Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero Audiobook | Michael Hingson, Susy Flory | Audible.com
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Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero | [Michael Hingson, Susy Flory]

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

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. 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....
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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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    Liz Madera, CA United States 08-21-12
    Liz Madera, CA United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing"

    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.

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    Carol Plettenberg bay, South Africa 08-06-12
    Carol Plettenberg bay, South Africa 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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pam Oamaru, New Zealand 07-27-12
    Pam Oamaru, New Zealand 07-27-12 Member Since 2012
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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


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    land1176 United States 07-25-12
    land1176 United States 07-25-12 Member Since 2012
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jill Ocean Shores, WA, United States 07-23-12
    Jill Ocean Shores, WA, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2009
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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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    Iceworm72 Wasilla, AK, United States 06-18-12
    Iceworm72 Wasilla, AK, United States 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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    Christine Highgate Hill, QldAustralia 06-11-12
    Christine Highgate Hill, QldAustralia 06-11-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Inspiring book"
    If you could sum up Thunder Dog in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring, heartfelt, uplifting


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Prince’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to Christopher Prince narating before but will be looking for him in the future. A very sympathetic reading.


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

    No one moment stands out in a book full of special moments.


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    Michael Irvine, CA, United States 05-25-12
    Michael Irvine, CA, United States 05-25-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "Very interesting, and humbling"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J United States 02-26-12
    J United States 02-26-12

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    "Enjoyable true story."

    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.

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    Marsha West Chester, OH, United States 02-06-12
    Marsha West Chester, OH, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fascinating story and very educational"
    If you could sum up Thunder Dog in three words, what would they be?

    teamwork, trust and perseverence


    What did you like best about this story?

    learning about how blind people are able to adapt and function in our society, and the relationship with a guide dog


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Prince’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How a blind man and his guide dog survived 911


    Any additional comments?

    The first hand account of 911 was very interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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