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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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Having some tough days in life; Listen to it

This book not only covers about the survival mindset and also talk about the history of the world war and what happened in those outfits.
As Edith emphasize it is not about what has happened in your past, it is about the choice you make in your present.
A must listen/ read .
I came to know about this book after Bill Gates mentioned it in his suggestive book list.

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This is for everyone

All of us, I repeat, all of us are prisoners of our thoughts, believes, and past. This audiobook tells us how to let go of the past and live a meaningful life. Make sure you listen to it twice. Repeat some chapters many times if needed.

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Amazing book

Very powerful, moving story of courage, human spirit overcoming trauma , healing and freedom. Wonderfully narrated with a Hungarian accent to add authenticity. Must listen

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beautiful journey

Books about the holocaust and survivors are never enough. they always shock, surprise and give hope. This one delves deeper and will make the reader think and do some deep introspection. A must read

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Life changer

This is not just any book on self improvement. It's real, it's the Bible for empowering yourself and understanding that we can be in control by making choices. Must read.

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A truly moving and inspiring story

Life changing lessons by Dr. Eger, drawn from her personal life experiences and from her years of working with her patients, are truly comforting. The book is a call to action. The call to action is for us to CHOOSE to forgive ourselves and to move forward, no matter how slow. Brilliantly narrated by Tovah Feldshuh.

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Heart warming

The only way to be fully impacted by this book is to listen to the story in the authors words. Moving, inspiring and heartwarming.

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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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More like 2.5 stars.

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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  • 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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  • 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 ♡

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Maria
  • 28-04-21

Utterly brilliant

I literally don’t have the words to describe how this incredible story is so beautifully told - I haven’t cried at the end of a book for a long time! The Choice is a must read for anyone and everyone - we can all learn something from this amazing story and this incredible woman who speaks from her heart so deeply that you feel encompassed and embraced within. Thank you Dr Edith Eger

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  • leonie keane
  • 24-04-21

A captivating book

This book tugs at your emotions. A great narrative about human suffering, survival and rehabilitation. A must read.

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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-21

Incredible

This is the book that I would want my kids to read at some point in their lives. Edith is an incredible woman and guide. I highly recommend reading The Choice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-04-21

beautiful narration

loved it. first audio book and i loved the narration. so much expression...so much animation. so much more real than my own imagination...and I don't have to struggle if I don't know how to pronounce a word

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  • Alexx Stuart
  • 03-04-21

Life changing

Thank you Edith. I grieved through your story. I healed through your story and the story of your patients. I made it *high kick*🙏🏽

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-03-21

Outstanding

Wonderfully written, beautifully narrated. A truly inspiring read that made me think and question my own life and circumstances

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-03-21

I couldn’t stop listening what a remarkable story of human resilience

As only my second audio book I have listened to I wasn’t sure what to expect. I absolutely loved this story of human resilience. What an amazing woman.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-03-21

Life changing

A life changing book that I think is a must read for everyone! If Dr Edith can turn away from hate and choose love we all can. Her personal story and real life therapeutic examples have given me an understanding of topics such as forgiveness and living with PTSD that I have been searching for most my adult life.

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  • K W
  • 02-03-21