leads to another
Jan 13, 2008 ayrdaomei rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Koontz fans, fans of thrillers with a dash of the supernatural
Shelves: finished
This one took me a couple weeks to read, but I did finish it (good sign #1) and by the time I was done, I didn't feel like I'd wasted my time (good sign #2).

It's written in the first person, which works better here than in Koontz's The Taking, but not as well as it did in Odd Thomas. The premise of the story is a fun one: on the night of Jimmy Tock's birth, his dying grandfather predicts the time of Jimmy's birth, his weight, a physical ailment...and that Jimmy will suffer five terrible days in
Jan 24, 2010 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jason gave me this book for Christmas - he had listened to it as book on tape and really liked it, and thought I might like it too. I didn't - I LOVED it!! Laugh out loud funny at times, and yet also reflects on what makes a good life, relationship, and family, all in a suspenseful story!

I loved the characters - the main one, Jimmy Tock, but also all the supporting cast of characters. Each one was fleshed out and real. There was a unique banter amongst his family that I both recognized my own fa
Oct 29, 2008 Eh?Eh! rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: babble-added
I tend to avoid authors with huge shelves of published work (Danielle Steele, Piers Anthony, etc.) because I tried and found them incredibly unreadable. Mr. DK isn't bad, though - very entertaining, humor, twists.

This story centered around a young man who, at his birth, had ominous predictions of 5 horrendous (or was it terrible?) days in his future. He got through it with family support, practicality, blahblahblah. The circus is involved. And there's implied sex crime. The twist at the end seem
Mar 27, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jimmy Tock is probably my favorite of all of Dean Koontz characters - and that's a lot considering one of Koontz' strengths is character development. Jimmy was born on the day his grandfather died. Before his grandfather died and the minute of Jimmy's birth, his grandfather sat up in bed and stated that Jimmy would have five horrible days. He listed the dates in question. Jimmy's family didn't know what to make of Jimmy's grandfather's prophesy until the first of the dates arrived and Jimmy, ind ...more
Mouthful Of Books
Mega langweilig und der Humor in diesem Buch (ich liebe Sarkasmus und schwarzen Humor) will einfach nicht zünden. Ich habe kein einziges Mal gelacht (nach 250 Seiten!), obwohl Koontz durchaus dies beim Leser bezwecken wollte. Nun gut... frustriert abgebrochen.
Martin Maher
LOVED this book! This was my first Dean Koontz novel & I must say that I was really impressed by it. The story centers around the charcter Jimmy Tock, who arrives into the world the same day as his grandfather dies. But before he dies he makes 10 predictions about Jimmy`s life, the first 5 about his birth, which are dead on. The other 5 however tell of 5 particular dates which are to be particularly dark days in Jimmy`s life. Because of his accuracy with the first predictions, the family tak ...more
Aug 14, 2012 Rick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My second favorite Koontz novel~Life Expectancy!

It's not often that you, literally, laugh out loud in this genre...but THIS book--I promise--will make you laugh, because the characters are clever, lovable, funny and you'll root for them the whole time.

Don't misunderstand me, you'll be chewing your nails and turning pages as fast as you can-- it's quite a thriller-- but I found it hard to believe it was Dean Koontz...there was humor throughout.

From Jimmy Tock to Grandma 'Weena, you'll love the fa
Oct 22, 2013 Krista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My advice? Read it, read it, read it. If you have ever liked or thought you might like Dean Koontz, if you have a taste for strange characters, fun twists, witty dialogue, and suspense sprinkled with fantasy (or have no idea how that combination can happen but are intrigued by the concept), pick up a copy. It's an odd combination of sadness and horror and love and inspiration and ridiculousness and clowns and trapeze artists and baked goods and extra-sensory perception and simply decent writing ...more
Mar 07, 2011 Deb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had all the elements needed: a good plot, smart, likable main characters with great senses of humor, and interesting villains. But they were buried under too many words. Good editing could have taken out 20%, and uncovered an excellent novel.
Aug 11, 2016 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Dean Koontz, but how is it I never knew about this one? Glad I found it anyways.
Mar 08, 2010 Maciek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Turned out to be better than I expected, especially towards the end. Recommended.
Donna Henderson
Jun 02, 2015 Donna Henderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
The following review is written from a writing perspective. Rather than describe the plot-line in detail, I will be highlighting key areas of the book that particularly drew my attention as a writer. Please note that there will be spoilers.

A brief blurb of the book goes something like this; Jimmy Tock is born on the same night (in the same hospital) that his Grandfather dies. In his dying words (over a thunder and lightning storm) the Grandfather leaves his own son (Jimmy's Father) five bad pred
Dean Koontz is one of my favorite authors. I have read at least 20 of his books and have loved every single one and this just might be may favorite, although I loved his Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, Volume 1: Prodigal Son series.

In true Koontz fashion, this book started off quickly and had me hooked from the first page. It begins with a dying grandfather's predictions about five terrible days that his grandson, Jimmy, will experience then he dies in the same minute that the grandson is born. I lo
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“No one's life should be rooted in fear. We are born for wonder, for joy, for hope, for love, to marvel at the mystery of existence, to be ravished by the beauty of the world, to seek truth and meaning, to acquire wisdom, and by our treatment of others to brighten the corner where we are.” 252 likes
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