The Bark of the Bog Owl

The Wilderking Trilogy, Book 1
Narrated by: Jonathan Rogers
Series: The Wilderking Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs
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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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Our Family's New Favorite!

Our family thoroughly enjoyed this adventure. This story was loved by both the children and adults. This definitely ranks up to favorite status in our home. We enjoyed this as much as we did the Chronicles of Narnia, which if you love that series, should speak volumes. As the children and I finished to the book, I knew my husband would love this story as much we had. We listened to it a second time with my husband. Our family grew closer and talked about the book, discussing our different insights and opinions. I am thankful to have read this book. I even find my children sounding the bark of the bog owl out of our window and it just makes me smile!

From my 9 yr old daughter: I really enjoyed The Bark of the Bog Owl. Me and my brothers keep howling the "watch out bark" and the battle cry most of the time. I really enjoyed all of these books and waiting for my parents to get book three. I can't wait to listen to book three!

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One of the Best Readers on Audible

Roger's voice and tone on this book is about as good as it gets for an Audiobook. Having an author read their own work is something I love, and Roger's is just so fun to listen to.

The story is enjoyable, all my kids got into it as well as my wife and I on a long road trip. Get ready for the Bark of The Bog Owl. The story is a sorta re-telling of the David and Goliath Mythic Narrative.

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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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Decent, but with some reservations

Rogers is a great story teller, both in his wordcraft and his reading performance. And while he really drew me in with his imaginative part fantasy part Deep South folklore, his story tied itself a little too openly to the biblical story of David. Once the first similarity was noticed, it was fairly obvious throughout the rest of the book and even became rather distracting. I'm sure the similarity was purposeful, but it eventually read almost as a paraphrase or a repackaging of another story. It's a shame because the world, language, and characters were rather good. In the end, it may just owe to taste. Still, I'm looking forward to other creations by Rogers.

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Colorful, creative gem in children's literature.

What a fun, creative mix of old and new. We really enjoyed listening to this book.

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Wonderful, entertaining story!

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this imaganitive retelling of David and Goliath. Looking forward to the next book in the series. It is very, backwoodsy, so if you love Daniel Boone and the like then you will love this. and the author does an amazing job of reading his book!

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Awesome tall tale

Great story. Glad it was read by the.author, otherwise im not sure we would have known how to make all the awesome calls and sounds. I love stories that you can smell, hear and feel.

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We thought this was amazing. It was funny and exciting and had great characters with uplifting messages.

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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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Great story for all ages!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story! I was impressed by the sounds the narrator/author made. I was lost in the story! Can’t wait for the next one!!