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Publisher's Summary

A dazzling new story from the New York Times best-selling author of Call Me By Your Name.

It’s been 10 years since a group of college friends made a vow: that the first to get rich would rent a boat and invite the others on a cruise. Now, the friends find themselves marooned at a luxurious hotel on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. While their boat is being repaired, they can’t help but observe the daily routine of a fellow hotel guest - a mysterious, white-bearded stranger who sits on the veranda each night and smokes one cigarette, sometimes two.

One evening, the stranger approaches their table and places a hand on the shoulder of Mark, a member of the group who recently suffered an injury to that very shoulder. In an instant, Mark’s pain miraculously evaporates. The group is stunned, eager to find out more about this stranger’s healing powers - everyone but Margot, who is suspicious of this man and reluctant to join her friends’ enthusiasm.

Soon, though, even Margot finds herself enchanted by his mystical powers, and she allows Raúl to introduce her to simple pleasures like fresh fish seasoned with peppery olive oil and swimming in the sea in midafternoon light. She also allows him to tell her things about herself - testing his unnerving clairvoyance - until she realizes that they may have already met and that this is neither the beginning of their love story nor the end.

Written by André Aciman and performed by Edoardo Ballerini, two master storytellers at the height of their own otherworldly powers, The Gentleman from Peru is a sultry and spellbinding tale of love, self-discovery, and past lives. 

©2019 Andre Aciman (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

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  • Michele
  • 02-09-20

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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  • Jeanne Bonnell
  • 01-09-20

Wonderful

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

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  • MannyandJess09
  • 07-09-20

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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  • Patricia in Portland
  • 17-09-20

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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  • Tara
  • 11-09-20

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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  • Dore Durant
  • 08-09-20

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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  • Alexandria
  • 04-09-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-20

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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  • MishiB
  • 02-09-20

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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  • LadyJac10
  • 04-10-20

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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