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My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Auteur(s): Ottessa Moshfegh
Narrateur(s): Julia Whelan
Durée: 7 h et 14 min
4 out of 5 stars (53 évaluations)

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Entertainment Weekly’s number-one book of 2018.

A New York Times notable book and Times critics' top books of 2018.

The New York Times best-seller. 

From one of our boldest, most celebrated new literary voices, a novel about a young woman's efforts to duck the ills of the world by embarking on an extended hibernation with the help of one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature and the battery of medicines she prescribes

Our narrator should be happy, shouldn't she? She's young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate; she works an easy job at a hip art gallery and lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like the rest of her needs, by her inheritance. But there is a dark and vacuous hole in her heart, and it isn't just the loss of her parents, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her best friend, Reva. It's the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong?

My Year of Rest and Relaxation is a powerful answer to that question. Through the story of a year spent under the influence of a truly mad combination of drugs designed to heal our heroine from her alienation from this world, Moshfegh shows us how reasonable, even necessary alienation can be. Both tender and blackly funny, merciless and compassionate, it is a showcase for the gifts of one of our major writers working at the height of her powers. 

Named a best book of the year by: The Washington Post, Time, NPR, Amazon, Vice, Bustle, The New York Times, The Guardian, Kirkus Reviews, Entertainment Weekly, The AV Club, and Audible.

©2018 Ottessa Moshfegh (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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A waste of your time

Boring superficial lacking focus or a plot. Don’t bother with this one. Worthless book but great performance

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  • Au global
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Narcotic Commentary on America before 9/11

I recommend this book for the millenial questioning the world we are inheriting and the priorities we place on the identities we think we are conveying through dissociative social media.

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Good listen

This was a good one. Great narration. Interesting story and characters. Worth a listen. Highly enjoyable.

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amazing book

loved it and the person reading it! very dark, but smart and witty and very engaging.

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  • Claudia Gallegos
  • 2018-07-12

I love it...

Very few times I become obsessed with a book, and this one made the trick!
I was engaged at all times, expectant with what was coming and sad that it ended.
The style is quick, anxious, serene, well constructed.
R for Recommended!

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  • Miss Lisa
  • 2019-04-23

You haven't heard this story before.

I can honestly say I've never read a story like this before. I can also say I didn't really like it, and I thought the protagonist was a pretty terrible human being. I think that's the point, the point the author was trying to make, but that doesn't mean it's easy to listen to her being terrible to everyone around her.

It was a interesting story though and quite unique. I can appreciate it even if it's not something I would recommend to other people! So, if you want a fairly odd book about an unpleasant individual sedating themselves through the year 2000-2002, go for it!

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  • Kat - Audible
  • 2018-07-10

Who doesn’t want to sleep through life sometimes?

Strong, world-conquering heroines are everywhere these days. I admire them, which might be why I’m also a bit bored of them. Thank God for Ottessa Moshfegh, who has a knack for making miserable characters eerily seductive (I see you and I love you, Eileen). At the center of My Year of Rest and Relaxation is another disdain-able type: a beautiful, privileged twentysomething who tries to escape her angst—aided by enough pharmaceuticals to make Hunter S. Thompson bat an eye—by sleeping all. The. Time. It’s a simple, ingenious plot that yields more narrative tension than you might think (I was reminded at times of The Girl on the Train’s blackout-induced mysteries), made all the juicier by Oshfegh’s razor-sharp insights, a send-up of the New York art scene, odes to Whoopi Goldberg, and world-weary narration by the amazing Julia Whelan. A lavish ending caps off this wholly original novel. Don’t sleep on it!

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  • Chchchelo
  • 2018-08-07

Excellent, thoughtful read

This is the second book by Ottessa Moshfegh I’ve read. Her books have a unique voice, and unusual characters. I enjoyed this books quite a lot, but I liked it more once I stopped waiting for something (anything!) to happen. This book is about the journey, there is no destination.

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  • Faith Smith
  • 2018-12-04

Entertained by sarcasm and pessimism?

Struggled with the characters smug and callous attitude. She's entitled and privileged and vain. She hates herself and every one else. As the story progressed I could sympathize with her feelings and issues. Self loathing, irritation at just existing some days. Not being a good friend to yourself or anyone else. Toxic inner thoughts overriding a normal life. Overall the story is about average people trying to deal with average stress and loss. It was entertaining to see what would happen next since it involved drug induced black outs. The only real epiphany seemed to be in the very last paragraphs of the story.

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  • Naina Ahluwalia
  • 2018-07-26

Loved it!!

A really weird tale of a strangely relatable narcissistic young woman with first world pains and deep denial. Fascinating.

23 personnes sur 26 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

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  • Kayla
  • 2019-09-15

Found this title by searching for narrator

I love Julia Whelan! I was looking for more books she narrated when I came across My Year of Rest and Relaxation.

I'm not sure why I stuck with it until the end, but it was pretty terrible. My worst listen in years. It's about a self destructive woman fixated on her own ennui. drugs, drugs more drugs. all downers. she should be dead. she isn't. the end.

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  • Juan Enrique Toro
  • 2018-08-07

A fantastic journey into nothing

The story has one on the edge of something that never happens. Yet there is a depth that inspired the heart. We all have own way to navigate this crazy world.

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  • k teed
  • 2018-12-12

4.66 stars

There's rumors that Moshfegh's My Year of Rest and Relaxation could win the Pulitzer Prize, or at least be on The List. It is really good and probably should be considered for the Pulitzer. It is, at least to me, better than last year's winner, Less by Andrew Sean Greer.. As usual, Julia Whelan narrates the story to perfection. Moshfegh's writing and Whelan's narration kept me engaged for the entire story. The characters are really well developed and interesting, and there's just enough comic relief to keep the story from becoming bleak or depressing. All things considered, My Year of Rest and Relaxation is a high quality audiobook.

Overall rating: 4.66 stars

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  • Valerie
  • 2018-08-12

Don't bother

I was hoping there was a point to this story, but there was not. I read a synopsis and some great reviews, but they must have been paid for. The main character was vapid and just plain awful. She had no redeeming quality and was not mature enough to deal with her problems in a constructive way or learn from them. I kept listening because I thought something great would happen.

Let me save you 7 hours of your life - don't buy this.

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