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The Choice

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Incredible

What a book. The story of Edith's life is one that needs to be heard.

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brilliant, absolutely loved it

Inspirational from the beginning to the end. I will recommend the book to all, a book every person should read. I will listen to this book again.

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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
  • 23-06-20

Loved it

This is a wonderful story of hope, inspiration and love told with wisdom and compassion. I loved the integration of psychological insight woven throughout the story. The narration was excellent; the narrator with a congruent accent that added to the authenticity of the experience.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-06-20

Wonderful performance

What a beautiful story - one that changes you and leaves you with a wonderful warmth and the knowledge that forgiveness ultimately sets you free!!

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  • Rogerm
  • 11-03-20

A remarkable book

What Edith and her family went through and how the three girls survived is a story on its own.
But the lessons that Edith teaches herself, her patients and us in the process of telling this story is enlightening.
I can think of so many people to whom this book should be mandatory reading.
Thank you for your lessons.
Thank you Edith.

PS Tovah, the reader made it so much more authentic. Excellent

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-11-19

This book will set you free...hope is enough.<br />

Hope and fear sail into our harbours - we decide which one will drop anchor.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-09-19

A must listen/read

I am so grateful to have been able to listen to Dr. Eger's story. It made me realize so many things about myself and the choice I can make each day with how to deal with my personal situation. I'm inspired and in awe. This is more than a memoir. It is extremely valuable and I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone going through a difficult time or searching for some purpose &/ direction!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-09-19

A moving, insightful and meaningful story.

The authenticity, courage, hope and tenacity of Edith Egar are breathtaking. The reader captured the emotion without gushing.

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  • Carol
  • 06-09-19

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What a wonderful listen. Can't get over how resilient the human being can be. The ending have me goose flesh.
Very well read.

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  • HellyBelly
  • 17-07-19

Incredible read.

This is one of THE best books I have read in ages. It's not just a biography of survival, it really gives an incredible perspective on trauma, it's impacts and how she personally walked through her own triggers with such courage. Because she is a clinical psychologist she is also able to articulate how our minds are our prisons.
I am SO glad I read it.

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  • LAUREN
  • 13-01-19

Such mental and physical strength

incredible narrative of such bravery,human suffering,mental and physical,and the passion and love shown by one survivor to other hurting people.