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Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: ,

Narrated By: Christopher Prince

Publisher: Oasis Audio

Date: July 2011

Duration: 6 hours 33 minutes


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 seventy-eighth floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower, no alarms sounded, and no one had information about what had happened at 8:46 a.m. on September 11, 2001— what should have been a normal workday for thousands of people. All that was known to the people inside was what they could see out 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 are 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 fold 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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  • Alan Nelson

    A great read. It held my attention from start to finish. A powerful story but also made me understand the world of a blind person a bit more.

  • Veronica Galego

    Inspirational and motivational. Hope it's turned into a movie soon. Provides many life lessons.

  • Evelyn Pickard

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a real eye-opener about the blind, changed my attitude a lot. It was very moving, I felt tearful frequently! I would definitely recommend it

  • Sandra Bernight

    Very interesting. This made me open my eyes even more.

  • Brenda Dobie

    Just an amazing story! I have a new appreciation of what blind people can do. I am enlightened!

  • Shanda Finnell

    A very good book. I know 9-11 was devastating and hearing this book from someone that survived and what he went through is just amazing.

  • Barb Short

    Excellent!! What a wonderful account of triumph over adversity in a life with an "inconvenience" and facing what he did on 9-11. I loved the positive outlook. Also, very informative about how we deal with the blind.

  • Nelly Navarro-Britt

    Book is amazing, very well written. Narrator is good but it was hard to tell when writer/speaker is the husband or the wife. It would have been helpful to have a female narrator for the female chapters.

  • Tom Turowski

    What a great book! It's fascinating to learn about human capabilities that sometimes seem fantastical. That sums up Michael Hingson pretty well.

  • Sally More

    First half or so was excellent. Tough memories of an awful day in Anerica's history but an inspiring story of an amazing guide dog guiding the author out of harm's way. It was well interwoven with anecdotes from the authir's past, growing up blind. The second half got preachy about his faith in God and how the sighted should treat the blind. I did not finish it as I got turned off. Worth reading the first part.