The Voices of 9-11

The Story of the FAA and NORAD Response to the September 11, 2001, Attacks
By: Various
Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
Categories: History, Americas
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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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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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Great Experience

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

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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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September 11th

I find it hard to read this book. I'm a very big history buff. But I have lived through this event. unlike the Challenger disaster I remember what happened that morning after dropping my kids off to school. I happen to work for a newspaper at the time and was getting ready to go to the warehouse where we pick them up.

that day was one of the longest I remember standing there in my girlfriend's living room watching the news seeing the second plane hit and wondering what was going on worried about my children that I just dropped off to school and wondering if it was safe to drive and go out at all. I'd lived in Michigan near Selfridge Air Force Base which was one of the places where the military was scrambled from and we heard the Jets go off and we didn't know what was going on.

This Book brought those voices to life filled in some blanks that I didn't know that happened it's not something I think that I can listen to again but how to read it as a history its spot on but it's so heartbreaking to know what happened and all those who lost their lives.

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Eye opening and heartbreaking

It was amazing to hear how the Air traffic control and other teams dealt with what they had to. This takes you through the events from a different perspective that often gets overlooked. It was heartbreaking to hear when they tracked the planes and found out about the crashes. It was one tragedy after another and they managed it so well. Wonderful audiobook. Sad topic.

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Do you want the truth?!

Every American should know and listen to the truth of what happened that day. This is from the original recordings, raw and still biting ; very well put together. Can you handle the truth? We should never let these tragedies become barbecue holidays. But celebrations of remembrance, that America can have great tragedy but still bounce back and be stronger.

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Love It

Love this show. Came quickly. Ended up buying a box set and giving this one to my mother. She loved it as well. No issues with disc.

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Sad but informative

Sad knowing how this turned out. Great insight into what was going on that day.

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I remember

I just relived that day.
My wife and I were coming back from Jamaica. It was the 10th of September. We had stopped in Florida to transfer planes, then were supposed to head to Dallas (at 6pm?) and then on to Oregon. Our flight was delayed repeatedly. I sat next to the pilot, at the gate, and asked him what was going on. He said he wasn't sure, but he thought it might be something to do with the plane. The entire flight crew waited with the passengers at the gate. We all wondered what was going on.
I think it must've been around 10 pm that we finally were okay to get on the plane. We were given the option to stay in Florida, or continue on to Dallas. Our luggage was headed west, so we stayed with it.
We landed at Dallas and were given a bus ride to a hotel for the night. In the flight there we were told that the airline would provide rooms at the airport hotel, then send us on to Portland in the afternoon.
I woke up feeling that something was off. I remember turning on CNN just in time to watch a replay of the first plane going in to the tower. The announcer interrupted the commentary to show a live shot of the second plane going in.
My wife and I sat on the bed, too shocked to speak. We held hands and watched, as the towers collapsed.
I don't remember much from our trip to Jamaica. We had pictures, I'm not sure where they went. I think the flight to Florida was nice. The airlines offered us coupons for discounted meals and airfare, if we wanted to fly with them in the future.
It took us almost two weeks to get back to Oregon.
I started to tense up when the live audio began. The tears started shortly after that. I guess you never get over certain events. Life happens, but some things stick with you.

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  • Bill
  • 03-07-15

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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  • PK
  • 05-29-20

Lessons for centralised communication command

Important historical insight & lessons learned into managing evolving and unclear emergencies and disasters.

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  • Joseph Manning
  • 04-15-20

Good

Such a sad day. Interesting to hear about it first-hand and people's initial reactions. Some of the the sound isn't very clear but that's to be expected from radio comm chat. Good book 👍

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  • peter mcphail
  • 12-17-19

heart breaking

a lot of knowledge was gained from listening to this I understand the great confusion.
desperately trying to come to terms with this dreadful day.
the Air traffic control did a wounderful job considering the exception circumstance

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  • Joe Montague
  • 11-04-19

eye opening

This was a fascinating insight into the tragic events of 9-11. An eye-opening experience of what the ATC staff were doing to try and figure out what was happening.

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  • John Pollard
  • 08-13-19

Harrowing, yet excellent

Hearing the actual recordings from air traffic control and from the flights themselves, makes this a most interesting and harrowing audio book.
Sounds strange to say, yet this is an excellent insight to the events.

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  • Paul Watson
  • 06-17-19

Interesting, moving and raw

An event involving and affecting so many people these are some of the usually unheard voices

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  • Karen
  • 01-06-19

interesting and sad listen

deeply moving listen....terrifying to hear the events unfold............
I feel for the men and women dealing with these events. I doubt life was ever the same for them again.

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  • chris
  • 11-26-18

chilling

through all the technical jargon you can hear the fear and confusion of the various people recorded here. A very real and chilling record of a terrible day in the history of the world.

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  • A. Jabore
  • 11-05-18

Daunting and chilling, worth a listen

It's not a comfortable listen, probably won't listen again but it gives a good insight to what they were faced with that day I'd not considered before. It highlights the professionalism and work of the people desperately trying to understand what was happening. I don't think I'd e ver appreciated how impossible it must have been to organise, locate and ground thousands of planes, when several have been hijacked and others are not responding. Sounds understandably hard to understand in sections.