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A Child Called 'It' Audiobook

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

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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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    Sara Blaisdell 10-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good"

    Such a sad story. I could never imagine. Worth the read. No child should ever be out through this.

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    Amazon Customer 10-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing"

    I found this story very sad. I almost cried after every word he said. Wow

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    Vincent 10-06-17
    Vincent 10-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "powerful"

    powerful and raw. the story of the abuse the author endured shows how strong the human spirit is to survive. it also tells how depraved the human Spirit can be for his mother to inflict such abuse upon him

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    Heather 10-05-17
    Heather 10-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "wow"

    I do not understand why you would name your own child after the man who walked away without you

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    Jackie 09-30-17
    Jackie 09-30-17
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    "Great book"

    It's a great book but it will make you cry so have tissues on hand

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    Cathy Mount Ville, PA, United States 09-07-17
    Cathy Mount Ville, PA, United States 09-07-17
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    "Not what I Rembered"

    I read this book when I was younger but came back to it as an adult and now I loth it.

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    Ponce13 08-31-17
    Ponce13 08-31-17
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    "Amazing story!"

    This story was amazing! Sickeningly how a mother can treat her child like this! Bless you David Pelzer

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    aperdue2 08-30-17
    aperdue2 08-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    " I love it can't wait to read the lost boy
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    it was great loved it
    can't wait to read the next book the lost boy.

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    Heather W 06-19-17
    Heather W 06-19-17
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    "amazing"

    I love this book. its heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time! I can see myself reading or, listening rather, to this book again.

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    Roseann 05-11-17
    Roseann 05-11-17
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    "I don't know how to feel about this one"
    Any additional comments?

    I had actually read this book in paperback and I remember crying my eyes out. I thought I'd listen to the audio version because I had read it so long ago. For some reason it didn't seem as impactful. The ending was the worst part and I don't remember it ending like that. I don't know how to feel about this one.

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  • Andy
    Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom
    10/7/07
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    "A stunner"

    Brilliant book, beautifully narrated by Brian Keeler. A emotional and turbulent insight into child abuse. Everyone should take a listen, you will be truly moved.

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  • Anonymous
    8/31/17
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    "no no in the begging story was OK but chapter 2"

    less interesting I got lost sorry to say
    in the beginning it was okay then I lost it

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  • Jason
    11/26/16
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    "Heartbreaking"

    Such a sad story, written well. Had a year in my eye. Definitely a recommended read.

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  • Natalie Hatzer
    9/6/16
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    "good book."

    I've read this book years ago so thought I'd give it ago on audio version whilst I was at work.
    the story is so gripping always leaving you gasping in shock at the awful things that happened to this poor young boy. a truly hear braking gripping story from beginning to end.

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  • andrea
    3/18/16
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    "such courage and resilianxe"

    i read this book many years ago and have now listened to it being told. its the best book ive ever read. it brought tears to my eyes. ishall go on to listenvto Dave Pelzers other books that i have also read

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  • James
    3/26/15
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    "An amazing survival story"

    This truly brings into context just how blessed some people are. Having had a less than enjoyable childhood, I have learned so much humility since hearing these books by David Pelzer... They are a true inspiration. And to go from a feeling of expecting certain at such an early age, to surviving and making such progress and success as an adult.... Simply wow. God bless you David Pelzer. Brian Keeler, the narration was clean, crisp and full of passion.

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  • glen sangster
    1/22/15
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    "interesting but very american"

    a sorry story . strong boy that had lets say a s#it childhood. 3.5 stars really

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  • Miss Clare Louise Panes
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    8/17/14
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    "The boy called it."
    Would you listen to A Child Called 'It' again? Why?

    This is one of the best Audio books,I've read
    Once I started I couldn't put it down, from beginning to end. I've read the book, but a pal of mine said if you got audio books then download it. I cried through some of it,so that's me hooked, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has got audible to download and read it.



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  • Maria
    Laindon, United Kingdom
    2/23/12
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    "Eye watering."

    I was loathed to read this book because I hate child abuse, but tried it here as an audio book and pleased I did. It's oration is nice and smooth in contrast to the horrid behaviour David Pelzer endured. Trigger alert for Survivors on some parts. Great listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Riece
    8/28/15
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    "Don't Bother"
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    This is not a good book. I have many of these 'types' of books and this is by far the worst. The story seems to jump about and doesn't make sense at times. I don't wish to take away from his abuse but it just doesn't ring true (to me), with so many people knowing what was happening and for so long etc. And I say this as a child of abuse of narcissistic parents who fully understands the role of scapegoats in abusive families and how secrets can be covered up or others turn a blind eye. If you looking for horrible escapism with child abuse then go for it. If your looking to understand abuse or survivors etc. don't bother there are too many other great books out there on the subject. .

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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