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A Child Called 'It' Audiobook

A Child Called 'It': One Child's Courage to Survive

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Dave Pelzer's astonishing, disturbing account of his early years describes one of the most severe child-abuse cases in California history. This book spent over 175 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

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

What the Critics Say

"Pelzer's portrayal of domestic tyranny and eventual escape is unforgettable." (School Library Journal)

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    Charisse 02-19-15
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    Easy read, sad and heartfelt story. I loved reading this book as hard as it was at times, it was worth it.

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    alexis ewaniszyk 02-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Narration was awful!"

    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.

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    Yolanda 02-09-15
    Yolanda 02-09-15 Member Since 2013

    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"

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    "Very insightful story."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Child Called 'It' to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Although I use print and audio, the novel was better with the audio.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Child Called 'It'?

    The whole book is unforgettable.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A movie would be great but I'm sure it would be hard to make.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book for young adults & teens too. It's a learning experience.

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    Tammy wood 02-07-15
    Tammy wood 02-07-15
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    great book lived listening to it. truly a sad story. the narrator did a wonderful job.

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    Erika 01-22-15
    Erika 01-22-15
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    "I love teaching this book!"

    I love teaching this to my 8th graders. It makes them realize how lucky and blessed they are! Awesome read!

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    annewbe 05-15-13
    annewbe 05-15-13
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    "OMG! HORRIFYING!"

    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!!

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    Gayle Wayne, ok, United States 02-28-13
    Gayle Wayne, ok, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2012

    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!

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    "Sad book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Child Called 'It' to be better than the print version?

    I just can't imagine anyone every doing that to a child, so it was hard to listen to.


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    Amazon Customer Camp Verde,AZ 04-17-12
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    "Great in a terrible way"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Child Called 'It' to be better than the print version?

    No


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Child Called 'It'?

    Description the author puts into almost every part of the book


    Did Brian Keeler do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes he did...but I would have liked to have heard it in a younger voice since the book is about a young boy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


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    Angie United States 04-09-12
    Angie United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Heart-wrenching"
    If you could sum up A Child Called 'It' in three words, what would they be?

    Tearful and heart-wrenching


    What did you like best about this story?

    How he overcome all the abuse to sit down and write his story in such graphic detail.


    What about Brian Keeler’s performance did you like?

    Voice inflections truly relayed to the reader the few ups and mostly downs of this young boy's life.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Tiffiney SAGINAW, MI, United States 01-05-12
    Tiffiney SAGINAW, MI, United States 01-05-12
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    "Impacting and Emotional"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Child Called 'It' to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very detailed


    What does Brian Keeler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Emotion


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Him fighting to survive.


    Any additional comments?

    Very emotional book but worth listening to. Would make a very good movie.

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