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Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Choice by Edith Eger, read by Tovah Feldshuh with an introduction by the author.

Edith Eger was a gymnast and ballerina when she was sent to Auschwitz at the age of sixteen. There, she was made to dance for the infamous Josef Mengele. Her heroic actions helped her sister to survive, and her bunkmates to save her life, during a death march, after which she was found in a pile of bodies, barely alive. She recovered and moved to America, going on to become an eminent psychologist, and giving the keynote address at Viktor Frankl's 90th birthday party.

Like Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning, Dr Edith Eger's important book, The Choice, could change your life. Eger shares stories of the Holocaust and the experiences of her clients, who range from survivors of abuse to soldiers suffering from PTSD. She explains how many of us live within a mind that has become a prison and shows how freedom becomes possible once we confront our suffering. Warm, wise and compassionate, The Choice offers profound insights into the nature of human suffering, and our capacity to heal.

©2017 Edith Eger (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"A beautiful memoir, reminiscent of the great works of Anne Frank and Viktor Frankl. But it is more than a book - it is a work of art. It gave me goosebumps, the kind that grace you in transcendent moments of appreciating a Mozart sonata, an Elizabeth Barrett Browning sonnet, or the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel." (Adam Grant, New York Times best-selling author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg)
" The Choice is a gift to humanity. One of those rare and eternal stories that you don't want to end and that leaves you forever changed." (Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peach Prize Laureate)
"I can't describe to you how powerful this book is... it's an important story." (Marian Keyes, author of The Break)

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Nothing short of extraordinary-10stars...100stars!

I can hardly put into words how wonderful this audiobook is. The story itself is amazing, it is captivating and heartfelt, the combination of humility and searing honesty gives it a quality unlike many other books, it pulsates with life and heart. It is an important and inspiring tale of extraordinary triumph but it's humanity makes it very relatable, it will resonate through your own life. You will never forget it. I believe that this is one book where listening to it makes that even more true than reading.
The narration is superb, by far the very best I have ever heard. It is hard to believe the narrator is not the author. It is hard to believe she is not recounting everything while it happens. It has an intense immediacy. Her voice conjures the sense of a young girl so perfectly and as the story continues each word resonates with a truth that makes you feel she is sharing this woman's innermost journey with only you. I have been mesmerised by it, I have wanted to sit and listen to the entire thing in one go. I feel I know the character so well and that the voice that the narrator has lent her will stay with me. This is an astonishing book and a true marvel of narration.
I should mention that I have often been put off listening to books recounting tales of war and survival for fear of being disturbed by them, you can't skip past upsetting descriptions etc so easily when listening. For anyone feeling this way, fear not, the author is in no way gratuitous or graphic with descriptions. She still captures every bit of the horror but manages to do it without traumatising the reader/listener. It is a personal story of her feelings throughout that period of the book (1/3rd) rather than a description of what went on exactly.
I cannot recommend this highly enough. I am touched and changed by it. I will always remember it. That's all I can say.

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Edith narrating adds to the spirit of the book

As a counsellor and a client this book has given me a better understanding of my client work and how to move forward in my own personal trauma.. a must listen

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totally inspiring.

loved it. so inspiring to listen to someone's past of hell and how they've turned it in to something positive, not only for them but for future generations

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touching and enlightening

very touching, moving and enlightening. I would recommend this book for people with a deep thinking mentality.

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An amazing well written book :)

Such an inspirational book, well written and the narators were wonderful, I highly recommend talking the time to listen :)

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Thank you

A beautiful book,thank you Dr Edith for sharing your story.
Deeply touching and though provoking.
Reminded me how blessed and free I am.

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Difficult to understand narrator at times

Dr ediths story is wonderful but the narrator is sometimes difficult to understand. Accent very strong.

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A fantastic view into life’s choices

A wonderful story of hope, loss and recovery!
The narrators accent is rather jarring to begin with however you do get used to it.

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Poor story, often poor narration

The story around the holocaust was poorly strung together, lacking in detail and vacant. The narrator also has a strong accent which isn't great and speaks slowly, dragging the story out. Yeah, it's been endorsed by some prominent people but I didn't enjoy it personally. Will seek a refund on this.

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Outstanding.

I loved this book. The narrator was perfect. Dr Egar is an amazing women, so brave and so wise. I strongly recommend this book and am sure it's one I will visit again and again. Thank you Dr for sharing your incredible story, it's truly inspiring.

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  • ShelleySkudowitz
  • 08-05-19

Life changing

I listened to The Choice a year ago and
remembered it to be life changing
but one forgets.
This time i stopped to make notes, to keep me on track.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-06-21

Life Changing

The power of the mind! It's amazing how much we can allow our minds to put us in a dark place and mislead us into believing that negative thoughts are our reality! the stories and wisdom shared in this book are life changing! This book is a gem!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-05-21

Life changing book simply powerful

As a brain cancer survivor this was a truly life changing book! Dr Eger’s story is inspiring and so profound!

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  • Summer
  • 22-05-21

Absolutely breathtaking!

I finished listening to this book yesterday and still keep reliving every moment and every lesson from it.. It is that beautiful, deep, thought-provoking read which makes you see your very Life and its Meaning in a whole new light.
On her personal example Dr. Eger teaches how to embrace the You in you and work towards the Freedom within. Turns out “Work will set you free” - a cynic Nazi slogan above the Auschwitz gate - does hold its grain of truth. Not in it the terrifying, torturous way meant by the SS but in that beautiful, patient inner work one is willing to go through to discover the meaning of true Love - towards oneself and towards the world.
Also, the narration of the book provided by Tovah Feldshuh adds so much to the appreciation of it - emotional, strong, with all the right emphasis and that unique accent. It felt like listening to Dr. Eger tell her story herself.
Thank you for this amazing experience, Audible! Really recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of WW2, to the children of survivors (I’m proud to be one of them) and to anyone searching answers to the many “why”s of our lives.

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  • Blondie
  • 19-05-21

A story of liberation

By the telling of her story and personal journey Edith Eger makes this not a self help book - but a relatable practical guide. I wish you can highlight sections in audible!!

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  • Ryan Brauer
  • 25-04-21

Powerful & Inspirational ... Humbling

It's difficult to truly do justice to Edith's life story... One of the most moving and powerful stories I've ever heard

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  • Wynand&Suzanne
  • 14-04-21

Life-changing, pivotal

After our daughter drowned in Oct '20, life as I and we knew it changed forever. For 4-5 minutes she was clinically dead and in those few minutes I had too many questions and not any answers. As a working mother with a professional career, being still without my list for the day was so foreign to me. Today, by grace alone, our daughter is perfect without any psychological scars, water trauma or physical damage, but her drowning was my "The Choice"-experience. I have read this book after a 5-month sabbatical reviewing all aspects of my life. During this time, whilst attending therapy, I was diagnosed with PTSD and OCPD, not just because of this particular incident, but due to prior life events which we did not have control over. For this reason, Dr Eger's life story and the narrative spoke to my deepest being (although I have not endured half of what she had). What an inspiration! This book is for you if you feel that you are not in control despite every effort. This book is for you if you feel that you are a victim of your circumstances. This book is for you if you feel you do not have a choice in life. This book gives you the choice to choose ...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-02-21

Life changing.

This made me laugh, weep and think. It is the story of a life that was almost brutally ended, but which arose defiantly and became a life well lived. Extraordinary, heartfelt, unforgettable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-01-21

Brilliant

This true story had me gripped from the very first to the last page. The life lessons and truths that each of us can take from it makes this a must read. I strongly recommend this book.

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  • Ellen Nel
  • 18-12-20

Life Changing

This book is a conviction of self. a challenge to take responsibility for yourself.
Thank you doctor Eger ♡