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Oman: Under Arabian Skies | [Rory Patrick Allen]

Oman: Under Arabian Skies

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.
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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.

©2010 Rory Patrick Allen (P)2014 Rory Patrick Allen

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    If you could sum up Oman in three words, what would they be?

    Magical Beautiful Hospitable


    What other book might you compare Oman to and why?

    None because this is a brilliant travel book with a difference because of the incredible adventures experienced by the author and the uniqueness of this travel book.


    Have you listened to any of Alan Pelz-Sharpe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes Oman is now on my bucket list.


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    A wonderful listen without the over the top, highbrow style of certain other travel books. I highly recommend this excellent book. A cracking good listen.

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    "A unique and fascinating travel book"
    What made the experience of listening to Oman the most enjoyable?

    You can clearly visualise the natural beauty,culture and ancient history of Oman coupled with the fascinating and mystical experiences revealed throughout the book.


    What other book might you compare Oman to and why?

    There is no comparison as this is a unique, wonderful and thoroughly enjoyable travel book.


    What does Alan Pelz-Sharpe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Alan Pelz-Sharpe's narration is absolutely superb and I found it an easy listen. I was able to absorb and visualise these wonderfully narrated spellbinding stories.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes most definitely. Many of the stories were gripping and humourous, others were informative and enlightening.


    Any additional comments?

    I strongly recommend this book as it is a truly authentic and an original guide to beautiful Oman and its wonderful hospitable people. It's a unique visitors travel book with its personal exploration from a westerner who has lived in an Omani community.

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Oman to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely the audio breathes life into the words of the author, conjuring up vivid pictures of deserts, mountains, villages wadis and the culture of this exotic land.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A wonderful traveller's tale where the author takes us on a fabulous journey through the length and breadth of this enigma of a country. We are taken through deserts, over mountains, stops in villages that have changed little since biblical times. The author travels alone at times and at others with his two Bedouin companions and soaks up the culture of a fabulous land, real Arabia, one is drawn to images of Aladdin, 1001 Arabian nights, Sinbad and magic carpets and so much more. A highly recommended listen where one is transported as if one has indeed borrowed a magic carpet and travelled in time and space to a land, some would call, the world of dreams.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can not single out one part. Each chapter tells a different story and every story becomes part of one glorious adventure.


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

    The last chapter, "The Final Journey" had me in tears.


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    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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