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Cory Friedman was an ordinary fun-loving little boy. That fateful March morning in 1989 started just like any other, but later that day, he started to feel very different, and the course of his life was set to change.

It started with an irresistible urge to shake his head, and before long, his body became a volatile, explosive, and unpredictable force. Overtaken by physical urges, tics, and compulsions, the bright young boy started to feel and look like a puppet on a string.

Cory had developed a rare combination of Tourette syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety disorder, and other neurological conditions. The life he knew had been torn apart, and his family was left watching him suffer.

Desperate to help and hopeful of a cure, they embarked on a 15-year plight, which took them beyond the breaking point. Cory was seen by 13 doctors, who in total prescribed 60 potent medicines. And he was mistakenly sent to a psychiatric ward.

On the brink of utter despair, he and his family decided to try a form of intervention that had never been tried in cases such as Cory's: he was sent to a wilderness survival camp in a bitter, unforgiving, snowy Utah winter. This felt like their final chance.

Throughout his young life, Cory struggled to have the same childhood and adolescence as his friends. From time to time, an overwhelming anger and frustration overcame him when one doctor after another, and an unprecedented number of medicines, continually failed him. Still, throughout it all, Cory battled against the extraordinary events that were unfolding and would take him on one of the most terrifying personal journeys ever recorded.

Torn Apart is a true story of one family's courage, heartbreak, sacrifice, and ultimately, triumph.

©2008 James Patterson; (P)2008 Hachette Audio

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Hello Corey

a brilliant story, amazed at what this young man has achieved when thrown so many curve balls, a very special family

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  • Alana
  • Mardi, Australia
  • 03-20-12

this is an amazing story and very inspiring

Where does Torn Apart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I think this would have to be a favourite of mine.

What other book might you compare Torn Apart to and why?

Another book called

What does Kevin T Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think it's the way he read it and the way the he made you feel as though you were really being told the story face to face.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed and cried at different places in the book...the journey is incredible

Any additional comments?

If you listen to at least one persons story of

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  • Marielouise
  • 04-25-09

Disappointing

I found the book very disappointing, it went from bad to worse and I couldn't wait for the end of the book! Good luck to Cory and his family; I wish him all the best.

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  • Aaron
  • 05-01-17

What a great story of adversity and triumph

This story brought me tears of sadness and joy. Riveting from start to finish. I would definitely recommend this book. Excellent narrator.