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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,053 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard B. Pelzer Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2005 ISBN: 9781415921777
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The Pelzer family’s secret life of fear and abuse was first revealed in Dave Pelzer’s inspiring New York Times bestseller, A Child Called “It, followed by The Lost Child and A Man Called Dave.

Here, for the first time, Richard Pelzer tells the courageous and moving story of his abusive childhood. From tormenting his brother David to becoming himself the focus of his mother’s wrath to his ultimate liberation, here is a horrifying glimpse at what existed behind closed doors in the Pelzer home. Equally important, Richard Pelzer’s touching account is a testament to the strength of the human heart and its capacity to triumph over almost unimaginable trauma.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 *•.♥.•*Sabrina Rutter*•.♥.•* | 2/14/2014

    " I used to own the whole collection and let a friend barrow them and never got them back. I will probably buy them again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tasha Moulton | 2/5/2014

    " After making it through "A Child Called It" many years ago I thought the mother's abuse would have been put to a stop. Richard Pelzer shares his story of abuse after his brother David was removed from the house. I'm so proud of both of these adults who have shared their stories of abuse. Child abuse recovery is a difficult journey. I look forward to reading about Richard's teenage years in the next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 2/2/2014

    " This is another part to the story "A Child Called It" told by David Pelzer's brother Richard. It was a very sad story and I can't fathom how a parent got away with this abuse on her children. I thought the story was upsetting, but nowhere near how upset I felt after reading "A Child Called It. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/24/2014

    " Another view from Davids brother Richard on what went on in that abusive home with their mother/monster. A captivating story on childhood abuse that went on for years with more than one child involved. Sad but reminds people that reading such a story makes it real and instils in one to help stop this sort of parental abuse on their children whom they are supposed to protect. A very good read. Contination saga of this poor family. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annamarie | 1/21/2014

    " After reading "A child called it", I dove right into this one. It emotionally drained me. I had to turn to something fun and not as mental, so I picked up "An abundance of Katherines" and have been reading just for light enjoyment since. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krazyangel | 1/19/2014

    " I sad story of what some parents put their kids thru. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Skittles12393 | 1/19/2014

    " It seemed to me like he only wrote this book because he did not want to be outdone by his brother. There was not as much raw emotion in this book as in A Child Called It. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Sheffer | 1/15/2014

    " Such a very sad book, but a gook I think is very helpful for people that have been through a lot of struggles in their lives, and those that have not, to allow them to try and see through another's perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jandkplus8fan1 | 1/12/2014

    " I really liked this book. It was very intresting. It was awful how he got beaten because his mother was an alcoholic. It shows the tales of a boy named Richard growing up in an abusive household, it is a tragedy. People who can handle such hard truths will really connect with this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 12/10/2013

    " Just as harrowing as his brother's account. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jasmine | 12/6/2013

    " books like these make me want to hurt someone. I can't believe a mother would do these horrific things to her own flesh and blood. No child deserves a life like that "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lucia | 4/18/2013

    " poorly written and excruciatingly slow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cécile | 2/1/2013

    " Horrible !!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 1/5/2013

    " an interesting bio from the brother of David Pelzer ( A Boy Called It) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nudmfree2 | 9/14/2012

    " This was a truly amazing book that deals with child abuse in families and the effects it has. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A | 5/4/2012

    " I liked this book, but I think Dave is a much better writer than his brother Richard. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nova | 4/13/2012

    " After reading Dave's story, I wondered How could Richard have done that to his own brother? This book and the sequel explain, however I felt it wasn't as well written as Dave's stories. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mirra | 2/21/2012

    " I did not like his brothers books (David Pelzer - a Child Called it, a Lost Boy, a Man Named Dave) and I wanted to see if his brother, in retelling David's story and on top of that telling his own, would do a better job. He did not. I still do not think these are worth while reads. next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tasha | 1/7/2012

    " Completely atrocious what he went through. Thought it was written semi-poorly though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin K | 7/15/2011

    " If you have read A Child Called It, then you know what horrific hardships Dave had to go through with his mother. A Brother's Journey is about Dave's brother and what Richard saw Dave go through. When Dave finally left the house of torture, the hell went onto Richard and he became "IT". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 5/17/2011

    " all in all...good book, but really sad. I gave it four stars because I was a little disappointed in the ending. I was left with a lot of questions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 3/15/2011

    " Its stomach churning to read about the 2nd son of the monster mother that we were first introduced to in the Child Called It... The question that kept popping up in my mind is "why didn't anyone do anything?!!?!" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Skittles12393 | 2/15/2011

    " It seemed to me like he only wrote this book because he did not want to be outdone by his brother. There was not as much raw emotion in this book as in A Child Called It. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeshua | 1/18/2011

    " its sad how if one brother leaves the rest have to pay because of the mom being an alchoholic "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Caitlin | 1/9/2011

    " Not worth the read just read David Pelzers 3 books, this is basicly the same story from a slightly different view point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April ? | 10/7/2010

    " This story is told by David Pelzer's (Author of the Child Called It) brother, his perspective and more details of what happened in their family. A true and horrific story about child abuse. This book contained a lot of emotion and you can relate to the author.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mick | 8/27/2010

    " Not as good... It was good. I guess not as gripping as 'a child called it.' It was neat as a sort of further story of the family. Like his brother's books, they end suddenly and leave most of your questions unanswered, but since it's a story of real life, I guess that's how life is sometimes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tasha | 8/3/2010

    " Completely atrocious what he went through. Thought it was written semi-poorly though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 5/7/2010

    " This was a really good book; however I felt like he was trying to make profit from his brothers book. "

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About the Author

Richard B. Pelzer was born fourth of five boys in 1965 in Daly City, California. From his earliest memories, Richard recalls watching his older brother David being abused and was the only witnesses to his mother’s attempt to kill her son and Richard’s older brother. Once the California authorities learned of the unspeakable acts occurring in a suburban California home, the state removed Richard’s brother leaving him and three other boys behind. Throughout his adolescence and teen years, Richard suffered physical, mental, and emotional abuse at the hands of his mother. Richard spent most of his teenage years moving about the country from Maui, Hawaii to Richmond, Virginia seeking the support and love of a family. Richard barely survived his incredible abusive childhood and his own self-destructive teenage years. After thirty years and with the support of his wife, Richard collected his memoirs and created his first book A Brother’s Journey. This collection of memoirs tells of the emotions and heartache that a child abuse victim carries throughout those tender and short years from ages 5 to 15. Until recently he was employed in the banking and financial fields. Now he lives with his wife and children outside Boston, where he now spends his time as a writer.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.