Today’s review is a little different for The Paperback Pilgrim, given that instead of discussing a physical book I’m going to be reviewing an audiobook.
Jess at The Audiobookworm got into contact with me about reviewing Omari and the People, a historical fiction novel set in ancient Africa, and let me just tell you I jumped at the chance.
Now, I do consider myself as an audiobook newbie, but this blog is all about the exploration of books, and so why not explore books in a new medium.
Interested to see how I took to listening to one of my first audiobooks? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
In an ancient African city, on the edge of a desolate desert, professional their Omari sets his magnificent home on fire to rest his existence. When the fire unintentionally sets the entire city on ablaze, the displaced inhabitants look towards an unlikely saviour, Omari. As the caravan, lead by Omari, head into the desert searching for a better place, they come face to face with bandits, storms, epidemics, and more.
Omari and the People, as presented by Audible, had an 11-hour runtime, which is quite intimidating for any audiobook newcomer. And yet, due to the books slow burn, I didn’t find myself dreading turning it on.
One reason for my ability to tackle the long runtime was the narrator of this audiobook. Curt Simmons was captivating, and the accent he chose to put on throughout the entire run fit integrated nicely within the theme of the book.
Due to there not being a specified location for the African city, I felt that it gave Simmons the ability to choose what he though the character should sound like without the repercussions of it not being historically accurate, in turn making the performance more believable.
The narration style also made it easier to be fully immersed in the story as I wasn’t the one making up how the characters spoke to one another (makes me think I should listen to books more often).
The story, for me, was reminiscent of other stories I’ve read or experienced, mostly the story of Moses. However, the complex layers of each character, both individually and as a collective, made it feel, somehow, like I was experiencing its folklore for the first time.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.