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

Narrated by: Hilary Huber
Series: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 2
Length: 19 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

The sequel to My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name continues the enthralling chronicle of a friendship that is obsessive, loving, complicated, hurtful, enduring and constantly startling. It is an exhilarating experience.

©2012 Edizioni E/O (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Ferrante’s writing has no limits, is willing to take every thought forward to its most radical conclusion and backward to its most radical birthing." ( The New Yorker)
"Elena Ferrante will blow you away." (Alice Sebold)

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  • Lena Rasmussen
  • 10-16-15

Brilliant !

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

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  • Julie V. Purdey
  • 08-01-19

Soul destroying story.

I enjoyed the narrative but found the story long-winded and somewhat lacking in any joy. I struggled to emphasis with any of the characters.

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  • Feiru
  • 04-28-19

Lina IS Lila!

For people who are saying that the narrator can’t say the character’s name right...Elena said at the beginning of the story that she was the only one who called Lina “Lila”.

Love the story, love the narrator.

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  • Susan Carr
  • 03-18-19

brilliant

I was trapped and couldn't put it away. I loved the reader, she did the story justice. It is a beautiful story of 2 people confined in their world and how they survive in post WW2 Italy.

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  • marina novelli
  • 01-27-19

Narrator was terrible

Mispronunciation of names even of the main character changing from Lila to Lina - very distracting and also bad italian pronunciation. However I was totally addicted to the story and had to listen to the entire collection. I felt it was very real in terms of characters, the terrible things that poverty can make you endure, the corruption and power that exists in all societies particularly where there is lack of education and great disparity between rich and poor. Well done to the author.

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  • TIMOTHY
  • 10-18-18

Perfect reader for this series

Hilary Huber is perfect match for this series. Love the books and her reading and pronunciation of al the Italian places/things

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  • Babs Moy
  • 02-08-18

better than the first?

Yes. Wonderful, gripping. I am with her at every turn. Vunerable, questioning. Was Naples really like this?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-30-17

Engaging story

I really loved the first book and have thoroughly enjoyed the second!
The characters are exceptionally written and I couldn't wait to get in the car to listen to the progression of the story.

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  • Jacquie88
  • 09-25-16

Uncertainty and fragility of self and friendship

A very rich portrayal of a girl's striving to escape the poverty of her home village and the divergence between her life and that of her friend. Look forward to being inmersed in book 3.

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  • Jennifer
  • 09-04-16

Captivating prose

Beautiful imagery amongst raw observations complimented by the clear enunciation in this performance. An insight into the struggle to succeed.