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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)

What Members Say

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    Roseann 05-11-17
    Roseann 05-11-17

    I love scary stories, true crime, and the paranormal.

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    "I don't know how to feel about this one"
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    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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    Sakura OGrady-Elliott Massachusetts 04-30-17
    Sakura OGrady-Elliott Massachusetts 04-30-17 Member Since 2017

    Sakura Orion OGrady-Elliott

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

    No, both equally good


    What other book might you compare A Child Called 'It' to and why?

    Um, I am not Sure. Maybe Sybil because sadly she was abused too.


    Have you listened to any of Brian Keeler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


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

    No, Kindle over heated, had to stop


    Any additional comments?

    Very Sad Story, unfortunately I can relate, been abused too. I wish Dave all the best!

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    Melisa 04-26-17
    Melisa 04-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book!!! It brings a new perspective !!"

    From the beginning to end there's so much information in regards to the child's perspective and journey.

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    Kimberly 04-06-17
    Kimberly 04-06-17
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    "Great book to read. What a triumph story."

    Love this book . When you think you have heard it all you haven't. Read!

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    linda lewis 02-17-17
    linda lewis 02-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Heartbreaking"

    I thought I had a hard and mean mama growing up, but not until you have walked in someone else is shoes are you blessed.

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    Alina 02-03-17
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    "Amazing"

    truly inspiring. this book Gave me hope, and I really liked it a lot. 💙

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    crystal 1350 s. idalia st. # C 01-14-17
    crystal 1350 s. idalia st. # C 01-14-17 Member Since 2014
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    "it is like an account not so much a story
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    it is good for awareness but not to much story like,I only got it because my 13 year old Granddaughter wanted to get it.I wanted to see what the content was.

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    abigail 01-11-17
    abigail 01-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Cant stop listening"
    Where does A Child Called 'It' rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its my all time favorite I love the story


    What other book might you compare A Child Called 'It' to and why?

    all of Daves books are wonerful


    What about Brian Keeler’s performance did you like?

    well delivered


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    Tamera 12-27-16
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    "Inspirational"

    This book although heart breaking was very inspiration and the narrator's voice was perfect for the narration which made it really easy to listen to.
    I loved it!

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    Michael 12-23-16
    Michael 12-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Saddest story I have ever heard."

    If you come from an abusive childhood be prepared to have all those scars ripped open! Even though this was a heart wrenching story of the unbelievable cruelty a child can endure, I think it's an absolute must read. Eye opening, vivid, devastating, I finished it in one sitting with my heart in my stomach. Highly recommend!

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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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  • 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
    Scotland UK
    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!

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  • 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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