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Publisher's 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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Honest, brilliant,moving and helpful

What a book! Having read many World War II survival stories, I thought this will be another one on similar lines. These books never fail to touch our innermost feelings. But this one was different. Wonderfully written, brilliantly segmented, truthful and honest yet always sustaining our interest, very moving though the wartime events occupy only a part of the book and above all a offering a guide to our lives, how could I have put it down? Is this a family story? A tale of survival? A narration of any human beings quintessential love? Or a book on psychology? I keep wondering.

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Amazing and inspiring

Dr Edith Egar has ensured that she learns how to deal with the trauma and suffering and imparted that knowledge to so many who need it. It is a very inspiring story. One from which I have personally learnt a lot. Time to put some of it into practice. Thanks Dr Edith Egar for sharing this with the rest of the world. This is also the reason good people should continue believing and doing good things even during tumultuous times.

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If you like descriptive books, this one is for you. I enjoyed Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl much more than this. Heard most of the book on 1.75x speed as it was repititive or too descriptive. Having said that, this is a very life affirming book. Inspires you to forgive yourself and make the choice of moving on in life. What I love about the book is that it shows both the positive results as well as the journey of getting there. Pick it up if you are up for a long read.

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loved it

amazing presentation of tools to deal with loss and pain. journey of victory over self imposed prisons in our minds.

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life gives you choice.... so be free

this book is the master piece to learn why and what to choose... live full life

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Magnificent work

It's a true story of holocaust survival that needed to be told and is a must read and /or hear for all. The language is simply exquisite and intelligent. The narrator outdid all that I heard so far. She made the story come alive. Wow.

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Life is a blessing no matter what happened in the past

Life is a blessing no matter what happened in the past. Such a heartfelt story...

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Just Awesome!

Will fall short of words if I start to describe how good it is. Must read!!

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A tale of survival, thriving and giving back

Thoroughly enjoyed this audible book. The narrator does an excellent job of providing a window into the mind of the author. The details of the holocaust and the feelings of the author while going through it are described so well. I could peek into the horrors of the past. The journey of the author post holocaust, her honest portrait of herself and her family and the various cases she goes through as a psychiatrist are all very interesting and remind us that everyone needs self care, empathy towards self and working on unresolved issues can lead to a better environment for everyone around us.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-11-20

One of the most inspiring book of the year

Couldn't get used to the accent of the narrator at first but end up loving it because it gives so much character and relevance to the narration.

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  • Layton Nenzinane
  • 13-09-20

Incredible!

What a book! Amazing and life-changing read. Absolutely spectacular! I never thought a book would touch me so deeply and profoundly. Edith Eger’s writing is so raw and gentle, but so captivating. I enjoyed each and every chapter of this book! Would highly recommend for anyone going through emotional turmoil.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-20

life changing is an understatement

This book is incredible it should be a mandatory read and on everyone's set list!

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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.

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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  • Kathy
  • 27-09-17

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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  • Elaine B.
  • 17-07-18

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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  • Phillip
  • 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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  • Anthony H.
  • 11-10-17

touching and enlightening

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-02-19

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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  • Jane
  • 08-01-19

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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  • Sara Mason
  • 09-12-18

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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  • Amazonite
  • 04-12-18

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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  • D W Hodgson
  • 21-11-20

Real, shockingly sad yet beautiful

What a strong, clever, compassionate, intelligent, respectable, honest, grateful, pragmatic, dignified woman! She really calibrates trauma & how you can harness it for good. I wish she was my therapist

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-11-20

Engaging story, great narration. Inspiring!

Amazing, heart hitting story. Emotionally engaged through the book. I couldn't put it down until the end!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-10-20

Thank you I understand!! 💙🙏

I absolutely loved this book!! I have cried and cried!! I recently had the most traumatic loss a mother could endure!! My sons death!! 10 months ago I lost my beautiful boy!! 22 years young 😭 This book .. Dr Edith story has helped me immensely! I am On my grief journey and a long way to go! But with this story this incredible life journey! I know there is hope! Thank you 😊 xx

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  • Kel
  • 18-09-20

So inspiring

I absolutely love this book. it was a combination of a amazing and triumphant life story as well as some really awesome tips for therapists or anyone who's wanting to have better ways to cope with their lives. best book I've read in ages

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  • Trish Jenkins
  • 16-09-20

Couldn't put it down

Loved not just the story but the lessons weaved throughout. Highly recommended! It will be very helpful to anyone who has suffered trauma.

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  • Kim
  • 13-09-20

Inspiring

Wonderful, inspiring, a story of survival and a pathway to freedom. Amazing woman, great narration

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  • Elizabeth
  • 05-09-20

A good choice

This is an uncomfortable story, because it's about the Holocaust. But the author survived and thrived. I listened to it because I have PTSD, and wanted to learn how others have lived with it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-09-20

Inspiring

This was an a sensitive moving story. make you realise how you can over come such adversary. .Had me in tears in places Seems an injustice to review this book because of the powerful story. If I could have given a higher rating I would of.

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  • Kane Nuttall
  • 01-08-20

Powerful.

This is the most powerful and insightful book I have ever read. Thank you Edith for your courage to share this amazing story and provide hope for so many. Kane 🙏🏽

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-07-20

A wonderful read....

This book has changed my philosophy on life! In these trying times I realise how precious life is. Life is to short so live it to the fullest😄

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  • edna John
  • 17-05-20

For anyone who has truma, which is everyone

Great book. Everyone has truma of one kind or another. This book is like open heart surgery.

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  • Sally
  • 08-05-20

Beautiful memoir

Great narration and thoughtful and inspiring book. Well worth the read. Raw honesty and truth mixed with wisdom and lessons learned.