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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: Joshua Gates Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2005 ISBN:
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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 best seller, 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 younger 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allyson | 2/19/2014

    " This just kind of reinforces my thinking that there are some people who should never reproduce. I can only hope some of these memories have been distorted by time but I fear they havent and that all this disturbing abuse actually took place at the hands of this madwoman that these kids called "Mother." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jandkplus8fan1 | 2/14/2014

    " 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 Tina Holland | 2/11/2014

    " A good book from the Pelzer family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexander Patton | 2/10/2014

    " Hard to rate this book as "good" because of the subject matter. An inside look on a house full of abuse. An eye-opener. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 carolyn | 2/7/2014

    " This book is written by Richard Pelzer; David Pelzer's (the author of "A Child Called It", etc.) brother. He tells the story of how he was to blame for some of David's abuse as a child. He was his mom's Little "Nazi" as he called it. In fear of becoming the outlet for his mother's abuse, he did everything he could, lying and making up stories, to turn her anger towards David nad not to himself. This all ended though when the state removed David from the home and Richard's biggest fear came true; although he was her "Nazi" at one point in time, he now was the one who had to endure the ravish rage of his mother's abuse. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 1/29/2014

    " Horrendous story. Not great writing, but conjurs up emotion. Which makes it decent. I'm glad we're much more aware of child abuse today...and largely because of the courage that Pelzer displays here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica McCauley | 1/28/2014

    " Poignant, difficult, sad, yet powerful... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 1/23/2014

    " At first this book pulled me in and within an hour I had read through the first 6 chapters. I do have to say it kind of drags towards the late middle section of the story, however it's still a good read. It's written beautifully- as beautiful as such a sad story could be written. "

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

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kryssy | 1/11/2014

    " Took a WEEK to read it. LOVE it, this book is just as good as the books by his brother David. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 12/26/2013

    " After Dave Left, his brother ends up getting the torture. It's sad that he came out with it so late in his life, he kept it bottled up for so long!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mika | 12/13/2013

    " A great follow-up to Dave Pelzer's books! As I read Dave Pelzer's books, I often wondered what his brothers were up to and whether they were also abused by their mother. Richard Pelzer's book is honest and emotional. He does not hold back and shares with the reader his most shameful thoughts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April ♥ | 12/11/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessika Lautner or Till (Taylor or Lucas hard decision) | 12/2/2013

    " another really sad but true book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Norma | 11/19/2013

    " Terrible case of mental illness and addiction= victimizing a child. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 11/17/2013

    " I felt this ended abruptly. Or, I just wanted a few more chapters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammi | 7/8/2013

    " Richard is not the writer his brother Dave is but insightful nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeshua Calvo | 5/13/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 3/3/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krazyangel | 12/24/2012

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

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

    " Excellent book but not for the weak. I have an interest in crimes against children and know that I can handle it. However, there were events in this book that left me feeling sick. Horrendous that this type of abuse can occur! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jasmine | 3/6/2012

    " 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 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucas | 3/2/2012

    " Just like a cchild called it buuuut..... ITS ABOUT DAVID'S 2SC YOUNGEST BROTHER!!!!! RICHARD!!!!!!!! WOW. REALLY REALLY GOOD. i just cant believe that richard was abused,too. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lucia | 10/17/2011

    " poorly written and excruciatingly slow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole Gust | 4/3/2011

    " It was okay, followed too much in his brothers footsteps. Gave an interesting side to how the younger brother felt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 3/31/2011

    " 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.