Report from Ground Zero

  • by Dennis Smith
  • Narrated by Eric Conger, Jeff David, Don Leslie
  • 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Immediately after two hijacked jets struck the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, Dennis Smith volunteered in the rescue effort. Having spent his career as both a respected writer and a member of one of the city's busiest firehouses, Smith became determined to use his unique background to tell the story of the disaster and its aftermath with the empathy and understanding that only an insider could bring to it.Smith has collected astonishing first-person testimony from rescuers who were present as the towers were attacked, evacuated, and then fell. He also recounts his own experiences at the devastation of Ground Zero over the next few weeks: attending to the physically and psychologically wounded, helping organize fund-raising, and attending some of the almost inconceivable number of funerals of firefighters, police officers, and emergency rescue workers.
Report from Ground Zero is the most detailed and immediate record of this unforgettable event, with the unique perspective of a writer who has been praised as "the poet laureate of firefighters".


What the Critics Say

"The narrators recreate these emotional interviews with accounts of the horror suffered by these survivors while simultaneously revealing their unselfish acts of heroism under the extreme conditions of war on our own soil. With dignity and respect, the narratives reveal heartbroken yet courageous individuals who instinctively manifested a fighting spirit of good vs. evil, as well as love for their fellow humans. This is a tragic yet inspirational testimony well performed in light of the still fresh memory." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

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Would you consider the audio edition of Report from Ground Zero to be better than the print version?

No, the narrator's fake crying came across as over the top and distracting.

What did you like best about this story?

The experience of 9/11 during and after. Hearing what is what like in the pits working the cleanup.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

Eric Conger's narrating would be better suited for a fictional story instead of biographical books. I think a better narrator would have been Dennis Smith himself. The other narrators were great.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reaction because when you choose a 9/11 book, you pretty much know what you are going to be reading about.

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- Vince Cooper

Very good but...

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The stories of the firemen who worked at WTC on 9/11 and the months after is very dramatic, and their courage and dedication is fascinating to read about.

What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

Unfortunately the narrator Jeff David is just awful. His voice is hard to listen to and sometimes he goes waaaay overboard trying to make the story more dramatic.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Lee Ielpi (a fireman, talking about his son Jonathan Ielpi, who was one of the hundreds of firemen lost in the tragedy) really hits you. "I know he's in good hands but i wish he was in my hands"

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- A. Gill

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-21-2007
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books