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4.27 out of 54.27 out of 54.27 out of 54.27 out of 54.27 out of 5 4.27 (11 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robin Gaby Fisher Narrator: Paul Michael Garcia Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9781455190775
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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.”

    People

  • “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 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 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 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 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 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 8/4/2010

    " This was a very moving story of survival, friendship and forgiveness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 7/15/2010

    " Thought inspiring, true friendship, and the will to live! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna | 6/23/2010

    " Interesting book... about 2 boys who get caught in a fire and badly burned... how they fight the battle and how they come through it.... it is devastating to get badly burned on your body and i cant imagine what they went through.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Ellen | 6/12/2010

    " Very powerful, true story of the fire at Seton Hall Univerrsity ficusing on the struggle to survive and the resulting friendship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leticia | 3/10/2010

    " Very touching, devoured it in 2.5 hours at Borders. Great strength and resilience...the men featured in the story, not me. All I endured was the uncomfortable chair. What's up with Border's and uncomfy chairs and blasting the AC when it's freezing outside? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 3/10/2010

    " An inspirational story about 2 friends and their bond through on tragic event. Best book I've read in a long time. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua | 3/1/2010

    " An incredible story in all of its facets. This is why I am a nurse! Read this book! "

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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.

About the Narrator

Paul Michael Garcia, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and former company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, received his classical training in theater from Southern Oregon University, where he worked as an actor, director, and designer.