The Neapolitan Novels
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  • 1
    My Brilliant Friend: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1 | Elena Ferrante

    My Brilliant Friend: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
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    A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila, who represent the story of a nation and the nature of friendship.

    The plebs were us

    "The plebs were that fight for food and wine,the quarrel over how should be served first and better, that dirty floor on which the waiters clatter..Show More »

    Reviewed on 24 September 2015 by Wras (Kildonan)
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    My Brilliant Friend: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1 | Elena Ferrante

    My Brilliant Friend: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
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    The story of Elena and Lila begins in a poor but vibrant neighbourhood on the outskirts of Naples. The two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else, sometimes to their own detriment, as each discovers more about who she is and suffers or delights in the throes of their intense friendship. There is a piercing honesty about Ferrante's prose that makes My Brilliant Friend a compulsively readable portrait of two young women, and also the story of a neighbourhood, a city and a country.

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    The Story of a New Name: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 2 | Elena Ferrante

    The Story of a New Name: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
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    The Story of a New Name follows Elena Ferrante's critically acclaimed My Brilliant Friend, featuring Lila and Elena. The two protagonists are now in their 20s, and marriage appears to have imprisoned Lila. Meanwhile Elena continues her journey of self-discovery.

    Love love love

    All absorbing . Going straight to next book in the series can't,t get enough.thanks f

    Reviewed on 21 May 2015 by sarah ()
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    The Story of a New Name: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 2 | Elena Ferrante

    The Story of a New Name: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated By Hilary Huber
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    The Story of a New Name is an extraordinary novel about two young women, Lila and Elena, growing up in Naples in the early 1960s. At 16 Lila marries the shopkeeper Stefano. She is filled with pleasure at her new wealth and horror at the life she has chosen. Elena's own attempts at romance seem to be sabotaged by Lila's turbulent affairs. As she tries to plot her way out of poverty via academic and literary success, her constant anxiety is that she is just a shadow of the brilliant Lila.

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    Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 3 | Elena Ferrante

    Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
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    In this third Neapolitan novel, Elena and Lila, the two girls whom were first introduced in My Brilliant Friend, have become women. Lila married at sixteen and has a young son; she has left her husband and the comforts her marriage brought and now works as a common laborer. Elena has left the neighborhood, earned her college degree, and published a successful novel, all of which has opened the doors to a world of learned interlocutors and richly furnished salons.

    An Amazing Quartet


    I love these books. I came to them reluctantly, hating to follow the crowd, but I would, and frequently do, wholeheartedly recommend them to frie..Show More »

    Reviewed on 05 January 2016 by Jenny ()
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    Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 3 | Elena Ferrante

    Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
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    In Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, the two protagonists are now in their 30s. Lila, married at 16, has left her husband and the comforts of her marriage and has now joined the workforce. Elena has left the neighbourhood in Naples, been to university, and published a successful novel, all of which has brought her into a wealthier, more cultured world. Both women are seizing opportunities to flee a life of poverty, ignorance and submission.

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    The Story of the Lost Child: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 4 | Elena Ferrante

    The Story of the Lost Child: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
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    Here is the dazzling saga of two women: the brilliant, bookish Elena and the fiery, uncontainable Lila. Both are now adults; many of life's great discoveries have been made, its vagaries and losses have been suffered. Through it all, the women's friendship has remained the gravitational center of their lives. Both women once fought to escape the neighborhood in which they grew up - a prison of conformity, violence, and inviolable taboos.

    excellent reading of the shocking conclusion .

    The fascinating continuation of this powerful, intriguing story of two women.
    the most shocking events bring the book to life, though I found s..Show More »

    Reviewed on 01 October 2016 by rena ()
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    The Story of the Lost Child: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 4 | Elena Ferrante

    The Story of the Lost Child: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
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    The Neopolitan quartet traces the friendship between Elena and Lila, from their childhood in a poor neighbourhood in Naples to their 30s, when both women are mothers but each has chosen a different path. Their lives are still inextricably linked, for better or worse, especially when it comes to the drama of a lost child.

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