Overwhelmed

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Brigid Schulte

Narrated By: Tanya Eby

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: May 2014

Duration: 12 hours 8 minutes

Summary:

Overwhelmed is an audiobook about time pressure and modern life. And it comes at the perfect moment: Amid debates about the toll of work and life demands on parents and our addiction to the daily grind, Overwhelmed is just what we need to address our questions about work, love, and play. Brigid Schulte, an award-winning journalist for The Washington Post and a harried mother of two, began her journey to rediscover leisure when she realized her life was becoming “like the dream I keep having about trying to run a race wearing ski boots.” She goes from the depths of the “time confetti” of her days to an understanding of what the ancient Greeks knew was the point of living a good life: having time to refresh the soul in leisure. What Schulte finds is illuminating, perplexing, and maddening, but ultimately hopeful. Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time is an audiobook with answers. Taking the baton from such pathbreakers as Barbara Ehrenreich, Arlie Hochschild’s The Second Shift, and Juliet Schor’s The Overworked American, Schulte details not only the intensifying pressures on women, and increasingly on men, but also how feeling overwhelmed is affecting our health and even the size of our brains. At times, the author becomes her own subject, as when she sits in a Paris auditorium crammed with scholars, jet-lagged and hungry, and dozes off—until a speaker lamenting the toll of “role overload” on working parents snaps her awake. Overwhelmed is both a map of the stresses that have ripped our leisure to shreds and a blueprint for how to put the pieces back together. What Schulte offers us is a revelatory, at times hilarious, and at heart optimistic view of how we can begin to find time for the things that matter most, and live more fulfilled lives.

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