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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
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
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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.

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

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"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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  • The Super-duper Amazing Silver Golem
  • 16-03-16

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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  • Kathryn Null
  • 08-04-15

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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  • Kelly
  • 29-03-19

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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  • macsriverpl
  • 09-10-18

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
  • 01-03-15

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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  • SandyJ
  • 30-04-14

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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  • Sarah S
  • 01-10-19

Funny and interesting

I have read and listened to 65 Hank books, and I love them. I like the music in the background.

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  • matt
  • 30-09-19

Always Great

I've been listening to Hank the cowdog audio books for years. glad to finally collect them on Audible

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  • Cassandra zitting
  • 23-09-19

Still a delight

Hanks' were my favorite books as kids and now that I have a kid it is still a delight. I hope my daughter will get hooked on them too

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  • Lawrence Walter
  • 07-09-19

so funny. great story line. Pete at his best

I enjoyed it. so many funny things. hubris all through it. I can relate to the different emotions.