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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9,124 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael J. Fox Narrator: Michael J. Fox Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“If you were to rush in to this room right now and announce that you had struck a deal—with God, Allah, Buddha, Christ, Krishna, Bill Gates, whomever—in which the ten years since my diagnosis could be magically taken away, traded in for ten more years as the person I was before, I would, without a moment’s hesitation, tell you to take a hike.”

In September 1998, Michael J. Fox stunned the world by announcing that 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 he has invested in his dozens of performances over the last eighteen years, 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 western Canada to his meteoric rise in film and television that made him a worldwide celebrity. Most importantly, he writes of the last ten 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 feels that he is a very lucky man, indeed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Smart, funny, and ghostwriter-free…An engagingly told story.” 

    New York Times

  • “Maintains his sly sense of humor…Fox, who penned the book alone, has a savvy, smart-alecky voice.” 

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Such bouncy, readable wit…When he talks of the frustration of the disease, at its peaks stopping him writing or articulating, it is desperately moving…Fox zips around his life drawing parallels, telling funny asides that later prove important to the tale.” 

    BBC News Online

  • “Fox writes always with humor, but also with insight.” 

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A lucid and intelligent book, full of ironic humor and unquenchable optimism.” 

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Most celebrity memoirs bristle with braggadocio, but Fox lays bare his soul with a humility and honesty uncharacteristic of the genre.” 

    Charlotte Observer

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dani | 2/13/2014

    " Inspirational. A very real, true and charismatic look at the life of a big shot, followed by a very honest read about the nature of early onset Parkinson's disease. Powerful. Highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kevin | 2/11/2014

    " Very interesting and well written memoir. Fox does a good job of weaving the tales of his own life and his battle with his disease without getting too maudlin or bitter. He strikes a nice balance that affirms the general perception that he is one of the few relatively nice celebrities and a decent person. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katie | 2/7/2014

    " This book was surprisingly engaging, interesting and moving. I read it for research purposes, I'm not even a big Michael J. Fox fan, but I really enjoyed this. I even got misty-eyed a couple of times - well written and very readable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nancy Houston Fields | 2/7/2014

    " Michael's personal account of his family, struggles, triumphs and eventual diagnosis of early onset Parkinson's Disease. "

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