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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.

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©2011 Michael Hingson (P)2011 Oasis Audio

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  • DLR
  • san diego, CA, United States
  • 03-29-13

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

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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  • mj
  • 11-04-12

Unimpressed

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Perhaps if the preview had been more accurate, I might be more favorable in my review. A majority of this book was all about the author, how amazing he is and how no one could see past his lack of vision. Very little (other than the title) was about the dog and that is what I wanted to know about. How was she trained? How was that bond created? How do they assess which dog will be the wonder dog that works as the eyes for a human being? There was no research into how the four legged component of his team got where she is.

The tale of 9/11 was compelling because of content, but it was less than half the book.

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

I found Mr. Hingson a fairly unlikable character and unfortunately, the book was 95% about him. Yes he is remarkable in his accomplishments in communities that constantly underestimate his abilities, but his lack of humility and sense of humor made the book tiresome by the end. I'm sure that the purpose of this book is to educate the sighted population on the abilities and challenges of the blind but the sanctimonious flavor that this book creates towards those of us who can see was distasteful. As much as it may be justified, a chip on the shoulder of any author does very little to contribute to a compelling read.

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

I think Christopher Prince was the best thing about the book.

Do you think Thunder Dog needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No! I won't buy anything from this author again.

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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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highly-recommended

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?

no

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.

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  • Karyn
  • Darkan, Australia
  • 06-18-12

A bond

What did you love best about Thunder Dog?

The trust between animal and man

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

The thunder storm terrified the dog but in the crisis the dog was focused.

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Not much about Ground Zero

Would you try another book from Michael Hingson and Susy Flory and/or Christopher Prince?

maybe

Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Hingson and Susy Flory again?

yes

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

no

What character would you cut from Thunder Dog?

none

Any additional comments?

I was expecting a book about the authors experience in Ground Zero, as a blind man with a guide dog. Instead it is mostly about the authors experiences and successes while being blind. Although I learned a lot from the book, I was disappointed that the title, and subtitle were misleading. I wondered if the title was chosen to boost sales of a book about the authors' life.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Never Judge a Book

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

I would defentily recommend this book. It's wonderful example of over coming what most preceive as a handicap.

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

I have not listened to Christopher Prince's performaces before but will look forward to have him again as a narrrator.

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

Eye's Open

Any additional comments?

This story really touched me. It's not just overcoming a terrible time in history, but it shows us the spirit of the humananity that I feel is in all of us. If he had paniced, then I feel that some or all of those with him would have parrished. I especially love the comapairson between what some called handicapped and being left handed. My oldest son is a lefty, so I really related to that section of the book.

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  • Susann
  • United States
  • 01-03-12

Amazing accomplishments by dog and owner

What did you love best about Thunder Dog?

The accounting of the horrendous, explosive morning that has for ever changed our our lives and the example of two level headed individuals-a man and his guide dog.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Michael Hingsom

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

first one

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

No-back and forth to work- made me look forward to the drive.

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  • Laura
  • Yorba Linda, CA, United States
  • 12-03-11

Amazing Book

Would you consider the audio edition of Thunder Dog to be better than the print version?

Yes, this is a great book to listen to. A speach from Michael was also included at the end whitch made it even better.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was Michael because he is smart, determined and a great representitive of the the blind community.

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

There were some heartwarming moments and some very funny stories too.