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.
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"[Fox's] narrative and sentiment are heartfelt." (AudioFile)
Writer of Songs, Musician, Photographer & Artist. Reader of History, Non-Fiction, Music, Science & Cosmology.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Thoroughly appreciated the honesty and candor that MJF put into his
autobiographical book. His narration added to the authenticity of his desire to communicate what he has been through and how he has coped with his rise to success as well as his diagnosis with PD as well as bravely becoming a spokesperson to highlight this disease.
the story never ends
I picked up this audiobook on a whim and I'm glad I did, although I do want to read the full version soon. This is a very moving, inspiring book, even just hearing the real sincerity in Fox's gentle voice, reading the words he's written about his own life and the wisdom and perspective he's gained from "the gift that keeps taking". He's an admirable man, and his rise to stardom came with the pitfalls of immaturity he's not afraid to own up to. The story between him and his wife comforts me knowing that he has found a true, lasting love. His hiding from Parkinson’s, first from himself and then from everyone around him in his business, was a struggle I really felt for him, so when I read about the reaction to his coming out with the disease... I could sense the paradigm-shift that happened in his heart, and how he realized he didn't just have to deal with everyone knowing, he could fully embrace it as a great opportunity to do good and inspire others. I am happy for him, and I truly admire him. Several portions brought mist to my eyes. It's rare to find people this mature and humble, especially among people who are thrust with not only the insanity of fame but the stab of debilitating illness. He's a role model and his book enables one not only to know his story, but become intimately involved in his life and the lessons to be gained from his experience and personal philosophy.
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.
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.
Definitely. Is was narrated by the author.
The author Michael j. Fox
Yes, but we stretched it out.
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.
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.
I used to own this book in its paper form and have read it at least three times. However a while ago I had to throw out all my old books as my own degenerative neurological condition now stops me from turning the pages. So instead I got audible and once again I could enjoy this very truthful and down to Earth account of life before and after the diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease.
Michael J Fox is a very likeable character and I remember being truly upset when I heard of his diagnosis but I guess it was only a year after my own diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Now I listen to this account and I can appreciate the humorous descriptions and empathize with a litany of symptom situations. Very well written and excellently read. Thank you Michael J Fox!
"Abridged version didn't do justice to his story"
Not well abridged, he seemed a little arrogant without much of the intriguing background. A shame.
"The not so lucky man .."
I would recommend this book to anyone interesting in MJF and in hearing more about Parkinson's disease.
Frail, Boyish, Shaking
I listened and feel sorry for Michael. I think that he deals with his situation remarkably.
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