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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robin Gaby Fisher Narrator: Paul Michael Garci Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On January 19, 2000, a fire raged through the freshman dormitory at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, killing three students and injuring fifty-eight others. Among the victims were Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos, roommates from poor neighborhoods who made their families proud by getting into college. They managed to escape the fire, but both were burned terribly.

After the Fire is the story of these young men and their fight to recover from the worst injuries the Saint Barnabas Hospital burn unit had ever seen. It is the story of the extraordinary doctors and nurses who work with the burned, of the mothers and fathers, of faith and family, of the women who came to love these men, and of the invisible ties that bind us to one another.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Unimaginably moving—readers will want to keep a box of tissues at hand—and deeply compassionate.”


  • “Fisher conveys a deep respect and compassion for all involved…She succeeds in making what might have been yesterday’s news into today’s inspiration.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A riveting and intimate read. That these two men survived is almost a miracle. That Fisher was there to document it is our good fortune.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “Keep some Kleenex handy.”

    Rocky Mountain News

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marty | 5/27/2011

    " It has the virtues of journalism (seems to be basically factual and complete). It tries to have heart but in my view doesn't quite get there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karrie | 11/4/2010

    " I cried several times while reading this one, but it was worth it. It's not often you read a story like this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eve | 9/13/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book! I probably shouldn't of read it - since I have a fear of fire - but it was great anyway! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kristen | 8/16/2010

    " This is a sad story but I'm glad that the guys turned out okay. The guys that started the fire should of got more time in jail..they did kill 3 people with this prank "

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About the Author
Author Robin Gaby Fisher

Robin Gaby Fisher is a nationally acclaimed news feature writer with the Star-Ledger in Newark, New Jersey.