The Gentleman from Peru

Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (1,787 ratings)

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Our favorite moments from The Gentleman from Peru

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  • "Perhaps this might help..."
  • The Gentleman from Peru
  • "But where did the pain go?"
  • The Gentleman from Peru
  • "So, why aren't we strangers?"

About the Creator

André Aciman was born in Alexandria, Egypt and is an American memoirist, essayist, novelist, and scholar. He is the New York Times best-selling author of Call Me by Your Name and Find Me as well as of Out of Egypt and Eight White Nights, Harvard Square, False Papers, and Alibis. Homo Irrealis, his latest collection of essays, will appear in January 2021. Audible will soon release his novellas The Gentleman from Peru and Mariana. Aciman is the director of The Writers’ Institute and teaches Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center, CUNY. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The New Republic, Condé Nast Traveler, as well as in many volumes of The Best American Essays.

Edoardo Ballerini

About the Performer

Edoardo Ballerini has narrated over 250 audiobooks and appeared in over 50 films and television series, including The Sopranos< and Boardwalk Empire. His 2013 recording of Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins was named Audible’s Audiobook of the Year and earned him the Audie Award for Best Solo Narration. He won a second Audie Award for Best Male Narrator, for his reading of Dean Koontz’s Watchers in 2019. He recently completed work on Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle, which has garnered international acclaim. He lives in New York.

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A beautiful escape . . .

I have enjoyed no Audible Original more. This is one of those rare and wonderful stories that affects you, and improves your perspective, and returns you to your current world a better person. With appreciation.

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Wonderful

This story was sweet, sad and very thought provoking! Highly recommended! The accent was smooth and easy to understand.

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Fabulous story

I really enjoyed this book. I listened to it through it's entirety while I cleaned house & did some yardwork. I was enthralled by the topic. I didn't want to pause it for a second! The book unfortunately ends abruptly. Hoping for an equally interesting sequel.

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up and down

1st 15 mins sucks, then its good. Then for a bit it gets boring again. Then the end is good. Decent read

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Left a bad taste *SPOILERS*

What could have been a fascinating story instead left me feeling disgusted. He has been watching her grow up since she was born, all the while anticipating the day she gets back into bed with him?! Maybe I am just extra sensitive to predatory premises.

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The most beautiful story I’ve ever heard

Wow. This was without a doubt the best and most beautiful story I’ve ever listened to. It was touching and nostalgic in a way that I cannot fully describe. It made me wish it was longer but it was truly complete. I will probably listen to it over again many times. If you are looking for a beautiful story choose this one. You won’t regret it.

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Great story

This short yet interested story is sweet, interesting and shocking at the same time. The reader makes it easy to engage in the story.

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Was expecting some sort of mystery

This is a very dialog-heavy story that I would put in the category of romance. I only made it about halfway through. It felt like a condensed version of the Danielle Steele paperbacks my grandmother used to read.

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Longest two and a half hours ever!

I really don’t get all the beautiful reviews. Story was just short of barely ok. The melodic voice of the narrator was beautiful and certainly helped the story but the writing left a lot to be desired for me. I fell asleep twice.

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Beautiful Unexpected Love Story

What a beautiful story, I was hooked immediately with Raul’s gift, and it ended with my heart aching for Raul. I loved it!

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