The Story of a New Name : The Neapolitan Novels

  • by Elena Ferrante
  • Narrated by Hillary Huber
  • Series: The Neapolitan Novels
  • 19 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.
These young women share a complex and evolving bond that brings them close at times while driving them apart at others. Each vacillates between hurtful disregard and profound love for the other. With this complicated and meticulously portrayed friendship at the center of their emotional lives, the two girls mature into women, paying the sometimes cruel price that this passage exacts.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Still hooked

Amazing story of friendship, hardship, lovers won and lovers lost, all with the underpinning of how education weaves its way through one life and not the other. Ready to start book three.
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- Hannah Lissette

Abandoned the book half way

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I'm not sure. Perhaps those who don't get involved in the story as much.


Would you ever listen to anything by Elena Ferrante again?

No, I don't think so.


What about Hillary Huber’s performance did you like?

Beautifully read.


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I really enjoyed the first book. I found this one slow and I had difficulty inhibiting the revulsion I felt for all the characters. There was nothing left to become involved in the story.I could not identify with anyone or any action. It all seemed so contradictory and trivial.


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-21-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.