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Life Expectancy

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  35,693 ratings  ·  2,114 reviews
In the moments before he is born, Jimmy Tock has a strange destiny thrust upon him. His dying grandfather prophesies 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 moment his grandfather dies, Jimmy emerges squalling into the ...more
Paperback, 476 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by Bantam Books (first published 2005)
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Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Written as a biography of Jimmy Tock's life, it begins with his birth, which occurs just after the ten predictions made by, and the death of, his grandfather - predictions that include the warning of five terrible days in the life of his newly born grandson. A great concept, some solid writing and enough twists and turns to satisfy any thriller reader; but it was also this book that began my disliking of Koontz's work, which to me was often work, like this book that never realises the huge poten ...more
Dec 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing
Life Expectancy is a pretty fun read. It was so different than most books I've read in the genre, 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... ...more
Oct 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will make you question all good looking men.
Edward Lorn
Mar 03, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 grandp
Jan 10, 2022 rated it liked it
Lots of plot twists and not the easiest to follow. 6 of 10 stars
Dustin the wind 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
Dean Ryan Martin
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-top-choice
PLOT 5 stars.

Done reading LIFE EXPECTANCY. It is my first time to read a Koontz's novel in first-person-perspective. Surprisingly, this would be my new top-favorite of his. It contains five major parts divided into 70 chapters. The protagonist is a complete opposite of me. He is a pastry chef who wants a big family - but the way it is written, it feels like I embark on a reflective journey. I am Jimmy Tock who is surviving the five dar
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I borrowed this book from a library. It is my second time reading it.

Update: 5-21-18
I finished it! I might do a review. This is something very personal.
Jun 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
♥ 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 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow what an exciting and very entertaining book this was. Suspenseful, exciting but also very funny. This had some twist and turns I couldn't guess and one of my favorites of Dean Koontz. The book starts when Jimmy Tock is born, where his grandpa rises from a coma and tells them that there are five important dates Jimmy has to face in his life and the story goes from there. Didn't have huge expectations on this book so this was a huge and pleasant surprise ...more
C.P. Cabaniss
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 28, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Life Expectancy isn't among my favorite Koontz books, but it's a nice story about family and dedication and sacrifice... it's a bit more whimsical and convoluted than I prefer, and I didn't think the narrative played it straight with the reader all the way, but it's a fine and entertaining story, well-written as Koontz always delivers. ...more
Larry James
Oct 05, 2009 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.!
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
Never going to finish this one. The very fact that I've tried to do it for four years probably tells you that it drives me insane with how boring, dragging and not fun it is to read. ...more
Apr 02, 2008 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
Jan 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it, favorites
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
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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.
Christopher Owen
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
What a book!

‘Five Terrible Days’

Enjoyed this book so much - the best I’ve read by Dean Koontz!

What terrifying events await Jimmy on these five dark days? What nightmares will he face? What challenges must he survive? a struggle against an evil so dark and pervasive only the most extraordinary of human spirits can shine through!

Jane Stewart
3 ½ 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 th
Chloe Heins
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve inherited plenty of things from my mother (looks, laugh, sense of humor, mannerisms), and among those is a predilection for mystery novels, Dean Koontz, and plot twists. This book contains all three of these things.

If you’re craving a book with action that starts right away, and a plot that surprises you at every page-turn, this is a book for you.

If you enjoy relatable, humorous characters that provide a personable narration, this is a book for you.

If you like short chapters (another thi
Jan 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
This is such a weirdly wholesome book. And by far MY FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR (AND OF DEAN KOONTZ). Picture this:
• Killer Clowns so bent on screwing your life in 5 pivotal days
• Syndactyly, Indefatigable optimist, Baker hours

I LOVE DEAN KOONTZ AND THIS BOOK JUST MADE ME REALIZE AGAIN WHY I BECAME A READER IN THE FIRST PLACE. (Koontz have been an influential author to me since high school). GAHD. I JUST. OHMYGOODLERD. Full coherent and (hopefully) eloquent RTC (I NEED TO JUSTIFY
May 23, 2007 rated it it was ok
Dean Koontz reigns as the Henry Ford of novelists. Ford invented assembly line production, a way of mass-producing automobiles. Ford out produced other automakers and at the same time delivered a quality product. His Model T remains perhaps the most successful automobile ever made. Ford Motor Company occasionally made mistakes; the Edsel of the mid-1950s was its most glaring and infamous. Dean Koontz, like Ford has developed a method of cranking out novels at an amazing pace, over 60 in the spa ...more
Oct 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 15, 2022 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay wow. This book was bizarre and not at all what I expected 🤯🤪😂. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s not entirely good either. Let me attempt to explain my thoughts...

Life Expectancy is my fourth Dean Koontz novel (I’ve also read Tick Tock, Phantoms, and Midnight), and my reading experience with all of his books has been very similar. The plots are all interesting and entertaining, the writing is good and easy to follow, and the pages turn quickly. But something always keeps me from
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