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My Brilliant Friend: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1 Audiobook

My Brilliant Friend: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2011 Edizioni E/O (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Gutsy and compulsively readable ... One of the more nuanced portraits of feminine friendship in recent memory.... Ferrante wisely balances her memoir-like emotional authenticity with a wry sociological understanding of a society on the verge of dramatic change." (Vogue)

"Elena Ferrante will blow you away." (Alice Sebold)

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    Aimee 29/10/2015
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    Fantastic book, read for book club. About to download book 2 can't wait to see the progression!!

    Only negative was the amount of characters you have to keep up with, who they are related to where they fit etc. Audiobooks definitely arepte challenging in this way. Otherwise fantastic!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 22/01/2016
    Mary 22/01/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Laborious read."

    Struggled to finish. Too many names of insignificant characters mentioned. The narrator often sounded bored.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jane 21/12/2015
    Jane 21/12/2015 Member Since 2015

    As an artist, I love listening to audio books when working in my studio.

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    "More than just about friendship..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Brilliant Friend: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version so can't comment.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the engaging narrative in the story. Ferrante writes in a way that is easy to listen to .... conversational and engaging. The story line is more than the friendship between the two girls. It views mafia activities in Naples from a child's perspective, and shows how difficult it was to transcend the social environment in which the girls are born. Although a work of fiction, it felt like I was listening to an autobiography.


    Have you listened to any of Hillary Huber’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to any of Hillary Huber's other performances, but I thought she was excellent in this book.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book (and the whole series) was so engaging that I sought every opportunity to listen to it. I was totally captivated, and often found myself reflecting on social issues.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my book of 2015!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline 13/05/2016
    Caroline 13/05/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "An interesting Tale"
    If you could sum up My Brilliant Friend: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

    The opening line of this book keeps you going to read all three. This book is a little slow but keep with it as books 2&# are worth it


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    nelly dean 26/10/2016
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    "A snap shot of US immigrant life in the 50s , poor, violent, frustratingly sexists !"

    If one was to take out the Christian refererences and replace them with Muslim references , it could be in any poor back water Muslim town in any country today .

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    Mandy 11/09/2016
    Mandy 11/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "What is the big deal with this book?"

    I was drawn to this book due to nearly EVERYONE saying you can't put it down. I couldn't wait to finish. I thought I could get into it but no. Too confusing with the story having far too many characters for an audio book. The narrator would suddenly jump into Italian accent when talking about people and places. Bit annoying. I would rather listen to the book with not so much emphasis on the Italian language and dialect. Sorry. I wish I had enjoyed it. Maybe I missed something?

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