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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: Susy Flory, Michael Hingson

Narrated By: Christopher Prince

Publisher: Oasis Audio

Date: July 2011

Duration: 6 hours 31 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.


  • Melissa O

    Incredible story! I love how the author reflects back during his journey giving more insight into his life and his relationship with his guide dog.

  • Esther H

    Such an amazing experience to have to write a book about and so much I have learned from this listening to this book that is based a true story! One of my personal favorites now! The Narrator does an excellent job in the book and I feel like I am there in the book with the author and his dog! Such an amazing and excellent read or just to listen too! You will learn so much from this story that you will apply it whatever it is that you learned in your own life, just like what I did! No matter how much I tell tell you about how amazing this book is, you wouldn't truly know unless you read or listen to it yourself, than in the end you will know! I recommend this book to you...Enjoy it! To the author: Thank you so much for writing your experience in this book... you taught me so many things that I did know, but most of all you taught me how to be trully thankful! I hope to meet you some day, so I can learn more and more from you!

  • Laurie M

    One of the best audio books I have ever listened too. Uplifting and informative, I think describes this book well. Please read or listen to this book. You will not be sorry.

  • Jo Ann S

    I love this book. It was filled with a positive outlook in the face of danger.

  • 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.

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

by Susy Flory, Michael Hingson

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