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Lucky Man

A Memoir
Written by: Michael J. Fox
Narrated by: Michael J. Fox
Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
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Publisher's 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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  • sd
  • 2020-09-12

Interesting

Enjoyed this book..For the most part realistic but a bit overdescriptive at times. Not sure about that dream sequence..I guess that is Holywood

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Excellent

Uplifting story ... thx Michael and Tracy; triggered memories that had escaped my kind for many years

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Great story and story teller!!

Hearing MJ Fox tell his story made me proud to be a fellow Canadian. His language, references and jokes were great in this heart felt story. Love his positive out look and how he has pulled and continues to pull himself out of darkness

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authentic and inspiring

inspiring read. Loved his narration of his increasing self awareness. inspired by the humanity of his story and of his several "Chumbawamba " (I get knocked down but I get up again...) moments

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So enjoyable

Listening to Michael tell his story was so enjoyable I plan to get his other books as well. I learned a lot about him. His frank storytelling was a breath of fresh air.

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absolutely insightful

Michael j.fox is an incredible human I appreciate and respect his honesty hard work this book is everything that you think it would be and more

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My hero

Michael J Fox is a truly remarkable person, he is my hero ever since I was 3 years old and this audiobook made me feel much closer to him. This is truly inspirational while also being warm hearted and deeply personal. You'll love it!

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A good listen

Interesting to hear the backstory of this celebrity. Loved his honesty. Dragged in a few places, but otherwise I found it enjoyable.

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  • Howard P
  • 2013-04-25

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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  • Bonnie Johnson
  • 2017-08-12

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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  • Patti
  • 2010-05-01

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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  • Merianne
  • 2019-10-28

Fantastic

I have loved MJF most of my life. To hear him tell is story made my heart happy.

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  • Ossi
  • 2013-02-04

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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  • Nikki
  • 2012-10-19

Great story of his inspirational journey.

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I listened to the abridged audio book as it was read by Michael himself and it was lovely listening to him telling his own story. I didn't find it as emotional or as touching as i was expecting and moments that i was expecting to be teary just weren't. Not sure if this was it due to it being an abridged version and parts had been left out, as i found the story to jump around a bit and the poignant moment at the end with the walnut tree just seemed a bit lost.

Still a great story about an inspirational man.

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  • Joe
  • 2009-06-01

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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  • Denise B
  • 2020-10-23

Enjoyed the book very much1

A very good book about the Life of Michael J Fox. Learned a lot about PD and his dedication to his family.

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  • Book Worm
  • 2020-09-12

Real Raw Honest

Wow. not only is Michael j.fox and incredible actor, he is an amazing writer. it's hard to write the truth. his story is such a lesson for all of us who want to show up authentically. very honest. Very real. I highly recommend.

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  • M. Klauss
  • 2020-07-18

wow

Could not stop listening until it was through..... Amazing! I almost wanted to cry at sometimes it was even better with him reading it it was like he was just telling me his story