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  • Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay

  • The Neapolitan Novels, Book 3
  • Written by: Elena Ferrante
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

In this third Neapolitan novel, Elena and Lila, the two girls whom were first introduced in My Brilliant Friend, have become women. Lila married at sixteen and has a young son; she 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finished the third out of 4. Fantastic!

  • By Marina Bolletta on 2019-04-14

So disappointing.

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 2019-02-23

A beautifully written book about miserable people leading joyless lives.

I loved the first two books, but none of the characters in this story have any redeeming qualities that make spending 17 hours listening to their plights enjoyable.