I read this book years ago and so I didn't even listen to the audio sample.. the moment I heard the narrator's voice I was instantly regretful. It absolutely took the power from the book and made it sound so weird and disingenuous. I'm new at audio books, so it was a hard lesson learned to listen to the sample first. I think I'll stick with author narration so that at least I know it will be authentic. I really feel like the narrator made it sound like a weird joke. love the book, wish there were other narrators to choose from.
I read everything. I don't have much time so audible is perfect for me. My reviews will cover many genres of books. Christian to "Tween"
Yes. Although I use print and audio, the novel was better with the audio.
The whole book is unforgettable.
A movie would be great but I'm sure it would be hard to make.
Great book for young adults & teens too. It's a learning experience.
The torture this poor boy went through is shocking & disgusting at the same time. I cried while reading this. I would read this book & the 2nd book again for sure!!
I love a good book, but never have time to sit and read. Audible is wonderful for people like me. Even though my kids think I am a nerd for always having my headphones on, someday they will wish their college books were on audible!
I just can't imagine anyone every doing that to a child, so it was hard to listen to.
Description the author puts into almost every part of the book
Yes he did...but I would have liked to have heard it in a younger voice since the book is about a young boy.
Tearful and heart-wrenching
How he overcome all the abuse to sit down and write his story in such graphic detail.
Voice inflections truly relayed to the reader the few ups and mostly downs of this young boy's life.
It's hard to pick any one moment since this child's life had so many moments of degradation. The one that does come to mind, though, is when his mother forced him to eat his baby brother's feces.
I wish it would have given the reader a brief history of what happened to the rest of Dave Pelzer's family -- his brothers and most of all -- his parents.
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
I work with folk who have come out of, or are in abusive situations... and this book provided insights that I couldn't have learned any other way. I would highly recommend to teachers, social workers, pyschology majors... anyone who has a role involving children. This is an adults remembrance of a childhood that goes from perfect to beyond abusive... all while the child continues to be surrounded by teachers, neighbors and family who fail to see and intervene.
The book is a stark and a difficult listen. The child is resiliant and it does get better... but I wouldn't consider it entertainment, rather education. That said, the world isn't pretty and by being unaware we are missing opportunities to intervene.