My Brilliant Friend : The Neapolitan Novels

  • by Elena Ferrante
  • Narrated by Hillary Huber
  • Series: The Neapolitan Novels
  • 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.
The story begins in the 1950s in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets, the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow - and as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge - Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other. They are likewise the embodiments of a nation undergoing momentous change. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city, and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her protagonists.
With My Brilliant Friend, the first in a series, Ferrante proves herself to be one of Italy's greatest storytellers. She has given her readers a masterfully plotted pause-resister, abundant and generous in its narrative details and characterizations - a stylish work of literary fiction destined to delight her many fans and win new listeners to her work.

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What the Critics Say

"Hillary Huber's subtly shaded performance couldn't be better as she reveals the complexities that separate and connect the two women.... Huber's delivery of this well-plotted, absorbing story of friendship will leave listeners wanting more." (AudioFile)

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My Brilliant friend

Brilliant story l can't wait to read the next book. I did find the American narrator difficult to get used to initially but she grew on me by the end. I wish the chapters corresponded however
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- Susan Whitehead

Good story but awful narrator

I liked this story, although it certainly didn't live up to the hype!

I thought the narrator was truly dreadful and couldn't bear her voice; it really grated! This book would be so much better if it had been read by a British person, rather than an American!
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- TCOA

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-03-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.