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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,183 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Hingson Narrator: Christopher Prince Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Faith. Trust. Triumph.

Every moment in Michael Hingson’s and Roselle’s lives seemed to lead up to this day. When one of four hijacked planes flew into the World Trade Center’s north tower on September 11, 2001, Michael Hingson, a district sales manager for a data protection and network security systems company, was sitting down for a meeting. His guide dog, Roselle, was at his feet. Paired for twenty-one months, man and dog spent that time forging a bond of trust, much like police partners who trust their lives to each other.

Michael couldn’t see a thing, but he could hear the sounds of shattering glass, falling debris, and terrified people flooding around him and Roselle. However, Roselle sat calmly beside him. In that moment, Michael chose to trust Roselle’s judgment and not to panic. They were a team.

Thunder Dog is a story that will forever change your spirit and your perspective. It illuminates Hingson’s lifelong determination to achieve parity in a sighted world and how the rare trust between a man and his guide dog can inspire an unshakable faith in each one of us.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Christopher Prince offers a well-devised reading, gently nuanced with an underplayed emotional tone that ensures listeners can empathize with Michael and not pity him…The overall reading is compelling, and the story an incredible one: a compulsive listening experience.”


  • “Moving and enlightening…A unique perspective on a national tragedy.”


  • “A decade has not muted the horrors of 9/11, and Hingson and cowriter Flory do a magnificent job of relating what it was like in the aftermath of the attack. That account alone would have been a worthy and important endeavor. But the authors go beyond that, offering both an illuminating look at the realities blind people face every day and the astounding capabilities of seeing-eye dogs. Seamlessly weaving the narrative between the extraordinary exodus from the burning towers and Hingson’s fascinating life is a savvy literary device that only enriches the tale. A tragic, inspirational and enlightening memoir.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dana | 2/19/2014

    " It wasn't quite what I thought it would be. It is a good story and is easy to read, but it doesn't go into as much detail as I thought it would about his experience during 9/11. It was very enlightening to read about his experience growing up blind and how he has been able to find his way through a world geared for sighted people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rhoda | 1/30/2014

    " Be prepared to cry all the way through! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Deb | 1/25/2014

    " One of the most interesting books I have read. I was expecting a book primarily about an awesome guide dog, and instead I learned more about being blind than I ever imagined. Written with a warm sense of humor, very informative. Read to the very last page with a smile! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rex Eaton | 1/21/2014

    " Very touching story about the bond between a man and his eyes during their darkest hour together "

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About the Author
Author Michael Hingson

Michael Hingson, national ambassador for the Braille Literacy Campaign,  is a miraculous survivor of 9/11. He lives with his wife, Karen, in the San Francisco Bay Area with two guide dogs, Africa and Fantasia, and one cat, Sherlock.