I approach this material from what many may consider an unusual angle. I'm sure that authors who have achieved significant success will likely not finI approach this material from what many may consider an unusual angle. I'm sure that authors who have achieved significant success will likely not find much new in Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t. It is not an all-inclusive and defining work and I don't think it's intended to be. But those struggling to be published, or follow up that first successful novel, and especially self-publishers will find gold nuggets and inspiration in Steven Pressfield's work.
I am not an author, but I narrate audiobooks. So my job is to translate the written word into the spoken word and tell a story that is hopefully enthralling to the listener. That means more than simply reading sentences and paragraphs into a microphone. Not that the writing process is entirely alien to me, but I found this book very helpful in my work as I endeavor to faithfully interpret what is written for the eye into a pleasing and entertaining experience for the ear. In fact, before accepting an offer to narrate, my first question for any unfamiliar author whose book I've not yet read will be, "What's the concept of your novel and what is the theme." Moving forward depends upon the answer.
Thank you, Steven for your entertaining and enlightening story about how to write. I do hear your voice....more
Full disclosure, I am the narrator for the Audible Audio edition of Omari and the People by Stephen Whitfield. I decided to write this review of the nFull disclosure, I am the narrator for the Audible Audio edition of Omari and the People by Stephen Whitfield. I decided to write this review of the novel because of the unique and personal experience I had with Stephen and his work. I'm thinking this should be in the forward to his next novel.
I answered Stephen’s email request for an audition to narrate his book from ICU at Harborview Trauma Center in Seattle where my wife was recovering from emergency surgery after a terrible car accident two days earlier. Now, five months later, her recovery is still on track and she will soon be back to normal life.
In my reply to Stephen’s email, I told him what had just happened and said it was probably not the best time for me to be working on an audiobook. Stephen completely understood. He conveyed his concern and heartfelt best wishes and said not to hesitate if I changed my mind. Then I read his Kindle edition. Not without some trepidation, I determined that I could, in fact, care for my wife and work on a book if the production timeline was flexible. I could do the work in my home studio. I auditioned and Stephen hired me. Production took twice as long as it would have under normal circumstances, but it was definitely the right thing to do. My reading of the novel was what convinced me to accept the job, thus the following review.
Omari and the People is the story of a catastrophic event and the arduous journey that follows. A reluctant hero is guided and assisted by the least likely of supernatural helpers, a decrepit and crazed old woman of the streets. Joseph Campbell would be proud. Most of all, Omari’s central themes of time and forgiveness are archetypal. The story has all the elements of classic adventure romance. Betrayal, revenge, torn love, loss, atonement, destiny. Throw in healing and you have a Stephen Whitfield debut that is entertaining, thought-provoking, and even funny.
Stephen creates a romantic desert setting hidden somewhere behind the sandstorms of undefined antiquity and with no references to earthly geography or sociopolitical entities by name, which enhances its charm and mystique. Strong and complex female characters are a joy to read and unexpected wisdom is accented by events that appear to be magic. But are they really? Exotic desert life and vast beauty is revealed in prose that is satisfying to the ear and at times exhilarating. Or was it just the state I was in? I don't think so....more