My Year of Rest and Relaxation Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Entertainment Weekly’s number-one book of 2018.
“One of the most compelling protagonists modern fiction has offered in years: a loopy, quietly furious pillhead whose Ambien ramblings and Xanaxed b*tcheries somehow wend their way through sad and funny and strange toward something genuinely profound.” (Entertainment Weekly)
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.
- One credit a month to pick any title from our entire premium selection to keep (you’ll use your first credit now).
- Unlimited listening on select audiobooks, Audible Originals, and podcasts.
- You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
- $14.95 a month after 30 days. Cancel online anytime.
People who viewed this also viewed
People who bought this also bought
|Listening Length||7 hours and 14 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 10, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #2,773 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2 in Dark Humor Literature & Fiction
#25 in Dark Humor
#32 in Humorous Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviews with images
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
In short this is a book about a young woman who schemes to use sleeping pills, psychotropic drugs, and alcohol to put herself to sleep for a year. What a horrible idea when so many deaths occur from prescription drug abuse. There were no redeeming qualities to this book including character development.
By H. Anderson on August 15, 2018
In an attempt to become a better person and live a more meaningful life, our unnamed narrator embarks on a year of self-induced hibernation, convinced that she’ll come out on the other side transformed and better adjusted. With the help of a horrifically unethical psychiatrist, she begins her year of rest and relaxation, desperate for the perfect combination of pills to significantly limit her consciousness.
It’s an outrageous premise that plays out in stream-of-consciousness prose, including flashbacks to the formative events in her life that may helped contribute to her current state. The narrator is highly unlikeable: misanthropic, shallow, vain, selfish. Like a caricature of a miserable young rich woman.
Most stories like this would be a scathing indictment of medication and unhealthy coping methods, but Moshfegh suggests that sometimes transformation and healing can come from the unlikeliest places. On the other hand, this also feels very much like a satire of privileged self-care: the narrator is beautiful, independently wealthy and able to indulge in a full year of idleness—even potentially come out okay on the other end. The concept of being able to sleep away one’s misery and emerge transformed is covetous indeed, but so unrealistic for most that its straight up absurd.
There’s a lot of redundancy in this book and not much of a plot. This may deter some readers. But Moshfegh’s voice is so brutal, uncompromising and compelling that none of that mattered to me.
Moshfegh makes you cringe and shake your head all while having you root for this unlikable character’s twisted metamorphosis.
Top reviews from other countries
I found a kind of voyeuristic interest in all the (prescription) drugs she took but whilst I don't really know enough to judge, I couldn't help thinking that if she'd actually taken all that it would have made her a lot more ill and quite possibly led to a rather different ending (and yes I know some of the medication was fictitious but I'm not sure that makes it any better). As she also seemed depressed and traumatised by her life as a backdrop to her decision to have a year of R&R, it would have been much more interesting and relevant to have heard a bit more about this and would certainly have given some colour and dimension to the character.
I also thought her psychiatrist was thoroughly unlikely and the scenes between the two reminded me considerably of the much-better drawn patient/practitioner piece in Miranda July's The First Bad Man.
Nice cover and intriguing title, but doesn't live up to either. Not funny either really - I get what we were supposed to be laughing at, but tbh it was not my idea of a laugh, even a dark one.
Eztelle isn't a sympathetic protagonist. She keeps reminding us of how beautiful she is every few pages. Just no.
I won't be reading anything else by Ottessa.
So. "My Year of Rest and Relaxation". We are introduced to three ladies, who are presented to us solely for the sake of entertainment: the nameless main character, who God knows how is still alive if you take into account the rainbow of pharma she consumes 24/7, her beautiful friend Reva, a walking disaster and a thesaurus of quotes of the “help yourself” variety, silently suffering from bulimia, and Dr. Tuttle, a psychotherapist/shaman. All of them are multifaceted, beautiful and unique, not unlike the snowflakes. All possess a variety of problems, just dig a bit deeper. Each of them could be a marvelous heroine of a book in her own right. Love them!
If you think that the book about a rich if troublesome girl ("tall and thin and blond and pretty and young") going to sleep by way of narcotic hibernation is not your cup of tea – I urge you to reconsider. This is a great book. But man this book is so much more than just a story about the nameless sleeping beauty! It's scary stuff!
Moshfegh’s new book is another tough nut, which will not be liked by everyone (think about all the [metaphorically] broken teeth). But if you like black humor, sarcasm and satire – this is cool stuff. Passivity as a rebellion has never looked so enticing.
Ottessa, let me buy you a drink!
I think I might not have ‘gotten’ it and that ending was just meh. Especially as soon as her friend got promoted, I was like she’s going to die in 9/11.
Again, not sure I got it, but it doesn’t seem to be about anything. If you were to describe the plot, it would be woman wants to sleep for a year, woman takes pills to stay asleep for a year, the end.
To be fair, by the time it was £1.99 on the kindle, my expectations were high. So maybe it would have always been a strong ok book.
And despite saying all this, I found myself reaching for the kindle as much as possible and not noticing how far I was into it, because it sucks you up in it’s world.
The narrator of this novel is unnamed, blonde, beautiful, thin and has enough money to live without working. Having given up her job in a New York art gallery, she decides to live on the rent money from her parent’s house, go on unemployment and start a plan to hibernate for a year…
This is a difficult novel to review, as much of the ‘action’ revolves around the thoughts of our narrator. Her search for a therapist willing to dole out prescription drugs like sweeties, in order to aid her constant sleeping. The neediness of her friend, Reva, bulimic and having an affair with a married man. Her calls to Trevor, a past lover. Mostly, though, this is about her love affair with medication and the effects it has on her.
When she begins to venture out of her apartment while hardly conscious, have black outs and spend her money on items she cannot recall ordering, you are pulled into her dreamlike world. Only events, like the death of Reva’s mother, while resented as making her interact with the world, reveal some of her own history and force her outside the walls of her self-imposed house arrest. I was stunned by this novel and adored every page. I need to read more by the wonderful Ottessa Moshfegh and I am grateful that I was led to read her.