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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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    Irene El Cerrito, CA, United States 11-18-15
    Irene El Cerrito, CA, United States 11-18-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Inspirational, Educational and a Good Read"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michael Hingson and his service dog Roselle worked together in such a way that they both used their respective strengths to complement each other in helping not just themselves but all the other people going down smoky stairs from high up in the World Trade Center.


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


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I finished listening to this audio book in two sittings and loved every minute of it. Until I was a teen-ager TV was not a part of my life. I loved radio and remember how much my imagination went to work, how I visualized what I was listening to, It is one of the reasons I enjoy audio books so much.


    Any additional comments?

    I am never surprised by what a dog can do and feel without any training so I really appreciated the parts of this book that taught me just how amazing they can be with training. The wonderful details of the dog's training and especially what I learned about blindness impressed me so much. The relationship they shared, knowing each other so well, trusting and loving each other made this heartwarming book one I will listen to again.

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    Rebecca O'Connor 06-30-15
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    "Should've read a print copy!"

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    You know the performance is terrible when it complete distracts a listener from such a marvelous story.

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    Mettaphorica Australia 10-26-14
    Mettaphorica Australia 10-26-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Here's to The Dogs!"

    This story was truly enjoyable and educational - I learned a lot about blindess and blind people that I did not know before, and that could only be a good thing, if it helps me understand those with disabilities a bit better. The author gives quite a bit of information about the challenges, and also the occassional advantages and humouress moments, of being blind. What happened in the towers is truly scary.

    Most of all the story is a wonderful tribute to seeing eye dogs, and the important work they do. I felt uplifted and optimistic after listening to this book. A much-needed and well told true story.

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    Meri J Eger 07-01-14
    Meri J Eger 07-01-14
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    "More than the Title Suggests"
    Would you listen to Thunder Dog again? Why?

    Yes, parts of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm so glad this book was suggested to me. The story of Mr. Hingson and Roselle (what a team!) surviving the World Trade Center Tower 1 attack is important enough, but weaving information about blindness, the significance of relationships & communication, attitudes & perceptions, and how our culture interacts with people who are blind (or other people seen as different) is what led me to rate the book a "5". It was also nice that we got to hear about the formative years for the author and get a glimpse of his strengths, sense of humor, compassion, and desire to educate others. It was told in a straight-forward manner, affirmed things I already had intuited, but also provided new information and insights. Would it win writing awards? I'm not one to ask--I can barely get through this review. But it was certainly worth the listening time!

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    Cathleen United States 02-12-14
    Cathleen United States 02-12-14 Member Since 2015
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    What disappointed you about Thunder Dog?

    I wanted to hear about the dog's heroism, but this was more about how the author's blindness helped him survive Sept. 11


    What was most disappointing about Michael Hingson and Susy Flory ’s story?

    The hour and a half of recorded speeches at the end that had nothing to do with the book other than the fact that they were about blindness.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Thunder Dog?

    I just would have made the book more chronological. He should have talked about his childhood, the introduction to using guide dogs, college, working life, then the events of September 11th. All the jumping back and forth was confusing.


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    virginia west point, UT, United States 12-21-13
    virginia west point, UT, United States 12-21-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Worth Your Time"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I totally disagree. I enjoyed the book.


    Has Thunder Dog turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I would love to hear more in this line.


    How could the performance have been better?

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    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Thunder Dog?

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    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed the book and will recommend it to my family and friends.

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    DLR san diego, CA, United States 03-29-13
    DLR san diego, CA, United States 03-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not a dog's story"
    If you could sum up Thunder Dog in three words, what would they be?

    An inspiring story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How a blind man ( as his parents) never considered himself a handicapped person. And so he lives a life that many people with normal vision would want. And he is still an inspiration to many others.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he encounters the firefighters in the stairs of the 30th floor of the north tower, and he insisted that he was fine and was not needing help. The firefighters, who were going up, couldn't believe it.


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

    It was sad to know how people can treat a blind person, and make him feel like he does not belong there, that he doesn't fit.
    It was also very sad and dramatic the events that happened right after the terrorist attract on September 11 th. and everything through the "eyes" of a blind man who was there in one of the towers.


    Any additional comments?

    As a person whose vision has been seriously affected in the lasts few months, this book brings me lots of optimism. Another way to "see" life.
    Thanks.

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    Debbie Free Union, VA, United States 12-30-12
    Debbie Free Union, VA, United States 12-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Thunder Dog Audio Book"

    This is an incredibly inspiring story. Very informative regarding the blind lifestyle and early training opportunities (or lack thereof) for a child. What the author has been able to accomplish in his life with no more than his own self determination and the support of high school educated parents with limited means is amazing. And of coarse the guide dog history and story of this special dog is heartwarming. Hearing the author's own voice and that of a friend at a convention was one of the highlights of the audio. I have since purchased the "pawtographed" copy of the book and audio as gifts.

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    shirley K. Bigham 08-30-12 Member Since 2007
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    "facinating and interesting"

    to "view" the 9-1-1 attacks as a hearing only person, and to understand exactly a guide dog works,; remarkable. I enjoyed this book very much but I felt the author repeating everything again at the end was too much. It was like he did not want to end this book so he kept going on and on. I would recommend this listen. It is worth the listen.

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    J. Darnell 08-27-12
    J. Darnell 08-27-12
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    If you could sum up Thunder Dog in three words, what would they be?

    inspirational educational emotional


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

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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book because it provides the public with both personal experience of that tragic day and the proof that disability doesn't define a person as dependent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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