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Publisher's Summary

Erik Ronningen was on the 71st floor of the North Tower on September 11, 2001, when American Airlines Flight 11 struck the building. After an incredible, near miraculous journey down through the acrid, smoke-filled building, Erik tried to get to the security command center in the South Tower. Unable to do so, he was the last person to make it out of the South Tower alive.

Here is the story of his harrowing escape, interwoven with the accounts of 14 others who were lucky enough to be able to recount them.

Altogether, these accounts document the bravery and heroism, selflessness, and generosity demonstrated by hundreds of people when their normal, everyday lives were suddenly plunged into a fiery scramble for survival.

The astonishing photograph on the cover of this book was taken by survivor Jim Usher as he lay on the concrete outside the World Trade Center, losing consciousness, so his family could see what he saw during what he thought were the last moments of his life. And yes, that flag was really there! This photograph has never before been made public.

©2013 Erik O. Ronningen/Welcome Rain Publishers (P)2015 Erik O. Ronningen

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The Horrific Truth reported in palatable form.

I listened to this is in one session although it was not my intention initially. I could not stop listening. It was an unbelievable nightmare. However we all know that it was indeed the truth and not some 'made for TV' movie. Oh how we all wish that it had been.

Erik Ronningen gives us just enough detail so that we get an idea of just how dire things must have been on that infamous September day way back in 2001. However, thankfully he does not over dramatize the situation just leaving that to us, the reader.

Andrew Firda and Katie McCall give stifling performances which definitely added to my enjoyment of this well written history of that dreadful day.

A true FIVE star novel.

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A Horrible Day in History, Described Well.

Gives great insight to the depth of horror of that day. Let Us Not Repeat.

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Very sad and interesting

Sucha sad sad day...saying it was a sad day is putting it lightly...I was crying just listening to what these poor people went through...anyways very well written as well as narrated....

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Amateur

Very very amateurish writing and very biased!
Left wing nonsense!
If you like left wing crap. You will like this book

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  • 12-20-16

Fantastic Read

What did you love best about From the Inside Out?

The stories of the survivors. Even years later, the stories are unbelievable.

What other book might you compare From the Inside Out to and why?

102 Minutes, but I favor this one.

Have you listened to any of Andrew Firda and Katie McCall ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

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

Easily. Very hard to stop listening to.

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Inside view of the terror

Written by a victim of 9/11, you get an inside view of what it was like from several different people. All the stories are interesting and heartbreaking.

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9/11

This is a brief look at some of the horrors that transpired on that grim day in 2001.
Narration is adequate except for those moments when McCall switches into high-pitched whiney mode.
Both need to check pronunciation of words where emphasis changes depending upon the meaning: "confines", used as a noun is pronounced con'fines, "enveloped" in verb form is pronounced en vel' oped, rather than the same way one pronounces the paper pocket used to mail a letter. Dedicated professionals check these things out before committing text to audio.

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A SAD TIME

The book was very clear and concise on the heroics of the people that were involved and the ones that were helped during that period. Soo much sadness and clarity from all of those involved in this tragedy. The books gives insight into the minds of the people that survived the tragedy. I knew it was bad, but when you hear it first hand, it brings the sorrow more to life than just watching it on TV. The book was well read and the emphasis was where it should have been. It was like you were there at the time of the first plane hitting the building to explosion of humans hitting the streets below. A very great read for a very SAD TIME!

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Very well told with excellent performances

My title says it all. This book gives you the reality of the situation. The narrators were both excellent.

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A new perspective

A perfectly-woven sharing of experiences by survivors who made it out. What horror they experienced.

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  • 05-27-21

riveting

I cried I gasped I can imagine what it must of been liked great narration amazing courage

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  • 03-26-21

Amazing

After listening to other audiobooks about 9/11 that were incredible, I went into this one with high hopes and I was not disappointed!

This book gives such a detailed insight into the thoughts, fears, grief and hopes of the survivors so well, that you could almost have been there with them whilst it was happening.

Incredibly moving and fantastically written, this one has left a lasting impression that will stay with me for a very long time to come.

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  • Mr. Adam Mclaughlin
  • 03-03-21

Powerful, moving with excellent narration.

I found this book by chance, buried within Audibles library. Deserves much greater exposure.

Can't recommend enough.

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  • baubleboy
  • 02-28-21

excellent stories

fabulous accounts of a horrific day showing real human spirit and strength really good listen

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  • Iain
  • 05-18-18

Emotional on every level.

My thoughts on what happened that day were always truly terrifying.in a way I saw what happened and almost imagined that the towers were empty. I guess a coping mechanism. This book puts me out of my comfort zone and makes me walk through many peoples steps on that day. Thank you to the author and thank you to the brave people who contributed to a very informative, first hand account of that day we’ll never forget.

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  • JJFGB
  • 01-15-16

Not morbid and a must buy

This book tells the remarkable story of what happened inside the twin towers on 9/11 from the perspectives of those that managed to survive. Ranging from those that just missed the disaster due to luck/fate all the way to those who almost didn't make it. It includes some detailed descriptions of how the explosions of the planes rocked the buildings and how this affected people's .escape and the story of those trapped under the collapse. . Most importantly this book details some of the heroism inside the towers and doesn't stop with the escape. It was great to find out what happened to those who's stories are told.

This book is a celebration of life and not at all morbid or ghoulish. A fascinating and insightful book that everyone should read.