Oman

  • by Rory Patrick Allen
  • Narrated by Alan Pelz-Sharpe
  • 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Sultanate of Oman is a land of oases, deserts, rolling sands, shifting dunes, and mountains upon which ancient cities have been carved from stone. A land that boasts the Queen of Sheba, Sindbad the Sailor, and The Lost City of Ubar buried for millennia under the Arabian Sands. A country that was heralded for its wealth in frankincense, and it is from here that ancient frankincense caravans began carrying their precious cargoes to the classical world.
Oman is a country where the Bedouin still wander the deserts as they have since time immemorial. A mystical land where eagles soar over the mountain that is home to the prophet Job, a prophet in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
In the mountains nearby live an ancient people whose language predates Aramaic. The age of the language remains a mystery. It is a spoken language with no written form. In these mountains one finds caves that are decorated with prehistoric art. Mines and distinctive cone-like tombs dating from the Bronze Age feature all over the country. It is a land that has tales of wizardry, magic, jinns, and exorcisms. Embark on a magical and mystical Arabian Odyssey with one man and his traveler's tales through this land that time has all but forgotten.

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The Land of The Sultans

What made the experience of listening to Oman the most enjoyable?

A wonderful traveller's tale where the author takes us on an odyssey through this enigma of a country that takes in the length and breath of this exotic area of the world. Few of us even have heard of Oman, yet after listening to this you will want to visit this land that time has almost forgot. The author takes us over mountains, across deserts and into villages where little seems to have changes since biblical times and even before, where the author points out that, with its Frankincense Trade, Oman was a major player in the ancient and classical world.. The author gives the listener an deep insight into the culture and people of Oman, its long rich history and ancient sites, villages, forts, castles and so much more. There are moments of great joy, wonder and sadness as we travel through time and space and enter the world of the author and his journey through "The Land of The Sultans." Highly recommended for any armchair traveller or someone travelling to Oman. Just do as I did, close your eyes, dim the lights and allow yourself to be transported to the place that is called Oman.


What about Alan Pelz-Sharpe’s performance did you like?

The narrator told this story with great sensitivity and understanding of the thoughts and emotions of the author. He also manages to carry us along effortlessly through this fascinating story evoking sights and sounds that leaves vivid pictures in the listener's mind.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Several stories in this work moved me, "The Prophet" where the author visits the tomb of the prophet Job in Salalah and "The Final Journey" a trip to a Bedouin necropolis in the desert and many more stories contained in this work.


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-08-2014
  • Publisher: Rory Patrick Allen