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The Voices of 9-11 Speech

The Voices of 9-11: The Story of the FAA and NORAD Response to the September 11, 2001, Attacks

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"The story of the day, of 9/11 itself, is best told in the voices of 9/11," said Miles Kara, a retired Army colonel and an investigator for the September 11 Commission, in a recent New York Times report.

Included here is a selection of recordings of Federal Aviation Administration, Defense Department, and American Airlines communications from September 11, 2001. You will hear air traffic controllers, military aviation officers, airline and fighter jet pilots, as well as two of the hijackers, during two hours of that historic morning.

Transcripts and some of the recordings have been released previously, but not the complete "audio monograph", as it was described by the September 11 Commission. The recordings were originally intended to be part of the Commissions' 2004 report on the terrorist attacks, but were not ready in time for a legal review before the Commission finished its work. They have now been released in their entirety.

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    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 02-05-14
    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2017
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    "This is Real World, Not Exercise"

    I'd just listened to a heavy work, over 24 hours, and wanted something short and engaging. When I found this, I figured it would do well for my mood.
    What I got was a punch in the gut.
    Looking back, I went in god-awfully glib: This is short! This is, even better, free! This is perfect!
    It was a descent into the madness and memories of that horrific day and the days that followed. I was suddenly transported back to days of weeping and stuffing Oreos into my mouth, all in an attempt to release the terrible grief and fear of all that I (and most of the country) was feeling.
    The tapes start with people simply living their lives, going through their day, with a blip or two occurring on the radars of their awareness. It grows into a gnawing fear and dread. We get to experience things just as they do, hearing oddities from cockpits, trying to understand, then trying to take actions to control what they soon start figuring out is a completely out of control situation. The line, "Does anybody know why there's smoke in lower Manhattan?" about killed me. Follow up with, in trying to get a bead on lost planes, someone saying, "Look out the window. Do you see it flying low?" and then "Yeah, it just dropped like 800 feet!" with the second plane going into the WTC, and I was flat-out sick.
    There is some misinformation that the controllers deal with; there is audio from NORAD and the "This is real world, not exercise!"; there is horror, dread, and some extraordinarily calm people doing the impossible.
    There were plenty of times that I wanted to shout at them to just get the planes out of the air, but who knew then what we know now? The fact that decisions were made so quickly and with such finality is mind-blowing, especially when so many different towers were involved. And though the last four minutes of the recording are tinny and difficult to understand, they're worth listening to. They pretty much sum up everything that became part of our American culture.
    It's strange. I work with teen-aged girls who were only toddlers when 9-11 happened. These tapes would mean nothing to them. But for anybody who watched their television sets in a trance-like horror on that day, I strongly suggest the quick listen. Warning, though: if you felt even an iota of anything that remotely suggests your humanity back then, you will most likely, even now at this late date, feel something pretty powerful.
    Personally, I'm going to sit and stare at the wall for a while, wipe some tears away...

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    "unknown" Newark, NJ, United States 09-28-11
    "unknown" Newark, NJ, United States 09-28-11
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    "Great Experience"

    This is a great Audio to have free, my first experience with Audio book and I like it

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    Mary 09-12-11
    Mary 09-12-11
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    "The Scariest recording I have ever listened to"

    Sobering, intense, terrifying. VERY hard to listen to, but something that puts a human face on the events of 9/11 in a way that books, newspapers, magazines, movies or television cannot.

    It added to my appreciation for the heroes and martyrs of that day. No matter how uncomfortable you feel while listening to this, it is but a drop in the ocean compared to how the participants and their families must feel.

    Really puts you in the middle of the event.

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    Nicolette Irene, South Africa 02-13-12
    Nicolette Irene, South Africa 02-13-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Make no sense"
    What would have made The Voices of 9-11 better?

    Giving more background


    What could Various have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Share more about the event behind the recording


    What didn’t you like about the narrator’s performance?

    Nothing!!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I suppose being from USA making this recording more valuable


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    Cynthia K Resig 10-31-17 Member Since 2017
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    "wow."

    incredible to hear what unfolds from the other side of the terrorist attacks. very moving

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    Bob z 10-04-17
    Bob z 10-04-17
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    "very interesting"


    raw footage of the events over the radio of airtraffic control and airlines worth the listen

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    Jeremy Hess Endicott, NY United States 09-27-17
    Jeremy Hess Endicott, NY United States 09-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Insight into a day of Infamy"

    The true story of what the responses were and how it went down with air traffic and norad. At times it's difficult to listen too but it's further insight into 9/11. Well worth a listen.

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    Alex Wowk Michigan, USA 08-22-17
    Alex Wowk Michigan, USA 08-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "required listening"

    You don't really know what happened that day until you listen to this. Really intense.

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    Katherine Hyman 07-31-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Much needed perspective for all"

    Everyone alive on that day remembers well where they were and how they felt. This perspective is much needed to help all understand better the sequence of events

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    IPd in TN 05-25-17
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    "Gripping!!!"
    If you could sum up The Voices of 9-11 in three words, what would they be?

    REAL!


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

    I did listen to it in one setting


    Any additional comments?

    this book is the recordings of ATC during the 9-11 crisis. GRIPPING! Emotional.

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  • mandy
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    11/16/17
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    "wow"

    this is the hardest thing i have ever listened to, you think you know all about this despicable act, then you hear this and wonder how these magnificent competent people remain so incredibly focused at this time and how they will ever recover, i wont get much sleep tonight, amazing people that i never thought much about but will never forget their voices and their strengh xxx

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  • Mark
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    "harrowing and fascinating."

    like it says above- harrowing and fascinating. an insight into that day from a different perspective. well recommended.

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  • MS
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    "Gripping Account"

    Gripping account of historical events that have shaped geopolitics in the new millenium. You can hear rhe scale of tension rise with each conversation.

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  • Boko
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    "Very good compilation."

    I liked the fact that the recordings were unblemished, given as they were at the time. It gave a real sense of the events as they were happening, and the rising bewilderment of the air traffic controllers. Much impressed by their professionalism. Good all round.

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  • Bill
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    "9-11 Documentary Audiobook"

    Excellently produced, very sad events presented in a very matter of fact way that helps you to appreciate the magnitude of 9-11 and its aftermath

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