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The Real Story of What Happens to America

By Albert Brooks; Dick Hill (Read by)

Tantor Media Inc, Compact Disc, 9781452602905

Publication Date: June 1, 2011

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.

About the Author
ALBERT BROOKS is among the most inventive practitioners of motion picture comedy, as well as one of its most incisive commentators on contemporary life. Brooks began his career as a stand-up comic, and went on to become an award-winning actor, writer and filmmaker. Brooks has written, directed and starred in seven feature films: "Real Life, Modern Romance, Lost In America, Defending Your Life, Mother, The Muse" and "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World". Brooks made his acting debut in Martin Scorsese s 1976 classic, "Taxi Driver". His other acting credits include such films as "Private Benjamin, Unfaithfully Yours, I ll Do Anything, Critical Care, Out of Sight" and "My First Mister". He earned an Academy Award nomination for his performance in "Broadcast News". "Finding Nemo", which he starred in, received an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and has become one of the highest grossing animated films ever made.Born and raised in Los Angeles, Brooks studied drama at Carnegie Mellon University before starting his performing career in 1968 doing stand-up comedy on network television. He began on "The Steve Allen Show", later became a regular on "The Dean Martin Show", and performed on such variety programs as "The Ed Sullivan Show, The Merv Griffin Show, The Hollywood Palace" and had over forty appearances on "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson". Brooks has recorded two comedy albums: Comedy Minus One and A Star is Bought, the latter earning him a Grammy Award nomination for Best Comedy Recording. His first directorial effort was in 1972 for the PBS series "The Great American Dream Machine". He adapted an article he had written for "Esquire" Magazine, Albert Brooks Famous School for Comedians into a short film. Following this, he created six short films for the debut season of "Saturday Night Live". Brooks has been honored by the American Film Institute with a retrospective of his work at the first U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen Colorado. His first novel, "2030", was published in 2011.

Reader of over 400 audiobooks, Dick Hill has won three coveted Audie awards and been nominated numerous times. He is also the recipient of several AudioFile Earphones Awards. AudioFile includes Dick on their prestigious list of "Golden Voices."

Praise For 2030

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