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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (150 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Genelle Guzman-McMillan Narrator: Heather Alicia Simms Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9781442346420
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Am I dead?

But I was in too much pain to be dead, right? I put my left hand right up to my face, but I couldn’t see even a hint of it. As I lay on my right side, my right arm and leg were pinned underneath me. A huge slab of concrete pressed against my head. Mustering all my strength, I pushed against it. Nothing. With my left hand, I could feel that an immense steel beam encased the rest of my body.

I was sealed in a coffin of concrete and steel. I screamed for help, but my voice went nowhere. I was alone. Completely alone. For twenty-seven hours, Genelle remained below the surface of Tower One’s rubble. During this time, she couldn’t help but reflect on the life she’d lived and how she’d drifted from the faith she once knew. One of her most painful regrets was that she’d left her daughter behind in Trinidad while she pursued her dream of singing and dancing in America. As death now seemed certain, she feared where it would take her. And then she remembered witnessing the miraculous recovery of her aunt when she was a child in Trinidad. Maybe…just maybe, God had a miracle for her as well.

For hours she prayed, remembering each detail of her walk away from the faith she’d known as a child. She begged God to forgive her—accepting that she may soon die, but praying for the miracle of life and a chance to live that life with a new purpose and direction.

God answered her prayer by sending an angel to sustain her. Now living in the light, Genelle is making good on the promises she made in the dark while buried in the rubble Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The underlying story of Genelle’s strength, fortitude, faith, and kindness is a vivid and important reminder that good is far more powerful than the evil we saw that day. This isn’t just Genelle’s incredible story. This is a story that does honor to the innocent victims of 9/11 whom we will never forget.” 

    Gary Tuchman, CNN national correspondent 

  • Angel in the Rubble is a riveting, simply-told story of strength, hope, and miracles by a simple, yet extraordinary, woman. It strengthened my faith in God, humanity, and those American values that make the USA the remarkable country it is. It’s a potent shot of hope, whether Jew or Gentile, Muslim or Atheist.” 

    Wendy Fitzwilliam, Miss Trinidad & Tobago, author, and Miss Universe 1998 

  • “I simply devoured Angel in the Rubble; I read it from cover to cover and found it impossible to put down! Genelle’s life is undeniable proof that miracles still happen.” 

    Crystal Woodman Miller, survivor of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting and author of Marked for Life 

  • “Inspiring. Gripping. Riveting. Read this book. It will clasp you by the hand and compel you to get right with God and others—today. You’ll be challenged to believe in miracles…in angels…in redemption . . . and most of all—in God Almighty.” 

    Robert Rogers, author of Into the Deep: one man’s story of how tragedy took his family but could not take his faith and founder of Mighty in the Land Ministry 

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/14/2014

    " Found this book a very powerful read, with the survivor revealing her innermost thoughts, fears and hopes. Could not put this book down, and think this woman extremely courageous to go through this ordeal and eventually return to a normal life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Whitney | 2/12/2014

    " An inspiring book about the last survivor found from the collapse of the World Trade Center. I cantimagine what it would be like to be buried alive. This woman was so brave and overcame so much. Great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 2/10/2014

    " This book was very special. It was genuine, heartwrenching and lifechanging. I can't really praise it enough. I was so touched by Genelle's story of tragedy and triumph and her retelling of the miraculous events that saved her from being crushed by the World Trade Center collapse has changed me. I am a better person for having read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/2/2014

    " I was interested to see how this woman survived the 9/11 attacks and found alive beneath all the rubble. A very powerful story, that validates that miracles can happen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara Lujan | 1/26/2014

    " I read this book in two days. She has an amazing story nd it truly makes you think abiut your own life, faith and choices. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terra | 1/24/2014

    " This book had so much potential, but it fell short of my expectations. The story would have been better if there had been a time line of what was happening in the big picture while Genelle and her coworkers debated what to do. Some of the problem, too, is that it felt like William Croyle penned HIS words rather than bringing out Genelle Guzman-McMillan's thoughts and experiences. When a person faces death, it certainly is a life-changing experience. The thing to remember is that we all face it. There was a strong attempt to avoid sounding preachy and this made the book feel unnatural. If the point of the story was a spiritual revival and a dedication to the Lord, then say it loud and clear! This is the Good News. Don't turn it into "live a good life." That message has been way overdone, because not one of us IS good enough and never will be. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23 Yes, being nice to your fellow man will make the world a better place, but it will not lead to your salvation. Genelle had our attention. Here's what she was afraid to say: "Jesus saith unto him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.'" John 14:6 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/23/2014

    " Great story by the last survivor found in the rubble of the WTC. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda Thorne | 1/20/2014

    " Very interesting account of one of the most significant historical events. I was surprised and pleased to find that Genelle was writing with a strong Christian faith underpinning her experience. Very easy to read and definitely well worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Giesbrecht | 1/8/2014

    " yes, Mark , I'm sure it's made up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 12/24/2013

    " Less about 9/11, more about her religious conversion. Very touching and honest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 12/21/2013

    " Genelle was the last person pulled alive from the twin towers. This of her story of what it was like from inside a tower on September 11. Her calm approach makes this book a rivetting read. I have to confess that I skimmed through the more spiritual aspects of her story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 12/19/2013

    " I really thought this was a good book. What an experience!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 12/16/2013

    " I was interested in her story and the events of 9/11 from her prospective. It wasn't quite what I expected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene Briggs | 12/13/2013

    " Amazing and spiritual experience from the last person retrieved from the rubble of the World Trade Center after 9/11. The second half of the book tended to be somewhat pedantic and I lost my enthusiasm for the telling. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michelle Fogarty | 12/8/2013

    " I was very disappointed in this book. Started off being well written & just rambled on & on at the end. Not great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Richmond | 8/12/2013

    " I can't imagine! So terrifying and unreal...and the part about Paul made me tear up! Great book to remind everyone about the thousands of personal tragedies that took place that day "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamika Koehn | 10/20/2012

    " Interesting story, did seem to repeat itself. I wonder where Genelle is today with her faith. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren Chircop | 9/29/2012

    " Great book, love the fact that it bought her to the Lord :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 8/15/2012

    " The inspiring story of the last survivor pulled from the rubble at the twin towers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly Loughlin | 3/25/2012

    " A well written book about a miracle rescue after 9/11. It's an amazing story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/13/2012

    " Miracles do happen! Always keep the faith. Another privileged read from the horrific 9/11 events. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 1/5/2012

    " very courageous story, so sad that it evenn needed to be written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janette | 12/28/2011

    " Her experience of being a victim of 9/11 was very interesting...it is always good to remember, so I was glad to read it. Her recommittment to her faith and to God was inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lily | 11/13/2011

    " This was practically a near death experience--minus the dying part. The last survivor pulled from the rubble of 9/11, Genelle emerges from her experience a changed woman. Her book reads like a love letter to God, and it was beautiful to see that good can come out of unspeakably horrific experiences. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Whitney | 10/9/2011

    " An inspiring book about the last survivor found from the collapse of the World Trade Center. I cantimagine what it would be like to be buried alive. This woman was so brave and overcame so much. Great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/14/2011

    " I was interested to see how this woman survived the 9/11 attacks and found alive beneath all the rubble. A very powerful story, that validates that miracles can happen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melyni | 9/11/2011

    " When I began this, I was really looking forward to hearing her experiences from 9/11 and it was very interesting but I didn't really care reading her opinion on somethings. But hey, it's her life, her book.
    Overall I did enjoy the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 8/22/2011

    " The inspiring story of the last survivor pulled from the rubble at the twin towers. "

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About the Author

Genelle Guzman-McMillan was working in the first tower on 9/11 and had stopped on the stairs to remove her shoes when the building collapsed. She was pinned beneath concrete, unable to move or call out, until finally rescued more than a day later.

About the Narrator

Heather Alicia Simms is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator and actress. Her filmography includes Broken Flowers, Flutter Kick, Shock Act, Kingscounty, Head of State, Third Watch, and others. She also provided voice acting for the video game Red Dead Revolver.