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Thunder Dog Audiobook

Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero

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Publisher's Summary

Faith. Trust. Triumph. "I trust Roselle with my life, every day. She trusts me to direct her. And today is no different, except the stakes are higher."
&Michael Hingson

First came the boom - the loud, deep, unapologetic bellow that seemed to erupt from the very core of the earth. Eerily, the majestic high-rise slowly leaned to the south. On the 78th floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower, no alarms sounded, and no one knew what had just happened at 8:46 a.m. that morning, September 11, 2001 - which should have been a normal workday for thousands of people. All that was known to the people inside was what they could see from the windows: smoke and fire and millions of pieces of burning paper and other debris falling through the air.

Blind since birth, Michael couldn’t see a thing, but he could hear the sounds of shattering glass, falling debris, and terrified people flooding around him and his guide dog, Roselle. However, Roselle sat calmly beside him. In that moment, Michael chose to trust Roselle’s judgment and not to panic. They were a team.

Thunder Dog allows you entry into the isolated, fume-filled chamber of stairwell B to experience survival through the eyes of a blind man and his beloved guide dog. Live each moment from the second a Boeing 767 hits the north tower, to the harrowing stairwell escape, to dodging death a second time as both towers collapse into the earth. It’s the 9/11 story that will forever change your spirit and your perspective.

Thunder Dog illuminates Hingson’s lifelong determination to achieve parity in a sighted world, and how the rare trust between a man and his guide dog can inspire an unshakable faith in each one of us.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2011 Michael Hingson (P)2011 Oasis Audio

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    Carol 08-06-12
    Carol 08-06-12
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    "Brilliant combo of writer and reader, loved it"
    What made the experience of listening to Thunder Dog the most enjoyable?

    I loved the confidential, quiet way that Christopher Prince reads the book, I felt as though he was talking just to me. Michael Hingson sustains the tension of that fateful morning, descending the 78 floors, nine steps turn, 10 steps turn, repeated over and over. Interwoven with the story of his life and information about the the sight impaired. It has changed my perception for ever.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well of course Michael and Roselle are the heros in the book.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Prince – was your favorite?

    Michael himself


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me understand how ignorant and arrogant we sighted people are


    Any additional comments?

    The beautiful reading of the book made it a wonderful experience for me

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pam 07-27-12
    Pam 07-27-12
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    "Insight into blind world"
    What made the experience of listening to Thunder Dog the most enjoyable?

    It is a real life story full of courage


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning about life as a blind person. Being blind physically is not really a handicap.


    What does Christopher Prince bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings life to words on paper


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    land1176 United States 07-25-12
    land1176 United States 07-25-12 Member Since 2016
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    "An Amazing Story"
    What did you love best about Thunder Dog?

    This is a very heart warming book that gives you a completely different view of the events of 9/11


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Roselle - the dog


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

    When the attack happened - the overall calmness of Roselle was amazing. She never left her post and she never forgot her responsibilities for a moment.


    Any additional comments?

    This book will certainly give you a different view of 9/11 and it reminded me that we are only "handicapped" if we choose to be. Roselle was certainly an amazing dog and there were other amazing dogs that worked with the search crews to locate survivors and unfortunately, the deceased as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 05-29-12
    Susan 05-29-12

    This is my granddaughter's picture! She is my love.

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    "Three Stories and an Advertisement"

    This was supposed to be a story that I could just relax and enjoy. I love to hear of survivors from 9/11, the miracles, the close calls, etc. This was partly that. I did learn a lot about the blind and their needs, but that isn’t what I wanted from this book and it left me feeling that I’d partly heard an advertisement about sight training facilities.
    The story about Mr. Hingston was very interesting, the story about the dog was beautiful, but the story about the rescue was too chopped into the other parts. I listened to three different stories and an advertisement when I actually wanted to hear about an amazing rescue by a wonderful dog that rescued his blind partner.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jon Honolulu 04-09-15
    Jon Honolulu 04-09-15 Member Since 2003

    Jon

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    "Not at all for me"

    I'm sure this won't be popular but I didn't enjoy this. I thought that other than being involved with the 911 story, and learning a bit about blindness, this story was almost totally unremarkable. I think it would have been a good article in readers digest or something but not a book.
    It was simply boring. I didn't hate it, but I wish I could have my time and my credit back.

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    Traci Graves 08-21-14 Member Since 2009

    I'm blind & I live in Loveland, Co, I like to be with my guide dog, family & friends, I love to listen to book's music & play on my computer

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    "Guide Dog's Rock"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    The bond we have with our guide dog's


    Any additional comments?

    I also am blind and thought this book was a lot more then the story of 911 and how Michael and Roselle was able to get out of there alive.>I hope the people who read this book that have sight will understand the bond we have withour guide dog's and have the respect to let us work without distracting us, I understand the pull of wanting to pet the dog, and I have a hard time telling people that they are unable to pet my dog.especially children, they have so many questions about the harness, I would like to tell you my first guide Abraham, he was amazing, shortly after I got him I got us lost in the neighborhood that I live in and we were alone, well I hadn't been blind for long and I was scared, I started crying and I droped the handel bent down to the ground and hugged him and told him I got us lost and I needed him to get us home, I picked up the handel and we started walking, about 10 min later, with no direction from me, I just keeped telling him that he was a good boy and to take us home, I found us at our driveway. These dog's are amazing , we trust them with our lives, please respect there job's and try not to distracte them.If you would like to pet them please ask first.>Thank you

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    Donna United States 01-01-14
    Donna United States 01-01-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Inspiring story of a blind man"

    Pretty good story. Although the guide dog's loyalty was impressive, the real story was with Michael and how he overcame his blindness. I hate to even mention he is blind because, for him, it wasn't a disability. There wasn't anything he couldn't do or try, including riding a bike and driving a car. His fine tuned senses (esp. hearing and sensing his surroundings) allowed him to navigate confidently in a sighted world. This was most impressive.

    I'm not sure I undertand the triumph of Michael being blind and getting out of the trade center. The fact that he was blind didn't seem particularly significant to me. Michael overcame his blindness his whole life, so why was this suddenly an extraordinary journey...for him? Everyone making their way down those stairs was dealing with something, burns, broken bones, pain, fear, dehydration. Therefore, I don't think this was any more of a triumph for Michael than anybody else that made that journey.

    I am inspired that Michael never let his blindness interfere with his successes. It's something we can all learn from. We should live our lives with no excuses.

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    Jill Ocean Shores, WA, United States 07-23-12
    Jill Ocean Shores, WA, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Engrossing"
    What about Christopher Prince’s performance did you like?

    Christopher Prince has an easy, conversational tone to his voice that makes you feel a part of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not just abook about 9-1-1. The story was more of a blind person's life and the public perception of blindness and, also, a dog's devotion to it's human. It was a wonderful story that I have already recommended to many friends!

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    sheree geelong, Australia 06-18-12
    sheree geelong, Australia 06-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "exciting in parts, great for animals lovers"
    Would you try another book from Michael Hingson and Susy Flory and/or Christopher Prince?

    probably not


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    escape from tower was quite exciting and the details about seeing eye dogs and thier training very informative.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    narrator was good.


    Could you see Thunder Dog being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    would make an interesting movie.


    Any additional comments?

    I was turned of by the god stuff but respect the feelings of the author.

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    Iceworm72 06-18-12
    Iceworm72 06-18-12 Member Since 2003
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    "An Unexpected Gem!"

    I found this story heart warming and amazing. It isn't just about their ground zero experience but it also provides biographical insight into Michael Hingson and blindness in general. I listened with fascination and great interest. I realized after listening to this that there is much about what I was taught about those who are blind, that was just plain wrong. It was well worth my time and money for the pleasure of this educational amazing story of personal triumph.

    I also realized why audible's player has narrator speeds up to 3x faster than normal, I had always assumed it had to do with fast forwarding. Now I realize there are people who not only listen at these speeds but they my find that speed leisurely! WOW! I have often told my children, that; “In the seeds of adversity are the fruit of greatness!” Now I see that I have underestimated that saying.

    This audiobook also contains a couple of recorded speeches at the end that are insightful and the first one is hilarious! If this is on your wish list buy it today! If it isn't on your wish list buy it anyway!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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