Dave was in first grade when his unstable alcoholic mother began attacking him. Until he was in fifth grade, she starved, beat, and psychologically ravaged her son. Eventually denying even his identity, Dave's mother called him an "it" instead of using his name. Relentlessly, she drove him to the brink of death before authorities finally stepped in. With faith and hope, Dave grew determined to survive. He also knew that he needed to share his story.
A Child Called "It" is the first of three books that chronicle his life. Through publications and public appearances, Dave is now recognized as one of the nation's most effective and respected speakers about child abuse.
Listen to the second book in David Pelzer's harrowing, multi-part memoir of child abuse: The Lost Boy.
©1995 David Pelzer; (P)2001 Recorded Books
"Pelzer's portrayal of domestic tyranny and eventual escape is unforgettable." (School Library Journal)
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.
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.
Him fighting to survive.
Very emotional book but worth listening to. Would make a very good movie.
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