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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,740 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Patterson Narrator: Kevin T. Collins Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN:
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Cory Friedman wakes up one morning when he is five years old with the uncontrollable urge to shake his head - and his life is never the same. From that day forward, his life becomes a hell of uncontrollable tics, urges, and involuntary utterances. Eventually he is diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive disorder, and Cory embarks on an excruciating journey from specialist to specialist, enduring countless combinations of medications in wildly varying doses.

Soon it becomes unclear what tics are symptoms of his disease and what are side effects of the drugs. The only certainty is that it keeps getting worse. Despite his lack of control, Cory is aware of every embarrassing movement, and sensitive to every person's reaction to his often aggravating presence. Simply put: Cory Friedman's life is a living hell.

Against Medical Advice is the true story of Cory and his family's decades-long battle for survival in the face of extraordinary difficulties and a maddening medical establishment. It is a heart-rending story of struggle and triumph with a climax as dramatic as any James Patterson thriller. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Mount | 2/16/2014

    " My first Patterson book (seen some of the movies). The story is told from a teenager's perspective and I'm not so far removed from that age that I couldn't see how frightening his struggle with Tourette's was. From the perspective of a parent, it was frightening and enlightening to see how far a parent would go to keep their child safe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andi | 2/6/2014

    " The writing won't blow you away. But, the story of a young man struggling with Tourette's, anxiety issues, and OCD will remind you to be a little more compassionate and emphatic to the struggles of others. Bad behavior isn't necessarily always bad behavior; sometimes, it's just a symptom of a much bigger issue. That's something I tried to remember while teaching, but sometimes it's easy to forget. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 2/6/2014

    " this book really pulls on the emotions...mad...glad...very sad. Great book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 1/27/2014

    " This book helped me understand what kids with mental health issues and behavioral problems go through as well as the way it affects their families. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nona | 1/27/2014

    " This is a true story of Cory and his family's decades-long battle for survival in the face of extraordinary difficulties and a maddening medical establishment. It is a heart-rending story of struggle and triumph with a climax as dramatic as any James Patterson thriller. "

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

    " This was a sad and touching book about a kid with Tourette's Syndrome. Not bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MiMi | 1/21/2014

    " Uplifting true story of a courageous young man and his wonderful family who love him unconditionally! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryann | 1/17/2014

    " A fast read! About a young boy who grows up with tics. Parents try everything doctors suggest. Parents see the effects the drugs and finally decide to stop. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynette | 1/9/2014

    " Fascinating look at mental illness from the patients perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissademaree | 1/3/2014

    " IT IS A REALLY GOOD BOOK. IT WAS HEARTBREAKING AND YET HOPEFUL. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Johnson | 10/30/2013

    " Amazing book! I read it all in one night. To me it was very gripping and personal since my oldest son (age 10) was recently diagnosed with Tourettes. The book is real and heartfelt and encouraging - highly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 9/25/2013

    " What terrible things medications can do to an already sick person. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 9/12/2013

    " Not a fan of this guy's fiction, but this was a good, if scary, read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manotosh Biswas | 9/5/2013

    " Its a true story about Cory Friedman,who was a patient of TOURETTE'S SYNDROME(multiple motor tics often accompanied by vocalisation or phonic tic). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 8/14/2013

    " Excellent read. Read it in less than 12 hours! Truely increased my awareness of Tourette's. There is much more to this terrible disease then many of us know! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 7/12/2013

    " Absolutely worth the time to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shirley Harvey | 6/4/2013

    " Story of son's illness somewhat interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phyllis | 3/23/2013

    " A good (true) book about a boy with Tourette's. It was sad but heartwarming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christi | 1/18/2013

    " SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good. Amazing read. Sheds light on such a mysterious illness. I find it breaking my heart every page. As a mom, I can't imagine having your child go through this or the patience and devotion that his parents exhibit. This is a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 9/30/2012

    " This is a story about a boy who has Tourette's syndrome "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 9/29/2012

    " I greatly enjoyed this book. I love tourettes and medication and wilderness training, but perhaps not everyone would. One of the better books on tourettes I have read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anastacia | 3/3/2012

    " Easy read; interesting topic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 12/26/2011

    " WOW!! I love James Patterson's fiction. I didn't read the summary for this book, but saw it was available from my library. This is a book any parent of a special needs child SHOULD read. I cried more than once while I read this. Like I said before, WOW!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 schmoozie | 10/17/2011

    " This was okay, but it reads a bit like a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie script. I liked "Passing for Normal" much better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krystel | 10/10/2011

    " I am not typically a reader of nonfiction. I didn't know much about tourettes and I only know a slight bit more now. I thought the story was good overall, but it never really drew me in. I got tired of reading about all the medication and failures. I wish they had ellaborated more on his recovery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joann | 9/28/2011

    " Very unique book that medical professionals and mental health professionals should read. This is written about and in the words of a boy with Tourettes and OCD and many problems created by the medications tried by the various doctors. Lots of courage evidenced by the boy and his parents... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Cantrell | 9/4/2011

    " Quite different from Patterson..very interesting read. Learned a lot about Tourett's syndrome. Enjoyed this much better than MJ Fox's newest book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 BethAnn | 7/28/2011

    " Read this book in 8 hours. Puts everything into place for me since my husband as Tourettes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 7/21/2011

    " Nice non-fiction work from Patterson "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 5/28/2011

    " A very interesting read. Man alive, it sure made me thankful for NOT having to deal with this disease day to day basis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 5/19/2011

    " This book is one of those that will stay with me forever. I feel I have developed more empathy and strength by walking in this boys shoes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 5/15/2011

    " This kid went through so much and yet he made it in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 4/24/2011

    " A page turning book that proves drugs are the not all that wonderful. I do not think I will look at Risperdal again without thinking of Cory's extra 45 pounds. Also proves that humans are cruel even if we try to not show it. Easy read that I would highly recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 4/6/2011

    " This book is really a great insight into Tourette's syndrome. I would recommend it to everyone! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 3/31/2011

    " Book too close to home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Griff | 3/23/2011

    " An amazing story. So thankful that Cory and his family were willing to share. Everyone who has, knows or works with a disability needs to read this book. It will give you hope to carry on! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 3/17/2011

    " I only read this (a James Patterson book) b/c my mother wanted me to. It's non-fiction. It wasn't so bad. About a kid with epilepsy. I read it in 2 hours. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 3/12/2011

    " Really interesting to consider the bad road that drugs to "fix you" can take you down. The plot and the writing are not amazing, but the subject matter keep the pages turning. It all started with Ritalin.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bette | 3/9/2011

    " I am amazed at how difficult some people's lives are and yet they keep going day after day. Cory's story gives the reader an insight into what life is like in a body racked by tourette's and OCD. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Analisa | 2/21/2011

    " My favorite part was the "Father's Epilogue" at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/17/2011

    " A boy and his family and their terrible struggle in finding a way to deal with Tourette's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shana | 2/15/2011

    " Remarkable story of strength and courage "

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About the Author
Author James Patterson

James Patterson is one of the most popular writers of all time, with more than three hundred million copies of his books sold worldwide. He holds the record for most New York Times bestsellers and is the author of the two most popular detective series of the past decade, the Alex Cross novels and the Women’s Murder Club. Patterson has won an Edgar Award, the mystery world’s highest honor, and his novels Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider were made into feature films. His lifelong work to promote books and reading is reflected in his website ReadKiddoRead.com, which helps parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians find the very best children’s books for their kids. Patterson is a recipient of the Los Angeles Times’ 2015 Innovator’s Award.

About the Narrator

Kevin T. Collins is an actor, singer, narrator, and recording artist with a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has performed in numerous theater performances, including Angels, City of Angels, Paradise Lost, and on television in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, As the World Turns, and The Guiding Light. Collins is the winner of five AudioFile Earphones Awards.