• King of the Mountain

  • Wilderness Series #1
  • By: David Thompson
  • Narrated by: Rusty Nelson
  • Series: Wilderness, Book 1
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-11-08
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Books in Motion
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (69 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Nathaniel King left New York City in 1828 to venture into the vast unexplored regions beyond Mississippi. He heads west, lured on by dreams of wealth based on his uncle's promise to share with him "the greatest treasure in the world".
©1990 David Thompson (P)2002 Books in Motion
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 12-24-16


I found the story interesting and entertaining. There were bits of history that I liked, all though they are told and are not part of the story telling. The book starts out with an interesting look at early New York City. The main character is very likeable. The story seems a bit YA, especially when the main character talks to his fiancé. She tells him the importance of making money and how she must live in the style of which she is accustomed. She than tries to control his future by getting him to work for her rich dad. The reader sees the wrong in all this, but not the main character.

King's trip to St. Louis is eye opening, as far as some of the troubles he runs into. When King meets his Uncle, who lured him out there on false pretenses, is when the story goes a little south for me. His uncle reminds me of some of the main characters of some of the prepper stories I have read. He is a know it all and has to put all forms of life down except his own. He leads King to Colorado and teaches him how to kill and scalp. The whole time going on about how this type of life is superior to city living. I found it ironic that he talks about city kids being spoiled and soft and worthless and than King, who is nineteen and born and raised in New York City, kills a harden Indian Warrior. The who time he tells King that he is leading him to riches, but will not tell him about the riches. The reader knows, but the not to smart King, can't figure it out. He even schools him on marriage. It is better to buy an Indian wife for a year or so, until you get tired of her and than you sell her and buy another wife. That is far superior to civilized types of marriage.

While I did not like the uncle and most of his advise, I did like King and the adventures. While I did not like how the uncle lured his nephew out to Colorado or his views on marriage, I did dream about living in the beautiful Colorado Wilderness and living by my own wits and determination. By the end of the book, it looks as if King might be turning into his uncle, but since the book was entertaining I might check out the second book, to see if I am right.

Most of the westerns at audible have the greatest narrators and they really set the mood for the books. Rusty Nelson is no exception, he is good and makes the book better to listen to, than to read it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Edward on 10-22-08

excellent wilderness adventure.

This is the first of the wilderness series. I've read most but ont the first one, so I decided to listen to it. It keeps you interested and is easy listening to relax with in the evening. Excellent writer.

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