Blog Tour and Giveaway: Omari and the People

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Hi Everyone!

I am excited to be here with you today to talk about a new partnership that I have entered into. This is one in which I get the chance to check out audiobooks! I have not done a lot with them in the past and when Jess reached out to me, I thought sure--this sounds great. Without further ado, here is a brief review of my thoughts on the book:

This a book about Omari and his quest as a leader across the desert to restore the lives of the people who lost their homes. Omari's character is one that has a troubled past (he often stole things to get by), yet of one of a man trying to prove he can do the things that he set out to do. I especially enjoyed the audio parts of the books when it came to expressing his emotions.

Throughout the book we get exposed to a variety of other characters. Influential women, merchants trying to get things to go their way, and so many more. The characters of this book really came alive to me through the audio story. In part, it reminded me of Aladdin and I enjoyed that very much.

I have not listened to alot of audio books, but I enjoyed the narrator of this book. He had a number of voice changes, inflections, and other phrasing that he used to keep the book interesting. The book in total was about 11 hours long, so when it takes that much time you hope to stay engaged throughout the story.

All in all, it was an interesting book and I am glad that I had a chance to participate! While I was provided a copy of this book as part of the tour, all opinions are my own.

Audiobook Info
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.

Buy Links
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Author Bio
Chicago-born Stephen Whitfield began writing as a Marine Corps print journalist. His writing has appeared in military publications, as well as the Kansas City Star and the Jersey Journal. He holds degrees from from Loyola University Chicago, Chicago Theological Seminary, and Indiana University. His various adventures have taken him to such places as London, Paris, Trondheim, Johannesburg, Beirut, most of The Virgin Islands and the wilder neighborhoods of Chicago.

Narrator Bio
Curt lives in Seattle and produces and narrates audiobooks in his home studio. He began his performing career in college as a stage actor and radio personality. After college, in addition to acting, Curt also did voiceovers for commercials, which he also wrote, directed, and edited for broadcast TV. Following the birth of his daughter in 1984, he left the performing arts to pursue a more “stable” profession managing projects. Then, in 2014 he returned to the professional stage for the first time in over 30 years as Walter Flood in Becky’s New Car by Stephen Dietz. He has also appeared recently as Lyman in Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz and Ralph in The Last Romance by Joseph DiPietro. Omari and the People is Curt’s sixth audiobook.


The prize: One (1) digital copy of Omari and the People gifted through Audible  (.com or Have the giveaway run from your October 11th to October 15 at 11:59pm EST (or as close to that as you can get).

To enter all you have to do is Follow me @hesaidbooksorme, the author @xhosa60, and the narrator @CKyleSimmons. RT my tweet about this post!

Giveaway Guidelines:
  No purchase is required to enter this giveaway.
  Open internationally.
  Participants must be over age 18 or have parental permission to enter.
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  There will be one randomly selected winner.
  The winner will be notified on October 17, 2016 and must respond within 3 days of notification or the prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be randomly selected.
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Happy Listening! 

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