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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,402 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Buckley Narrator: Janeane Garofalo Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2007 ISBN:
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In Boomsday, Christopher Buckley envisions the nation's next brouhaha: generational warfare between Baby Boomers and younger Americans who don't want to be stuck paying the Social Security bill - a conflict that provokes the most outlandish presidential campaign ever.

Cassandra Devine, a straight-A student, was like any other 17-year-old Yale hopeful, until she was forced to join the Army because her father spent her tuition money on a dotcom start-up. Years later, Cassandra has become a Washington spin doctor and blogger who rails against the Un-greatest generation's mishandling of Social Security debt. When she learns that her father remarried and bought his dim-witted son's way into Yale, she suggests that Baby Boomers be given government incentives to kill themselves by age 75.

This proposal catches on with outraged citizens and a senator seeking the youth vote for his presidential bid. With the help of Washington's greatest PR strategist, Cassandra and the senator try to ride the issue of euthanasia to the White House. Their opposition includes the president, who's running for reelection; a pro-life preacher, who may have killed his mother; and of course, Baby Boomers.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshua | 2/18/2014

    " I enjoy Buckley's books--they are always full of lots of satire, wit, over the top comedy and a general mocking of anyone and everyone in and around the government. Boomsday is no different as its plot is about a blogger who sets off a storm with the idea to offer tax breaks to the elderly if they kill themselves when they turn 65 or 70. The idea catches on. Story has politicians, PR people, preachers, priests, criminals and an assortment of characters. Fun, as always. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 christy Stanford | 2/15/2014

    " I loved this book before all the health care hubbub started up again this year. I have been suggesting it to every! very funny "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 1/31/2014

    " Christopher Buckley, for me, sometimes hits his mark and sometimes really doesn't. This time he really did. Cassandra Devine, a 29 year old PR hack with a rich personal past and a huge blog following, leads her peers on a crusade against those of my age - the boomers. Tax incentives for those boomers who agree to suicide at age 72 ("volunteer transitioning") is just one of her good (and popular) ideas. It's a great story that is so close to possible that it really is funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 1/29/2014

    " This was the funniest book I've read in I don't know when. I was constantly laughing out loud. It was also pretty timely that I read it when I did, with the debt reduction disaster going on. This book is a must-read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 susan | 1/29/2014

    " A funny, satirical, over the top romp through the workings of the federal government and our country's elite as the government and various candidates for president grapple with a rebellion by young people against high taxes to fund their parents social security payments. The solution they propose is voluntary "transitioning" (death) at age 70. Buckley is a really smart and witty writer. I flew through this book enjoying his use of language as well as his perception of how our government works (or not). It feels particularly apt now during the debt crisis, but then there is always some dysfunctional thing going on that would feel applicable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Blog on Books | 1/26/2014

    " Without a doubt, the funniest political novel of the year, Christopher Buckley's "Boomsday" is as spot-on a prediction of the oncoming doom of the Social Security system as any other current prognosticator's view; just as ridiculous perhaps, but much more riotous. The story revolves around Cassandra ("Cass") Devine, a political blogger and Capitol Hill operative whose real passion is, in Buckley's words, "instilling in members of her generation outrage against the members of the previous one and toward a government that still, in the language of her generation, didn't get it." While railing against everything from her father to sleazebag P.R. to beltway conflagrations (where Buckley, ironically, also lives), Devine manages (with her sponsor, Massachusetts Senator Randolph K. Jepperson) to incite a movement called "transitioning" which is essentially a government sponsored euthanasia program designed to save Social Security by providing tax breaks to those who take their lives by Boomsday, the day when the baby boomers will first receive benefits. The idea seems to actually take hold in some quarters, creates a generational divide and even makes it's way to the status of a fulcrum issue in the next Presidential campaign! It's the West Wing meets Six Feet Under and with it's various (and hilarious) twists and turns, it's hard not to see this one (like Buckley's recent "Thank You For Smoking") making it's way to the big screen someday soon. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bobby | 1/26/2014

    " Such an interesting premise, but the story very quickly takes another plotline and plummets into satirical disaster. The ending was pretty non-existent (but welcome). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy Libby | 1/23/2014

    " Droll. Smug. A breeze of fun. Well crafted, enjoyable escapism. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 1/20/2014

    " A fun little read. Nothing earth-changing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanne | 1/3/2014

    " A funny read, although a somewhat contrived ending. Humorous book. But the book seemed to run out of steam about 3/4 of the way through -- and the author seemed to want to finish up the loose ends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 12/30/2013

    " So obnoxious, yet so hilarious. Being a DC expat defintely helps one appreciate the humor. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynn | 12/23/2013

    " None of the characters was in the least bit likeable. It is not good when you hate every single character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Campton | 11/27/2013

    " Enjoyed this... well written, funny (in a terrifying kind of way) and prescient, given the current economic crisis, which can only get worse as the boomers retreat to the golf course... The characters are well drawn for such a satirical novel, but it sort of just petered out towards the end... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 10/2/2013

    " This was hysterical. Washington satire with all the right oxes gored. I loved it! At one point my husband thought he'd have to call the rescue squad I was laughing so hard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Damecatoe | 5/28/2013

    " Saw this at the RBC library. How can a cover like this not grab your attention? I didn't read Buckeley's Thank You For Smoking, but I saw the movie and liked it. I wouldn't peg myself as a fan of political satire, but I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 10/9/2012

    " As with thank you for smoking this is twisted yet has wickedly funny moments "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 9/10/2012

    " Humor can be an great way of making a serious point. Buckley reduces the growing social security problem to a something everyone can relate to in a clever but thought-provoking way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 epstuk | 8/26/2012

    " The premise behind the book is good. Someone has to propose some way out of our social-security mess. It's a nice comment on the ridiculousness of politics. However, it gets bogged down in the repetitiveness of the details. Also, the love story kind of makes me want to vomit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 8/19/2012

    " I enjoy his books, I've found most of them laugh out loud funny, and this was a good one too. The story is about how to deal with the looming social security crisis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 5/13/2012

    " Chris Buckley is one of my very favorite writers. This book is a really funny look at the social security crisis in our country and the burden placed on the younger generations and their fictional attempt to throw off the burden. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 4/22/2012

    " I enjoyed the story. I typically don't enjoy female characters written by male authors. I don't think he did a great job of exploring or explaining Cassandra's motivation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 12/8/2011

    " I picked this for our first book club book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 10/23/2011

    " It's got some real laughs in it and it's an interesting take on politics as usual. Janeane Garofalo's voices for the characters are very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy Whittington | 10/1/2011

    " This book literally made me laugh out loud. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill | 8/1/2011

    " Paint-by-numbers this time. Some good moments, but not the unexpected, happy surprise. Mediocre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adelita | 7/25/2011

    " What a brilliant idea for the Social Security crisis....all Baby Boomers agree to commit suicide at the age of 70 for tax breaks. As funny (if not funnier) than Thank You for Smoking. Christopher has an uncanny way of making politics funny and interesting. A+ book, A+ author. "

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

    " Totally funny book--LOVED IT! A bit of genius with the idea--sorry Mom and Dad, LOL!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Allan | 6/16/2011

    " I loved this book. It was warped and twisted and it's fun. This moved Buckley way up my to read list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 6/9/2011

    " This is great. Not like nobel-prize great, but very cute. Gets over the top at points. Read it in a day, total page-turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy | 6/8/2011

    " 20-somethings revolt against Boomers over Social Security. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 5/27/2011

    " Terrific satire - a very timely topic "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/25/2011

    " This is a very readable tale of a modest proposal gone haywire, and it does make one wonder what's to be done about Social Security. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 5/22/2011

    " An amusing, quick read. The plot is rather thin; Mr. Buckley is more interested in moving from one humorous scenario to the next than telling an engaging story. That's fine. The humor was enough to keep me reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 4/25/2011

    " The story is incredingly interesting and challenging, some characters are very well developed but the language is so poor I could not bring myself to give it more than 2 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 4/21/2011

    " Giving this four stars for now; it's hilarious and I was really loving it. Unfortunately the car decided to eat it after a recent road trip, so until it gives it back or I buy another one, it's tabled. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha | 4/4/2011

    " nice breezy political satire. I haven't read much in this genre but Christopher Buckley is hilarious. The premise is outrageous and so are the characters! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judie | 3/27/2011

    " This is my first time to read a book by Buckley and I put him in my short list of my favorite satirists.
    I work for the federal government so the idiosyncrasies - pardon me - were all on the money.
    A very fun read. "

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About the Author
Author Christopher Buckley

Christopher Buckley is a journalist, editor, and novelist. His books include Steaming to Bamboola, The White House Mess, Wet Work, and Thank You for Smoking. His three novels were selected as Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times. They have been translated into eight languages. He is the editor of Forbes FYI magazine, and lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, two children, and dog.