The Spirit Level

  • by Richard Wilkinson, Kate Pickett
  • Narrated by Clive Chafer
  • 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Renowned researchers Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett offer groundbreaking analysis showing that greater economic equality-not greater wealth-is the mark of the most successful societies, and offer new ways to achieve it.

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What the Critics Say

"Wilkinson and Pickett make an eloquent case that the income gap between a nation's richest and poorest is the most powerful indicator of a functioning and healthy society. . . . Felicitous prose and fascinating findings make this essential [listening]." (Publishers Weekly)

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An Important Book

What made the experience of listening to The Spirit Level the most enjoyable?

The Spirit Level is one of those rare examples of social science being science. There are centuries of theoretical discussions about how best to allocate wealth, but this book actually provides data. The authors do their best to keep it entertaining, but it is occasionally demanding on the reader. Downloading the pdf file is a must to understanding the book. I hope the Spirit Level is read by every policy maker in the world.


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- Stephen Schoenberg

Fascinating subject matter, difficult narration

This book is one of the most significant works in the field of social inequality, and I would strongly recommend it for anybody who asks themselves "what's wrong with our world today?" The information herein has been fundamental to my work in the field of social change.

It is a bit of a thick topic, and the contribution of a droning narrator makes it unnecessarily difficult to absorb. While Chafer's narration wasn't bad, I would call it inappropriate. I get an image of him as a tired British college professor trying to explain something complicated to those who he doesn't expect will understand the subject matter. Starting around chapter 14, it became a chore to continue listening.
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- Robert Rapplean

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-21-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio