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3.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 5 3.74 (35 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: July 2011 ISBN: 9781608148936
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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.”

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

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  • “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.”

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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 Rex Eaton | 1/21/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 1/18/2014

    " I was expecting an inspiring story about a blind man and his guide dog making it out of the World Trade Center on 9/11. I got much more. The story of escaping death was good, but I learned so much more about blind people and how little difference there is between those who are blind and those who are sighted. I recommend this quick read if for no other reason than to be more aware of the capabilities of handicapped individuals as opposed to their limitations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly Walker | 1/16/2014

    " A great book with a demonstration of unconditional love, bravery, and overcoming. Great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 1/12/2014

    " Absolutely a wonderful book. It shows a true test of character in the man and the dog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kris | 1/7/2014

    " This was a really good book. I listened to it in the car, and it's one of the better audio books I've listened to. It was interesting to read about what happened to him on Sept 11 and learn about his life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Flat | 1/5/2014

    " A must read book. Very inspirational and interesting insight into a blind mans world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 1/4/2014

    " A story about a blind man and his guide dog who were on the 78th floor of the WTC tower 1 on 9/11. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aaron Gumbinger | 12/29/2013

    " Meh- This was more of a biography of the writer than about the dog or 9/11- and despite the extreme circumstances it was not very compelling of a read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eileen | 12/26/2013

    " sounded so interesting and emotional but ended up being so slow! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 12/14/2013

    " It's 2 days before the 11th anniversary of the 9-11-01 attacks. Reading this account helped me to once again appreciate the sacrifice so many made on that day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 12/9/2013

    " This is an excellent read. If you enjoy good storytelling, then this is a story to read. Inspirational and educational. The tragedy of 9/11 is woven through the book butt it is do much more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Surina | 11/23/2013

    " Not what I expected.. but still somewhat interesting.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Wood | 7/15/2013

    " A good read about what a blind perosn can accomplish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 6/1/2013

    " Michael Hingson is just an ordinary guy, who happens to be blind, and who managed to survive an extraordinary day with the help of his guide dog, Roselle. I enjoyed reading about his life story and how he doesn't see his blindness as a disability. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/31/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book, for all the reasons:9/11 survivor, Guide Dog and disabilties. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee Chalifour | 8/21/2012

    " This was a fantastic book. I strongly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Ward | 8/12/2012

    " Was interesting, but enjoyed "Until Tuesday" more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Hammock | 5/23/2012

    " I enjoyed reading this book. Not only was it about the dog but; about Michael and growing up blind. Gave lots of insight as to how it is growing up blind. Something I hope I never have to do. A must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 D | 5/22/2012

    " Would have given it 3.5 stars. Even 11 years after 9/11, the book reads fresh. Hingson's opinions and insights on blindness are well-presented, and perhaps left of mainstream thought. His genuine regard for his dog[s] comes through clearly. Source citations appear to be very comprehensive. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeff | 12/27/2011

    " I enjoyed this book, but it didn't really have a lot of depth. It basically told the story of Mr. Hingson's trip down the stairs of WTC 1, intertwined with accounts of his experiences growing up as a blind person. It was heartwarming, but didn't have much in the way of "wow" or headshaking moments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 11/7/2011

    " Quick, easy read. Great feel good story.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 11/7/2011

    " Interesting book about a blind man and his guide dog's escape from one of the Twin Towers. The book dragged at times, but it was worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mtogo | 11/2/2011

    " Learned about life, God, how to interact with blind people, and fell in love with a dog "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 10/27/2011

    " A good read about what a blind perosn can accomplish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carlene | 10/25/2011

    " Really liked it. Have read alot about 9/11 but learned some new stuff. Interesting-learned alot of stuff about blind people and guide dogs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 10/24/2011

    " A good read. And really puts you in the shoes of a blind person and his dog, in and out of the chaos of 911. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 10/19/2011

    " Well, let's just say I am glad I read (listened) to it. Not at all what I expected, but my heart and soul are warm and feel good from listening to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki | 10/11/2011

    " I wish I could give more than 5 stars. This book was inspirational and so moving! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 10/10/2011

    " Such an inspiring and interesting story (especially since I am going into the field of visual impairment). Be prepared to be sent back to 9/11 and feel all of those emotions again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 10/7/2011

    " Powerful story and easily made its way to my top list of "favorite reads". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 10/6/2011

    " Very interesting read. I've never know much about the world of blind people and this was a great insight into that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 10/3/2011

    " Read the entire book in a couple of hours. Interesting story about the author and his guide dog's descent down the stairs after the Work Trade Center attack on 9/11. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Christopher Prince is a veteran voice-over artist with over fifteen years of experience. He has lent his voice-over talent to dozens of national commercials, industrial projects, and audio books.