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  • My Brilliant Friend

  • The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1
  • Written by: Elena Ferrante
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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My Brilliant Friend

Written by: Elena Ferrante
Narrated by: Hillary Huber
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Publisher's Summary

Now an HBO series: the first volume in the New York Times bestselling “enduring masterpiece” (The Atlantic) about a lifelong friendship between two women from Naples

Beginning in the 1950s in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples, Elena Ferrante’s four-volume story spans almost sixty years, as its main characters, the fiery and unforgettable Lila and the bookish narrator, Elena, become women, wives, mothers, and leaders, all the while maintaining a complex and at times conflicted friendship.

This first novel in the series follows Lila and Elena from their fateful meeting as ten-year-olds through their school years and adolescence. 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 two women.

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"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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Great writing and wonderful story

An amazing coming of age story and about the friendship between two girls growing up in an impoverished neighborhood in Naples. Beautiful writing and well narrated.

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Loved it!

It is a good book, with good writing and brilliant narration. Will read the others now!

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An engrossing story about friendships, masculinity, & the working class in Naples

An engrossing book and first part of the 4 part series by Elena Ferrante. This book explores the coming of age of two girls in Naples & the political, social and cultural dynamics that influence their life and the opportunities they receive . Very well narrated

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