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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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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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Very religious

“People spend more time at malls than churches” who cares? Better to spend time buying clothes and food than praising something that likely does not exist. I consume little, but this book has too much religious bias.

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Smacks of snark and condescension

The topic of the book is a good one, but the authors approached it unable to hide their holier-than-thou attitude and a sense of humor that grates rather than entertains.

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Save the world and yourself

Everyone should read/listen to this book. Take notes. Change your mindset and change to world. Affluenza is killing us and the world slowly. Fight back with this realistic advice and clever approach. Easy listen with a mix of anecdotal and statistical information without boring the audience. Narrator is easy to listen to and his voice sounds wise which lends to the message.

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A must read for Every American!

This book compiles all if not must reasons, of the why question. Why our society is decaying, what is causing it all?. The answer is Affluenza!!
This is a book that is as relevant as ever.

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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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a penny saved is much more than a penny earned

simple is as simple does, a humble life does more than allow appreciation of privilege, it can make ya "rich"

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  • 03-19-19

Some shocking information in here!

This is inspiring to change the way I live and think. Details such as the original definition of consumer, facts about how our children are being targeted by every means possible, the idea that kids today can't identify with nature... It's really emphasised how much we all have to change.

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  • 09-15-18

Affluenza

A must read for anyone who cares about the health, wellbeing and future of society. Fully of confronting but necessary facts and perspectives with many great ideas for improving our current habits