A Second Chance at Life: On the sunny morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, terrorists murdered more than twenty-seven hundred people in an attack on New York City. Thousands died when a hijacked Boeing 767 slammed into Tower One of the World Trade Center. It was first blood. For Leslie Haskin, it was a second chance at life. This is the riveting account of Leslie's harrowing escape - down 36 floors in a doomed and dying building and away from a life focused on perks, prestige, and power. The intervening months brought crippling mental and emotional distress, but from the rubble and ashes, the corporate climber rediscovered the faith of her childhood and now embraces a new life of serving others.
- Harrowing Insight Into September 11th
Between Heaven and Ground Zero by Leslie Haskin is one woman’s experience before, during and after the horrific attacks on the World Trade Centre on September 11th, 2001. It is quite an insight into one of the most covered events in history and reveals the thoughts and actions of those who suffered at the hands of the terrorists.
The effects of this event had enormous impact on the lives of many millions of people around the world but it is rare that you get to see the longer lasting effects of such a traumatic event as people don’t like to share about these sorts of experiences. Her story is one of truly finding God while experiencing one of the hardest periods of her life.
I remember September 11th, 2001 quite well and seeing the pictures of New York after the attacks in the late evening in Australia was a dreadful experience but I didn’t know anyone who was killed, so the impact on my life was not as great as the impact on many Americans. Listening to this book gave an amazing insight into the horrible events of that day and has given me a great understanding of what those people had to endure even years after the actual event.
The narration was quite good from Leslie and she expressed herself very well, with real emotion and intent in her words. However the quality of recording seemed quite poor and the strange British chapter introductions and scripture readings were probably needed to be done a lot better.
This book is an interesting insight into the horrors of that day and the effects of it in the years after the event. Also it is the story of a woman who found God in the most troubling period of her life.
This audio book was gifted as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. More information can be found about this and other Christian audio books at christianaudio.com.
- Not Very Good
Narrator Thoughts - I had mixed thoughts about the voice. Normally, I love it when authors read their own works because they can put their own emphasis into the words. But for this woman, the words came hard and slowly. Her emotions at times overwhelmed her. While it did garner sympathy, I'm not sure that she was ready to read her own words yet. Also for any quotes and scripture readings they had a different lady read them. All of those had poor recording quality which detracted from the message.
Book Thoughts - Overall I wasn't very pleased with the book. Even though she survived the horror of Tower 1 on 9/11, she seemed to look back on it all with a deep depression. She suffered from PTSD and looking back was very hard for her.
Maybe it was that I had hoped that faith would play a more central part in her accounts. Now by her own admission she has struggled in her faith and God had been put on a back burner, Until 9/11 came and shattered her world. Yet even as she was remembering, I felt like she didn't infuse the memories with hope. I know that 9/11 was a horrible tragedy, but I also know that through it God showed us some amazing examples of love.
She did however do an amazing job of showing you what it was like to be in one of the world trade centers as they fell. It also gave me more of a sense of what it was like before the towers fell. That aspect I enjoyed.
Some of her description of her walks with God since 9/11 were beautiful and thought-provoking.
Yet again I didn't like some of her conclusions about 9/11 and what it meant for Christians. She claims that with 9/11 the Apocalypse has began. I think that Biblically that is unsound, but will leave it to you to decide.
One final note is that I didn't think she organized her thoughts very well. Scriptures seemed to be thrown in for no apparent reason. Some stories didn't connect to what she was going through. I just seemed a little off to me.
As I said, overall I wasn't pleased with the book, but that may have been a matter of opinion. I leave it to you to make the final call.
I received this book courtesy of christianaudio for the purpose of writing a review.
- harrowing tale of loss and recovery
This book is dedicated to all those who served to help our country during the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Leslie Haskin, who was personally involved in the attack, being located on the 36th floor of the North Tower, right when one of the planes slammed into the building. The plane attacked not just the building, but for Haskin, also her friends and her life. As a result of the attack, Haskin was diagnosed with PTSD and secured in a mental hospital for recovery. This book is her tale of loss and recovery, from the events of 9/11 to today.
This audiobook carries a musical background with it, a piano rendition of Amazing Grace. It does make it slightly peaceful to listen to, but also less relaxing. Haskin's narration is authentic, being the author of the book, but also filled with pain. Listeners can experience the hurt that Haskin went through as she verbally relives the events that cause her so much despair.
This audiobook is suited well for those who prefer to cling on to tales of pain and recovery, or anyone who may perhaps need a recovery of their own from the harrowing events that changed America.
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- Beautifully Written
I did enjoy parts of this audiobook particularly the beautiful writing by the author, however it was quite disjointed in places making it confusing at times. There is an additional narrator with a very pronounced English accent announcing the chapters and quoting scriptures throughout. I have found this incredibly distracting and I really don't think it adds anything to the story. Maybe if this was released as a bible study or devotional, it would be more suitable, but it really didn't help with the continuity of the story.
Leslie Haskin is excellent at narrating her own story and puts all the emotion in as she recalls her horrific experience. I felt I was with her at times and I wanted to stop listening, however because the writing is beautiful I felt compelled to keep listening. I think the author would be a very good speaker in a church setting and would recommend this to listeners who like life-stories/testimonies.
Thanks to christianaudio.com Reviewer's Program for the free copy of this audiobook.