We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog Audiobook

The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog

Regular Price:$13.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it. Guts, glory, danger, and sacrifice are all in a day's work for Hank the Cowdog, Head of Ranch Security. While investigating a murder on the ranch, Hank finds himself the number-one suspect. He resigns and heads for the hills to become an outlaw. A band of ruthless coyotes are happy to teach Hank the trade. Will Hank be forced to raid his own ranch?

Hank sings "How Do I Do It?" and Rip and Snort sing "Me, Just a Worthless Coyote" in this hilarious adventure for the whole family.

Hot dog: Don't miss out on any of Hank the Cowdog's adventures.

©1983 John R. Erickson; (P)1983 John R. Erickson

What the Critics Say

"Hank and his tales are hilarious....John R. Erickson's expressive, versatile, and energetic performance brings his own creation to life perfectly. Music and sound effects throughout complement this delightful tale, which will have listeners howling at Hank, the coyotes, and maybe the moon." (AudioFile)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (208 )
5 star
 (147)
4 star
 (35)
3 star
 (10)
2 star
 (10)
1 star
 (6)
Overall
4.6 (162 )
5 star
 (120)
4 star
 (24)
3 star
 (9)
2 star
 (6)
1 star
 (3)
Story
4.7 (159 )
5 star
 (127)
4 star
 (19)
3 star
 (7)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (3)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    David Monterey, CA, United States 06-21-16
    David Monterey, CA, United States 06-21-16 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    84
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great kids series!"

    I used to love renting these from Cracker Barrel as a kid. So glad Audible has them, and my kids get to enjoy them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    The Super-duper Amazing Silver Golem 03-16-16

    Loves a good adventure with heart and lots of laughs.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    30
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    67
    65
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    19
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Hank: a timeless chuckle for families everywhere."

    Hank the Cowdog is an old series of books. The first, "The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog" was first introduced to my family as an attempt on my father's part to make mini road trip in a minivan packed with bored children more tolerable. The result was that it was an instant staple for future road trips and remembered with fondness today even after most of my siblings now have children of their own.

    I purchased and listened to this audiobook out of fond memories of the stories and the family trips associated with them, but was surprised at how well Hank the Cowdog held up. The setting, comical tone, the language, and narration are still great and timeless.

    Hank, a dog that believes he is the head of security on a dusty ranch, has many ridiculous adventures with colorful characters while he attempts to protect the ranch in his own often misguided or misunderstood ways. In this story, he tries to solve a chicken "murder" and catch those who raided the chicken coop, only stumble into more and more giggle inducing trouble as he does so.

    Like an old Disney movie, Hank's audience is everyone of all ages with laughs for anyone who listens. A mom and pop are just as likely to burst out in a chuckle as the kids or the grandparents. A great way to entertain a family on a long drive. I speak from experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Braden Wheeler OGDEN, UTAH, US 10-12-15
    Braden Wheeler OGDEN, UTAH, US 10-12-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Hank the skunk dog lol"

    Me and my child loved this book. So interactive and fun to listen to. Go Hank the cow 🐮 dog 🐶!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kathryn Null 04-08-15 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Why so edventoris I don't know"

    I love T..... H .....E.. .......B .....O .......O .....K.i give it 5🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟.BY THE BOOK FOR KIDS and Parents. By

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Vohnna vidor, texas, United States 03-01-15
    Vohnna vidor, texas, United States 03-01-15 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    27
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The best!"

    This is the ultimate!Even though it is the first in the series, it is extremely good.Keep on writing Mr.Erickson!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sandra 04-30-14
    Sandra 04-30-14

    Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    88
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    931
    70
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Another Perennial Favorite"

    Hank is falsely accused of the ultimate crime for a ranch dog -- chicken killing! Hank's adventures will intrigue pre-teens and entertain them even on a long trip across the wilds of Wyoming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jane Harrisburg, IL, United States 08-15-13
    Jane Harrisburg, IL, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    85
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "One of my favorite read aloud books for kids."
    Would you listen to The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog again? Why?

    Absolutely! The pace and story line moves right along. The students are always disappointed when I stop reading and beg me to keep reading. That's why I got the Audible version, I was losing my voice I read so much. Also, the author reading it and the background music made it, well, Wow!


    What does John R. Erickson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He reads it the way he meant it to sound. It was fun to hear what he emphasized vs. my reading of it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, at the end when Hank chose to save Drover and the ranch.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book every year to my 4th grade class. It is one of the funniest, most humorous books I have read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    GINA GREENSBORO, NC, United States 02-25-13
    GINA GREENSBORO, NC, United States 02-25-13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "SOLID PERFORMANCE"
    What did you like best about The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog? What did you like least?

    HANK WAS SO CONFIDENT ABOUT HIS ABILITIES THAT IT WAS COMICAL. THE MUSIC PLAYING IN THE BACKGROUND


    What other book might you compare The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog to and why?

    A SCOOBY-DOO MYSTERY


    Did John R. Erickson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    YES


    Could you see The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    YES, A GREAT CARTOON


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Renee List 06-16-15
    Renee List 06-16-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    20
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Annoying"

    The background music was VERY annoying and distracting!!!! The story itself might have been better without all that hokey music. I did like that it was read by the author. My kids enjoyed it more than I - which is why we actually finished listening (I would have turned it off before the first chapter was over).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Deborah United States 08-26-10
    Deborah United States 08-26-10
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Background music makes it awful."

    I was looking for something light to listen to at work and thought Hank would be perfect. After reading most of the books to my kids years ago I knew the stories were entertaining and not too involved. For some reason background music was added behind the narrator's voice making this audio book unbearable. I could only listen for about 5 minutes before turning off my ipod. As a mother of four I can honestly say that I don't think kids would even be able to take the background music for very long.

    4 of 13 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.