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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (51 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dennis Smith Narrator: Stephen Hoye, Joyce Bean Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781452674056
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2011 marked the tenth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, an occasion that was observed around the world. But among the memorials, political speeches, and news editorials, the most pressing consideration—and often the most overlooked—is the lives and well-being of the 9/11 first responders, their families, and the victims’ families over the past decade.

Dennis Smith, a former firefighter and the author of the bestselling Report from Ground Zero, addresses this important topic in a series of interviews with the heroes and families of those most affected by the tragedy, either through feats of bravery in the rescue efforts or heroic bearing up in the face of unimaginable loss. Smith provides an intimate look at a terrible moment in history and its challenging and difficult aftermath, allowing these survivors to share their stories of loss, endurance, and resilience in their own words. A Decade of Hope is an honest and vitally important look at a decade in the lives of those for whom a national tragedy was a devastatingly personal ordeal.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Heart-rending oral histories of World Trade Center survivors and their families.”

    New York Times

  • “In the immediate aftermath of the attacks of September 11th, former firefighter Dennis Smith spent three months at the World Trade Center site assisting with rescue and recovery efforts.…In A Decade of Hope, he marks the tenth anniversary of 9/11 in the best possible way, recounting the stories of first responders, their families, and the victims’ families over the past decade. An inspiring testament to bravery and endurance.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Smith…a former firefighter, collects twenty-five moving personal narratives in this significant addition to the literature of September 11…With restraint and pathos, Smith’s book provides powerful tribute and testimony.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pat | 6/2/2013

    " This book was good, but too long. The author should have stopped after the first ten stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathi | 5/22/2013

    " A good book to read following the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Most of the stories give you hope, at the way so many have put their lives back together after the loss of a loved one on that dreadful day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 10/2/2012

    " This was a great book, and it really should get 5 stars from me, but there was a point where many of the stories started to feel similar and I did a lot of skimming "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 9/3/2012

    " If you think your life is bad, you have no idea! These are the true survivors of 9/11 -- the families of those who died and how they have endured during the last ten years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 6/8/2012

    " Amazing. Oral histories of those who survived and/or have been effected by Sept. 11. Excellent book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 3/25/2012

    " Series of stories from family members who lost loved ones in the World Trade Center attacks. Very emotional, thought provoking, and at times controversial. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 9/23/2011

    " Series of stories from family members who lost loved ones in the World Trade Center attacks. Very emotional, thought provoking, and at times controversial. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 9/9/2011

    " Amazing. Oral histories of those who survived and/or have been effected by Sept. 11. Excellent book "

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About the Author

Dennis Smith is a retired New York City firefighter. He stayed in the fire department an additional nineteen years after the success of his first book, Report from Engine Co. 82. He is the author of numerous books including several other bestsellers about firefighting. He founded Firehouse Magazine and has become an outstanding spokesman for firefighters nationwide. He is currently chairman of First Responders Financial Company and lives in New York City.

About the Narrators

Stephen Hoye has worked as a professional actor in London and Los Angeles for more than thirty years. Trained at Boston University and the Guildhall in London, he has acted in television series and six feature films and has appeared in London’s West End. His audiobook narration has won him fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Joyce Bean is an accomplished audiobook narrator and director. In addition to having won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, she has been nominated multiple times for the prestigious Audie Award. Equally adept at narrating fiction and nonfiction, and she also narrates audiobooks under the name Jane Brown.