Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
June 2015
16 hours 45 minutes
In the third book in the New York Times bestselling Neapolitan quartet that inspired the HBO series My Brilliant Friend, Elena and Lila have grown into womanhood.

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.

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 for women during the 1970s. And yet, they are still very much bound to each other in a book that “shows off Ferrante’s strong storytelling ability and will leave readers eager for the final volume of the series” (Library Journal).
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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.

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Beautiful simple book and matching narration

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Book 3 is just as fascinating as the first two. The narrator is perfect for this story. I can’t wait to hear the final book.

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Cynthia W.

I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first 2. Whereas as a child and young adult, the development of Elena's character and her relationship with Lila were very strong and fulfilling, Elena was disappointing as an adult. She complains a lot and comes across as whiney and weak. Why would she still want to be with Nino? I didn't respect her for that. He was a jerk. I will finish the series, but I hope that the last book is better than this one. This one dragged on way too long.

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Sivan B.

One of the best in this series. Narrator is great, as always.

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Caroline P

Addictive storyline. Well narrated with appropriate punctuation and emotion .

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Angie Glaser

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

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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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