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The Story of a New Name Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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.

These young women share a complex and evolving bond that brings them close at times while driving them apart at others. Each vacillates between hurtful disregard and profound love for the other. With this complicated and meticulously portrayed friendship at the center of their emotional lives, the two girls mature into women, paying the sometimes cruel price that this passage exacts.

©2012 Edizioni E/O. Translation © 2013 by Europa Editions (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    sarah 21/05/2015
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    "Love love love"

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

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Vanina Schick 20/01/2017
    Vanina Schick 20/01/2017
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    "Robotic narration"

    It's beyond me how a professional narrator could be this terrible. Strangely, when she is acting the roles of the characters she comes alive but when she speaks the internal monologue of the main character she sounds like a drone. It's so bad it's funny sometimes.
    Highly suggest listening to a sample before buying!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Irene 08/05/2016
    Irene 08/05/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "irene"

    Brilliant read. I can't wait to start the next book in this trilogy. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny 05/01/2016
    Jenny 05/01/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "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 friends. The writing is wonderful without being self-conscious.

    These are truly wonderful books. Weeks after reading them I am still in that Neapolitan neighbourhood, surrounded by squalor and violence to witness the palpable yearning of two little girls whose ambitions could not be contained within its boundaries.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 14/10/2017
    14/10/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "A beautiful story continued"

    Her story writing is second to none. I'm enchanted. I will move straight to the 3rd and I can not wait to start.

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    Heike Lütjensee, Deutschland 24/09/2017
    Heike Lütjensee, Deutschland 24/09/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Awful narrator"

    Elena Ferrantes books are really a great piece of literature, full of live, emotion, and true human voices. But this narration a pure nightmare. Read the book, or try a different translation / narrator.

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    Mrs. 19/07/2017
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    "Much Ado About Nothing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Something interesting happening?


    What could Elena Ferrante have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Made it a little shorter.


    What didn’t you like about Hillary Huber’s performance?

    I felt she got a bit confused with the voices of some of the characters!


    What character would you cut from The Story of a New Name?

    There seemed too many characters with very similar names so hard question to answer!


    Any additional comments?

    I wouldn't read any other books by this author after reading the two I have already read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 17/07/2017
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    "A bit disappointing"

    Irritatingly slow narration and a story that seemed to lack the power of My brilliant friend. This may be a rare case of a book that is better read than listened to, for me.

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    Ninja 10/06/2017
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    "well read"

    a book written with heart. enjoyed listening to it and look forward to hearing the final one.

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    Mrs. L. Lawson uk 07/12/2016
    Mrs. L. Lawson uk 07/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Book2"

    Just finish book 2 in the series
    Unable to rate the book until book 3

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  • Hannah Lissette
    07/07/15
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    "Still hooked"

    Amazing story of friendship, hardship, lovers won and lovers lost, all with the underpinning of how education weaves its way through one life and not the other. Ready to start book three.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    OH, USA
    21/10/15
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    "Abandoned the book half way"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not sure. Perhaps those who don't get involved in the story as much.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Elena Ferrante again?

    No, I don't think so.


    What about Hillary Huber’s performance did you like?

    Beautifully read.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I really enjoyed the first book. I found this one slow and I had difficulty inhibiting the revulsion I felt for all the characters. There was nothing left to become involved in the story.I could not identify with anyone or any action. It all seemed so contradictory and trivial.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • TZVI SZAJNBRUM
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    "Another brilliant novel"

    After reading some of the negative reviews I couldn't believe that this author could produce anything other than another brilliant novel . Fortunately I was proved correct. The second of a quartet this book continues the story of Lena and Linu. The depiction of the individual personalities of the two women, their lives, lusts, goals and actions are mesmerizing . The author's language is beautiful and the narrator is unsurpassed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • DG
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    "Excellent"

    One of the best book I have ever read!
    This book should be on every women's reading list.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kelly
    09/06/16
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    "Completely addicted"

    Sorry, but I don't want to take the time to review this book. I must start book 3 immediately.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Elif Kaya
    13/12/16
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    "Great Second Novel of The Quartet"

    These novels are very good and this is an excellent follow up to the first novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lauren S
    24/09/16
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    "Heavy and engaging"

    This book will suck you in, pull you down, wind you up. It's sad and fascinating and frustrating but incredibly engaging. I feel like I know each character personally, like I live and grew up there. The narrator builds the feeling and characters with just the slightest change in her tone. I'm intrigued to continue on in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • W Perry Hall
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    19/08/16
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    "Phenomenal Favola circa Due Amici"


    "Whenever this world is cruel to me
    I got you to help me forgive
    Ooh you make me live now honey
    Ooh you make me live."
    You're My Best Friend, Queen, 1975

    This is the second of a tetralogy called the "Neopolitan Novels," by the Italian novelist Elena Ferrante (a pseudonym). Ms. Ferrante says she considers the four volumes to constitute one novel. In Italy, the books are so popular that the periodical publications have regularly engaged in a game of speculation on the author's true identity.

    The books center on the lives and friendship of two girls from Naples, Italy, Elena Greco (called sometimes "Lenù") and Raffaella ("Lila") Cerullo. Both are intelligent and precocious young students in the first book called My Brilliant Friend, which takes them up to 16 years old. This one, The Story of a New Name carries them to their mid-20s. Elena is the narrator, but it's truly about both of them, and all that relationship entails through the years, including intellectual and sexual competition and envy, and support for each other as they attempt to rise above their poor, vulgar and sometimes violent neighborhood on the Naples outskirts.

    In some ways, Ms. Ferrante's writing reminds me of that by the Norwegian Karl Ove Knaussgard in his six-volume My Struggle, so conversational and existential without being overly gloomy. I can't pin down exactly why but I find these books absolutely absorbing and fascinating. I want to keep reading... and reading.... It's like a dip into the soul of the authors, their daily lives, and the intriguing neighborhood interrelationships, friendships, as the authors call you forth, in examining their own lives, to examine yours, your childhood, childhood friends, being an adult, growing older, how sad things turn out for many who could not escape their surroundings, your recollections of certain things but haziness on others, the meaning of art and lit in life and to a full life, the meaning of your upbringing in your life, the ways you are like and differ from your parents when you become a parent, the place you grew up, how it felt to be isolated, in love with someone, to lose them to another, in lust, puppy love, your first sexual encounter, how you felt upon seeing someone again or for the first time in years and years. The Neopolitan novels are full of good and evil and eccentric characters.

    I found the first novel a little tedious at times because it mostly involved elementary age kids. Unlike the Karl Ove novels, it is necessary to read these in order. For this second one, I was all in, finding it simply jaw-dropping at times. I'm already halfway through the 3d now, I've enjoyed them so much.

    Highly recommended.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Lori
    United States
    02/10/15
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    "Growing up"

    This book continues the story of the friendship between Elena and Lila. It shows how their relationship diverges and becomes strained as Elena continues her education and Lila gets married. I still can't really understand why Elena is so taken with Lila. She talks about how special Lila is, at one point calling her a fallen divinity, but from everything I hear, she's really just a selfish little brat who makes poor choices, seemingly purposefully, and then goes out of her way to hurt and humiliate Elena. Elena finally starts to grow into herself a bit and actually turns into a bit of a firecracker, which made me laugh a few times and think, "Yes! Go Elena!" I'm still not as enamored with the series as many of the other reviewers on Amazon are, but there are some beautiful passages, and enough character development that I want to know how their lives develop, so I will continue on to the third book eventually.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Nora
    16/10/17
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    "Intriguing social interactions of Italian familie."

    Loves the intersections if all the make and female relationships. Their loves and their tragedies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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