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From New York Times best-selling author Norman Ollestad comes a captivating short story about the fraying relationship of a married couple and the bold, messy explorations of intimacy that only seem possible far away from home.

Jim Stenson has been flown to the bohemian island of Formentera for a monthlong gig: writing a screenplay for a famous Spanish director, loosely based on the classic French film Contempt. With his career flagging, Jim is determined to make the most of the opportunity. But the director raises the stakes, pushing Jim to draw inspiration for the script from his strained relationship with his wife Anna.

Anna arrives on the island with her own agenda, thinking this long-overdue break from her psychotherapy practice will offer a chance to clear her head and, perhaps, even reignite a spark in her marriage. Languid days and emotionally charged nights create a dynamic neither expects. And when Jim's writing and their time together begin to blur the lines between reality and fantasy, they must decide: Is this an opportunity for a breakthrough or the beginning of the end? 

©2021 Norman Ollestad (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • alexander jenson
  • 2021/05/04

Language. Twisted relationships. Formentera.

I thoroughly enjoyed the craftsmanship and escape. Norman Ollestad has proven himself once again. My only complaint is I wanted more. Thank you.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Bette
  • 2021/05/12

Good Story

Good (if rather traditional) story, very good storytelling, good character development and excellent readers. As with so many publications of late, I stumbled across some really problematic narrative grammar and a few malapropisms that pulled me out of the story to wonder if proofreaders and editors are now a thing of the past. SMH.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • mnesburn
  • 2021/05/02

A complete escape

Formentera completely swept me away to that small Spanish island and into the complex web of characters and the intense drama of a complicated multi layered marriage. Ollestad is a master with painting the backdrop and of immediately drawing the reader into this world and this marraige. I just finished and am starting it again and looking forward to catching all the nuance the second time around. Highly recommended!!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Rendij
  • 2021/06/09

Great story breezes by, needs a sequel!

An evocative exploration of a married couple testing the boundaries of their own sexual appetites in order to reignite the spark. Expertly matched to the medium of the auditory short story, and especially great if listened to in headphones (Garcia is fantastic as Jim). With the carnal charge of Henry Miller and the astute exposition of James Salter, the author creates an immediate escape tinged with the melancholy of desires not met. Deftly crafted, Formentera makes for a wholly perfect summertime listen!

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    2 out of 5 stars
  • P. K. Bellville
  • 2021/05/28

Couldn't finish

It didn't engage me. I couldn't finish it because the premise was uncomfortable, and the sex.

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    2 out of 5 stars
  • L J
  • 2021/05/21

Nice island setting but that’s about it!

The narration was way overdone and overly dramatic—at times I just cracked up it was so bad. Hard to focus on the storyline which was not that enjoyable. I listened to it just to mentally escape to an island. Very difficult to keep listening to the end with the self-absorbed characters.

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Doug
  • 2021/05/20

Starts off with promise about a writer

Devolves into silly story of mean spirited characters that I did not care about at all.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • LINDA CHO
  • 2021/05/10

A perfect storm of events in the calm blue sea.

I didn’t want the story to end!
The cadence of the voice and the visuals of the sultry sea, this story instantly took me away.
I felt the tensions of the characters and at moments felt like I was sitting in on a Ester Perel therapy session.
The story was exciting but complex and I wanted to read more.
Hope this can be the beginning of an interesting series!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • S. W.
  • 2021/05/09

Paradise Lost?

Sea, sand, nude sunbathing on a Mediterranean island—what could go wrong?
When it comes to the human heart, just about everything. In Ollestad’s erotic short story, a married couple discovers that intimacy can be the most treacherous or most thrilling journey of all.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • L. W.
  • 2021/05/09

Loved!

Loved! Absolutely captivating. Wonderfully entertaining. Totally sexy and cool. If you hate Mediterranean island life, sailboats, Champagne, French New Wave cinema, and excellent literature, this book is not for you.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Gregory M. Brassard
  • 2021/05/07

Loved it!

Excellent short story. I was hooked after the first chapter. Listened Start to finish in one sitting. Definitely recommend.