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On nothing more than a lark, he leaves his family and begins a journey from Ohio westward. Along the way, he runs up against badlands and bad men, loses his freedom, gains his freedom and learns the first rule of the frontier: Do whatever it takes to survive.     

With ruthless enemies after him - both White men and Indians - he’ll head for a place as brutal as it is beautiful - the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains. Two years later, he will come back down from the mountaintop with new skills and a new future as one of the most feared and admired men of his time...a man called Preacher.    

Mountain man Preacher's plans to attend the annual rendezvous are changed when he agrees to lead a train of 60 wagons on the last leg of the rugged trail to Oregon, confronting scheming outlaws and hostile Native Americans along the way.

©1991 J.A. Johnstone (P)2021 Graphic Audio LLC

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Excellent at story but extra language not needed.

I love the movie in the mind concept but the added cussing and language is not necessarily which is why I returned the book because I have read the actual book and it has about 10% of the language that the graphic audio version has.

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Really enjoyed this particular weastern.. ☺

Good from beginning to end imo 👌 being a Blackman who enjoys weastern books and movies its nice to not to hear or there not be a negative mention of a black person, most of white America more than likely think there was never a such thing lol a black cowboy 🤠 not knowing the true history of the west .. a whitewashed history....when there were legends like BASS REAVES who probably was the best lawman of the west but because of being black it was never truly told until recently..it's sad to have learned about it after I was grown ,plus the many more incorrect or never told true history of blacks in America..anyways didn't mean to go off the rail but hopes this will at least have one white person dig deeper into all the great things blacks were involved in because a lot ! of books and movies would lead you to believe there was never such a thing ... when the title itself had something to do with a black boy working cattle... COWBOY! you're welcome 😊

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Wagons Ho!

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The First Mountain Man.
Wagons Ho!

A box set is difficult to do a review on, but I will do my best. This is is the first of three books written,
by William W. Johnstone and his Brother, J. A.
Johnstone. It is different than any I have listened to.

This set is is the first of twenty six books the brother’s have written, starting from the beginning with a man known only as Preacher. Young Arther left home around the age of twelve or so, he can’t’ remember when, but he struck out on his own and never looked back. It doesn’t state why he left home and his family.

In the first story he is about the age of thirty five or so. I have either read or listened to many Audio books about Preacher before this time, but most of them has him hanging around the large spread known as the Sugarloaf Ranch belonging to a prior Mountain man known as Smoke Jensen. Smoke met Preacher while he was riding on his ranch land outside the town of Big Rock, Colorado searching for stray cattle. Both being of the mountain man type, they had a lot in common and became friends. Smoke invited him return home with him. This started a lasting friendship between the two mountain men.

If you want to learn more about preacher and
Smoke, you may start by checking out the The Jensen Family Series, by the Johnstone Brothers. Smoke as I stated was a mountain man, but left the mountain trails when fell in love with, Jenny a smart woman he met wild riding trails. She impressed hem and he taught her everything her knew, including how to ride, handle guns and protect herself when he was away. He settled down and later they married now they own one of the largest ranches in Colorado, where preacher continues to follow the trails around the high mountains, occasionally dropping in on Smoke any Jenny. There were two younger Jensen family men. Both did not care to be punching cattle, were restless and and stayed on the trails most of the time.
One thing the Jensens always did was take care of each other. If one was in trouble they sent telegrams to Smoke and all came to his aid and now that included Preacher.

Back to this Box Set. This is a strange group of stories introducing a different type of story telling. It is is called Graphic Audio, a new rendition of story telling. It states this is like a movie in your mind. It features a long list of Narrators, about fifteen or twenty men and women speaking the voices as the characters as well as having a soundtrack of background action sounds. The only thing I did not care for was the music soundtrack. It as too loud to sometimes allow one to hear what people are saying.

This Graphic Audio put me in the mind of the story by Orson Wells when he scared the life out of many that accidentally tuned into a radio station in 1938 he was broadcasting. Many thought the world was under attack by Aliens from outer space. Everyone did not know it was just a story on radio because the soundtrack was so real, they were truly afraid. People were boarding up their homes for protection and shooting anyone in sight. Check out this movie, The War Of The Worlds if you want to know more. It was so convincing that Orson Wells got notice of what was happening and came on the radio to assure people it was just a radio program and no Alien attack had happen. It cause quiet a controversy and loss of loved ones. This is just about the same with the background noises you hear, it is like you are in a movie, but just don’t see, only hear what is going on.

Preacher gets roped into leading wagon trains out West so Easterners might to try and settle in and claim land to start their new lives as farmers. This give you a glimpse through sound and stories what it was like in the eighteen hundreds traveling on those long wagon trains and all the the pure Hell they went through. This was later named The Organ Trail as history wrote it.They encountered wild Indians, Renegades, Outlaws, wild animals and many succumbed to diseases. Preacher had his hands full with people who had no experience with this wild country.

This was a nice experience for me to emerge myself in these stories. It felt like I was right there with them in the mist of it all. I really enjoyed this group of stories. I think I will continue to listen to this type of presentation again. I just wish they would lower the loud music.

I consider this type of material to be for the mature reader or Audio listener. It is not for the weak at heart or children under teens,
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It was a well written story as is all that I have read or listened to. The Narration was penomenall!







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Music overshadowed the narration

This might have been a good adaptation, except that I could hardly hear the narration over the musical score. I ended up returning after a few minutes out of frustration of not being able to hear the story without straining my ears.

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  • 09-17-21

great listen

honestly the only thing I could fault is that sometimes during certain sequences, mainly action sequences, there's a lot going on that makes it difficult to hear the narrator. you do get used to it but I just wish there was variation between sound effects, score and narration during these sequences.