Tour stop || Omari and the People by Stephen Whitfield (+ GIVEAWAY)


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.


Curt lives in Seattle and produces and narrates audiobooks in his home studio. 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 tour, hosted by Jess from The Audiobookworm, started its run on September 25th and will end this coming October 15th. It is being sponsored by Stephen Whitfield and Curt Simmons. For more information regarding the other tour stops, visit the website!


Author: Stephen Whitfield
Narrator: Curt Simmons
Publisher: ShirleyCastle Press
Length: 11 hours and 17 minutes (unabridged)
Audio Release Date: 20 June 2016

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Official 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.


Listen to a wonderfully narrated audio excerpt of Omari and Saba meeting for the first time by clicking here!

What are your thoughts on the audioclip you just listened to? Let me know in the comments section! I’d love to know.

Additionally, aside from sharing an excerpt from Omari and the People with all of you, I am also conducting a little giveaway that’s open internationally! To be more specific, I am giving away an audiobook copy of Omari and the People, which will be gifted through Audible (.com or The giveaway will run until the last day of the blog tour. Here are a few other guidelines:

– No purchase is required to enter this giveaway.
– Open internationally.
– Participants must be over age 18 or have parental permission to enter.
– It is the sole responsibility of participants under 18 to obtain parental permission.
– No giveaway blogs permitted to enter.
– 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.
– The prize will be sent and received through An account is necessary to receive the prize, but purchase is not. Free sign up with is available.


Omari and the People will be the first experience I’ll have with listening to audiobooks. I’m genuinely very excited about how everything will turn out! Keep your eyes open for my review, yeah?

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12 thoughts on “Tour stop || Omari and the People by Stephen Whitfield (+ GIVEAWAY)”

  1. The book seems interesting, but audio book… I don’t know! Personally, I prefer reading to listening (I’m like – why would anybody prefer audiobook?)

    Frankly, I’ve never listened to an audiobook before (and so am biased against it) and the extract above did not exactly capture my attention. Would you recommend this book to be the first audiobook for someone (biased) like me (knowing the fact that if I don’t like it, it would be the end of audiobooks for me)

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    1. Hello Taleeb
      Thanks for your interest. Everyone who has commented on the Audiobook particularly enjoys the performance of Curt Simmons, so there is a decent chance that you might, too. If, however, you are interested in the story, you might minimize your risk by purchasing an e-Book through Amazon Kindle, or buy a paperback also through Amazon, to see if the story is worthwhile. You might decide you enjoy it one or several different ways.
      The ancient ways are not to be despised, however. The most ancient stories were heard long before they were read.
      I hope this helps.

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    2. I totally understand where you’re coming from, Taleeb! For the longest time, I’ve avoided audiobooks as well because I had more than a handful of reservations. Honestly, after this experience, I think I’ll stick to reading ebooks and physical copies.

      Although I cannot deny that Curt performed very well as a narrator and while I did enjoy listening to the story, by the end of the day, these factors are outweighed by personal preference — which, for me, happens to be traditional reading. In fact, I intend to get myself an ebook copy of Omari and the People. 😊

      For someone who is strongly opposed to the idea of audiobooks, I’d recommend you try a shorter audiobook because I think 11 hours are a lot to digest. It’s pretty daunting, really. But make no mistake, Omari and the People is a good read, regardless of the format. I sincerely hope you give it a try. 😊

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    1. Hello to you and your readers, Shealea! Thanks for hosting Omari and the People on your site. I also hope you enjoy the story and this tour.
      I am happy to answer any questions you and yours have.

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