Source: Audavoxx – I received this in exchange for an honest review.
Narrator: Curt Simmons
Edition: Audiobook, 11 Hours 17 Minutes
Purchase: Amazon / Audible / Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Audiofile Magazine Earphones Award Winner
The ancient city burns and a thief named Omari leads the survivors into uncharted desert to a legendary place he doesn’t believe exists.
As the caravan struggles with nature and treachery, Omari must decide between love and the people’s survival in this romantic tale of adventure, destiny and desert magic.
Omari and the People is a story about he journey of a people from a city full of selfish desires to a place where they can find themselves and all they are capable of.
This story really reminds me of the stories that have been passed down through oral traditions, it has a beautiful feel to it that translates perfectly to the audiobook format. Omari is a thief who has built a life for himself among his stolen riches, but finds himself unhappy and restless. In a fit of anger and desperation he seeks to destroy his own home, but instead destroys his city leaving himself and others homeless. Omari is a deeply flawed man that finds himself in the position to help those around him, and with the help of a mysterious old woman whom he has cared for over the year he becomes the leader of the unlikely band of travelers. I think because Omari is someone who has a past drenched in misdeeds and selfishness that the story was one that captured my attention with ease. The journey across the desert is one full with perils and problems and I really loved that we get to see not just Omari change but the entire caravan as a whole. The changes are not always for the better, but it was interesting to see how people learn to adapt over time and how that affects their outlook on their situation.
I really loved the way this story is told, as both the writing style and the narration add a sort of campfire feel to it. The writing is inviting and beautiful, and the narration of Curt Simmons is absolutely perfect for it. His voice has such a wonderful soothing quality to it, making the story even more enjoyable.
Overall I found this to be an excellent standalone that proved to be absolutely perfect for the audiobook format! I shall definitely be on the lookout for more from both Stephen Whitfield and Curt Simmons!