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Thunder Dog: 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 Wo
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Hardcover, 231 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Thomas Nelson
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Elaine Mikkelborg Cut out the repetition. Book could be much shorter and still get the "real story" told

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Elaine
Sep 07, 2011 Elaine rated it it was ok
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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Kwesi 章英狮
Aug 11, 2011 Kwesi 章英狮 rated it really liked it
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.

I encountered fe
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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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Hannah
Mar 25, 2012 Hannah rated it it was amazing
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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Angel / YA rules!/
Aug 16, 2011 Angel / YA rules!/ rated it liked it
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
Donna
Nov 14, 2015 Donna rated it liked it
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The title is a little misleading. It is not a book about Roselle, who happens to be the author's seeing eye dog. It is more about the author, his blindness, him overcoming his handicap, him trying to get others to overlook his handicap, and walking down the stairs of World Trade Center's north tower after the first plane hit.

I liked this. It sounded like a pep talk for living your life to the fullest, even if you have a handicap. His dog sounded perfect. I wish we had more info on her.
Abigail
Sep 17, 2012 Abigail rated it it was amazing
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
May 11, 2011 Melissa Reinke rated it really liked it
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
Mindy
Aug 12, 2011 Mindy rated it really liked it
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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Christy Lockstein
Sep 11, 2011 Christy Lockstein rated it it was amazing
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
Carol
Jun 30, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it

We live in a town that is home to Leader Dogs for the Blind and are lucky to see them in training almost every week in and about town guiding their new “owners” on their paths to a new independence, a new journey and a new love affair with their canine partners. It is always a beautiful and smile-inducing sight which somehow brings tears to my eyes.

"Thunder Dog" is a nicely written book about just such a partnership. It moved between the events of 9/11 when the author, Michael Hingson and his g
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Susie
Sep 13, 2012 Susie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cafelilybookreviews
Aug 09, 2011 Cafelilybookreviews rated it really liked it
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
Dec 28, 2011 Jill rated it liked it
"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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Collin Sedgwick
Sep 18, 2014 Collin Sedgwick rated it it was amazing
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
Katie Pedersen
Reader beware. The title of this book is somewhat misleading. In my opinion, this book was about an arrogant blind man's life. The intro kind of hooked me, but with the incessant flash-backs and cocky attitude, I lost interest fast.

Parts of this book were told well. The descriptions were interesting and SOME of his background was fascinating. But overall, I felt like he could have been a little bit more modest. Don't get me wrong, I think what he is capable of and what he has achieved is remark
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Books
Feb 07, 2014 Books rated it it was amazing
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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
Rachel
Aug 03, 2011 Rachel rated it it was ok
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
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
Nov 14, 2011 yuki rated it it was amazing
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
Susan Bazin
Sep 06, 2011 Susan Bazin rated it it was amazing
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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Renee
Aug 14, 2011 Renee rated it really liked it
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.

I full
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Nenette
Sep 11, 2011 Nenette rated it it was amazing
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
Jennifer Meyer
Not what it seemed

2.5 stars. I thought this book would focus more on Michael and his guide dog's escape from the World Trade Center. There was more on his childhood and college years, and how he dealt with his blindness. I found myself skipping the other parts, or I might have given up reading the book.
Taica
Apr 15, 2015 Taica rated it really liked it
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.
Emily
Aug 22, 2016 Emily rated it liked it
High 3 stars again. Very interesting learning about blindness not only in the context of the author's situation but for others as well. Definitely appropriate for remembering 9/11.
Jill Robbertze
Jul 12, 2015 Jill Robbertze rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book about a wonderful guide dog and his blind handler/owner/best friend and how they found their way down 78 floors of the World Trade Centre on 9/11. An inspirational read.
Kris
Apr 24, 2017 Kris rated it it was amazing
Riveting story of author, Michael Hingson's, account of getting out of the World Trade Center during the 9/11 attack.

I am enjoying this book as a eAudiobook. The narrator really makes this story come alive. I felt as if I were in the stairwell counting stairs with Michael Hingson and his guide dog, Roselle.

Andrea Estelle
Aug 22, 2011 Andrea Estelle rated it it was amazing
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
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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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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