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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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Wow

This book is incredible. It creates pictures in your mind of an ordeal that be impossible thanks survive for most. It takes you on a journey that demonstrates throughout how the choices we make make our lives. Brilliant, harrowing at times but brilliant.

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the best book I have ever read

beautiful and beautifully read, there are no words to describe the power of this book

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  • Kathy
  • 09-27-17

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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  • Phillip
  • 05-04-18

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.
  • 10-11-17

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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  • Elaine B.
  • 07-17-18

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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  • Duncan
  • 10-03-18

A great book with a enthralling story.

The best book about personal growth, choice and forgiveness, especially for oneself, that I have ever read. A lesson for anyone who was lucky enough to hear it.

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  • Patricia
  • 09-04-18

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Incredible story. What inspiration. I am getting a copy for so many of my family and friends. Thank you

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  • Mrs Jackie Commissar
  • 08-25-18

Powerful book

What an inspiration this wonderful author is. This is a book I will hold in my heart forever. We all have a choice and reading this book demonstrates this wonderfully. Can’t recommend it highly enough!

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  • RK
  • 08-24-18

Outstanding

As the son of a Hungarian holocaust survivor and the son of Hungarian Catholic survivor of Russian post-war atrocities, this book has to be the most profound and ultimately uplifting book I have ever read.

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  • Amanda Randall
  • 07-17-18

Highly recommended!

Insightful, helpful and hopeful. This book has the capacity to make a positive and lasting difference to your life. Thank you Edith Eger and Tovah Feldshuh!

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  • Igor
  • 01-11-18

Emotional story with lots to learn

Very interesting memoirs heartbreaking story of an incredible woman. The power of a strong mind and determination was incredible!

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  • wallis rose
  • 09-21-18

outstanding!

Edith is emotionally descriptive and enables you to create a picture in your mind of her incredible journey, strength and pain. I encourage everybody to listen to her story.

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  • Tony
  • 08-02-18

Wonderful

This book has reinforced my belief in our power to heal ourselves.
Written by a truly remarkable and beautiful human being.
Thank you for sharing your journey and the lessons you have learned.
❤️❤️❤️

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  • Carol
  • 03-25-18

This is an amazing book

Dr Eger is an inspirational person. her story is incredibly moving and harrowing. The gifts of her insights which she si courageously shares with the listener are powerful and beautiful. In her own voice she brings additional aliveness to the impact of her horrendous ordeal and her journey of healing, self love. and the generous caring for other people on their journeys with a deep compassion born from experiences unknown to most of us that connects in with the shared experience and grief and pain that all of us share in the act of living. Absolutely a must listen to!

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  • Jimmy Moore
  • 02-25-18

Amazing story and great guide for life!

Really amazing to hear this magnificent story of survival and great insights into the mind, must read/listen in my opinion, great thoughts and I got a lot out of the book.