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Thunder Dog (Library Edition): The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero

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Faith. Trust. Triumph. "I trust Roselle with my life, every day. She trusts me to direct her. And today is no different, except the stakes are higher." —Michael Hingson. First came the boom—the loud, deep, unapologetic bellow that seemed to erupt from the very core of the earth. Eerily, the majestic high-rise slowly leaned to the south. On the seventy-eighth floor of the W ...more
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Kwesi 章英狮
Aug 24, 2011 Kwesi 章英狮 rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kwesi 章英狮 by: BookSneeze
How many children are blind? 1.5 million children in the world are legally blind and only few cares for them. Some family abandoned babies that are born blind but few are strong enough to live and nourish their blind child as a strong willed man in the future. We thought that they are not capable to do things like normal people but we were mesmerized by the fact that they don't have eyes that can work steadily, in the end, blind men show us that they can do like a regular person.

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Elaine
A guide dog navigates her blind human down 78 flights of stairs on 9/11. Under any circumstance, this feat would be inspiring, but, given the chaos that prevailed, and that the dog had never traversed these stairs, her performance was amazing.

Actually, Hingson doesn't say much about the dog's performance. To my surprise, then, I turned a page to a new chapter. It consisted of the 23d Psalm in italics. "The Lord is my shepherd... Huh? No disrespect to God, but this book is about a dog who is a sh
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Angel / YA rules!/
Aug 30, 2011 Angel / YA rules!/ rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Angel / YA rules!/ by: Kwesi 章英狮
It's been hours since I finished reading the book and I can still feel the flow of emotions I had while reading it. Although, I am amazed at how Michael Hingson overcame his "disability" the feeling of being awe inspired is also mixed with a feeling of dread at what happened on 9/11. To be able to read it from the perspective of a survivor somehow makes it all real for me. Of course, all that is real. However, being on the other side of the globe when all that happened, I felt somehow detached l ...more
Hannah
really didn’t know what to expect when I bought this book for my kindle, but it was $1.99 and involved a dog and 9/11. Two things that I find interesting, so I went for it.


Wow! It was really good. I don’t want to say too much as to give away the highlights of the book…but essentially you’re guided through Michael’s experiences on 9/11 as well as some of his experiences throughout his life. Being that Michael is blind (and has been from birth), the book offers a lot of insight to the life of a b
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Eduardo Santiago
TL;DR Blind people can do more than you think they can. Also, if you get to pick your parents, make sure you get supportive ones who encourage you to do all you can (vs the mollycoddling kind).

I feel disappointed, and I almost feel like I should apologize for it (but I won't). I expected a book titled “Thunder Dog” to, you know, deal a bit more with the dog. Instead it was a long motivational speech. With occasional God silliness and OBTW I walked down the stairs on 9/11.

Hingson has a chip on hi
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Mindy
As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, you may want to pick up this wonderful book by Michael Hingson and Susy Flory. Blind since birth, Hingson narrates the story of his escape from the 78th floor of the World Trade Center's north tower with his guide dog, Roselle. I read it in one night and loved every moment of it~~laughing at parts (believe it or not) and crying too.

Hingson not only relays his story as a survivor of the terrorist attacks; he shares his personal story as a blind child b
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Susie
My church book club chose to read this for our September meeting, and it felt very appropriate that I finished listening to this on September 11. Because of that, I felt more connected than the 10th anniversary last year when there were many more events to commemorate the day. I had no idea of the organization of the book, since I never saw it in print. At first when Hingson related the events of the day and their descent, I wondered if the entire book would be about September 11. However, he do ...more
Abigail
I recommend you read this book, if you want to read an inspiring book about the human spirit during one of the darkest days in United States history. The author turned a horrible moment and found inspiration and deepened his faith from the experience. I believe anybody would find this book inspiring no matter what religion they are. I enjoyed learning about how the author Michael Hingson and his guide dog Roselle escaped the World Trade Center Building 1 after it was attacked on 9/11. The author ...more
Melissa Reinke
At first glance one would think Thunder Dog is a moving and inspirational tale of a blind man and his guide dog who survived 9/11 in the World Trade Center, but it is so much more than that. Thunder Dog is as much a about the story of Michael Hingson's life as it is about that fateful day at Ground Zero. Complete with Courtesy Rules for Blindness and a dissertation by former National Federation of the Blind president Kenneth Jernigan, Thunder Dog is an (excuse the expression) eye-opening piece o ...more
Collin Sedgwick
I recommend you read this book. I really liked the inspirational story of this man being saved by his dog. if you want to read an inspiring book about the human spirit during one of the darkest days in United States history. The author turned a horrible moment and found inspiration and deepened his faith from the experience. I believe anybody would find this book inspiring no matter what there past knowledge is about the guide dog foundation
Renee
Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson with Susy Flory is about much more than a guide dog named Roselle. The book intertwines the events of 9/11 as experienced by the author in the north tower of the World Trade Center with his life story. We hear first-hand what one man experienced with his guide dog as he made his way down seventy-eight flights of stairs to safety. We also learn of the life of a blind man growing up in a family that treated him as any seeing child - even driving a car at times.

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Susan Bazin
This is the story of a blind man and his dog. The main story is during his time getting out of the World Trade Center. The other main theme is the story of blind people in general. Getting out of the tower was traumatic for everyone. The fact that the dog was so well trained and that neither dog nor master were panicked, was amazing. Having read other stories about people getting out, this was no different. Everyone was calm. Everyone helped each other. Amazing stories.

I appreciated the informa
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Clockstein Lockstein
Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson & Suzy Flory is the story of one man's escape from the 78th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11 with his heroic and one -of-a-kind guide dog. Hingson, who was been blind since birth, was getting ready for a meeting that morning when the plane hit his building. He used his beloved guide dog and his faith in God to get him down 1,463 stairs to escape the building, only to flee for his life when the South Tower fell. Thunder Dog is about muc ...more
Cafelilybookreviews
As soon as I saw the cover of this book, I knew I had to read it. I’m a sucker for true stories – especially true stories with canines as the subject matter. And when I found out that this story also revolved around September 11th, I was hooked.

Thunder Dog is a very emotional read. Not only does it tell the story of Roselle, a beautiful guide dog loyal to her master, it tells the story of a brave man (who also happens to be blind), and how he helped encourage others down the treacherous Stairwel
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Jill
"Don't let your sight get in the way of your vision." thought-provoking!

"She kisses his hand and then he is gone. I would realize later that this touch was probably the last unconditional love he ever got." The author is talking about his guidedog Roselle snuzzling a firefighter on his way up the stairs of Tower 1 on 9/11/01.

Thunder Dog is a fast read and is a touching first-hand account of survival on that terrible day. The author is blind and with his guidedog and a co-worker, he makes it out
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Drew Leverton
Michael Hingson’s purpose in writing Thunder Dog was to share his experiences on 9/11 as he escaped one of the Twin Towers with his guide dog Roselle. Mr. Hingson, who has been blind since infancy, lets the reader know how capable he is despite his blindness. He also shares how important a guide dog is to a blind person. Michael Hingson gives the reader a view of his every day life along with the minute-by-minute details of his experiences on 9/11.

The theme of the book was trust. Michael Hingso
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yuki
A powerful tale of courage and trust. I picked this book because I thought it was a dog story and also I was traveling to the states soon. I was expecting to learn something about the country I was about to visit. 9/11 was one of the crucial event of their country as so it is to the world also. Story of smart dog was merely entering point for me to get to know the event from a different angle. However, this book is more than that. It is about how trust can thrust amid of difficulties and create ...more
Taica
This is a wonderful book. I learned so much about the internal experience about someone who is blind, as well about the inside experience of what happened on 9/1/1. The story moves between that day and the past of the blind many who is telling the story and is experiencing 911. The audio version is well read, and the story is well told. I recommend it.
Nenette
There's more to this true story than the title suggests. The ordeal that Mike Hingson and his guide dog Roselle experienced during 9/11 is really a wonderful story about courage, trust and overcoming obstacles. But there's more to it - the 9/11 experience opened an opportunity for Mike to show the world that blindness is just an inconvenience, not a disability. Mike's blindness did not prevent him to enjoy his childhood, excel in his studies, be gainfully employed. It did not stop him to ride a ...more
Books
Reading Thunder Dog was a suspenseful, frightening and yet deeply spiritual experience. Starting with a thunder storm in the early hours of 11 September 2001, Michael Hingson and his guide dog, Roselle, takes the reader through the horrifying events at the World Trade Center. From the moment the first plane crashes into the north tower, down 1,463 steps and out into the chaos of the streets that surround the WTC, to the collapse of the towers and the author's perilous journey home; this is a rea ...more
Jenna
I've always been curious about how a blind person works with a guide dog, and this book presented that information in a fascinating package. The narrative does a great job of braiding several story threads. One of the threads is author Mike Hingson's terrifying escape from the Twin Towers on 9-11 -- led by his trusty guide dog, Roselle. Another thread is Mike's memories of growing up in a family that didn't treat him as disabled, and how wonderfully resourceful, adventurous, and accomplished he ...more
Janeen
I really liked this book! It must be the Lab-lover in me! The writing style is very casual like he is telling me the story over a cup of coffee in the kitchen. Not knowing anyone who is blind, I was really intrigued to learn how they function in our sighted world. Ethan read the book too, he said it was a bit boring. That's a pre-teen for you!
Ella's Gran
This begun as the story of Michael Hingson and his guide dog Roselle and their escape from World Tower 1 on the day it was attacked and leveled. It is interwoven with his life story of being blind and achieving a normal lifestyle in a sighted world, although I felt it became more a conduit for his motivational speaking on blindness and being blind, into which he popped a little more on the main interest for the book - Roselle and their flight from ground zero. It begun to sound just a little pre ...more
Deb
Watching the events unfold on live television is nothing like being there and experiencing 9/11 inside the building. Michael Hingston's book gives an excellent account of what survivors in the building know, and what they are thinking. Because Michael is blind, his dog, Roselle, is an integral participant in survival, especially after exiting the building.

After the story of 9/11 is told, Michael spends the last quarter of the book explaining to sighted people how to perceive, and approach blind
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Emily Murphy
All of these ratings are on a scale of 1-10:

Quality of Writing: 4
Below average, certainly. Word choice/sentence structure wasn't anything outstanding in either direction, but it got the message across.

Pace: 2
I did not appreciate the flashing back-and-forth, though it did make the decent more interesting. After he survived the towers, I wondered what on earth could be next. As I feared, the rest dragged and was rather redundant. But it was easy to turn the page. Kudos for that.

Plot Development: 4
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Andrea Estelle
It's hard to believe it has been 10 yrs since 9-11. There are a slew of books out right now focusing on the anniversary of the tragedy. I did enjoy this one - although it makes your stomach turn just to think of 9-11 again. Overall, however, this is not a depressing story but rather an inspirational one. The author, Michael Hingson, is a blind man who was working on the 78th floor of the WTC the morning of 9-11 along with his seeing eye dog, Roselle. The story takes you through the harrowing exp ...more
Sarah
The title and cover image are a bit misleading. They make you think this story is about a guide dog. Really, the story is about a blind man who escaped ground zero on 9/11. Still a very interesting read. As Michael narrates his journey out of WTC tower 1, he explains aspects of growing up blind that have contributed to his personality. As I was listening to the audio book, I can't help but feel Michael exemplifies what Malcolm Gladwell talks about in some of his books: notable success isn't due ...more
Starlet Laura
I haven’t read anything about the survivors of 9/11 – this is the first and, as a result, I have a couple more audible books to listen to -- on the subject…..(I just listened to Angel in the Rubble, which was also worthwhile).

Thunder Dog was a great story -- I recommend it highly. It’s two-fold in that the reader also has the opportunity to be educated about people who are blind – this was a major portion of the book, interspersed, and well worth it for that reason.

I don’t know any blind people
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Rachel
So I was a little skeptical of this book at first. I mean, it's called Thunder Dog. But the premise sounded interesting: A blind man who works on the 78th floor of Tower One relies on his trusty guide dog to help him navigate the destruction of 9/11. That story is interwoven with stories of Michael's experiences being blind. About his parents, his education (his parents mainstreamed him when no one else was doing that), his hobbies, his work, his guide dogs, his wife, and some general informatio ...more
Leslie
This book is presented as being about September 11th, but is also a memoir about growing up white, middle-class and blind in the mid-20th century USA. The author earned a Masters degree in Physics so is clearly brilliant; he is no ordinary guy but someone exceptional. He tells about how his family insisted he be treated like his other sighted siblings.

[I don't know that I approve of blind people riding bicycles or driving vehicles on public streets, or piloting airplanes - all of which he has c
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When the World Trade Center was attacked on 9-11, it was as though the world stood still. It was a day that captured our full attention. Michael Hingson and his Guide Dog Roselle were on the 78th floor of Tower One that day, and were able to make their way to safety and survive the attack. The duo was immediately thrust into the international spotlight, becoming well-known representatives of the s ...more
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