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The Story of a New Name

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Elena Ferrante

Narrated By: Hillary Huber

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: May 2015

Duration: 19 hours 6 minutes


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 twenties, 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.


  • Linda Puzziferro

    I love spending time listening and being carried away.

  • Gudbjorg H leaman

    Good story, in places the translation is a bit repetitive. The narrator was bad and this spoiled the story for me. Partly the narrator tried to act when speaking but she only had 1 acting mode for men, 1 for women and 1 for children, this made everyone sound the same. It would be much better if the narrator just stuck to reading the story clearly and did not try to act out the carcters. I also found it irritating that she pronounced Italian names with great care and this disturbed the naturalness of the reading.

  • Teresa Burns Gunther

    Tedious story. Aggravating to spend so much time with a narrator who is so devoid of integrity and self-awareness. Reader confuses reading with acting

  • Julie Ciaccia

    I ignored my kids for two days with one ear bud in because I couldn't stop listening to the story of Lila and Elena. Beautifully written. It's like reliving your whole life emotionally. Narration is fantastic.

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by Elena Ferrante

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Story of a New Name, Elena Ferrante