• The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog

  • By: John R. Erickson
  • Narrated by: John R. Erickson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,288 ratings)

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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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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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.

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Why so edventoris I don't know

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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.

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Later books are much better

This is the first book (out of 76 so far) in the series of Hank the Cowdog. My family has long been fans of Hank, who is also Head of Ranch Security. Hank is loveable, if a bit clueless, seeing his limited world through the eyes of a dog. These are children’s books, but adults will enjoy them just as much as children do. C. S. Lewis wrote, “A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” By that definition, these are great children’s stories. Any child who has ever had a dog will enjoy Hank’s look at the world and will understand his rivalry with the cat. There is a lot of slapstick comedy that kids will enjoy as will adults and some that might go over the heads of younger children. In this book there is a series of murders (hens) that Hank tries to solve and when he is falsely accused he decides to run away and become an outlaw but ends up joining the coyotes until they decide to raid the ranch. 

However, this isn’t the best of the books. Maybe because it was his first or maybe because society has changed since 1980. I didn’t like the way that Coyotes were portrayed as the TV stereotypes of the “savage Indians” but I don’t see this in his later books.  And, there is some very adult wisdom as well (which he calls “an old piece of cowdog wisdom), “Never bite if you can bark, never bark if you can growl, never growl if you can talk, and never talk if you can run. In other words, when the odds are against you, the best fight is none at all.” And lately, it seems that we’ve been hearing a lot of barking. 

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My 9yo son loved it

My son loved this book and asked immediately about a sequel. I found the music playing in the background of the narration to be distracting, but we got used to it.

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Good for a while and then...!

Would you try another book from John R. Erickson and/or John R. Erickson?

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Have you listened to any of John R. Erickson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It really did start out fun! I agree with other reviewers that the non-stop background music sure was distracting to me...but my 3 and 5 year old liked it. The book started out fun and my kids really enjoyed it. Kept them entertained and laughing throughout.

Any additional comments?

My problem with the book is that- I don't know the history and assume this was authored years ago- about half way through it got uncomfortably racist. I'm not PC and in an adult book this would be fine, but my children are impressionable and I was disturbed by the characterization of Indians (portrayed as coyotes) as very dumb, unclean, riotous, amoral, brutes with poor verbal skills. This was not just one moment or "scene" in the book, but a theme.

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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).

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Terrible background music!

This production has constant music playing behind the narrator. It was so distracting that I found it difficult to listen to the story with my children. We made it through 2 chapters before I had to stop the story and give up. It might have been a wonderful story, but we couldn’t stand the production.

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Hank the Cowdog a great story

Me having grown up on a ranch in Southwest Texas and having dogs, cats, sheep & goats and chickens I feel very comfortable with Hank. Mr. Erickson tells the story of Hank from a personal perspective and I can relate to the predicaments that Hank gets himself into.

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The best!

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

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