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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,828 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael J. Fox Narrator: Michael J. Fox Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9781401391492
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There are many words to describe Michael J. Fox: Actor, Husband, Father, Activist. But readers of Always Looking Up will soon add another to the list: Optimist. Michael writes about the hard-won perspective that helped him see challenges as opportunities. Instead of building walls around himself, he developed a personal policy of engagement and discovery: an emotional, psychological, intellectual, and spiritual outlook that has served him throughout his struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Michael’s exit from a very demanding, very public arena offered him the time—and the inspiration—to open up new doors leading to unexpected places. One door even led him to the center of his own family, the greatest destination of all.

Always Looking Up is a memoir of this last decade, told through the critical themes of Michael’s life: work, politics, faith, and family. The book is a journey of self-discovery and reinvention, and a testament to the consolations that protect him from the ravages of Parkinson’s.

With the humor and wit that captivated fans of his first book, Lucky Man, Michael describes how he became a happier, more satisfied person by recognizing the gifts of everyday life.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy Hess Greenawalt | 2/18/2014

    " Interesting read from a man that has worked hard to overcome his disease and bring much good from it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angel | 2/12/2014

    " I loved the voice in this book as well as the humor! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie Graca myers | 2/12/2014

    " I read this book a few years back and took a lot away from Michael's reflections on his career, faith, family and politics. This time I listened to it as an audiobook and must say that it was more impacting as I listened to the emotion of this memoir. It resonated on a deeper level due to my own medical mysteries and mt father's PD progression. Excellent book, again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandi | 2/8/2014

    " Good book. He made some good points in the book. It was entertaining. I can't say I agreed with his POV in every scenario, but still, I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherie | 2/8/2014

    " Actor, Michael J Fox, stricken with Parkinson's Disease (PD), writes about his life, his work, the founding of his PD foundation, his faith in God, and his wonderful family who is always there for him. He subtitles his book "The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist," and he is surely that. I really loved this book and hope and pray that I can meet the trials and adversity that come in my life as well as he has met his. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brennan | 2/6/2014

    " This follow-up to Lucky Man was written 8 years later and details Michael Fox's beliefs and experiences with family, politics, and faith. The details of his struggle with Parkinson's disease help lay people like myself understand the unique struggles that people with this disease face on a daily basis. And his re-telling of the political debates surrounding stem cell research are as interesting as it gets in modern politics. A close second to Lucky Man, the book is wonderfully written and interesting to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryan Clagett | 2/2/2014

    " 2.5 stars. I guess I only appreciate the book because it supports PD research. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh McConnell | 1/13/2014

    " A followup to his memoir, Michael J Fox returns with an inspiring sequel that is more present story verses history. Very solid read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn | 12/31/2013

    " This is a great book. The title say it all. Michael's optimism in spite of having great obstacles is very inspiring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy L. | 12/18/2013

    " Michael J. Fox will be speaking at SMU in a few weeks and I look forward to hearing him. This book and his other book, Lucky Man, are not the typical celebrity books. Inspirational, and funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kym | 12/6/2013

    " Well written celebrity memoir. Contains insights on Parkinson's disease from one who has it. All around good book that I recommend. Certainly of interest for those of us who "grew up with" Michael. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clark Brown | 11/10/2013

    " Great book, gives me high respect Michael and what stands for and what drives him. I found this a great read at the perfect time, really lifting and inspiring me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ainsley | 10/15/2013

    " I love Michael J. Fox, and I wanted to give this a higher rating just because it's him. But it did drag a bit, and it shouldn't because it's not a very long book. It's definitely worth reading, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy | 10/8/2013

    " Wow...somewhat inspirational. In spite of Parkinson's, he has such a positive outlook and view of things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet Soper | 9/13/2013

    " Michael J. Fox has managed to make an incredible life as he adjusted to Parkinson's disease. He has a wonderful family to help support him as he grows older and, hopefully, wiser. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregory Broderick | 7/24/2013

    " as someone who was diagnosed with Parkin Syndrome back in August of this year, I found this book to be inspirational "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle O | 5/15/2013

    " I have loved Michael J. Fox since I was three years old. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 kathi | 4/5/2013

    " This book bored me and I stopped reading it at about page 30. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chelsie | 3/23/2013

    " I really enjoyed reading this book and learning more about Michael J. Fox "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dulcie | 12/17/2012

    " I enjoyed his first book more, but this one is also pretty uplifting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erich Franz Guzmann | 10/30/2012

    " Michael J. Fox does a fantastic job explaining the extremely complex condition of Parkinson's Disease. This memoir of his was amazingly insightful! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Watts | 9/5/2012

    " Michael is relating his experiences in hopes to share insight and knowledge with those eperiencing the same issues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcia | 7/22/2012

    " What a great guy--an inspiration. More stories about his life with Parkinson's and his gratitude for all the opportunities he's had and for his family. He is an incurable optimist! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 3/24/2012

    " Very interesting. He is an articulate writer who delves deep into subject matter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan Timmel | 12/5/2011

    " Just happened to grab it at the library, and holy poop on a stick does he have an excellent writing "voice." The title says it all: the book is pretty much unbridled optimism, and you feel damn fine while reading it. Good stories, positive outlook, good stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandy | 8/7/2011

    " Man this is a Great book to read before you go to bed. Everynight it will help set you in a positive attitude for getting a great nights rest and waking up refreshed in the morning for another day! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Ross | 6/23/2011

    " This was the 2nd or 3rd audio book I listened to about and by Michael J. Fox. It was thoroughly enjoying and Michael tells some really great stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 5/20/2011

    " I had to read this book because I was amazed at how he could turn something so devastating into something positive and remain optimistic and hopeful. I enjoyed watching him in Family Ties when I was growing up. The book was very inspirational and interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodi | 5/11/2011

    " Inspiring book from an incredible man. I was surprised to learn about his life, family, beliefs, etc.(things not in the popular press) and then even more impressed by how he's handled his challenges and has made such a difference in funding research through his charitable foundation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JessicaB-W | 5/7/2011

    " I really enjoyed the writing in this book. Michael J Fox has a way of being uplifting and encouraging even though he has endured so much over the years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 5/5/2011

    " Inspiring guy, and smarter than I expected.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie | 4/27/2011

    " A great book by a man who surpassed his comedic acting abilities by his wonderful decision to openly deal with his Parkinson's and by setting up a foundation to raise money for research and to educate people. He is a good man, a wonderful actor, and God chose him to be our representative. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/24/2011

    " The book is divided into four sections: work, politics, faith and family. The latter two are the most interesting but unfortunately the former two take up the most of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 4/23/2011

    " Again Michael J Fox narrated this book himself. I find him an interesting man with incredible insight about a lot of things. I must say that it wasn't quite as good as Lucky Man but he is still very entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 4/17/2011

    " Great book with a wonderful message on optimism, hope, and faith. It also includes a very interesting story of meeting Lance Armstrong at the Tour De France, and how he helped kick off the Fox Foundation. Also great information on stem cell research especially from his perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 4/11/2011

    " I like it so far, it's taking me forever to finish, similar in a way to some biographies that seem to drag on but when you are finished you are glad to have read them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianne | 4/7/2011

    " Listened to this on CD, read by Michael J. Fox - loved it. I would like to see my life through the eyes that he sees his through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 4/6/2011

    " Honestly written account by one of my favourite actors. Even though politics never interested me much, I was drawn through that section by the science and the easy writing style. It made me feel hopeful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Woz | 4/3/2011

    " I found this book to be really inspiring. Michael J. Fox has been one of my favorites since his time on Family Ties and he's got a wonderful way of telling a story. His perspective on stem cell research, family, and love is really worth checking out. "

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