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My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Written by: Ottessa Moshfegh
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Random House presents the audiobook edition of My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh, read by Julia Whelan.

From the Man Booker-shortlisted author of Eileen.

The New York Times best seller. 

It’s the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong?

Our narrator has many of the advantages of life: young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate, she lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like everything else, by her inheritance. But there is a vacuum at the heart of things, and it isn’t just the loss of her parents in college, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her alleged best friend.

Blackly funny, both merciless and compassionate - dangling its legs over the ledge of 9/11 - My Year of Rest and Relaxation is a showcase for the gifts of one of America’s major young writers.

©2019 Ottessa Moshfegh (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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"Savage, funny, frequently on the verge of teetering into lunacy...My Year of Rest and Relaxation is a non-negotiable in your holiday carry-on this summer." (Vogue)

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loved every bit of it

loved both narrator and the story . the story idea itself was so intriguing -a woman deciding to hibernate for a year.
beautiful,witty ,fun fast paced writing style and an extremely engaging plot- loved everything about this book. a must read.

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  • Karen McCarthy
  • 11-04-19

Bizarre but intoxicating and compelling

The performance is brilliant, and it matches the benignly self centered main character. I have never found this unsympathetic a character this compelling before.

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  • clare
  • 20-05-19

Not convinced

Found myself really struggling to manage to finish it and it took a lot of effort to continue you with it. I felt my thoughts wondering on a number occasions. Wasn’t for me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-01-20

Miserable.

Great idea, wholeheartedly spoiled by entirely unlikable characters, none of whom have any real problems whatsoever. This book is full of that shallow self-indulgent neurosis where people who don’t really have problems try to convince you they do.

This book has nothing to say.

The only thing that will stick with you from this is just how unhappy it makes you feel - and for no good reason.

I would encourage the author to take a year of rest and relaxation herself. Hopefully, instead of writing further.

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  • janien
  • 26-02-20

A raw delight from start to finish

My favourite read so far this year; Moshfegh fast becoming a favourite author of mine. This as good as her Booker long listed Eileen.

Moshfegh’s writing is gritty, raw and as honest as it gets. Her female protagonists are flawed yet immensely likeable. A novel about dealing with loss and grief. I could see the end coming however when it did arrive, it shook with an intensity I haven’t felt in a novel for a very long time.

Excellent, just phenomenal.

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  • Sophie
  • 27-05-19

Interesting but drags on for too long

The novel seem to drag on forever, which is a shame. The premise and main character of the book are well crafted but the overall message of the story is diluted by the endless repetition of the same events. The feelings evoked by the main character’s self-destruction and self-hate would left a much stronger impression on me if the writing had been more concise and the novel considerably shorter.

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  • Caroline
  • 23-04-19

Different, not for me

This book is a departure from my normal books. It was interesting enough but I think maybe a bit close to the bone for my tastes. I found it difficult to sympathise with the main character at all, or the other characters in the book. Not an easy read as the subject matters can be quite heavy however very well written. Just not for me.

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  • GH
  • 09-05-19

Excellent narration, interesting idea

Well I found this really interesting and listened to it all in a day. The story drags a bit in the middle but the whole story feels very real emotionally. Narrator is excellent. It's a bit like Americian Psycho in style with added bitterness.

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  • kate
  • 16-04-19

Read it

I loved this book. It’s so odd, dark but funny. I can’t wait to read another from Otessa Moshfegh and the narrator is just brilliant.

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  • Geneva
  • 23-05-19

I slept through this book

Ironically, I think I slept through this book, it was so lethargic and uninteresting, I don’t want to read from the perspective of some dumb-ass privileged-af bitch who wants to numb her life and sleep through everything and YES the 9/11 thing seemed strange and stupid and I hated it. Waste of my time, waste of your time.

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  • jen murdoch
  • 20-03-20

This book just feels like you’re listening to someone complain constantly..

It’s hard to enjoy listening to a character so wilfully self absorbed and with very little development. Maybe I’ve just grown out of the “sad rich white girl with a pill addiction” trope that’s been done a million times before. It’s tiresome and you end up just wanting to shake the character out of their own indulgent funk

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  • Mathew Steen
  • 12-02-20

Self indulgent and boring

Written from the perspective of a self centred individual, living in a self centred city, in a self centred nation, this book did little to spark more than mild curiosity from me. The subject matter was inane and topped off by delving into another self indulgent field, modern art. Extremely difficult to get through, I ended up listening to it at 1.5X speed just to get it over with. Great performance from Julia Whelan but still a very hard slog to get through.

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  • rachel power
  • 26-01-20

could not stop listening

brilliant performance of an extraordinarily compelling novel. loved the meticulous detail and unblinking edginess. bang on depiction of millennial culture.

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  • Rachael
  • 25-01-20

terrible. vapid. destructive. I want the time back

I wish I hadn't wasted my time, this book makes you give up on humanity. or at least it aims at that. ultimately it's boring and shallow.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-08-19

Very engaging , overall I really enjoyed it!

I didn't have high expectations because of some of the reviews, however I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was hooked on every word. The narration was just perfect. Yes I can understand how some people find the concept self indulgent but looking beyond that there is depth to what the character is doing. it also explores the disturbing depths of complacency, despair and chronic depression/apathy. Who hasn't ever thought what I would do for a year off in total peace and bliss??? Well this character did it albeit in a very non conventional way. Pretty funny some of the crazy sht she gets up to. I loved the raw honesty and some of the underlying themes which I'm still working out...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-07-19

gave up in chapter two so can't really comment

I just feel like there are much more interesting, beautiful or creativity written things to fill my head with. this was a bit melodramatic and self involved.

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  • Rachel
  • 21-04-19

Brilliant

I loved it. After reading other reviews before I purchased, I expected to hate the protagonist but I actually felt very sorry for her. It was a sad story but very intriguing. Loved the ending. I finished it in a day. I will read more by this author definitely.