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Here is the dazzling saga of two women: the brilliant, bookish Elena and the fiery, uncontainable Lila. Both are now adults; many of life's great discoveries have been made, its vagaries and losses have been suffered. Through it all, the women's friendship has remained the gravitational center of their lives. Both women once fought to escape the neighborhood in which they grew up - a prison of conformity, violence, and inviolable taboos. Elena married, moved to Florence, started a family, and published several well-received novels. In this final book, she has returned to Naples.

Lila, on the other hand, never succeeded in freeing herself from the city of her birth. She has become a successful entrepreneur, but her success draws her into closer proximity to the nepotism, chauvinism, and criminal violence that infect her neighborhood. Nearness to the world she has always rejected only brings her role as its unacknowledged leader into relief. For Lila is unstoppable, unmanageable, and unforgettable.

Against the backdrop of a Naples that is as seductive as it is perilous, the story of a lifelong friendship is told with unmatched honesty and brilliance. The four volumes in this series constitute a long, remarkable story that listeners will return to again and again, and every return will bring with it new revelations.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01/05/2016

The best of the series. But should be read after the others to get the full impact.

This book is more tightly written than the others, yet thoughtfully presents mature reflections on all the themes. Characters are put into perspective as is are the political waves that flowed beneath the personal stories.
The tensions of so many lives begin to settle into a calm of mature age, still active but no longer frantic. Ferrante has done justice to the story of her city and to the characters lives and passions. Brava.

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  • Pamela
  • 15/10/2015

Incredible Series

This amazing series about the friendship of two women is not to be missed. Yes, it's long but well worth your time. I believe that most women can relate to these two women's friendship which actually isn't too friendly at times. ...can you relate? I'm so happy I listened to this intriguing story.

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  • Lori
  • 01/06/2016

Best of the four

This was kind of a hard series to get through. The books are long and there are a lot of characters to keep track of. But this last one was the best of the four. This one tells the story of Elena and Lila in their 30s into their late 50s. Their children grow up, their relationships change, success finds and eludes them. It shows the ways they mend the breaks in their friendship, and it finally gives more insight into Lila and explains, at least to me, more of why Elena and everyone else seemed so enamored with her. For as much as I've complained about the length of the series, this one leaves me wanting more.

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  • B.J.
  • 30/12/2015

A stunning series - without equal.

I hesitated to start this series because I thought it would be too light. I was wrong. The 4 books together have an emotional heft that's hard to describe. They provide a glimpse of life that's brutally honest.

From the reviews, everyone already knows this is a series about two women friends. And it is. But it's also about expectations, potential, loss, families, drive, intelligence and insanity. They're BIG books in every way. When I wasn't listening, I thought about the characters and couldn't wait to get back to them. Yet, it's not all goodness and moonbeams. I was reminded about some tough times and rocky relationships -- and found new insights about much of it.

The narration suited the books perfectly for me. I needed that calm delivery and it never felt like it was a performance.

Perhaps more than anything, I appreciate Ferrante's ability to wrap things up. Though I've missed the characters terribly since I finished, I really felt like it was done. No loose threads. It's a remarkable achievement.

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  • Tatoom
  • 21/09/2015

My favorite from the 4 books

I liked the story overall, at times I got annoyed with Elena, then I remember I can get annoyed at myself at times.. This was my favorite book an a good wrapping for the whole story.

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  • W Perry Hall
  • 14/09/2016

My 1st Complete Lit. Syncopation by Female Author


This review relates primarily to the entire 4 book series. If you are reading this, and haven't read 1-3, just know that the author intended all 4 to be read as one novel; none stands alone as particularly spectacular. As a whole, they are the best bildungsroman of a writer that I can recall.

Ms. Ferrante has intrigued me in my reading experiences as has no other female author or has just about any male writer. I imagine Charlotte Bronte would have written such brilliant, introspective, perceptive and at times sexually provocative prose if the style had been around way back then. For some reason, I've just not connected on such a personal, human level with Woolf or superb female authors out there, past and present.

Ms. Ferrante struck me so personally (though not necessarily so profoundly) that I can't help but thinking again of a sentence I read in the reviews of this book that I wished I'd first written to describe the Neapolitan novels :

"The depth of perception Ms. Ferrante shows about her characters' conflicts and psychological states is astonishing.... Her novels ring so true and are written with such empathy that they sound confessional." Wall Street J.

I'll also add these 2 blurbs as really fitting from my point of view:

'If you haven't read Elena Ferrante, it's like not having read Flaubert in 1856...Incontrovertibly brilliant." National Post.

‘The older you get, the harder it is to recapture the intoxicating sense of discovery that comes when you first read George Eliot, Nabokov, Tolstoy or Colette. But this year it came again when I read Elena Ferrante’s remarkable Neapolitan novels." New Statesman.
I was dazzled and allured by the female intelligence and wit of Ms. Ferrante's writing, which never surrendered to the"sappers of suspended disbelief": the syrupy, overly sentimental, melodramatic, overdramatic, verbose, obscure, esoteric, arcane, pleonastic or the plain hogwash.


I think this was a fitting conclusion to the 4-part novel. Though I'm still mystified by the human psyche of the female drawing them to men who will hurt them.

Ms. Ferrante's prose is so refreshingly honest and real and compelling. I felt at times as if Ms. Ferrante was my friend telling me her story and I kept wanting her to talk and talk. More more... go on,.... uh huh, and?... what about....

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  • Klára Soos
  • 11/09/2016

Ahhoz what a bore!

After the first three fabulous volúmes, part four of the Neapolítan novels was a complete bore and a huge disappointment. Dont waste your time and money on this book - stop at part three!

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  • Alexis
  • 09/08/2016

Possibly the best books I've ever read

I've just finished all four of these beautiful books and I think I'm going to start all over again. What an incredibly moving, terrifying, wonderful and heart wrenching story.

As well, Hillary Huber should narrate all audio books she's so fabulous.

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  • Louise
  • 17/07/2016

Wonderful!!

The four Neapolitan Novels of which The Lost Child is the last are absolutely wonderful books. The are extremely well written and in the case well narrated. I loved the story and enjoyed the thought provoking insights. I recommend these books wholeheartedly.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22/04/2016

First three go faster

Looooooong book. Needed an editor. hated the protagonist by the end. Why does a review need 20 words?

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  • Nicole
  • 24/01/2018

Great Respect to the Author!

Absoluetly adorable as all the three previous books. How can one author make up such a real-seeming story if it is not experienced all by oneself, I‘m wondering. I love Elena Ferrante, who ever it may be. The characters and the educating story imprinted my life forever.
I admit only to feel this sadness after the ending wich I would have dreamed of a happy one. Yet I know best, that life is a task of regarding it souber. Dispite the grief and the longings... Great respect to the author! And Thank you _/\_ !

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  • B. Geissler-piltz
  • 17/12/2017

Getting boring...

Die dritte Folge-Geschichte wird langweilig, zu langatmig. Was soll in den nächsten Bänden noch geschehen?

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  • Adelgunde K.
  • 15/12/2016

Danke an Audible

Ich habe alle 4 Bücher gehört und war froh, dass es über Audible war. Eine sensationelle Sprache, durchaus vergleichbar mit Thomas Mann "Buddenbrooks" oder John Galsworthy "Forsythe Saga". Ich hätte nicht durchgehalten, wenn ich sie alle hätte lesen müssen, und hätte sicherlich ab und zu quer gelesen. Es war teilweise ziemlich langatmig. 😏Aber so war ich gezwungen, alles anzuhören, um nichts zu verpassen. Dabei kann man kochen oder bügeln und wird kurzweilig unterhalten! Sehr empfehlenswert !

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  • Ina
  • München
  • 26/10/2016

Macht ein bisschen süchtig

Ich habe lange gezögert, bevor ich das 4. Buch angefangen habe. Die drei ersten Bücher haben mich so gefesselt, dass ich Angst hatte, wenn ich die Serie zu Ende lese, werde ich vor einer Leere stehen. Ich fühlte mich als Teil der Geschichte, fühlte mit, ärgerte mich mit und liebte mit. Ich wollte, dass diese Geschichte nie aufhört. Und ich weigerte mich den letzten Teil zu kaufen. Nach Teil 3 fing ich wieder mit Teil 1 an, um die Zeit länger zu ziehen. Irgendwann habe ich doch mit dem Quatsch aufgehört und den 4. Teil gehört... Nun die Autorin hat meiner Meinung nach dieses vierte Buch so geschickt geschrieben, dass man sich ab einem Punkt nach einem Ende sehnt und keine Angst mehr davor hat. Als das Ende des Buchs kam, waren alle Charaktere und Ereignisse vollkommen und ich fühlte keine Leere. Den Abschied konnte ich im Buch selber nehmen. Starke Buchserie. In all den Monaten, wo ich sie gelesen habe, konnte ich nicht wirklich verstehen, warum mir diese Bücher gefallen und mit wem oder mit was ich mich identifiziere. Manchmal so trivial, so "einfach", so "nichts besonderes" und doch eine Art Tiefe, die ich nicht definieren konnte. Einfach menschlich.