Before the invention of audio books, story-seekers were limited to hearing elongated yarns told by bards who often shaped tales to serve their ulterior motives of crashing on the listener's couch. Avoid unwelcome literary guests with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Hank the Cowdog audio books from Maverick Books.
One of the longest-running children's series ever recorded, the Hank the Cowdog adventures have sold more than seven million copies, delighting tykes, parents, and pet hamsters alike. The Hank the Cowdog series tells tales of an intrepid hound who is head of security at a ranch and is in charge of defending the local cats and chickens against wicked foes including snakes, bobcats, and giant silver monster birds. Author John R. Erickson, a former real-life cowboy and ranch manager, self-published the original book, which caught fire on the children's story scene. The unabridged audio books (cassette for $14.99, CD for $17.99) are a perfect companion for midday story time, long road trips, and submarine expeditions. There are 56 installments of Hank the Cowdog's animal escapades to choose from, including his humble beginnings as a mall security guard in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.