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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 Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Cassandra Devine, a charismatic twenty-nine-year-old blogger, incites massive political turmoil when, outraged over mounting Social Security debt, she politely suggests that Baby Boomers be given government incentives to kill themselves by the age of seventy-five. Her modest proposal catches fire with millions of her outraged peers (“Generation Whatever”) and an ambitious Senator seeking to gain the youth vote in his presidential campaign.

With the help of Washington’s greatest spin doctor, the blogger and the politician try to ride the issue of euthanasia for Boomers—they call it “Transitioning”—all the way to the White House, over the forceful objections of the Religious Right and, of course, Baby Boomers, who are deeply offended by demonstrations on the golf courses of their retirement resorts.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Washington is a serious place. That is, it used to be, until the novels of Christopher Buckley came along.”

    Financial Times

  • “The humor is wicked and the satire incisive.”

    Boston Herald

  • “A lethally sharp satire…The more you ponder the novel’s outrageous premise, the more seriously you might take it.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A scrumptiously shrewd and hilarious political satire that takes bold measure of the newly widening generation gap and politics even worse than usual.”


  • “Once again, political satirist Christopher Buckley delivers a firecracker of a novel that explodes with imagination, irony, and wit.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Courtney Sieloff | 2/19/2014

    " Holy Cows, this could actually happen! I adore this author "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Aaron | 2/13/2014

    " Buckley's novel successfully articulates the frustrations of the "Under-30s," as our main character, Cassandra Devine calls us. The baby boomers made a better living on less education and training, while our generation struggles to make ends meet, despite having college-level educations. To make matters worse, the baby boomer retirees' lifestyle is being billed to us! At times this story is ridiculous, but in the end it forces us to question the democratic process, its shortcomings, and encourages us to find ways to fix them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kristen | 2/10/2014

    " This book took me a while to get into and even when I did, I was constantly waiting for it to "get a little better." Perhaps my expectations were too high because of how great Thank-You For Smoking is. The book was entertaining and I love how Buckley pushes the envelope and points out the ridculousness of Washington and politics. But the writing just wasn't there. And the ending was horrible--too abrupt and not satisfying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lacy | 2/5/2014

    " Listen. If you like satire, then you will love Christopher Buckley. This guy is a clever, funny, sometimes silly man who digs in to every facet of society with biting wit and satire. His books are often political, and this is no exception. A young political blogger starts a revolution by suggesting the "baby boomers" commit suicide shortly after retiring to help the social security deficit. Buckley is fearless, shameless, and seriously funny. "

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