102 Minutes

The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers
Narrated by: Ron McLarty
Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: History, Americas
4.5 out of 5 stars (537 ratings)

Audible membership

$14.95 a month

Free with a 30-day trial
1 audiobook of your choice.
A monthly selection of Audible Originals.
$14.95 a month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $26.95

Buy for $26.95

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

At 8:46 a.m. on September 11, 2001, 14,000 people were inside the twin towers; reading e-mails, making trades, eating croissants at Windows on the World. Over the next 102 minutes, each would become part of a drama for the ages, one witnessed only by the people who lived it, until now.

New York Times reporters Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn rely on hundreds of interviews; thousands of pages of oral histories; and phone, e-mail, and emergency radio transcripts. They cross a bridge of voices to go inside the infernos, seeing cataclysm and heroism, one person at a time, to tell the affecting, authoritative saga of the men and women, the 12,000 who escaped and the 2,749 who perished, who made 102 minutes count as never before.

©2005 Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • National Book Award Finalist, Nonfiction, 2005
  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Nonfiction (Abridged)

"A masterpiece of reporting." (The New York Times)
"The stories are intensely intimate, and they often stir gut-wrenching emotions....[Dwyer and Flynn's] reporting skills are exceptional." (Publishers Weekly)
"A fitting tribute to the people caught up in one of the great dramas of our time. And for people still haunted by the events of that day, reading 102 Minutes provides a cathartic release." (The New York Times Book Review)
"New York Times reporters Dwyer and Flynn have compiled an unbearably painful but indispensable account of what transpired inside the twin towers of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001." (Booklist)

What listeners say about 102 Minutes

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    306
  • 4 Stars
    142
  • 3 Stars
    63
  • 2 Stars
    13
  • 1 Stars
    13
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    209
  • 4 Stars
    64
  • 3 Stars
    21
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    5
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    215
  • 4 Stars
    62
  • 3 Stars
    20
  • 2 Stars
    8
  • 1 Stars
    2

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Stellar Reporting; Ages Well With Time

I don't know. D'you ever do it? Find yourself looking back at something that caused you great pain/agony? I was on a 9/11 kick: watched a lot of old vids, read a lot of old articles, and listened to a lot of audiobooks. Read "102 Minutes" ages ago and listened to the audiobook, and it holds up well, made me wince quite a bit, re-live some of the nightmare of that day, ya know? What we learned.
Because "102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers" is nothing if not a story of what went wrong, what went right, what happened. Period.
And it is oh-so cringe-worthy.
Radios that wouldn't work. Radios on different frequencies, varying from agency to agency. Too few stairwells, some caved in by rubble. Oh, but some stairwells decently lit (Yay! We learned THAT from the FIRST time the towers were bombed)! Firefighters damned near having heart attacks from the heat and the weight of their gear. Trying to be heard over the wail of sirens/the crashing of bodies falling on the canopies or the ground. A man in a wheelchair patiently waiting, waiting, waiting with a friend? Sure, SOMEone will be by to rescue him. Right?
But there WERE many rescues. There WERE many good decisions. There WERE many dodged bullets.
It's just that...
Well, it makes for a sometimes painful, but ALWAYS an amazing, worthwhile listen.

14 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Waste of time!!!👎🏽

I got this book to read along with(keep in mind I have the actual paperback copy of the book) because I like to listen and follow the audiobook as well. Unfortunately, the narrator skips all over the place and doesn’t go in order of the book. It’s like he summarized it himself and just left out important details of the book. Some information he said doesn’t match the book either, such as specific times.

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

102 Minutes--A Review

For me to spend money on a book, any book, that is abridged, it has to be good. Such is the case with 102 Minutes. This is a very gripping and powerful story of the men and women involved in the World Trade Center atacks of September 11 2001. For me, and many others, the events of 9-11 while horrible and frightening, were remote. Just something on TV that impacted my life about as much as, say, something going on half way around the world. I watched in horror as the towers were first struck and then as the crumbeled and all I could think is oh my God. This is bad. But it really had no impact on my day-to-day life. That is, until I read this book. The authors draw you in in, painting, in painful detail, the every day events of that started out normal, but quickly turned into anything but. Finally, for the first time, the men and women are made "real" given names, faces, glimpses into their lives, loves, hopes, and then... You are right there with them as they fight for their lives, in the crowded, smoke filled stairwells. You will be left brethless and shaken. And moved to anger when you learn more people could of been saved if the planners had just added simple things like fire towers and more staircases, which were removed so more rentable office space could be had. This is a moving book, one of the best Ive read in a while. I collect snippits of information about 9-11. Last September I bought the 9-11 report from Audible and I also have the audio of the Howard Stern radio show as he reports moment to moment live the events as they happened. 102 Minutes is a perfect and timeless addition to my audio collection. The only draw back? This is abridged! Hopefully some day soon the unabridged edition of this book will come on-line.

25 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

9/11 from the survivors view

Excellent rendition and collaboration of events which piece together the 102 minutes which defined American history. The stories are many and the author did a great job of molding them together to bring the story to life while intertwining them.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

A story about people and steel.

A compelling listen. This is a story about September 11 and the World Trade Center but not about the terrorists and the federal government. This is more a story about an unfathomable failure of supposedly indestructible building. The buildings themselves become the main character as the authors discuss the construction techniques, safety characteristics and the failures of the building to stand up under the stress of unprecedented injury. They also examine the apparently long standing difficulties between the police and fire departments which prevented good communication between the thousands of people involved and contributed to the chaos on the day. I have listened extensively on this topic but still found this book riveting. I highly recommend it.

14 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Captivating

What did you love best about 102 Minutes?

It put me right there. I was captivated from the beginning

What was one of the most memorable moments of 102 Minutes?

When I realized I was on my seat waiting to hear what happened to each person.

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

He brings a voice, and a sound

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

Yes, wanted too, but couldn't

Any additional comments?

I lent it to a friend and she had the same reactions. We were both very moved by it.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

b. 1984

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It was about 11.30pm local in Sydney, Australia when I was informed by the BBC World Servce (via ABC Newsradio 630 AM) that one Tower had been struck by an airliner. They then informed me that the other Tower was struck and was an unlikely coincidence, most likely a deliberate act. At the time I figured it was OBL - he was the boogey man.Then I went to sleep since I had an important maths test next day. Some of my friends didn't know know about it until someone produced the cover of The Daily Tele at about 9am (Sydney local), he was shocked as everyone was.What transpired when I went to bed and what I woke up to is what '102 Minutes' is about. I never checked into the images of 9/11 until I began reading reports by Jim Dwyer in the NY Times around 2006, and this book became a must read.Takes you in the Towers with the rescuers and the victims. Its the RMS Titanic for our age..

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

Yes.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

I thought I knew the whole story !

Where does 102 Minutes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've seen the movies and watched all the documentarys but I really didn't have a feel for what those people went thorough that day. 102 Minutes puts you into those towers on 9/11 and helps you to understand the fear and desperation experienced by those who died and even the survivors. I had no grasp of the incredable bravery of those hundreds of first responders that even when ordered to leave,they stayed and died trying to save others. This book should be required reading in our schools so that are children will clearly see that when faced with evil and violence, Americans stand strong!

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars

Not what I expected

After listening to this audio book, I had to go back and read the summary of the book again because I thought I had mis-read what this book was about. Turns out, I had not...very disappointed in the content, I anticipated "tales" from inside the towers and what I found was a lot of political statements of what was wrong with the whole situation. From the actual architecture to the disconnect between emergency organizations. Although I usually try not to give to much away in my reviews, this time I feel that it is warranted...the ending was really the only part that focused on those "tales" but it was brief.

15 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

WTC told in Walter Lord's style

Author's approach to the topic was outstanding. The program reminded me a lot of Walter Lord's "Night To Remember" about the sinking of the Titanic. Author puts you there in the minds of those who lived and died in the WTC on 9/11. Depressing yet at times inspiring. Definitely recommended.

10 people found this helpful