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Publisher's Summary

Affluenza, n. a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more. We tried to warn you! The 2008 economic collapse proved how resilient and dangerous affluenza can be. Now in its third edition, this audiobook can safely be called prophetic in showing how problems ranging from loneliness, endless working hours, and family conflict to rising debt, environmental pollution, and rampant commercialism are all symptoms of this global plague. The new edition traces the role overconsumption played in the Great Recession, discusses new ways to measure social health and success (such as the Gross Domestic Happiness index), and offers policy recommendations to make our society more simplicity-friendly. The underlying message isn’t to stop buying - it’s to remember, always, that the best things in life aren’t things.
©2014 John de Graaf, David Wann, Thomas H. Naylor (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By GJ76 on 01-20-15

Very interesting book

If you could sum up Affluenza in three words, what would they be?

Eye opening, factual, scary

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Societal changes based on statistics.

What does Joe Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

An interesting voice that increases the readers intrigue.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I refer to it often in conversations.

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4 out of 5 stars
By marriann wesley on 09-22-17

required reading. however, I loved it.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would recommend it to a friend. The author has a way with words so it was easy to listen to. I enjoyed the context. It got a little too political in part 3 though.

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