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    • My Brilliant Friend

    • The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1
    • By: Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
    • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 972
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 891
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 889

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My Brilliant friend

    • By Susan Whitehead on 22-05-16

    Regular price: £23.69

    • The Story of a New Name

    • The Neapolitan Novels, Book 2
    • By: Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
    • Length: 19 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 535
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 476
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 477

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love love love

    • By sarah on 21-05-15

    Regular price: £22.19

    • Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay

    • The Neapolitan Novels, Book 3
    • By: Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
    • Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 417
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 371
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 374

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An Amazing Quartet

    • By Jenny on 05-01-16

    Regular price: £19.39

    • The Story of the Lost Child

    • The Neapolitan Novels, Book 4
    • By: Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
    • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 358
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 324
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 322

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Unfulfilled promise

    • By D. Searle on 03-07-16

    Regular price: £21.89

    • L'amica geniale

    • Libro primo
    • By: Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated by: Anna Bonaiuto
    • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75

    Lila è scomparsa. Esagerata, come sempre, ha cancellato ogni traccia. Ed Elena, l'amica di tutta la vita, inizia a raccontare la storia del legame viscerale che le ha unite per sei decenni. Tra inconfessata rivalità e profondo affidamento, la ragazzina geniale e ribelle e l'amica studiosa attraversano gli anni dell'adolescenza, sullo sfondo di un rione della Napoli anni Cinquanta ritratta nella sua cruda epicità. Prima parte della tetralogia "L'amica geniale".

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful

    • By fredsaid on 22-07-17

    Regular price: £10.89

    • The Neapolitan Novels: My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay & The Story of the Lost Child

    • The Complete BBC Radio Collection
    • By: Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated by: Anastasia Hille, full cast, Monica Dolan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    From one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, The Neapolitan Novels is an exploration of the friendship between Lila and Lena, two bright young girls who grew up in the tough, rough streets of postwar Naples. This is no normal friendship; it's a friendship that loves, hurts, supports and destroys - and yet it is one that lasts a lifetime. These four full-cast BBC adaptations bring the streets of Naples vividly to life.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Worth persevering with this.

    • By Ceri-Anne on 13-04-19

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Days of Abandonment

    • By: Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
    • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 46

    An IndiBound best seller, The Days of Abandonment shocked and captivated its Italian public when first published. It is the gripping story of a woman's descent into devastating emptiness after being abandoned by her husband, with two young children to care for. When she finds herself literally trapped within the four walls of their high-rise apartment, she is forced to confront her ghosts, the potential loss of her own identity, and the possibility that life may never return to normal.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Dark, troubling and thought provoking

    • By Robin300378 on 14-09-16

    Regular price: £16.69

    • Troubling Love

    • By: Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
    • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    Following her mother's untimely and mysterious death, Delia embarks on a voyage of discovery through the streets of her native Naples searching for the truth about her family. A series of mysterious telephone calls leads her to compelling and disturbing revelations about her mother's final days. A story about mothers and daughters and the complicated knot of lies and emotions that binds them, it is a must-listen.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Puzzled and bewildered

    • By Earnest on 19-11-17

    Regular price: £16.39

    • Storia della bambina perduta

    • L'amica geniale 4
    • By: Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated by: Anna Bonaiuto
    • Length: 17 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49

    Con Napoli i conti non sono mai chiusi ed Elena, scrittrice ormai affermata, torna a vivere nella città da cui era fuggita. Qui ritrova Lila, diventata imprenditrice informatica, e la loro amicizia torna quella di un tempo, linfa vitale e pungolo feroce.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • stupendo!

    • By D. D. Pianta on 04-12-18

    Regular price: £12.89

    • Storia di chi fugge e di chi resta

    • L'amica geniale 3
    • By: Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated by: Anna Bonaiuto
    • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48

    Carico di speranze e tensioni, arriva il vento degli anni Settanta che ogni cosa scompagina. Elena, laureata alla Normale di Pisa, pubblica un fortunato romanzo che segna il suo ingresso nell'ambiente colto e intellettuale. Lila, lasciato il marito, si ammazza di lavoro in una fabbrica di salumi alla periferia di Napoli. Anche se lontane, le due amiche nelle loro battaglie quotidiane continuano a specchiarsi l'una nell'altra, unite da un legame forte e ambivalente.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant.

    • By PB on 22-08-18

    Regular price: £12.89

    • Storia del nuovo cognome

    • L'amica geniale 2
    • By: Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated by: Anna Bonaiuto
    • Length: 17 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53

    Sullo sfondo che prelude ai grandi cambiamenti degli anni Sessanta, Lila ed Elena si affacciano al mondo condividendo il desiderio di sfuggire al loro destino di ragazze cresciute nel rione napoletano.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bellissimo!

    • By D. D. Pianta on 11-11-18

    Regular price: £11.89

    • Die Geschichte eines neuen Namens

    • Die Neapolitanische Saga 2
    • By: Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated by: Eva Mattes
    • Length: 18 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Mit 16 haben Lila und Elena, Freundinnen seit Kindertagen, ihr armseliges neapolitanisches Stadtviertel mit seinen einengenden Konventionen gründlich satt. Lila versucht, durch eine vorteilhafte Ehe ihre Chancen zu verbessern, fühlt sich aber schon bald eingesperrt und verbittert. Elena hingegen lässt den Ort ihrer Kindheit hinter sich und geht zum Studium nach Pisa. Die 1970er Jahre bringen Veränderungen für beide.

    Regular price: £13.89

    • Die Geschichte der getrennten Wege

    • Die Neapolitanische Saga 3
    • By: Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated by: Eva Mattes
    • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    Elena und Lila, die Mädchen aus "Meine geniale Freundin" und "Die Geschichte eines neuen Namens", sind inzwischen 22 Jahre. Lila, die schon mit 16 heiratete, verlässt ihren Mann, kämpft mit den Problemen einer alleinerziehenden Mutter und versucht sich als Fabrikarbeiterin über Wasser zu halten. Für Elena, die Neapel verließ, öffnen sich neue Türen zur Welt der Wohlsituierten und Intellektuellen. Wir begleiten die Freundinnen durch die Jahre 1968 bis 1976.

    Regular price: £15.59

    • L'amore molesto

    • By: Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated by: Anna Bonaiuto
    • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      2 out of 5 stars 4

    Che cosa è accaduto ad Amalia? Chi c'era con lei la notte in cui è morta? È stata davvero la donna ambigua e incontentabile che sua figlia si è sempre immaginata? L'indagine di Delia si snoda in una Napoli plumbea che non dà tregua, trasformando una vicenda di quotidiani strazi familiari in un thriller domestico che mozza il respiro. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bellissimo!

    • By D. D. Pianta on 04-01-19

    Regular price: £10.39

    • L'amie prodigieuse

    • L'amie prodigieuse 1
    • By: Élena Ferrante
    • Narrated by: Marina Moncade
    • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    Naples, fin des années cinquante. Deux amies, Elena et Lila, vivent dans un quartier défavorisé de la ville, leurs familles sont pauvres et, bien qu'elles soient douées pour les études, ce n'est pas la voie qui leur est promise. Lila, la surdouée, abandonne rapidement l'école pour travailler avec son père et son frère dans leur échoppe de cordonnier. En revanche, Elena est soutenue par son institutrice, qui pousse ses parents à l'envoyer au collège puis, plus tard, au lycée, comme les enfants des Carracci et des Sarratore, des familles plus aisées qui peuvent se le permettre.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Two girls' lives: it's all here

    • By Jane Griffiths on 14-04-19

    Regular price: £19.59

    • Meine geniale Freundin

    • Die Neapolitanische Saga 1
    • By: Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated by: Eva Mattes
    • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Eine Freundschaft als Spiegel einer Stadt, einer Nation, einer ganzen Generation. Im Alter von 66 Jahren erfüllt sich Lila einen Traum: Sie verschwindet von einem Tag auf den anderen. Zurück bleibt ihre beste Freundin Elena und schreibt ihre gemeinsame Geschichte nieder: In den 1950er Jahren wachsen sie am Rande Neapels auf. Elena erzählt vom Alltag der kleinen Leute, vom Zugschaffner Donato, der Gedichte schreibt, vom tyrannischen Don Achille, von den Solara-Brüdern, die sonntags mit ihrem Auto den Corso abfahren.

    Regular price: £6.29

    • Las deudas del cuerpo [Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay]

    • Dos Amigas serie, Libro 3 [Two Friends Series, Book 3]
    • By: Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated by: Mercè Montalà
    • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Érase una vez dos niñas, Elena y Lila, que nacieron en 1944 en un barrio pobre de la ciudad de Nápoles, y desde entonces su historia ha sido el hilo conductor de esta espléndida saga napolitana que ahora llega a su tercera entrega. Lila se casó muy joven con el hombre más adinerado del barrio y poco tardó en dejarlo. Ahora vive en un lugar miserable, pero su ingenio no ha mermado; solo se ha transformado en rabia. Es quizá este odio lo que la llevará a capitanear las revueltas en la fábrica y a negarse a una convivencia pacífica y modesta con su nuevo compañero.

    Regular price: £20.79

    • The Lost Daughter

    • By: Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
    • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    Leda, a middle-aged divorcee, is alone for the first time in years when her daughters leave home to live with their father. Her initial, unexpected sense of liberty turns to ferocious introspection following a seemingly trivial occurrence. Throughout the novel, Ferrante's language is as finely tuned and intense as ever, and she treats her theme with a fierce, candid tenacity.

    Regular price: £13.69

    • La amiga estupenda [My Brilliant Friend]

    • Dos amigas, no. 1
    • By: Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated by: Mercè Montalà
    • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Con La amiga estupenda, Elena Ferrante inaugura una tetralogia deslumbrante que tiene como telón de fondo la ciudad de Nápoles a mediados del siglo pasado y como protagonistas a Lenù y Lila, dos jóvenes mujeres que están aprendiendo a gobernar su vida en un entorno donde la astucia, antes que la inteligencia, es el ingrediente de todas las salsas. La relación a menudo tempestuosa entre Lila y Lenù viene acompañada de un coro de voces que dan cuerpo a su historia y nos muestran la realidad de un barrio pobre....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Written through clenched teeth

    • By Blind Girl on 11-07-18

    Regular price: £17.39

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

    • By: Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated by: Hilary Huber
    • Length: 19 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    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.

    Regular price: £34.99

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