The Neapolitan Novels
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(4.3 based on 312 ratings)
  • 1
    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (136)
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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.

    Recommended

    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 ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 29 October 2015 by Aimee ()
  • 2
    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    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.

    Brilliant !

    loved the story, loved the way it was written and narrated. will certainly buy a sequel.

    Reviewed on 16 October 2015 by Lena Rasmussen ()
  • 3
    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (51)

    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.

    A totally engaging story

    The language was amazing- those things we think but never record at the time then forget them. The reader was also very clever in her characterisation..Show More »

    Reviewed on 08 March 2016 by Sandra Stoddart ()
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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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    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.

    It feels like goodbye ...

    End of the saga. This story was more meandering and perhaps it's due to correlations between what it speaks off and myself ... feels resolved without ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 18 November 2016 by Jennifer (Brisbane, Australia)