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The Burnout Generation

Narrated by: Anne Helen Petersen
Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
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Our favorite moments from The Burnout Generation

"…and the weight of not working is crippling."
Kate stresses over student loan debt.
Haley is constantly consumed by her job search.
Examine small habits that help with burnout.

  • The Burnout Generation
  • "…and the weight of not working is crippling."
  • The Burnout Generation
  • Kate stresses over student loan debt.
  • The Burnout Generation
  • Haley is constantly consumed by her job search.
  • The Burnout Generation
  • Examine small habits that help with burnout.
Anne Helen Petersen

About the Creator and Performer

Anne Helen Petersen is a senior culture writer at BuzzFeed News, where she writes about the intersection of celebrity, gender, and a whole lot more. She received her PhD in media studies from the University of Texas, and her most recent book, Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman, was named one of the NPR's Best Books of 2017. Her next book—Can't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation.—is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Audible Studios in 2020. She lives in Missoula, Montana.

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good stuff!

there are a lot of great things in this book. I, as a Generation XrR, got a lot out of the conversation around burnout. I highly recommend.

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Not just millennials...

I enjoyed this quick listen about burnout. Though I feel designating that feeling to a generation is not accurate. I am Generation X, and more align with the term Xennial. I was born in 1977.

I recognize many of the feelings of the interviewees as the same as many of my friends.

This book serves as a reminder, you are not alone in feeling this. Perhaps more a result of our time than our age.

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good information, but no solution to the problem

good information and examples, but there is not much of a solution proposed. there are larger societal issues at play here that are barely touched on.

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In this burnout culture

I rarely read a “whole” anything. I rely on podcasts, NPR, and booktv to keep me culturally up to date. So, I knew about the original article and had eschewed the information as just more “poor me” liturgy.

Thank you so, Audible and Ms Peterson. This really is something we all need to think about. I’m going to be reading and talking about it—and talking and talking.

—FightingtheBurnEveryDayBabyBoomer—

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An advertisement.

I wanted to listen to a book about people and their struggles with burnout, explain what burnout is, and perhaps offer some solutions. Instead, I got stories about burnout with personal politics laden throughout and constant paraphrasing and interruptions from the author when I would rather have heard the speaker say it for themselves. The author did manage to indirectly explain what burnout is (so long as the definition means "working so much that everything becomes work"), but offered no advice other than "learn more about burnout", which is something that a potential reader could have been told first thing (or done on their own time) so that they would not have to bother with this.
The Author kept referring to some article she wrote about burnout on some site that will remain unnamed, yet couldn't be bothered to have placed it in this body of work in any capacity, forcing anyone interested to give their site free clicks.

This was free with my audible membership. This was the only book this month that looked even remotely interesting, and I feel like I just wasted my time.

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So, basically a podcast episode.

As the title says, it doesn't go very deep, and doesn't even define any of the signs and symptoms of burnout. Didn't even deliver something as basic as that.

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Millennials

This podcast takes a look at a few millennials around the country and tries to explain why they are the way they are. It’s more of a podcast than an audiobook but I actually liked that because you get to hear their voices. The reverend was great. This was free through the members benefit.

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Nothing that adds up to something

A collection of stories, interviews really that all describe a shared experience (being burnt out). A lot of description and talking about a problem, but very little by way of practical advice or solving it. Not worth it if you're looking for more than common sense, but of course there is value in hearing something that resonates with your own experience. But this is nothing more than that.

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Great job to the writer!

Full of compelling revelations! This audible original speaks to my soul. Thank you for writing an unbiased piece that I think most everyone can relate to. Kudos!

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A timely and important podcast

Three stories of genuinely diverse experiences of burn out. The author is most at home in the left-leaning world of new media, but she goes out of her way to interview a marine veteran and an evangelic pastor. Two big gaps are the medical professions and parenting, but I imagine this will be treated in the larger book. This is a great project and I’m not at all surprised it’s getting a lot of attention. I hope this audible book helps solve some of the authors student loan problems!

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