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  • My Brilliant Friend: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1 | Elena Ferrante

    My Brilliant Friend: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
    (4082)
    Story
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    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.

    Joe Kraus says: "Sweetly Dense and Focused"
  • 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 4 mins)
    • By Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2149)
    Performance
    (1943)
    Story
    (1937)

    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.

    Hannah Lissette says: "Still hooked"
  • 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 48 mins)
    • By Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1688)
    Performance
    (1529)
    Story
    (1526)

    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.

    Lori says: "It's finally picking up a bit in book 3"
  • 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 27 mins)
    • By Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1622)
    Performance
    (1460)
    Story
    (1460)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "The best of the series. But should be read after the others to get the full impact."
  • The Days of Abandonment | Elena Ferrante

    The Days of Abandonment

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (420)

    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.

    Hatim says: "Quick (not bad) listen ...."
  • L'amica geniale: volume primo | Elena Ferrante

    L'amica geniale: volume primo

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated By Anna Bonaiuto
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (111)

    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".

    Daniela says: "Mi ha convinto. Appassionante."
  • Die Geschichte der getrennten Wege (Die Neapolitanische Saga 3) | Elena Ferrante

    Die Geschichte der getrennten Wege (Die Neapolitanische Saga 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated By Eva Mattes
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    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    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.

  • 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
    Overall
    (20)
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    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    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.

  • Storia del nuovo cognome (L'amica geniale 2) | Elena Ferrante

    Storia del nuovo cognome (L'amica geniale 2)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated By Anna Bonaiuto
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (67)

    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.

    Jenny says: "great engaging read"
  • Storia della bambina perduta (L'amica geniale 4) | Elena Ferrante

    Storia della bambina perduta (L'amica geniale 4)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated By Anna Bonaiuto
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (43)

    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.

  • L'amie prodigieuse (L'amie prodigieuse 1) | Elena Ferrante

    L'amie prodigieuse (L'amie prodigieuse 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated By Marina Moncade
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    (12)
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    (11)
    Story
    (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.

  • Troubling Love | Elena Ferrante

    Troubling Love

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
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    (36)
    Story
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    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.

  • Storia di chi fugge e di chi resta (L'amica geniale 3) | Elena Ferrante

    Storia di chi fugge e di chi resta (L'amica geniale 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated By Anna Bonaiuto
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    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.

    Anna says: "Travolgente (Overwhelming)"
  • Die Geschichte eines neuen Namens (Die Neapolitanische Saga 2) | Elena Ferrante

    Die Geschichte eines neuen Namens (Die Neapolitanische Saga 2)

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated By Eva Mattes
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    (5)
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    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    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.

  • Min geniale veninde | Elena Ferrante

    Min geniale veninde

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated By Sara Gadborg
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    (2)
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    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    "Min geniale veninde" er en stor, filmisk roman om venskabet mellem Lila og Elena. Historien fortælles af den midaldrende Elena, der i bogens optakt netop har fået at vide at Lila er forsvundet fra sit hjem i Napoli. Hun har taget alle sine ejendele med sig og klippet sit ansigt ud af alle familiefotografierne i hjemmet. Da historien begynder, er de to piger otte år gamle, fulde af liv, men plantet i et fattigkvarter i udkanten af Napoli præget af vold og brutalitet. De skiller sig ud ved deres begavelse, og Lila også ved sin vildskab.

  • Meine geniale Freundin (Die Neapolitanische Saga 1) | Elena Ferrante

    Meine geniale Freundin (Die Neapolitanische Saga 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated By Eva Mattes
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    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.

    Anika says: "Hab es Geliebt"
  • Celle qui fuit et celle qui reste (L'amie prodigieuse 3) | Elena Ferrante

    Celle qui fuit et celle qui reste (L'amie prodigieuse 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated By Marina Moncade
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    (1)
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    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Pour Elena, comme pour l'Italie, une période de grands bouleversements s'ouvre. Nous sommes à la fin des années soixante, les événements de 1968 s'annoncent, les mouvements féministes et protestataires s'organisent, et Elena, diplômée de l'École normale de Pise et entourée d'universitaires, est au premier rang. Même si les choix de Lila sont radicalement différents, les deux jeunes femmes sont toujours aussi proches, une relation faite d'amour et de haine.

  • The Lost Daughter | Elena Ferrante

    The Lost Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    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.

    amber says: "Awful disappointment"
  • Le nouveau nom (L'amie prodigieuse 2) | Elena Ferrante

    Le nouveau nom (L'amie prodigieuse 2)

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated By Marina Moncade
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Naples, années soixante. Le soir de son mariage, Lila comprend que son mari Stefano l'a trahie en s'associant aux frères Solara, les camorristes qui règnent sur le quartier et qu'elle déteste depuis son plus jeune âge. Pour Lila Cerullo, née pauvre et devenue riche en épousant l'épicier, c'est le début d'une période trouble : elle méprise son époux, refuse qu'il la touche, mais est obligée de céder.

  • 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
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    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.

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