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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 78th floor of the World Trade Center's north tower, no alarms sounded, and no one had information about what had happened at 8:46 a.m. on September 11, 2001 - what should have been a normal workday for thousands of people. All that was known to the people inside was what they could see out the windows: smoke and fire and millions of pieces of burning paper and other debris falling through the air.

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

Thunder Dog allows you entry into the isolated, fume-filled chamber of stairwell B to experience survival through the eyes of a blind man and his beloved guide dog. Live each moment from the second a Boeing 767 hits the north tower, to the harrowing stairwell escape, to dodging death a second time as both towers fold into the earth.

It's the 9/11 story that will forever change your spirit and your perspective. Thunder Dog 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.

©2022 Michael Hingson, Susy Flory, Larry King (P)2022 Thomas Nelson

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Amazing story, some issues with the writing

The story behind this book is absolutely incredible and had me hook, line, and sinker as both a disabled person (I'm autistic) and an animal lover. Guide Dogs for the Blind is actually right down the street from where my dad works, so I'm very familiar with the organization. That being said, some parts of the audiobook were poorly written or confusing (such as all of the speeches and interviews tagged on to the end of the audiobook, or the alternation between Michael and his wife's account of 9/11). In addition, Michael is very adamant about some of his beliefs (e.g. that blindness is only a disability because of society, religious beliefs) and I think a lot of the book is heavily biased by his personal beliefs. He also came across as somewhat arrogant, as he likes to boast about the accomplishments that he has achieved in spite of his blindness and his intellectual acumen, in addition to sometimes disparaging sighted people. I understand that he is a gifted man with an amazing survival story, but it came across as somewhat narcissistic. Overall this was an awesome story but how it was communicated could have been better.

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Don’t miss reading this book!

Thunder Dog is a story of a man who is blind and his Guide Dog, Roselle, who traveled together down 78 flights of steps on 9-11.
It is also so much more! The fascinating story of a boy growing up blind, it is also a journey into the attitude and prejudices that surround “being blind” - those prejudices and attitudes being the real disability that people without visual sight face. It is a dynamic and inspiring story, a sometimes funny tale but it is also informative and well written! Not a word of his story is wasted! Michael Hingson, with the help of Susy Flory, has written a phenomenal book

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Gripping

You won’t want to pause this book! It is a great “eye opener” into the world of those who are blind. Very well written from Micheal’s perspective, and his bond with his guide dog. Glad I chose to purchase this book!

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Great read

Thunder Dog doesn’t disappoint. It is a story of courage, trust, and loyalty. It also gives the sighted world a glimpse into the world of a blind person and his relationship with his canine partner.

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Such a great story!

I could not stop listening to Michael’s story, it was so emotionally positive and heart warming! I am a lover of yellow labs, having 4during the last 30 or so years and currently best friends with Charlie Girl, I think of Roselle and I would have to dry my eyes from tearing up. Micheal you are an inspiration and you taught me so much about blindness, thank you! Stay well!
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A very worthwhile read.

Enjoyable, inspiring, educational. Michael's experiences and attitudes as a blind person are inspirational. Balanced with enough real life emotion and honesty as well as factual information. Have to say it, it was "eye opening".

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Thunder Dog is a must read!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Roselle is an amazing guide dog, but the story isn't just about her. I've gained a new appreciation for the blind and the challenges of their lives... not so much disability as nuisance. Very good book.

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Touching, informative, and from the heart!

I liked the chatty style. I felt I was there with him during his Journey down those stairs. At times I was smiling, at other times I was crying. I highly recommend this book. It was an excellent read. The narrator was excellent also.

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Great story, but...

The way this is delivered is as if it is a learner's book. It is S-L-O-W and every chapter there is an annoying, unnecessary sound that resembles the Fox news alert.