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My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4 out of 5 stars (218 ratings)

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Summary

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

Critic reviews

"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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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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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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loved it.

what a great fit for these strange times! witty, inteligent, sarcastic and bold. great audio performance.

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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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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.

The narration was great.

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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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  • 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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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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  • 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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