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."
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.
©2011 Michael Hingson (P)2011 Oasis Audio
I really enjoy stories about service dogs, so I was inclined to like this before I even started it. It's difficult for me to separate my personal interest sometimes from the merits of whatever book in question but this is one that was an amazing story even without my preexisting service dog fascination.
What was really remarkable about this book was not the central story of the events of 9/11 (which is inspiring in itself) but the context of Michael Hingson's life before and after that day. I've been recommending this book to everyone I know. I found myself finding ways to bring it up in conversation.
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.
Well of course Michael and Roselle are the heros in the book.
It made me understand how ignorant and arrogant we sighted people are
The beautiful reading of the book made it a wonderful experience for me
It is a real life story full of courage
Learning about life as a blind person. Being blind physically is not really a handicap.
He brings life to words on paper
This is a very heart warming book that gives you a completely different view of the events of 9/11
Roselle - the dog
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.
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.
Christopher Prince has an easy, conversational tone to his voice that makes you feel a part of the story.
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!
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!
Inspiring, heartfelt, uplifting
As a puppy career for Seeing Eye Dogs it is so inspiring and motivating to read about such an extraordinary partnership between a guide dog and her handles. It is great to read about something positive which came out of such a tragic event.
I have not listened to Christopher Prince narating before but will be looking for him in the future. A very sympathetic reading.
No one moment stands out in a book full of special moments.
More than just a man and his dog, provides insight into the challenges facing the blind, and their connection to the dogs that provide them with the mobility to go out into the world. Well worth the read.
Enjoyed this true story about a man who is blind & his guide dog exiting the World Trade Center moments before it fell. Liked that he shared his thoughts and his experience. It's nice to have something good come out of something so horrific. Not only did I enjoy the story, but I learned something in the process.
teamwork, trust and perseverence
learning about how blind people are able to adapt and function in our society, and the relationship with a guide dog
How a blind man and his guide dog survived 911
The first hand account of 911 was very interesting.
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