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3.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 5 3.86 (37 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: April 2002 ISBN: 9780743568746
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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 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 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 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 Nancy Houston Fields | 2/7/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqui Cavill | 1/31/2014

    " Love love love MJF!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 1/24/2014

    " This is a very inspiring read! Michael J Fox describes his life in very initmate and honest details. He describes the euphoric rise to fame and fortune, the price he paid for celebrity, the diagnosis of a devastating disease, and how he was able to pull himself out of a very dark place to find a new purpose with his life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 1/21/2014

    " very good read!! came at a time when i really needed it!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Koskinen | 1/19/2014

    " Since my grandmother has been battling Parkinson's for years, it was a nice insight on the disease. Plus who doesn't love Marty?! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abi | 1/9/2014

    " Such a great actor and now author. I thoroughly enjoy his books and love the way he looks at things. He's courageous and admirable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret Bugeja | 12/31/2013

    " Inspiring, a great read. Michael is candid and portrays the reality of coming to terms with this illness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaeli | 11/23/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoy memoirs of celebrities and Michael J. Fox's was no exception. Being in the field of physical therapy, I find his living with Parkinson's Disease very pertinent and and also important as he is such an advocate for the disease. Very good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 11/6/2013

    " Very inspiring story of someone who's turned a devastating diagnosis into an inspiration for others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 10/14/2013

    " I'm not a huge nonfiction fan, but this interested me based on two things: the Parkinson's aspect cuz my gramp passed away from it, and his social habits when he was young cuz I saw him as Alex p Keaton "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mandy Brajuha | 9/28/2013

    " This book was a struggle to get through. Very disjointed and dry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 N. | 9/28/2013

    " I was pleasantly surprised at how intelligently written this book was. Michael J. Fox uses self-deprecating humor throughout the book which makes him even more endearing than most people already view him. It was a very quick read that gave a lot of insight into this very genuine man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 7/23/2013

    " Would have liked to hear as much about his adult years as his childhood. Interesting that his twin girls were also TTTS survivors - but they didn't even know about it until they were born. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 4/14/2013

    " An engaging memoir of the TV actor we all came to know in the 80's, his advancement in TV & movies and his struggle with parkinson's disease. Thoughtful and well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cayr | 8/2/2012

    " This was one of those autobiographies that made me like the subject even more. What a journey Michael Fox has taken. I have a lot of respect for him, and for his strength and courage. My father-in-law had Parkinson's and it is a devastating illness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 6/5/2012

    " Michael shares a view of his life as a star in Hollywood (which is crazy-sick) and his life with young-onset Parkinson's Disease. A lot of good stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danelle Garrison | 4/1/2012

    " it was interesting. i had a lot of respect for him after reading this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon Fryman | 3/22/2012

    " Autobiography of MJF and how he learned about PD. He also goes into detail about growing up when young and after he learned that he had PD. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 1/8/2012

    " What can I say? I love autobiographies and I love Michael J. Fox. It was the perfect book for me. I got to know that man and I also learned about the disease that changed his life. Because of this book I support stem cell research. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 12/16/2011

    " I don't care who knows it - I love this man, his book, and his insight on Parkinson's research. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K-tron | 10/11/2011

    " I love Michael J Fox and I really enjoyed reading this book that helped spread awareness about Parkinson's "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa Lover | 7/13/2011

    " An absolutely compelling, amusing and moving account to dealing with this horrendous disease. I could not put it down. "

  • 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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About the Author
Author Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox first gained fame playing Alex P. Keaton on the sitcom Family Ties. In addition to many other acting successes, including the Back to the Future trilogy and an award-winning role in Spin City, he has authored several bestselling books. In 2000 he launched the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, which has leapt to the forefront of the effort to find a cure. Fox lives with his family in New York City.