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The remarkable true story of acclaimed opera singer Charity Tillemann-Dick, who received not one but two double lung transplants and went from struggling to draw a single breath to singing at the most prestigious venues in the world.

Charity Tillemann-Dick was a vivacious young American soprano studying at the celebrated Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest when she received devastating news: her lungs were failing, her heart was three and a half sizes too big, and she would die within five years. Inexplicably, despite her fatal pulmonary condition, she could still sing. Medical experts advised Charity to abandon her musical dreams, but if her time was running out, she wanted to spend it doing what she loved.

In just three years, she endured two double lung transplants. Teetering between life and death, she slowly learned to breathe, walk, talk, eat, and sing again. With new lungs and fierce determination, she eventually fell in love, rebuilt her career, and reclaimed her life. Over a decade after her diagnosis, she has a chart-topping album, performs around the globe, and is a leading voice for organ donation.

Weaving Charity's extraordinary tale of triumph with those of opera's greatest heroines, The Encore illuminates the indomitable human spirit. It's the story of confronting devastating challenges with love: the intimate love of a mother for her daughter, a man for a woman, a doctor for her craft, and a singer for her music. Ultimately, grace from God and strangers enabled the work of love to save one young woman's breath and allowed her to reclaim her life.

©2017 Charity Tillemann-Dick (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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an incredible story by &about an incredible person

Such a powerful story full of grace! I especially loved the narration by the author.

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  • J. Griffith
  • Salt Lake City, UT United States
  • 12-08-17

Interesting, enlightening, moving.

Opera is something I have little experience with and even less knowledge about. It is not a genre of art that I have been inclined towards. However, I found this book fascinating in both how it illuminated that world for me and found following Charity’s life intriguing and inspiring. She has such a unique childhood, with unusual parents, religion, heritage, and experiences that I was constantly intrigued. Her career, courtship, marriage and battling such a terrible disease with courage and faith are beyond just interesting—one is moved with awe at honest and humble telling and that she is even alive to tell her story.

Having met her and her husband once at a book signing and then at a small dinner party, I was impressed with her lack of airs and easy manner. Yoni was just as authentic and delightful. I highly recommend this book.

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Beautiful

What a miraculous tale of woe and triumph! I loved hearing Charity's voice as she read and sang her story. Lovely, lovely, lovely!

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Amazing book, awesome performance.

Profound. A fabulous audio book performance and inspiring story. This book is a must read for anyone seeking to live the fullest life, true to their inner voice.

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Inspiring!

I knew Charity when she was younger so her story has interested me for a few years. I just finished listening to her memoir and I loved it! I laughed, I cried, and I couldn't wait to get back to it every time I turned it off. I loved hearing Charity reading it, telling (and singing!) her story in her own voice. What an incredible journey this incredible young woman had gone through, and I was walking every step of it with her and her family as I listened.

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Moving, heartbreaking, inspirational, beautifully written and read

The story of Charity Tillemann-Dick is remarkable but so is her skillful and moving telling of it. She has written an intimate book that feels very truthful and true to her life experiences. But it also transcends these experiences to make the reader believe ever more strongly in some of the great truths of our collective human experience. Her reading of the book is beautiful, as well. I can't imagine a listener being able to get through it without shedding many tears. But there are also moments that will make the reader laugh, gasp and, above all, believe more fully in the power of love, hope, faith, prayer, and the unbreakable human spirit. Throughout, the amazing singing of Ms. Tillemann-Dick is the most powerful evidence that her spirit and will to not only survive but to live has triumphed over and over again, against all odds. Thank you, Charity, for sharing your story.

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Inspiring

This book contains beautiful and disarmingly honest insights. Encouraging us to lay down the weapons of our rebellion (e.g.- doubt, despair, distraction), Charity's life shows purpose beyond trials. Hearing her voice and especially her singing in this Audible version have only enhanced this sublime performance. I have been changed by this book.

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Outstanding! Hope and inspiring!!

Outstanding!! Hopeful and inspirational account that truly sang to the depths of my soul. Listening to Opera Singer, Charity Tillemann-Dick reading her life story is like having a dear friend there with you sharing her tragic life experiences. This book helped remind me of my own passion for music and has filled my soul with hope and the will to live. She masterfully knitted together her life experiences making the listener laugh, cry, applaud and gasp in awe of how she has persevered even faced with the most difficult odds.