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The Choice

Embrace the Possible
Narrated by: Edith Eger, Tovah Feldshuh
Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
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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

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"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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  • Phillip
  • Johannesburg South Africa
  • 04-05-18

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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touching and enlightening<br />

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

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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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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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A must read book.

Thank you Dr Eager for telling one of the most inspiring story. hope more people read this book and get inspired.

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You beautiful shining star Edith Eger

This book will stay in my heart forever. I hope I never forget to be grateful for my life and all the wonderful and difficult lessons along the way. I hope I never forget that I have choices.

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This is a story everyone should read!

Ever wondered what Anne Frank's life might have been like if only she had survived the deathcamp and continued her diary? This is the heartbreaking story of man's horrific inhumanity to man, and how one little girl endured, and eventually transcended, the traumas inflicted upon her. This is the ultimate self help book with an horrific, but gripping, plot. Grabs your attention by the scruff of the neck, while making you re-evaluate your own values, morals and attitude to life and love.
There are a lot of similarities with Victor Frankl's 'Man's search for Meaning' but so much more engaging and even more thought provoking. You should read this book at some point in your life ....... and the sooner the better!

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Humbling

Excellent narration. Humbling, moving, thought provoking, shocking, inspiring. Brilliant audiobook, will absolutely recommend to everyone.

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Exceptional storytelling

From the first chapter to the end, I was gripped by this incredible story. Harrowing, incredibly sad, horrifying for all of the first part of the book. Then the second part is tense and intense. The third part is educational, humanising but most of all uplifting.
An exceptional book

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  • Nick
  • 12-11-18

An amazing attitude of pure will to survive!

Edith Eger is a an inspiring human and her story is a remarkable one! Her trauma of being uprooted from all that she knew and thrown into the horror of the concentration camps and then choosing to survive is incredible. The 'how' she does this is even more inspiring and is a lesson for us all ... the choice can be applied to life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-06-18

Wow

This book is incredible. It creates pictures in your mind of an ordeal that be impossible thanks survive for most. It takes you on a journey that demonstrates throughout how the choices we make make our lives. Brilliant, harrowing at times but brilliant.

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  • Michele Aucock
  • 05-06-18

the best book I have ever read

beautiful and beautifully read, there are no words to describe the power of this book