The Mandibles

A Family, 2029-2047
CD - unabridged
Audio (11 discs)
Product Number: DD25722
Released: Jun 21, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781504736015
Narrator/s: George Newbern
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In 2029, the United States is engaged in a bloodless world war that will wipe out the savings of millions of American families. Overnight, on the international currency exchange, the "almighty dollar" plummets in value, to be replaced by a new global currency, the "bancor." In retaliation, the president declares that America will default on its loans. "Deadbeat Nation" being unable to borrow, the government prints money to cover its bills. The Mandibles have been counting on a sizable fortune filtering down when their ninety-seven-year-old patriarch dies. Once the inheritance turns to ash, each family member must contend with disappointment, but also-- as the US economy spirals into dysfunction-- the challenge of sheer survival.

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Author(s): Lionel Shriver

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Author(s): Lionel Shriver
Narrator(s): George Newbern
Product Number Z100113917
Released: Jun 21, 2016
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Publisher: HarperAudio
ISBN: #9780062472649
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Author(s): Lionel Shriver
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Released: Jun 21, 2016
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ISBN: #9780062328267

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"The new dystopian novel by Lionel Shriver tells of global economic collapse in 2029. The story unfolds matter of factly, and narrator George Newbern mirrors that same tone. As the world falls apart around them, the Mandible family, a menagerie of desperate heirs, waits for the fortune they will inherit from their 97-seven-year-old patriarch. As prices skyrocket, Newbern captures the family members' schemes for survival and hopes for a better future, followed by their shock when they discover that the money isn't coming. Newbern uses his talented voice and sharp intellect to create a world in which the characters tiptoe between the comic and tragic. This smart, oddball tale is as entertaining as it is thought provoking. R.O. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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