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Summary

Like many others on the autism spectrum, 20-something stand-up comic Michael McCreary has been told by more than a few well-meaning folks that he doesn’t “look” autistic. But, as he’s quick to point out in this memoir, autism “looks” different for just about everyone with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 

Diagnosed with ASD at age five, McCreary got hit with the performance bug not much later. During a difficult time in junior high, he started journaling, eventually turning his pain into something empowering - and funny. He scored his first stand-up gig at age 14 and hasn't looked back. 

This unique and hilarious #OwnVoices memoir breaks down what it’s like to live with autism for readers on and off the spectrum. Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic is an invaluable and compelling listen for young readers with ASD looking for voices to relate to as well as for listeners hoping to broaden their understanding of ASD.

©2019 Michael McCreary (P)2019 Annick Press

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Compulsive Listening

I only intended to listen to a few chapters every day but ended up finishing this book within a day. Michael's reading style makes me feel like I'm listening to a friend and the book covered many different aspects that would be interesting for both neurotypical and neurodivergent individuals.

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Great Own Voices insight

This is a really good read. An excellent Own Voices insight into living with autism (obviously school is an absolute hellhole anyway but for neurodiverse kids or anyone who's a bit different it can be really crap) and the joys of finding your tribe. There's a lot of very helpful advice for both neurotypical people and people with ASD but, perhaps more importantly, it's really funny. I'm definitely going to check out Michael McCreary's stand up.

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  • Wybeka
  • 14-03-19

Can’t wait to hear more from this talent.

My 16 year-old son also had ASD, and we first heard Mike perform at an Asperger Experts workshop. I couldn’t spend my audible credit fast enough last night and we started listening today on the long drive home from school. Lots of laugh out loud moments so far and the kids are begging to listen to more. Thanks for being a voice (and several characters) for the ASD community!

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  • Tim
  • 27-06-20

Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic

Highly recommend this book for parents and siblings of an autistic family member. Even though there is a wide range of functioning for those on the spectrum, the author’s experiences, and his explanations, resonated with the experiences we have had, and I felt at times enlightened and at times comforted. This book would also be good for educators, both in special education and general education. I will reread this one from time to time!

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  • Utente anonimo
  • 09-05-22

quite uninteresting and pointless

i failed to see the purpose of the book, maybe you will find his anecdotes entertaining

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  • Kai
  • 26-04-22

reading over audio for this book.

I enjoyed this book, the story was great. however there are diagrams in this book and instead of describing them they simply said to go to a website.

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  • Eri k
  • 15-08-21

Colors of the spectrum

Succeeds in challenging the stereotype of what most NTs may imagine what people with a spectrum disorder are" like." That is, there is none..."they" are just as different as neurotypicals, classified for certain traits, need for routine, communication issues ..but in the end Mc Creary shows the colors of the spectrum are as varied and nuanced as NT personality types. Hollywood should stop concentrating on the autistic savants and work harder to represent a more authentic version of those on the spectrum. Mc Creary's read was a bit too fast, raspy and edgy for my taste but I guess that's just me and my sensitive ears

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  • Melissa Beaulieu
  • 29-03-21

Great book, Great performance

Easy to listen to, funny and engaging. Easy to find visual accompaniments. Loved it. Will likely listen to it multiple times.

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  • Xandra Z.
  • 11-03-21

Hilarious and Insightful

I have been following the Facebook page for Funny, You Don't Look Autistic for the memes before I realized it was the name of Michael McCreary's book. I recently found out my kid is on the spectrum so it really helped hearing the experience from an adult with ASD. It was really entertaining too. I'm going to go listen to his stand up.

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  • Ruth
  • 06-12-20

Excellent!

We listened to this book in the car as a family. My 16 year old son is autistic and he said there was a lot he could relate to. My daughter said it helped her to understand what living with ASD can be like. Michael McCreary is not only funny, but a really helpful advocate for the autism community. We liked his voice and he did a really good job narrating his own book. When this pandemic is over, we would love to be able to make a trip to Toronto to see Michael perform live.

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  • Utente anonimo
  • 20-10-20

A Funny Inside-"Listen" to ASD

This is a wonderfully engaging, yet quick listen. Hearing Michael McCreary read his own words and tell his own stories adds a layer of interest and depth that would be missed reading it on your own. The book skillfully spans from his diagnosis as a child, a teenager finding his way, to adulthood making his career. Along the way you get to hear about school, camp, gigs and more. All while continuously emphasizing that people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are not alone. EVERYONE should take the time to listen to this book - those with and without ASD. There is much to learn. There is much to understand. And, McCreary writes in a way that gives much to laugh along with him. It's worth the listen!

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  • Brentin
  • 04-08-20

A unique perspective

McCreary has a lot of potential, and this book serves less as a memoir than as an introduction, both for himself and for autism. He adds a personal perspective to what is often portrayed in film and TV as a series of stereotypical behaviors or what he calls a "symptom checklist".

The book is a bit more serious and direct than I was expecting for a comedian, although there are a few funny moments. The downside to listening on Audible is there are certain visuals from the book that you don't get unless you go to the website.