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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (318 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dennis Smith Narrator: Eric Conger, Jeff David, Don Leslie, Beth McDonald, Jennifer Jay Myers, Paula Parker, Charles Stransky Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9781598873702
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In this first book-length account of the rescue efforts at the World Trade Center, retired New York City firefighter Dennis Smith gives a remarkable eyewitness account of perhaps the most heroic and desperate collaborative disaster effort in recent history. Smith arrived on the scene shortly after the attacks on September 11 and stayed for weeks. He stretched hoses, picked up bodies, and talked with police, firefighters, and emergency workers who had rushed downtown to confront a spectacle no rescue worker had ever faced before. 

In Report from Ground Zero, Smith gives us the stories of some of the 343 firefighters who were reported missing or dead, including: Captain Pat Brown from Ladder Company 3, who was a personal friend; a father and son; the department’s beloved chaplain; commanders; rookies; and entire companies that were lost. Smith pays tribute to the dozens of police and emergency workers who died, as well as those who undertook an urgent search and rescue mission and, finally, the grim and daunting task of massive clean up.

Smith’s rare blend of superb writing skills and up-close firefighting experience drop us into the psyche of a firefighter, which sheds light on what would make someone rush into a flaming building: it’s called heroism.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy B | 1/21/2014

    " I found this book a good first hand account of what went on at the twin towers in New York on 911.The author is a former NY fireman and wrote books about the firemans life in NYC.I recomend this book to everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 12/26/2013

    " Its a great book for any man/woman that wants to be a fireman. It makes you realize that fireman, and women have a an out ragious jobs upon their shoulds, and makes you really appreciate what they had to go through during the 9.11.01 situations. It made you say wow ever time you read a chapter of the books, and its really what made me want to become a firefighter, and fullfill my dreams! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 12/25/2013

    " I learned alot about the firefighters of 911. Dennis Smith is a good writer with a very different way of talking about the events and the firefighters who lived and died that day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 12/21/2013

    " Another great one from Dennis Smith. Look for mention of my brave cousin Brian O'Flaherty...Battalion Chief FDNY..he didn't have to be there. Probably the next to last guy to see Ray Downey before he was killed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lew | 12/11/2013

    " A former firefighter tells of the rescue efforts at Ground Zero. We meet the heroes who helped and the ones who died. Many first hand accounts by public safety workers who felt free to talk to another firefighter and tell their story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 11/27/2013

    " Very interesting! Definitely a good book and enlightening to hear it from the emergency responders' points of view, "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim | 10/19/2013

    " Mostly oral history of the Sept. 11 attack, but it burned me out about halfway through it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gloria | 10/18/2013

    " Having a family member escape simply makes this more than a book to read. Will the USA ever be the same? Doubt it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 10/13/2013

    " WOW!!!! INCREDIBLE. The emotion, the determination, the courage. Need I say more.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerry Killen | 10/7/2013

    " Well written and wonderful tribute to the firemen of New York. Everyone should read to better understand the terrible tragedy and the men who went into harm's way. It is thought provoking and emotional. Thanks to Dennis Smith for writing this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 10/5/2013

    " Probably the single best book written about 9/11. Heart-breaking, as it should be. We should never forget what went on that day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loralee | 9/21/2013

    " Heart-wrenching stories of those who worked in emergency services on 9/11/01. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott L. | 11/3/2012

    " Amazing book, by a retired New York City firefighter. Smith brought gritty realism to firefighting in Report From Engine Co. 82; and here he does the same for the fight to save lives during the September 11, 2001 attacks at the World Trade Center. Great read from an excellent author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 10/13/2012

    " I found this book to be interesting yet it was a very slow read for me. I was falling asleep while reading it (which normally doesn't happen). I am glad I read it but I really liked the 102 Minutes (another book about 9/11) much better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 7/14/2012

    " Absolutely gutwrenching, a book written by one of the legends of the FDNY. Read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melita Cobb | 5/25/2012

    " Great account of the events of 9/11 and the following days told from a firefighter's perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudia | 5/15/2012

    " Eyewitness account of the events of Sept. 11, 2001 from Dennis Smith, a former NY Fireman. I read his other book, Report from Engine Co. 82. An outstanding author. So sad, so tragic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 12/5/2011

    " This was a heart wrenching book to read, but it will make you feel like you were there that day. I really like this author - he writes with such realism you can't put his books down. He knows what he's talking about! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Murphy | 7/11/2011

    " Dennis Smith tells his own tale of recoving bodies and cleaning up after 9-11. He puts a human face on the victims, many of whom he knew because he was a former New York firefighter. It was a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 1/14/2011

    " This book made me proud to have been born and raised in New York. The sacrifices made by the selfless men and women from the NYPD, FDNY, and Port Authority on 9/11 will be remembered forever. God bless the heroes of 9/11 along with all the victims. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 12/10/2010

    " Heartbreaking, inspiring, poignant accounts of struggle for survival in the Twin Towers and coping in the aftermath of 9/11. Writing and storytelling is done by a retired NYC firefighter, already an accomplished author before he took on this project. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lew | 12/10/2010

    " A former firefighter tells of the rescue efforts at Ground Zero. We meet the heroes who helped and the ones who died. Many first hand accounts by public safety workers who felt free to talk to another firefighter and tell their story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 9/13/2010

    " I learned alot about the firefighters of 911. Dennis Smith is a good writer with a very different way of talking about the events and the firefighters who lived and died that day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Museborn | 3/2/2010

    " Amazing book, by a retired New York City firefighter. Smith brought gritty realism to firefighting in Report From Engine Co. 82; and here he does the same for the fight to save lives during the September 11, 2001 attacks at the World Trade Center. Great read from an excellent author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy/nanckopf | 5/3/2009

    " Probably the single best book written about 9/11. Heart-breaking, as it should be. We should never forget what went on that day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 11/13/2008

    " I found this book to be interesting yet it was a very slow read for me. I was falling asleep while reading it (which normally doesn't happen). I am glad I read it but I really liked the 102 Minutes (another book about 9/11) much better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 11/9/2008

    " WOW!!!! INCREDIBLE. The emotion, the determination, the courage. Need I say more.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 9/12/2008

    " This was a heart wrenching book to read, but it will make you feel like you were there that day. I really like this author - he writes with such realism you can't put his books down. He knows what he's talking about! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gloria | 3/20/2008

    " Having a family member escape simply makes this more than a book to read. Will the USA ever be the same? Doubt it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 2/11/2008

    " Absolutely gutwrenching, a book written by one of the legends of the FDNY. Read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 1/14/2008

    " Fantastic book about 911.
    Rudi for president even more so after this read!
    God Bless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 11/16/2007

    " Dennis Smith tells his own tale of recoving bodies and cleaning up after 9-11. He puts a human face on the victims, many of whom he knew because he was a former New York firefighter. It was a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim | 10/9/2007

    " Mostly oral history of the Sept. 11 attack, but it burned me out about halfway through it. "

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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

Eric Conger is a stage actor, voice artist, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He has narrated more than 125 fiction and nonfiction audiobooks and was a four-time finalist for the Audie Award, both as a sole narrator in 2007 and 2008 and as part of a multicast reading in 2001 and 2012. He has earned six AudioFile Earphones Awards. His extensive voice-over work includes more than 5,000 narrations for commercial ventures. A graduate of Wesleyan University and the University of Paris, he also works as a writer and playwright. He has appeared in over fifty plays and has also translated plays of Molière and Feydeau for regional theaters. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.

Don Leslie has appeared on Broadway, off Broadway, and in regional theaters throughout the country. He has been heard in thousands of commercials, promos for all the broadcast networks and most cable stations, political campaigns, movie trailers, and over fifty audiobooks.

Beth McDonald, a Juilliard graduate, has appeared across the country in regional theatre productions of plays by Shakespeare, Neil Simon, Sophocles, Arthur Miller, Moliere, A. R.Gurney, Euripides, and others. Her Broadway credits include the original cast of Angels in America, A Few Good Men, and Einstein and the Polar Bear. Her television work includes appearances on Law & Order, Third Watch, and The Courtroom as well as recurring roles on All My Children and As the World Turns. She has appeared in Mona Lisa Smile and several independent feature films. An Earphones Award-winner, Beth has read a number of audiobooks including Susan Faludi’s The Terror Dream, Sandra Brown’s Sunny Chandler’s Return, Tami Hoag’s Dark Horse, and Elisabeth Hyde’s The Abortionist’s Daughter.

Jennifer Jay Myers is an award-winning voice-over artist. She graduated from Northwestern University where she studied singing and acting and then moved to New York to pursue musical theater. Myers has appeared in many shows including Nunsense, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Godspell, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, and Fiddler on the Roof, among others. When she’s not working, she volunteers with animal rescue. She and her husband, writer Chris Grabenstein, share their home with four wonderful rescued animals (three cats and a dog).

Paula Parker’s stage credits include The Debate, Maggie Flynn, and Four to Make Two. Her television credits feature All My Children, Guiding Light, One Life to Live, and Another World. Among her films are Coupe de Torchon and The Family. Ms. Parker is also a frequent narrator of audio books. She lives in New York City.