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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,850 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dave Pelzer Narrator: J. Charles Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597106054
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More than six million readers can attest to the heartbreak and courage of Dave Pelzer’s story of growing up in an abusive home. His inspirational books have helped countless others triumph over hardship and misfortune.

Now this former lost boy who defeated insurmountable odds to emerge whole and happy at last takes us on his incredible odyssey toward healing and forgiveness. In The Privilege of Youth, Pelzer supplies the missing chapter of his life: as a boy on the threshold of adulthood. With his usual sensitivity and insight, he recounts the relentless taunting he endured from bullies; but he also describes the joys of learning and the thrill of making his first real friends—some of whom he still shares close relationships with today. He writes about the simple pleasures of exploring a neighborhood he was just beginning to get to know while trying to forget the hell he had endured as a child.

From high school to a world beyond the four walls that were his prison for so many years, The Privilege of Youth charts this crucial turning point in Dave Pelzer’s life. This brave and compassionate memoir from the man who has journeyed far will inspire a whole new generation of readers and listeners.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey | 2/17/2014

    " very sad, again.. he shouldnt of had to deal with such a horrible childhood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 2/14/2014

    " His saga continues or rather we go back and look at those teenage years... "

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

    " This is a great book that goes "in depth" of youth and some of the problems that teens are facing today. Whether you agree with some of them or not is a different story, but it will really awaken your eyes to Dave's situation as a kid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 1/23/2014

    " This story takes place between the years of "The Lost Boy" and "A Man Named Dave". It was nice to read about the somewhat normal childhood Dave was able to have in his situation. I enjoyed the wonderful comments at the end of this book from people who got to know Dave in his teenage years in foster homes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shell | 1/22/2014

    " Amazing man I think "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ziyun | 1/18/2014

    " Interesting story but not as great as the other books of his. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole Gust | 1/7/2014

    " Not as good as the first two but it's a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jovi Whitted | 12/30/2013

    " i think it is going to be good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara F | 12/19/2013

    " was a great book, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Pettengill | 12/5/2013

    " I don't think that this book was very interesting because I didn't think that it was a good book. I thought that it was kind of boring in some parts of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William Bilyeu | 11/6/2013

    " I like how this follow up to the child called it was not as graphic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maya | 11/5/2013

    " Quite interesting..Didn't give me as much as thrill like the first two books, though.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 10/28/2013

    " This goes with the trilogy, but is written after all 3 to fill in the gaps. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 10/25/2013

    " this is a good book i liked it alot "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tbone | 10/19/2013

    " Another great one from Pelzer, some review of what was in his 2nd book but tons of new stuff .........once again great book as an insight into what life is like as a foster child "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 10/7/2013

    " If you have read any of Dave Pelzers books, you will want to read them all. You will feel attached to him immediately and have to know what became of him. This book answers more questions. Read the books in order. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 9/11/2013

    " in this book, "a child called it", a.k.a. dave, is now a teenager and struggling to make and maintain friendships. good series overall. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amanda | 11/22/2012

    " I did not like this book at all. If you are like me and a fan of Dave Pelzer you already read the first three books he wrote. This book was a recap of them all with little change or new insite. The only time I would fined it useful to read this dook is if you have not read the other three books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shellie | 8/27/2012

    " His story of abuse and the foster care system, he was able to make it from horrible beginnings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 7/26/2012

    " A great series about growing up in Foster Care. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tabitha | 7/26/2012

    " This book made me cry, a few times really. I think everyone should read his books, they show how strong people can be even if you cant tell by looking at them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 7/12/2012

    " book three..a must read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelina | 6/24/2012

    " I love all of the Dave Pelzer books that I have read. They are a must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 6/15/2012

    " If you liked Dave's other books, you should also like this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angel | 5/24/2012

    " Good read. Tells the story of when he was a teen foster child. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carla | 2/8/2012

    " Here is a tale of survival and what we can come out of "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy Reiersen | 12/5/2011

    " It's a good book, but I expected more. After reading Dave Pelzer's other books about his life, this one loses me because it repeats the same stories. I still appreciate his message, and his determination to make his way in a world that didn't want to let him in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krista | 11/12/2011

    " This is the best book ever. Captivating! Nearly the only book I've read cover to cover, didn't put it down the whole time.. Great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 5/13/2011

    " Dave Pelzer's tale of his adult life until 1998 is interesting but not as compelling as his accounts of childhood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 5/1/2011

    " I didn't find this book as interesting as the other two. I found it hard to believe and a bit overdone. But, it was interesting nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Namita | 5/1/2011

    " This book I can say, gave me a semblance of peace of mind. It also encouraged me further to follow my dream...I havent got there yet. But I hope to! Its a good book. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Theresa | 5/1/2011

    " Finished all three, and still not impressed. None were well-written, and I felt like I only finished the series to see if it would end up being good. Bummer. Waste of my reading time on the bus for the week. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyler | 4/14/2011

    " I thought it really explained who is really well. Its a pretty sad book. I really really liked it though, I recommend others read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 4/6/2011

    " Not as good as the first 2 in the trilogy, but it is non-fiction, and the ending is uplifting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Yvonne | 3/24/2011

    " Its nice to know how he made it, in his life, but, to me he turned out to be a suck-a-butt. I wanted him to be a stronger man. Not so forgiven to his mom and the others who stomped over him. It pissed me off. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 3/10/2011

    " I hate to admit this but after reading this I did not "like" Dave. I loved his 2 earlier books but this one felt boring and preachy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danny | 2/24/2011

    " Finally, I can breathe but I still feel the anguish that this man went through. These three books are hard to read. Be ready for an emotional rollercoster. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/24/2011

    " Dave is such an inspiration! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 2/20/2011

    " All I can say is INSPIRATIONAL! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hindi | 2/11/2011

    " seorang anak manusia yg tidak pernah bisa memilih orang tuanya, diperlakukan sangat buruk oleh ibu dan saudara2nya..seiring berjalannya waktu, ia tumbuh menjadi seorang pria dewasa, justru dengan karakter yang sangat baik melebihi anak2 yg hidup di lingkungan yg lebih baik "

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About the Author
Author Dave Pelzer

Dave Pelzer is the New York Times bestselling author of six books, including the acclaimed memoir A Child Called “It”. He is also a popular speaker in the US and abroad and host of The Dave Pelzer Show on VoiceAmerica. Dave has appeared on Oprah, Larry King Live, and various other national shows. He lives in Rancho Mirage, California.

About the Narrator

J. Charles has narrated nearly one hundred audio books throughout his career. His readings include numerous titles by bestselling authors Dean Koontz, Tom Clancy, and Jack Du Brul.