Thunder Dog

Thunder Dog

The True Story of A Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero

Streaming Audiobook - 2011
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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 boomthe 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 World Trade Centers 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 couldnt 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 Roselles 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. Its the 9/11 story that will forever change your spirit and your perspective. Thunder Dog illuminates Hingsons 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.
Publisher: [United States] : Oasis Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2011.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781608148936
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (6hr., 31 min.)) : digital.


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JCLJakeE Jun 05, 2013

Michael Hingson was born premature. Due to poor medical practices he suffered medically induced blindness at only a few weeks old. Michael tells his life story - the story of a blind child, growing up in a small town - learning to get around and develop in a seeing world - learning to ride bike and navigate a town he can't see; how he trained his teachers to teach him; how his parents fought legal battles over bus transportation and fought with public school officials over their desire for their boy to attend public and not special schools; the importance of how blind persons and guide dogs are introduced to one another; and the training and practice that is followed to ensure they live a happy life - the whole thing is amazing to learn about and to be provided with such insight - and everything is laid out during moments of reflection as Michael tells the overarching story of survival - that he was on the 79th floor of the World Trade Center when the first plane hit and it was thanks to a guide dog named Rochelle that he made it out alive. An excellent read for people interested topics of: growing up blind in America, for animal lovers, for people interested in heartwarming stories, for people interest in stories of survival, and for people interested in personal accounts of 9/11.

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