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The Choice

Embrace the Possible
Written by: Edith Eger
Narrated by: Edith Eger, Tovah Feldshuh
Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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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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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Mrs D Sher
  • 30-12-18

Most profound book

A recount of a life so well lived
All our lives are stories .. this one stands out ...
A lesson from start to finish ...many lessons
A solution to the troubles of the 21st century - emotionally healthy individuals leads to an emotionally healthy society
Reason for hope thank you Edith Eger
Governments should consult you !

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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.

#Holocaust
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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<br />

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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  • Tilly123
  • 14-05-20

Every passage is a gift, each sentiment a treasure

There is so much wisdom and inspiration packed into this book, I think it should be in school curriculums. Edith Eger tells the most remarkable story of immense horror and loss, which she has transformed through deep spiritual work and sacrifice into one of hope and empowerment. Everyone has something to gain from this incredible woman's story and reflections. I know I will return to this book many times over for guidance and inspiration. Thank you Edith Eger.
I would like to add that Tovuh Feldshuh's reading felt highly personalised and emphatically engaged. Five stars all round.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-04-20

Wow

Inspirational, wonderful, heartwarming and just wow! This book will help anyone who reads/listens to the incredible story and wisdom of an incredible woman!

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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.

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  • Amanda Bailey
  • 12-02-20

Life is a choice

This book completely highlights the strength of a character is about choice. Choosing to live and then being about to have the strength to face the heartache of being in a concentration camp and surviving.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-02-20

Loved it.

I absolutely loved this book. I love Edith. Such a beautifully written memoir. I loved how she wove her own story in with her clients stories. Such humility and grit.

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  • Scott Campbell
  • 05-02-20

Absolute MUST Read

For fans of Viktor Frankl, a beautifully written account of the camps, and her clinical experiences, so many take-aways.

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  • Belinda
  • 01-02-20

I recommend

This book was easy to listen to and there are no words to how helpful And inspiring

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-12-19

Brilliant and beautifully authentic

This is the type of book u can revisit and revisit as you will learn something new each time you listen to it.

I found the inner reflection of her own emotions resonates with whatever situation you currently experience in your own life and you cannot help but revisit your own landscape and put it into perspective at the backdrop of her experiences.

Truly magnificent

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-19

A great read

Really enjoyed the book and learnt so much about prisoners of war and what happened

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-10-19

A moving tribute to life’s struggles and beauty.

Encouraging, insightful and heartbreaking. A wonderful look into life’s continuous journey of finding peace with our history and current circumstances.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-08-19

A must read

The most heartfelt, engaging read for quite a while. So very well narrated and exceptionally written.