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12-year-old Aidan Errolson, comes from a long line of adventurers. His grandparents were among the first settlers of Corenwald's Eastern Frontier. His father had been one of the kingdom's greatest warriors. Aidan, on the other hand, lives the quiet, comfortable life, of a nobleman's son. He never has any real adventures, and that, he believes, is the one great injustice of his otherwise happy life.

All that will change the day he first hears the bark of the bog owl, and meets Dobro Turtlebane. Dobro is one of the feechiefolk, a tribe of half-civilized swamp dwellers who fight too much, laugh too loud, cry too easily, and smell just terrible. But another meeting on that remarkable day may change Aidan's life even more profoundly. Bayard the Truthspeaker arrives with a startling pronouncement: Aidan Errolson will grow to be the Wilderking, the long-prophesied wild man, who will come out of Corenwald's forests and swamps to lead the kingdom back to its former glory. There's just one question: Is Bayard the Truthspeaker a prophet or a madman? This initial installment in The Wilderking Trilogy is sure to capture the hearts of young and old, boys and girls alike.

©2013 Jonathan Rogers (P)2017 Jonathan Rogers

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Loved it!

The author brought a familiar story to life in an exciting and unique way. I can't wait to share this book with my Jr High English class.

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  • David
  • SPRINGFIELD, VA, United States
  • 05-24-18

A medieval kingdom in the 'Bama bayou?!!

A brilliant elaborative rehash of David and Goliath, with a swamp critter and massive ex... But no spoilers here. Nicely written and told. A page-turner with a plot line and wholesome thematic elements that do not rely on cheap props like foul language and "adult situations". One caution holds in that the novel depicts and celebrates a twelve-year-old boy making a rash decision to disobey.

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  • Adam
  • Boise, ID
  • 05-12-18

Poor quality and sloppy copy of the David and Goliath story

Sloppy writing, several elements not true to the time (ie they know his father had a stroke??) Names of places and people are close enough to real life, but not distinct enough to create a world and story that is truly unique. Stuck somewhere the real world old Medieval Europe and a unique fairy tail land - this story fails to deliver well either way.

In the end, it is a poor retelling if the story of David and Goliath without adding anything of value and leaves me wanting to prefer reading the original story from the Bible

The authors southern accent was really distracting and created a disconnect to the story. Medieval times? In an Alabama swamp with alligators? This book is really all over the place. Returned for a refund.

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Extremely entertaining

The Bark if the Bog Owl is the first book of Rogers Wilderking series. The entire series is FANTASTIC. Rogers has done an amazing job developing characters you can’t help but fall in love with. Roger’s performance is fun! As you listen you will belly laugh as Rogers sings, hoots and hollers in character. This is a must have in your library both in audio and print!

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What a pleasant retelling of a well loved story!

My husband and I are always looking for good, uplifting, engaging storis to listen to on long road trips! This was perfect!Loved it!

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Filled with goodness

“Live the life that unfolds before you. Love good more than you fear evil.” A new story with an old soul. Filled with goodness like this. I listed to it with my boys 11 and 16. We all loved it.

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Fun

loved listening to this with my son, it is a great story with a great message.

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If you could see my boys' and husband's faces....

Would you consider the audio edition of The Bark of the Bog Owl to be better than the print version?

We only have the audible version, but it is narrated with such animation and gumption that reading the book now will feel like it is missing something.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Aiden and Dobro are tied.

What about Jonathan Rogers’s performance did you like?

His raspy voice adds so much life and character to the characters. It reminds me of listening to an expert story teller around a campfire. The sound effects draw you into the story in wonder and amusement.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

More than you expect, catches you off guard in the best way.

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If you could see each one of my boys' faces when they were first introduced to Dobro, you would laugh with joy at the shock, breathlessness, and sparkle, in their eyes. You could tell that they wished with all of their hearts that they could go to a river and meet a friend just like Dobro.

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Beautiful story with a perfect narration!

the story line was active and engaging for all ages! highly recommend for young boys.

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  • Dan
  • Sheboygan Falls, WI, United States
  • 01-22-18

Best book I've heard in a long time

This is a great book! Nice work Jonathan Rogers! The Feechiefolk are awesome!