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Publisher's Summary

On January 19, 2000, a fire raged through the freshman dormitory at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, killing three students and injuring 58 others. Among the victims were Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos, roommates from poor neighborhoods who made their families proud by getting into college. They managed to escape the fire, but both were burned terribly.

After the Fire is the story of these young men and their fight to recover from the worst injuries the Saint Barnabas Hospital burn unit had ever seen. It is the story of the extraordinary doctors and nurses who work with the burned, of the mothers and fathers, of faith and family, of the women who came to love these men, and of the invisible ties that bind us to one another.

©2008 Robin Gaby Fisher (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Incredibly Inspirational

Where does After the Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This falls easily on the top 10. Belonging to a book club, I have listened to a wide range of titles from all different genres, but there is something about a True Story, that always gets to me. If you are a fan of watching documentaries or

What other book might you compare After the Fire to and why?

Not really similar, but compared to what I have listened to, I would say

Have you listened to any of Paul Michael Garcia’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, this is the first one.

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

Mixed emotions. Narrated extremely well, which brings you through a roller-coaster as you become wrapped into the lives of Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos.

Any additional comments?

If you love True Stories, purchase this one!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Very Touching

Reading the story was very touching with great delivery.
Alvaro is my cousin and I experienced the feeling as it happen. I can't believe how the years passed so fast. I'm greatful he is with us until this day and living happily married with two children.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Arlean
  • pensacola, FL, USA
  • 04-15-09

Outstanding!!!

I don't usually read or listen to books that are based on true events. I'm glad I did. From the beginning all the way to the end, this book forces you to display every human emotion possible. This was a definite tear jerker for me. It's horrible what the human body can go through. This author definitely gets an A plus in my book and the narrator made it even better. I definitely recommend and I will purchase more from this author and narrator in the future!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful