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Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Elena Ferrante

Narrated By: Hillary Huber

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: June 2015

Duration: 16 hours 45 minutes


The incredible story continues in book three of the critically acclaimed Neapolitan novels!

In this third Neapolitan novel, Elena and Lila, the two girls whom readers first met in My Brilliant Friend, have become women. Lila married at sixteen and has a young sonshe 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. Both women are pushing against the walls of a prison that would have seen them living a life of misery, ignorance, and submission. They are afloat on the great sea of opportunities that opened up during the 1970s. Yet they are still very much bound to each other by a strong, unbreakable bond.


  • Caroline P

    Addictive storyline. Well narrated with appropriate punctuation and emotion .

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful simple book and matching narration

  • Holly H

    Although I found Book 3 to be dark and Elena Greco to be self-absorbed and subsequently self-destructive this book was memorizing. Taking a 24 hour break before beginning Book 4. This book does provide a reader with an accurate portrayal of the Women's LiberationMovement. Since I am an American, I have appreciated learning in depth about the Italian post WWII political history.

  • Angie Glaser

    I can't get enough of Ferrante's writing. Each of the Neapolitan novels is more enthralling than the last.

  • Julie Ciaccia

    Third in a series, this book does not disappoint. The translation is done exceptionally well. The cultural and social elements are intriguing. These novels have consumed me.

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Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, Elena Ferrante