The First Mountain Man

First Mountain Man Series, Book 1
Narrated by: J. Rodney Turner
Series: First Mountain Man, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (485 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

They called him . . . Preacher. 

He came west to the Rockies as a young runaway and grew into a legend among the already legendary frontier mountain men. They called him Preacher - a name that would become a monument to all who sought adventure in the savage wilderness of America's untamed west. The only man with the skills to lead a wagon train on the last leg of the rugged Oregon trail, Preacher knows they're headed into trouble. It's hard enough for a hundred greenhorns to survive the wilds of the northwest; being pursued by thieving renegade outlaws and Indians with a thirst for gold - and blood - makes it damn near impossible. Somehow, Preacher has to get these pilgrims through safely - if he doesn't want to end up buried along the trail with the rest of them . . . .

©1991 William W. Johnstone (P)2019 Tantor

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narrator's voice was perfect for this story.

Love the Mountain Man series, and to hear it with this gentleman's voice was just a bonus.

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Awesome! Excellent! Great Book!

I love the book it was very intriguing I'll listen to it again! if you like westerns it's an excellent one excellent one to listen to!

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Excellent

i loved it! Lots of action and great narrator. I have already bought the next Preacher book in the series.

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Cheesy book

The main character is portrayed as more of a western superhero than a mountain man.

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First Mountain Man

This was a great book very entertaining kept me interested the hole time enjoyed it tremendously.

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Not Johnstone's best work, horrible narration.

I'm a big William W. Johnstone fan but I was disappointed with this one. J. Rodney Turner needs to find a different line of work because he is not a good narrator. I had a hard time understanding much of what he said and all the characters sounded the same. I lasted until chapter ten and gave up. I should have listened to the preview first.

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Loved it. Ausom a+

this book takes you into the mountains you actually feel like a mountain man very good book

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Entertaining Mountain Man Book Series

Get your possibles ready ... If you like cowboy books and want to read what happened to characters before cowboys during the 1830's, then this is a must read book series. You have to start with book 1 if you want the full experience, as all the books have historical links. Furthermore, all of the author's book series link to other book series in some way or fashion. IE his other books will often fondly refer to Preacher the main character and legend of the West. For the most part this book #1 is good but not great. The main mountain men characters are great. But the bible thumping missionaries are ignorant, stubborn, often stupid and most often quite annoying to listen to. This book is harder to listen to than most of Johnstone's books because listening to the missionary characters idiotic point of views is really hard to put up with. But if you want to hear a story about the 1st wagon train to reach the west over the Cascades, with lots of bad guys and bad Indians - then this is a must read. I've never like the author's penchant to use characters who enjoyed raping women, girls and boys. But this author does incorporate this into many of his books. Sometimes way to much that I have to quit reading or fast forward through some of his books, which go into great detail in this regard. So this author does have a really dark side to him. The narrator is dry and a little boring, but thankfully he does not try to use many fake stupid voices. So he is OK. If you like actual historic stories then this book mixes in factual data and stories into the storyline, which was interesting to me but might annoy others.

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Excellent Western

The author really did his homework. It was a well-rounded story. Filled with drama, action, and a mite of humor sprinkled in for good measure. Definitely will listen to the rest of the series.

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Hatchets fly...

Really enjoyed this book. One of the best Westerns ever. Narration was excellent too. I will be listening the next “Preacher” book in the series, “directly I reckon”.

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  • 08-16-19

good solid western enjoyed it so got the 2nd book

well read at a nice pace recommend listening interlocking with fact makes it very real like westerns you,l like enjoy

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