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The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog

Narrated by: John R. Erickson
Series: Hank the Cowdog, Book 1
Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
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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

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

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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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  • Vohnna
  • vidor, texas, United States
  • 03-01-15

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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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.

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Wonderful

This was the first whole Hank book I’ve heard. It was really fun. Very dynamic story, Well developed characters. I was skeptical after only hearing reports from kids and listening to samples. But, it was great finally hearing a whole story all the way through! Buy it and enjoy! I’m glad I bought about 20 of them. Ready for another one!

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racism abounds

the coyotes speak as though they are "indians" in a bad western from the 50s... I used to love these books as a boy, but as father will steer clear... too bad... it was unnecessary and ruined the whole book.

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Cute Story but

constant background music is distracting and annoying. Won't buy another of theses books from this series

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This volumn got my son & me from Ny to Sc long ago

Lottasa 😅 fun chuckles & roars it's A. GREAT kids book GET THIS FOR YOUR ROAD TRIP!