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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,864 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Albert Brooks Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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, billionaires, presidents, and revolutionaries, all struggling to find their way. In 2030, the author’s believable imagining of where today’s challenges could lead us tomorrow makes for gripping and thought-provoking listening.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Andrew Bernie Bernhardt | 1/24/2014

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

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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.