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Publisher's 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Obsessed.

absolutely loved this book, the main character is so unlikable yet I was so captivated by this book. I felt that the ending was disappointing, you can see where it's leading to, but still the ending felt abrupt and almost a cop out. I felt like Otessa had more to give. will definitely be reading more of her work.

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Boring boring boring

Only got to Chapter 3. If this is the best young literary talent out of America, I despair for us all. What a tragic waste of writing about a very tedious uninteresting person who contributes nothing to anyone. I hated this story so much I gave it back!

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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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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.

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  • 11-04-2019

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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  • gwyndolin
  • 24-10-2021

Best audible experience in a while

Failure after failure, disappointment after disappointment, this book saved me from that slump. It's unique and compelling and nauseating and well-written, and the reader was great. If you think a good book hinges on the need for a female main character to be a puppy-saving baby-kissing tepid wash basin full of greywater then I wouldn't recommend this book, but if you like thinking critically then I would.

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  • 06-01-2020

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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  • 20-05-2019

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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  • Ethan OC
  • 28-07-2022

Beautifully Performed

The first time I ever interacted with this novel was listening to the audiobook read by Julia Waylon (sp?). I’ve read the physical book a couple of times since, and I can’t help but read it with her voice in mind. Her ‘Dr. Tuttle’ and ‘Reva’ are especially worth noting. Amazing.

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  • Ms. B. Kemp
  • 09-01-2022

It’s ok, not as good as TikTok made it out to be

I did wonder how the pace of the story would go when the main character’s main drive is to sleep.
I enjoyed some parts of the story, worth a listen if you’re keen to find out about it.

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  • Manda N
  • 26-02-2020

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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  • Briony
  • 28-06-2022

No likeable characters

Couldn't get passed an incredibly unlikeable protagonist. I've heard the actor read before and she was wonderful in the Invisable life of addie le reux. Just shows that even a great performer can't read an awful story well.

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  • Jenny Cutler
  • 19-06-2022

Frankness can cleanse the soul. Utterly original.

Although no one is likeable - actually I quite like that, occasionally - it is such a treat to get right into the mind of someone totally deranged, but still sane and so unbelievably calculating.

Most of the ending was predictable and there are no conclusions. May be I shouldn't mind that.

Just that life throws stuff at you, often at the worst time And yet, even that may trigger something good. I listened three times, and still got something extra each time. It's not on my top 10 books of the year, so far, but nearly.

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  • Bar
  • 31-05-2022

My 17 Yr old daughters fav book of all time. I didn’t get it

In fairness to the author no doubt original and talented, this is well written and keeps a steady pace . My daughter, an avid reader, has said this is her fav book of all time. I didn’t get the same out if it. Maybe it’s reflective of perceived norms for a younger generation - Casual crazy abuse of drugs to numb the mind, a horribly dysfunctional, degrading and depressing sexual relationship, a very articulate protagonist and a sweetly endearing best friend. A huge hit for some - it may or may not be your thing but I can’t dismiss it because my daughter loved it and found almost every page laugh out loud.

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  • Dee
  • 18-05-2022

a beautiful take on mental health

I was sceptical the whole time reading this but by the end it was worth it. the audible production was absolutely perfect. and I think i wouldn't have been able to get through the end if not for listening to it. I'd recommend it though

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-05-2022

Very Enjoyable

The voice acting was phenomenal and the intricacies of the main characters thoughts was a different but interesting perspective to delve into. My favorite audiobook so far!

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