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From Albert Brooks comes a sweeping novel of ideas that pits national hope for the future against assurances from the past in an all-too-believable imagining of where today's challenges could lead us tomorrow.

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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.

"This is an intriguing vision of America's future. Recommended for fans of futuristic dystopian fiction." ---Library Journal

"Brooks's 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's vision of the future is credible and compelling." ---Booklist

"Brooks creates a satiric, futuristic narrative in true Orwellian fashion. . . . [His] thoughtful, provocative novel will give you plenty to talk about." ---BookPage

"As purposeful as it is funny." ---The New York Times

"Dick Hill is a talented narrator." ---AudioFile
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2030

The Real Story of What Happens to America

Author Albert Brooks

Narrated by Dick Hill

Publication date Jun 1, 2011

Running time 15 hrs

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