"This is such a wonderful surprise and honor!" he said when he received the email from Audiofile Publisher, Robin Whitten.
The award is given by AudioFile to "truly exceptional titles that excel in narrative voice and style, characterizations, suitability to audio, and enhancement of the text," quoting from Audiofile's website.
Omari and the People has been described as a desert fantasy, according to the Publishers website, Shirleycastle.com.
"It would not have been possible without the marvelous talent of performer/producer Curt Simmons," said Whitfield. Audiofile took particular notice of Simmons performance, saying, "Curt Simmons has a great baritone voice with a charming timbre. He adds a subtle Middle Eastern accent to his narration of this atmospheric action-adventure."
Although the full review is available on-line now, the award will appear in the February/March edition.