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Lucky Man: A Memoir | [Michael J. Fox]

Lucky Man: A Memoir

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.
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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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"[Fox's] narrative and sentiment are heartfelt." (AudioFile)

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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 05-01-10
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 05-01-10 Member Since 2003
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ossi Lohja, Finland 02-04-13
    Ossi Lohja, Finland 02-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shui Tsai TaipeiTaiwan 06-07-09
    Shui Tsai TaipeiTaiwan 06-07-09 Member Since 2009
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    "A great book"

    Great book! Fox is really a fantastic actor and great fighter for difficult life. I love to see him keep acting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Allen, TX, United States 06-01-09
    Joe Allen, TX, United States 06-01-09 Member Since 2009
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cyrus Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada 03-18-14
    Cyrus Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada 03-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "The way Fox's story should be enjoyed"
    What made the experience of listening to Lucky Man the most enjoyable?

    Listening to his story, told in his own words, and in his own voice, brings the emotional impact of the story to a level you would be hard pressed to match simply reading it.
    I would have rated it five stars on all fronts, however there was a number of profanities, generally when accounting events as they happened, however I felt their presence detracted from the story as they stood out considerably.


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    Jessica ROMA, Australia 10-15-13
    Jessica ROMA, Australia 10-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Refreshingly honest"

    I loved it, and am thrilled that he was able to narrate it himself. I've never been a fan of tabloids so most of his story is completely new to me. His voice has a lilt to it that no-one will ever be able to immitate. I think I'd like to listen to more from him.

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    Howard P Long Island, NY USA 04-25-13
    Howard P Long Island, NY USA 04-25-13 Member Since 2010

    Writer of Songs, Musician, Photographer & Artist. Reader of History, Non-Fiction, Music, Science & Cosmology.

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    "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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    Julie St. Catharines, ON, Canada 12-05-12
    Julie St. Catharines, ON, Canada 12-05-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Fox's perseverance is inspiring!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lucky Man to be better than the print version?

    Definitely. Is was narrated by the author.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author Michael j. Fox


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but we stretched it out.


    Any additional comments?

    As a fellow Canadian and follower of Michael j. Fox's journey with Parkinson's Disease, I wanted to hear how he has dealt with his health issues. It truly is an informative book. I would highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nikki bayswater north, Australia 10-19-12
    Nikki bayswater north, Australia 10-19-12
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    "Great story of his inspirational journey."
    Any additional comments?

    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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    James Ransom Kansas City, MO 09-10-12
    James Ransom Kansas City, MO 09-10-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Read by the author. Couldn't have been better!"
    What did you love best about Lucky Man?

    I like that Michael J. Fox read it himself, was completely open in the book, and made it a journey to enjoy!


    What other book might you compare Lucky Man to and why?

    Lance Armstrong's "It's Not About the Bike" because he was open in that book as well.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like when he discusses the Back to the Future movies he did!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Nope, I enjoyed spreading it out over about a week.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks for taking the time to write this Michael!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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