I’ve had the pleasure of hosting a stop on the blog tour for the audiobook of Omari and the People by Stephen Whitfield! This stop will include a review, interview and GIVEAWAY! Please let me know what you think as this is my first blog tour!
Audiobook Title: Omari and the People
Author: Stephen Whitfield
Narrator: Curt Simmons
Publisher: ShirleyCastle Press
Length: 11 hours and 17 minutes (unabridged)
Audio Release Date: June 20, 2016
Synopsis: “In a squalid ancient city on the edge of a desert (based in part on the African Sahara’s Empty Quarter) a weary, thrill-seeking thief named Omari sets his home afire to start anew and to cover his many crimes. When the entire city is unintentionally destroyed by the flames, the cornered thief tells the displaced people a lie about a better place which only he can lead them to, across the desert. With the help of an aged, mysterious woman who knows a better place actually does exist, they set out. The desperate people must come together to fight their way through bandits, storms, epidemics, and more. As a result of Omari’s involvement with Saba, a fiercely independent woman who is out to break him in the pay of a merchant whom he has offended, his ability to lead – his very life – is jeopardized.”
©2014 ShirleyCastle Press (P)2016 Stephen Whitfield
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Omari and the People was a GREAT listen! A brilliant story of love, loss and betrayal. When I started listening to this audiobook, I planned on listening for a short while whilst making dinner. Next thing I knew I was an hour in! I was hooked. With hints of mystery right from the beginning, it keeps you listening to discover more, rewarding you with many surprises! It’s a very character driven story, with the characters evolving throughout. Omari is such an anti-hero, and I loved it. He did NOT relish his new found destiny, at all, which was very refreshing. The setting of the story was very visual, and I could picture myself alongside the characters on their journey.
Curt’s voice was amazing and definitely encouraged my love of this story.
The accent was well executed and added to the story immensely, adding definition to each different character.
4/5 Stars, I would recommend!
Interview with the Author
Stephen Whitfield was kind enough to answer some questions I had about the audiobook. Thank you Stephen!
1. How would you describe the story in 100 characters?
She loves a thief she’s hired to destroy ; a thief forced to lead a people to a land he doesn’t believe exists. Love & Danger
2. What inspired you?
How we struggle through disasters, natural and romantic has always fascinated me.
3. How do you feel the narrator of the book related to the voice of your hero?
Curt Simmons provided an authentic and entertaining voice for all the characters in the story.
4. What’s your favourite scene of your audiobook vs the book?
One of the joys of writing for me is to create a scene in my mind both visceral and sublime and then write it into existence. My favorite scenes are those which I believe I was able to realize in print. As a result I have too many scenes to list – I can’t choose. When I hear the performer speak those scenes as if he understands what went into them I am very pleased. Curt was able to do that consistently throughout the story.
5. How involved were you in the process of making the audiobook?
I offered broad advice and got out of the way.
6. Does the main character sound how you imagined?
The main characters were created in large part from people I know, including myself. I didn’t really expect Curt to sound just like them, but to capture their spirit. He did that quite well.
7. Do you discuss pronunciations with the narrator?
Yes, but not very much,.I used Semitic names and places and I had an understanding about how they sounded. Curt asked me about a few of them for his performance, but it is important to state that if the performer needs too much direction and guidance, you’ve chosen the wrong performer. I knew Curt was the right person for the audiobook and I trusted his judgment. I don’t know how well he sings, though.
8. What part did you write first?
The opening scene. It was once a very short story that grew.
9. How long did it take you to write?
The first version 4-5 months. Then there were significantly larger revisions that took much longer.
10. Do you think an audiobook is an accompaniment to a book or something else entirely?
Both. Each can stand alone but the experiences are quite different.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Stephen Whitfield and Curt Simmons. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
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