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Lucky Man

A Memoir
Narrated by: Michael J. Fox
Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
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Summary

In September 1998, Michael J. Fox stunned the world by announcing he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease: a degenerative neurological condition. In fact, he had been secretly fighting it for seven years. The worldwide response was staggering. Fortunately, he had accepted the diagnosis, and by the time the public started grieving for him, he had stopped grieving for himself. With the same passion, humor, and energy that Fox has invested in his dozens of performances, he tells the story of his life, his career, and his campaign to find a cure for Parkinson's.

Combining his trademark ironic sensibility and keen sense of the absurd, he recounts his life, from his childhood in a small town in western Canada to his meteoric rise in film and television, which made him a worldwide celebrity. Most importantly, however, he writes of the last 10 years, during which, with the unswerving support of his wife, family, and friends, he has dealt with his illness. He talks about what Parkinson's has given him: the chance to appreciate a wonderful life and career, and the opportunity to help search for a cure and spread public awareness of the disease. He is a very lucky man, indeed.

©2002 Michael J. Fox. All rights reserved (P)2002 Simon and Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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"In a direct, conversational style Fox gives listeners a glimpse of his heady Hollywood life, starting with his early success in Family Ties and Back to the Future. The self-indulgent days as a young star through his denial and hiding of his illness to his final acceptance and then advocacy for Parkinson's sufferers make a fascinating story." ( AudioFile)

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Abridged version didn't do justice to his story

Not well abridged, he seemed a little arrogant without much of the intriguing background. A shame.

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Inspiring

A really inspiring account from Michael J Fox, from his rise to fame to his battle and acceptance with Parkinson's.

Definitely worth the listen!

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Great book and wonderful insight

MJF write and delivers a powerful view of a crippling disease and how he coped with it. Very impressed.

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Rewarding

A very rewarding read, honest and life enhancing. Truly a gifted man! Funny, brave and honourable...
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will read again.

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  • Ricky D
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 13-03-19

Beautiful and interesting

A beautiful and interesting insight into the life of Michael J Fox and his battle again Parkinson’s Disease which he was struck with early in his life. Great listening to the author himself tell the story.

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Loved it! Such an insight!

Great book! Well written and read. Such an insight into the disease and the nan himself. What an eye-opener!

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Brilliant

Always been a fan of michael j fox eversince back to the future movies, was genuinely upset when it came out about mj having parkinsons, I myself have now been diagnosed with with parkinson's in March 2018 at the age of 42 this book has given me hope and want to thank Michael from bringing me back from a dark place making me realise I do have a future thank you for all you have done and continue to do for parkinson's research you are an amazing man.

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openingly honest version of events by Michael j ..

openingly honest version of events in the life of Micheal j fox.. heartbreaking compelling informative a must read

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Real insight to marry mcfly and parkinsons

It's always been tough nowadays when I see Michael J Fox on tv wether it be an interview for the Back to the Future anniversary. I have many memories linked to my childhood, happy memories from the wonderfully entertaining films he was in. It was thought provoking as to how he coped with the disease, wonderful to hear he had such an amazing wife through it all and how he didn't let pd stop him from doing what he loved as long as possible. Not necessarily an enjoyable topic but it was am enjoyable book, read by the man himself.

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truly inspiration book - 5 Stars

absolutely loved this book, great insite that covers so much interesting parts of his life. really enjoyed that Michael narrated this book himself. highly recommend

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  • Howard P
  • 25-04-13

The True Story of Onset Parkinson's - Life Goes On

I should state that I have 2 disabling neurological diseases; Post-Polio and Guillain-Barré. So I am looking through the lens of someone who has gone through many of the same experiences, physically and mentally, as Michael J. Fox. In fact, that is the reason I chose to listen to this book.

Only someone who has a progressive disabling condition can tell the story, and Mr. Fox does an excellent job. As a narrator he is natural, relaxed, as if speaking a to close friend. He describes the challenges of dealing with the inevitable, in a matter of fact style that draws the listener into his world. It is an almost impossible task to explain the mental and physical effects to someone who has not experienced a disabling condition. Yet, as author and narrator he tells the story of the onset of Parkinson's as it happens. Being told by doctors that he is too young, hiding the symptoms from his employer, knowing that something is seriously wrong. (Disclaimer, my own experience parallels his so closely, that I can attest to his honesty)

For someone who has a disability his story resonates without a sense of pity. It is comforting, in astrange way, to relive the experiences, knowing that you are not alone. For those who do not have a disability his book is educational, and on its own merit a well told tale. I wish everyone would listen to Michael J. Fox tell his own story in his own words. I wish that people could understand what a person with a disability goes through, the world would be a kinder place.

The fact the he is a celebrity reaching the peak of his career when Parkinson's begins, adds an element of interest apart from his disease. The book is not depressing, it is even humorous at times. It is the story of a very likeable person, a husband, loving father and a hard working actor. Lucky Man is the first of Michael J. Fox's trilogy. Having thoroughly enjoyed this book, I bought the other two. I can't wait to listen to those books as well.

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  • Patti
  • 01-05-10

Not Bad for a Celebrity Story

I really do loathe celebrity books but I do occasioanlly get sucked up by curiosity to see what they say. There was not the typical dissappointment with this purchase.

As a nurse, I appreciate not only the simple explanation of MJF's experience of acknowledging his symptoms but also his explanations of diagnosis and treatment. No chronic illness is easy, especially for someone in the spotlight. It is sad that there is the "need" to try to hide an illness.

MJF is definitely an inspiration as a human being struggling with a devastating disease such as Parkinson's. I hope many benefit from not only the manner with which he handled his disease but also from his significant efforts to help the common man who find themselves in the same situation.

I encourage others to support the cause and read this book. Well done, Michael.

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  • Bonnie
  • 12-08-17

Michael J. Box is a verbal gymnast

I couldn't even get through the first chapter without consulting my dictionary at least 20 times. I love an author who can expand my vocabulary. This memoir has helped me to a deeper understanding of my mothers struggle with Parkinson's. God bless Michael J. Fox.

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  • Ossi
  • 04-02-13

I wish I'd listened to the unabridged version

I completely missed that this was abridged version. I'm not sure if there even is unabridged version as an audio book, but if there is, listen to that instead. It can only be better.

That was pretty much the only downside worth mentioning about the listening experience. Michael reads the book him self, which really makes it so much better. The story is heartwarming yet honest and humble. He admits his problems, talks about'em openly and tells what are the most important things for him. He does not preach or try to be condescending.

If there has to be some other downside it is that only so much trivia and stories can fit into a book, especially abridged version. I really hoped there would be even more stories on back scenes of the movie sets and such. Michael seems to be pretty protective on his personal life what comes to his family, so that part is kept relatively shallow.

I thought I liked Michael J. Fox before, but now I like him even more. If you think you do, too, it's certainly worth listening.

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  • Joe
  • 01-06-09

This is must read!

Michael J. Fox presents himself and his illness with unusual honesty for an A-List actor. From his youthful days as a wandering and at times misguided teenager, to his stint as an in demand Hollywood star, Mr. Fox reveals his fortunes and fears with unabashed candor. This is a must read for fans!

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  • Tracee K.
  • 19-09-19

Inspiring

I truly enjoyed this book. Michael did an excellent job of inviting you in to his feelings, battles, and triumphs. He inspires!!!

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  • JS
  • 18-09-19

Impressive story telling and compelling narrative!

What a good writer Michael J. Fox is! I am listening since my husband was just diagnosed with Parkinsons and I wanted to gain insight from Fox's experience and point of view. I admire his work greatly! I had no idea what a wonderful writer he is. This is delightful, tearful, poignant, funny, honest. Thank you Michael J. Fox!

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  • Irene McIntyre
  • 07-09-19

Wonderful sense of humor on this man...

This is a story a true story of love and struggle and finding oneself when fame came one's way at a young age. A person could get lost. I especially though liked the stories of what he was like as a tike! It was like this man was born to be an entertainer. Overall it's a love story and it's about sticking together in sickness and health...with a ton of funny and surprising things in between. I enjoyed it immensely. 4.5 stars if we could give half stars.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-07-19

amazing

amazing. 10/10 would read again. couldn't put down. would recommend to otheres who love Michael j fox

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-07-19

enlightening perspective

Enlightening perspective on Parkinson's disease from someone young. Honest and raw account. Thank you MJF.