The Lying Life of Adults

Written by:
Elena Ferrante
Narrated by:
Marisa Tomei

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2020
10 hours 21 minutes
Now a NETFLIX Original Series.

A POWERFUL NEW NOVEL set in a divided Naples by ELENA FERRANTE, the New York Times best-selling author of My Brilliant Friend and The Lost Daughter.

“There’s no doubt [the publication of The Lying Life of Adults] will be the literary event of the year.”—Elle 

Giovanna’s pretty face is changing, turning ugly, at least so her father thinks. Giovanna, he says, looks more like her Aunt Vittoria every day. But can it be true? Is she really changing? Is she turning into Aunt Vittoria, a woman she hardly knows but whom her mother and father clearly despise? Surely there is a mirror somewhere in which she can see herself as she truly is.

Giovanna is searching for her reflection in two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: a Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and a Naples of the depths, a place of excess and vulgarity. She moves between both in search of the truth, but neither city seems to offer answers or escape.

Named one of 2016’s most influential people by TIME Magazine and frequently touted as a future Nobel Prize-winner, Elena Ferrante has become one of the world’s most read and beloved writers. With this novel about the transition from childhood to adolescence to adulthood, Ferrante proves once again that she deserves her many accolades. In The Lying Life of Adults, listeners will discover another gripping, highly addictive, and totally unforgettable Neapolitan story.

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Amy R.

I have mixed feelings about this book. I think the author gets inside of the head of a conflicted teenage girl very well & Marisa Tomei narrates indicating a girl with difficulty in heart & in mind. That said, the narration feels a little too continuously annoyed & rough to me.

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Lisa H.

I’m really having trouble getting through this book. I keep listening to a different book and then coming back to try again, and just can’t finish it. I’ve heard everyone loves it etc but I don’t. The narration was ok at first and did improve as the story went on but the story just keeps dragging on and on and I’m going to stop listening.

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Rotem N.

marisa tomei is amazing. I loved the narration of this great book

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Janna D.

Fascinating observation for human emotions and sensibility, the nerative is simple but still deep in understanding the human soul . Pure joy , hard to leave , great pleasure .

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I love Elena Ferrente and have read many of her works. Marisa Tomei did a wonderful job with the reading. The book was great and being Italian from that area of Italy I totally understand the culture. I however was not completely thrilled with the ending.

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