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Publisher's Summary

This program is read by Michael J. Fox.

A moving account of resilience, hope, fear and mortality, and how these things resonate in our lives, by actor and advocate Michael J. Fox.

The entire world knows Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, the teenage sidekick of Doc Brown in Back to the Future; as Alex P. Keaton in Family Ties; as Mike Flaherty in Spin City; and through numerous other movie roles and guest appearances on shows such as The Good Wife and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Diagnosed at age 29, Michael is equally engaged in Parkinson’s advocacy work, raising global awareness of the disease and helping find a cure through The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, the world’s leading non-profit funder of PD science. His two previous best-selling memoirs, Lucky Man and Always Looking Up, dealt with how he came to terms with the illness, all the while exhibiting his iconic optimism. His new memoir reassesses this outlook, as events in the past decade presented additional challenges.

In No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality, Michael shares personal stories and observations about illness and health, aging, the strength of family and friends, and how our perceptions about time affect the way we approach mortality. Thoughtful and moving, but with Fox’s trademark sense of humor, his audiobook provides a vehicle for reflection about our lives, our loves, and our losses.

Running through the narrative is the drama of the medical madness Fox recently experienced, that included his daily negotiations with the Parkinson’s disease he’s had since 1991, and a spinal cord issue that necessitated immediate surgery. His challenge to learn how to walk again, only to suffer a devastating fall, nearly caused him to ditch his trademark optimism and “get out of the lemonade business altogether.”

Does he make it all of the way back? Listen to the audiobook. 

Barnes & Noble Best New Books of the Year - 2020

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books 

©2020 Michael J. Fox (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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A Canadian Hero

Thoroughly enjoyed this book! Michael J. Fox exudes amazing character attributes that must be admired by all! His determination alone is a source of strength for everyone. He’s definitely blessed to have a wife and partner like Tracy and four awesome children ... KUDOS to his wonderful family.

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A must read! ❤️

Loved this book! Thank you Michael J Fox for being just who you are! This book came at the perfect time in this Covid world and helps put life in perspective for what it was, what it is and what it could be for me! Michael's speech, although affected by Parkinson's, is a welcoming sound with his humor and wit as he narrates his own story. I hate what Parkinson's did to Michael but love what it did for him and the rest of us inspired by his journey! Admiration and gratitude! Enjoy! 😌

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Overall very well enjoyed

In my opinion, this book is worth purchasing if you are already familiar with Michael J. Fox.
I thoroughly enjoyed him narrating his own book & adding inflections & personal touches where he felt necessary. It was easy to visualize.
I was captivated learning about his struggles, physio treatments, travels, experiences, perspective on life with PD, & how supportive his family is through all of this. The way he approaches a life altering disability with positivity, humor, & determination is very inspiring.

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Inspiring & Motivating

I really can not pick better words to describe this; and as a bonus he is just great to listen to.

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  • 2021-06-20

A conversation starter for your family.

For many families talking about PD is hard and avoided. I bought the book for my Family member with PD and one by one the rest of the family has consumed the book either in print or audio format. It has sparked many conversations. Also LOFT that was amazing. Thanks Michael and team.

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Informative, inspiring, humorous

Michael J. Fox is very real with his PD and other struggles, yet remains positive and humorous. I found it a little hard to understand his reading at first, but I soon adapted. And then I couldn't stop listening. He really opened my eyes with the struggles of PD and other implications. I commend him for his honesty and bravery.

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Awesome

Just sad i finished in one day. Its like sitting down with Micheal and having a talk over coffies. A Very inspirational read.

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there were many of his stories shared in this audible that I enjoyed .

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I appreciate your life’s story. Thanks for sharing your ups and downs..I am a nurse in care for people in LONG TERM CARE and have experienced many people with the affects of parkinsons. Also My dentist boss had denial pd...It’s not easy and I share in your journey with gratefulness for health and the journey without unfavorable movement. All the best!

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I'm a huge fan and was disappointed. The stories weren't interesting and I was hoping for more

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  • Michelle J Swanson
  • 2020-11-18

Thankful

Inspiring, beautifully presented and thankful for your words. I too am going through a health issue, not the same illness as yours but an illness all the same. I’ve been fighting it for over a year and only recently have had a small, pea size amount of success. But in its wake, I’ve lost my job and the unfortunate battles with the insurance company some days feel like too much. I appreciate your struggle and your strength, it has inspired me to keep fighting on. Thank you! ❤️

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  • 2020-11-19

Wonderful!

I loved reading this inspirational book! I was having some difficulty hearing all the words clearly so I changed the speed to 0.8, and every word was easily understandable, and the pacing was fine.

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  • Luda
  • 2020-11-19

Very appreciative to have listened to this book!

This book was released at such an opportune time. I appreciated Michael J. Fox sharing his difficult experiences, happy moments with his family, his outlook on life, living with Parkinson’s, and thinking about the future. I especially enjoyed listening to him read his own book, it made the experience so much better, and it was great to hear his humor, too! Thank you for sharing your life with us.

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  • mysteryreader4
  • 2020-11-18

Just what I needed!

Amazing story - boosted my hope for better days to come in this Covid-19 crisis and my own personal struggles. Thanks for sharing it, Michael!

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  • Max
  • 2020-11-17

FIRST REVIEW!

Michael J Fox is the GOAT!!!! (greatest of all time)

Long live the legend!

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  • GrammieR
  • 2020-11-19

Emotional and Honest

I've listened to all of Mr. Fox's books and have enjoyed them all. This one, in particular because of it's timeliness, was the best. There is nothing sugar coated, yet it remains oddly upbeat, even though it hurts to hear much of. Highly recommend.

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  • Amy D.
  • 2020-11-27

Really good listen.

You don’t need to be Parkinson’s patient enjoy this book. Michael J Fox is in an articulate and thoughtful author with a sharp, self deprecating wit. His life lessons and stories can be insightful for anyone facing challenges. And isn’t that all of us?

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  • Tere Valenzuela
  • 2020-11-23

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I very much enjoyed listening to Mr. Fox's memories, stories and struggles due to PD. I thought at first that it may be hard to understand the slight slur in his speech but it turned out not to be a problem. Thanks you for sharing with such honesty and thank you for all the great devotion you and Tracy lend to fighting PD. You were part of my experiences learning the U.S. culture through TV in the 80s and have remained a constant in entertainment, and now, in being an amazing human. For that, and for this book, I thank you!

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  • Linda
  • 2020-12-04

Another great one by MJ Fox!

This is an excellent book. I had read his 'Lucky Man" book many years ago and loved that, so I figured I'd give this one a try. He wrote a book in between these two, but I haven't read that one. He's not as upbeat in this book, as he has been living with PD for many years and has had some decline. That said, it's not at all a sad book.

Michael does a great job sharing with us his experiences without whining but also not acting like it's all a piece of cake. Tracy is an amazing wife for how she has not only stuck by him , but has gone above and beyond.

At first, I had a hard time understanding Michael, but I slowed the rate down to 85% and it was perfect. For me, he was speaking a little to quickly and since he doesn't always enunciate well, I had a hard time understanding him at the 100% speed. I love when an author reads their own book - he puts great inflections, pauses etc into his reading, as if you're sitting in his living room and he's talking to you.

I highly recommend this book.

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  • Justin
  • 2020-11-18

Hoping for more revelatory prose.. or perhaps

a deeper analysis of mortality. It's instead an autobiography of Fox's challenging 20 years or so since diagnosis and a saccharine look at the value of family.

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