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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,309 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jenny McCarthy Narrator: Tavia Gilbert Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2007 ISBN: 9781455189724
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If someone you love is diagnosed with autism, Louder Than Words is the first book you should read.

One morning, Jenny McCarthy was having a cup of coffee when she sensed something was wrong. She ran into her two-year-old son Evan’s room and found that he was having a seizure. In that moment, Jenny went from being the mother of an average toddler to being in the midst of a medical odyssey. Doctor after doctor misdiagnosed Evan until—after many harrowing, life-threatening episodes—one amazing doctor discovered that Evan suffered from autism.

Though Evan finally had a diagnosis, Jenny didn’t know what to do next and soon found herself alone, with no resources except her determination to help her son. She eventually realized that she’d have to become a detective. She spoke with numerous doctors, parents, governmental agencies, private foundations, and essentially earned a PhD in “Google research.” At last, she discovered an intense combination of behavioral therapy, diet, and supplements that became the key to saving Evan from autism. In this book, she creates a roadmap for parents who are concerned about their own child.

Jenny does more than just reveal the winning formula that worked for Evan. Her account shares the frustrations and joys of raising an autistic child and shows how, with love and determination, a parent can shape their child’s life and happiness.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jenny has done an incredible job retelling the story of Evan, who also was forced to make the perilous journey through Autism.”

    Jerry J. Kartzinel, MD

  • “Jenny McCarthy takes us on journey of a mom dealing with her son’s Autism diagnosis and treatment.”

    David Feinberg, MD

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 2/9/2014

    " Personal and informative. I loved Jenny's and her son's, Evan, story and her journey to help her little boy get better. Truly moving and inspiring. I will warn that it is Jenny McCarthy so she swears- a lot, but didn't find it offensive- I thought it was how she expressed the emotions of a mother of an autistic child as she faced the challenges autism presents. I recommend it for caregivers of autistic kids, teachers, family members, and anyone who wonders/ is interested in the challenges that autism presents. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 2/9/2014

    " This is a wonderful book about autism. Jenny writes about things that doctors did not tell her about. She did a lot of research along with talking to other mothers that had autistic children and found out lots of things that ended up helping her own child. I strongly encourage everyone to read this wether you have a child with autism or not. You are bound to know someone that does and may be able to help them with the info. you read in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/12/2014

    " Having raised 2 boys will Autism, I know exactly what Jenny and other mothers go through. We have stay determained and fight for our autistic children. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alison Lake | 1/10/2014

    " This book was a little bit strange to me. I am really interested in autism as I am a teacher and come across children with autism frequently. I thought it might be interesting to read a celebrity's account of her son's autism. The beginning of the book was really good and drew me in to her story. But then she started to get a bit pushy about her ideas about the origin and treatment of autism. It almost seemed like the book was pushing a very specific agenda. Also, I was very confused about her definition of "God". One minute she is talking about God in a Christian/Catholic sense and then she is reading tarot cards, asking Mormons to pray over her son, and looking at various Eastern religions. I realize that there are many people who believe that all roads lead to God, but I was just caught off guard by her switching back and forth between very different religions with very different beliefs. Overall, I didn't consider the book to be a waste of time and her love for her son is very evident. However, I don't think I would necessarily recommend this book to others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dayna | 12/23/2013

    " Emotional and completely genuine, Jenny is actually talking with you telling you the story of her ordeal with Evan's condition. I respect her so much for all of the things she brings to light in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tk0339 | 12/12/2013

    " LOVED this book! as a special ed teacher, i like reading about autism and different people's experiences with it. this gives a real look into a child with autism. jenny mccarthy made it funny. its very touching and emotional, but also found myself laughing out loud at some points. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 11/9/2013

    " Great read for anyone who plans to immunize your child. It really makes you think. I had a long discussion with my pediatrician after reading this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 11/3/2013

    " every parent should read this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia | 10/22/2013

    " we have some children with Autism in our Ward, so I'm trying to get some insight on the subject. Good information minus the foul language intermixed in her language "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 10/18/2013

    " if you have ever heard the word autism you should read this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paige | 9/24/2013

    " Excellent read for anyone "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 9/7/2013

    " This book is incredible. I loved it, it made me cry but if you have children i believe it is incredibly more difficult. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jana Holst | 9/3/2013

    " Although she is not really an expert, she tells her story in her own voice. I like that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn Murphy | 8/5/2013

    " This is a must read for anyone who has a child with autism. "

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

    " Interesting, but a lot of cussing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Molly | 10/17/2012

    " I do agree children need healthy food and some even need restricted diets. I DO NOT agree that she cured her son of autism. It was a nice read though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 megh | 10/11/2012

    " horrible, biased, awful. so many better books out there on Autism that are actually helpful and don't go about looking for a "cure", but rather helping your child reach his/her full potential. Last book you should read if you want to waste your time reading it at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy Lovering | 9/19/2012

    " Good book. Her style is a little crass and gritty for me, but the humor she injects makes it engaging. Also, there's no denying her passion towards helping her son, which all moms can relate to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 8/28/2012

    " I'm always drawn to books about autism. I liked Jenny's perspective on how autism has become a part of her life. This was an easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maryann | 8/1/2012

    " This book changed my life. I started my oldest son on the GFCF diet and it launched us into biomedical treatment for Autism. I love Jenny McCarthy and I admire her. This is a must read if you are considering (DO IT!!) biomedical for your child! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 5/10/2012

    " Not a literary masterpiece but I resonated with her experience, frustration and drive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maryam | 3/29/2012

    " This was truly inspiring. I am so thankful for this book. This book helped put me on the right path to healing my son. He has made so many inmprovments since I first read this and started implementing GFCF diet and supplements. Very, very, inspiring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrienne | 3/4/2012

    " I recommend this book to anyone interested in Autism. Although I will pre-warn that this is not a "how-to guide" for treating Autism. It's simply Jenny's story about her son Evan and what has worked for him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina La Bash | 9/23/2011

    " Great book. I related to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 7/8/2011

    " I read this book in one day. I could really relate to this book. The book is really easy to read. If you have a child with autism, you'd enjoy this book. It isnt anything ground breaking just easy and familiar. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 6/3/2011

    " I love Jenny McCarthy -- a great advocate for autism research, funding & prevention! "

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

    " This is a great book! Jenny shows the feelings a parent goes through when your child is ill and gives her side of the story to help parents see they aren't the only ones struggling with autism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erlyn | 2/23/2011

    " This should be read by all moms and moms to be, regardless if you have a child in the spectrum. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 2/23/2011

    " This book hit home. I cried reading her stories about her son because it reminded me of the things I go through with my Autistic son. I got alot of great ideas from this book. It is a must read, I give it 5 out of 5 stars "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa | 1/13/2011

    " Not helpful at all. There are better books out there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 12/27/2010

    " Great book about being a mother with a son diagnosed with Autism! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merianne | 11/13/2010

    " Jenny McCarthy is a woman after my own heart. The reader feels her pain. What a great woman! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dascha | 10/7/2010

    " Poignant, powerfully moving. Jenny's tireless fight against the system, perserverence, determination and love for her son is admirable & what I hope all children with any special need receive - a fighting champion on their side. "

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About the Author

Jenny McCarthy got her start as a Playboy model, before launching a high-profile writing, comedic television, and film career. She has been featured everywhere from Time magazine to the cover of Rolling Stone, and has appeared on virtually every television talk show.She works tirelessly in the world of healing and preventing autism and is co-creator, with speech/language pathologist Sarah Clifford Scheflen, of Teach2Talk, a series of DVDs for children. Born in Chicago, McCarthy currently resides in Los Angeles, California, with her son, Evan. You can follow her on Twitter @JennyMcCarthy.

About the Narrator

Tavia Gilbert, an acclaimed narrator of more than four hundred full-cast and multivoice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the industry, is an eight-time Audie nominee and the recipient of thirteen Earphones Awards, a Voice Arts Award, and a Listen-Up Award. With frequent inclusion on best of year and annual top ten lists, Tavia is a trusted and increasingly sought-after actress for work across every genre, from children’s and YA, to literary fiction, nonfiction, and genre fiction. Audible recently named her a Genre-Defining Narrator: Master of Memoir, and Library Journal said of this highly acclaimed actress, “as close as you can get to a full cast narration with a solo voice.” Tavia is a producer, singer, photographer, and a writer, as well as the cofounder of a feminist publishing company, Animal Mineral, with fiction and nonfiction focusing on relationships, love, and identity.