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3.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 5 3.43 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Albert Brooks Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781452672908
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Is this what's in store? June 12, 2030, started out like any other day in memory-and by then, memories were long. Since cancer had been cured fifteen years before, America's population was aging rapidly. That sounds like good news, but consider this: millions of baby boomers, with a big natural predator picked off, were sucking dry benefits and resources that were never meant to hold them into their eighties and beyond. Young people around the country simmered with resentment toward "the olds" and anger at the treadmill they could never get off of just to maintain their parents' entitlement programs. But on that June 12th, everything changed: a massive earthquake devastated Los Angeles, and the government, always teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, was unable to respond. The fallout from the earthquake sets in motion a sweeping novel of ideas that pits national hope for the future against assurances from the past and is peopled by a memorable cast of refugees and billionaires, presidents and revolutionaries, all struggling to find their way. In 2030, the author's all-too-believable imagining of where today's challenges could lead us tomorrow makes for gripping and thought-provoking listening. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • This is an intriguing vision of America's future. Recommended for fans of futuristic dystopian fiction. Library Journal
  • “As purposeful as it is funny.”

    New York Times

  • “Brooks creates a satiric, futuristic narrative in true Orwellian fashion…[His] thoughtful, provocative novel will give you plenty to talk about.”

    BookPage

  • “Brooks’ mordant vision encompasses the future of politics, medicine, entertainment, and daily living, resulting in a novel as entertaining as it is thought provoking, like something from the imagination of a borscht belt H. G. Wells.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Brooks’ vision of the future is credible and compelling.”

    Booklist

  • “This is an intriguing vision of America’s future. Recommended for fans of futuristic dystopian fiction.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martine Taylor | 2/19/2014

    " Great, timely premise - modern medicine continues to develop so that people are living into the 100s and beyond. The "olds" have political strength, medical coverage, and financial security, while the younger generations are swamped in debt. I got frustrated with the multiple characters/multiple story lines and felt the book would have benefited from a much stronger ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim Morrissey | 2/9/2014

    " Lots of this is plausible and feels like all of this is on the verge of happening now. I feel like he kind of cops out at the end in a very Hollywood fashion, but it's an entertaining beach read and goes by quickly. If you like Albert Brooks you'll probably like this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 1/30/2014

    " Some interesting ideas. Vaguely racist in certain parts, when he characterizes Mexican-Americans in LA and also in his characterization of Shen Li. I would have enjoyed the book more without these odd moments. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrew Bernie Bernhardt | 1/24/2014

    " Horrible, one of the worst books I've read. Didn't finish the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher Southers | 1/24/2014

    " An extremely well thought out and crafted novel of life in the near future. No, it isn't about flying cars or robot housecleaners, but a look back at a United States less than two decades from now that's dealing with social unrest from healthcare and insurance costs that keep rising, devastating natural disasters and an economy no longer able to rely on an endless supply of money to fund it. A very enjoyable, very fun read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bookphile | 1/14/2014

    " This is a really good work of speculative fiction, but the ending disappointed me. Despite that, though, I thought Brooks did a great job of bringing up some really uncomfortable issues, and I found the book to be, on the whole, very thought-provoking. Perhaps the best (worst) part about it is that it seems entirely feasible. If this country continues on the track it's currently going down, I could actually see some of the events in this book coming to pass, and that depresses me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stan | 1/12/2014

    " Closest to a George Orwell novel that I have read in a long time. Just terrific. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan M. | 12/27/2013

    " Okay, this is the best novel I have read in quite a long time. Imaginative and wonderful characters and ideas. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sean | 11/26/2013

    " Love Albert Brooks and I can see where this would be a promising screenplay but the writing is stilted and it's a dull read. Loved the premise but, ultimately, it is just not worth your time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Davis | 11/19/2013

    " A depressingly plausible forecast of the direction that America is heading if the country does not pull itself out of the economic hole that it has fallen into. Also shows what is happening if we don't pull together to kill the corporate oligarchy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeter | 11/14/2013

    " This book is supposedly set in the future, but the events (excepting the earthquake) in it are all happening right now. Sad and scary. Mostly, I wish it had been a little funnier. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 10/12/2013

    " 2030 was a long slow read that was rather flat lined throughout. I kept reading in hopes I would get some great wisdom at the end, but alas the end and final message was as flat as all 57 chapters. ...overall: meh. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise | 5/12/2013

    " It was enjoyable until Brooks decided he wasn't that into writing anymore, then it wasn't so great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bart Homely | 1/8/2013

    " The end of this book gave me a chill. This is going to happen, there is no doubt. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Larry Tubbs | 11/12/2012

    " I really wanted to like this book. I love Albert Brooks, but this book left me wanting. I just couldn't buy the basic premise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elisabeth | 10/16/2012

    " Mr. Brooks must know something we don't know. I can really believe that everything he wrote could come to pass by 2030. Tongue in cheek black humor, with several intertwining stories made this a thoughtful, enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 8/31/2012

    " Mr Brooks came up with many inventions that I hope one day exist. The book itself is a bit sloppy in its use of words, but so thought provoking. I didn't connect with many of the characters, but I understood what he was trying to do. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brad | 12/1/2011

    " The story might be plausible, but his story telling skills are weak. Poorly scripted dialogue, huge leaps in logic and characters no one would believe. If this was a screenplay, someone would be screaming, "get me re-write!" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/30/2011

    " Concept was good-writing was not. Fine for a quick summer read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monty | 6/25/2011

    " great. funny/sad/prescient. like vonnegut if he calmed down and went linear. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clewis53 | 6/24/2011

    " Great concept with mediocre execution. The prose was in fact prosaic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 6/24/2011

    " Really enjoyed this one - lots of food for thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 6/23/2011

    " This is a fun book to read. Like episodes of the West Wing, except in 2030. It's very realistic and wonkish. It's like watching CNN in twenty years. If that appeals to you, read this novel.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 6/23/2011

    " I did enjoy the heck out of this...thought it was an amusing and sometimes scary portrait of what we might be headed for. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan | 6/23/2011

    " I honestly expected more from this book. It was just OK. PoliSci-Fi, if that's a real thing. Not nearly as visionary as I had hoped. Interesting ideas and concept, poor execution. Mr. Brooks should probably have stuck to movies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 6/21/2011

    " Depressing as hell but a necessary read if you live in the United States and wonder what our future is if we continue to do nothing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 DRobb | 6/20/2011

    " Only recent book I have taken notes on. Some concepts may be off target, but even more are chillingly spot on.
    Makes me glad i am not in my 30's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 6/16/2011

    " This is where Goodreads shines. When it recommends something that really turns out to be great. And I am one of the "olds" "

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About the Author

Albert Brooks is a writer, actor, and director. He has written and directed several classic American comedies, including Lost in America, Modern Romance, and Defending Your Life. He has also acted in over twenty motion pictures, including Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, Steven Soderbergh’s Out of Sight, Pixar’s Finding Nemo, and James L. Brooks’ Broadcast News, for which he received an Academy Award nomination. Brooks lives in Los Angeles with his family.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.