Boomsday

  • by Christopher Buckley
  • Narrated by Janeane Garofalo
  • 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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What the Critics Say

"This satire combines the serious and the ridiculous with dead-on aplomb." (The New York Times)
"The humor is wicked and the satire incisive." (Boston Herald)

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Customer Reviews

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I wish Buckley picked lottery numbers!

I just listened to this and the similarities between the events in the book and the 2008 election coverage on tv is eerie: the US economy is tanking and I swear I saw an ad about a euthanasia bill.
Garofalo does a great job narrating. Her intonations make it easy to tell whose talking and she's just serious enough to make the (maybe not quite so) farfetched ideas work.
Overall this book is just plain fun.
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- Vickey

Buckley's a winner

This was my first foray into the mind of Buckley and I'm going back for more. I laughed various parts of my anatomy off and highly recommend you don't follow my example of listening to it on an airplane. I loved the author's play on names, such as the President who's last name is "Peachum". Unlike other reviewers, I thoroughly enjoyed Janine Garofalo's reading - her voice impressions were part of the hilarity for me. Sorry, if you don't find yourself stealing the phrase "STFU" for your very own by the time this book is over, you need an EKG to make sure there's still life in your body!
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- Lloyd

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-21-2007
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio