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Lucky Man

A Memoir
Narrated by: Michael J. Fox
Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (501 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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.

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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.

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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!

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A memorable memoir

I truly enjoyed listening to his story. I learned new things about him and Parkinson's. His reading was also well done.

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Good book if you're a fan.

Enjoyed this on a Road trip. I wish I didnt have to type so much feedback because I dont have anything specific to say. stupid word requirement.

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loved it

I really enjoyed his very personal struggle and coming to grips with PD with such grace and confidence.

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Big fan

I’ve always been a big fan of Michael J Fox. It’s nice to hear the story of how it all started and the struggles he went through there I things about him I was not aware of and it was nice to be able to have the opportunity for him to let us in today’s world for just a little bit.

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Laughed and cried.

I have always liked Mike and this book just upped it a few notches. Thank you for sharing your story. Makes it better that he reads it himself.

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I seriously love this guys strength

I am so proud of what he has done. he is an amazing beautiful person who has done so much with what he has.

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  • MyLifer
  • 03-31-16

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.

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  • Rembrandt
  • 03-16-19

Rewarding

A very rewarding read, honest and life enhancing. Truly a gifted man! Funny, brave and honourable...
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will read again.

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  • Ricky D
  • 03-13-19

Beautiful and interesting

A beautiful and interesting insight into the life of Michael J Fox and his battle again Parkinson’s Disease which he was struck with early in his life. Great listening to the author himself tell the story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-08-19

Loved it! Such an insight!

Great book! Well written and read. Such an insight into the disease and the nan himself. What an eye-opener!

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  • mr
  • 12-30-18

Brilliant

Always been a fan of michael j fox eversince back to the future movies, was genuinely upset when it came out about mj having parkinsons, I myself have now been diagnosed with with parkinson's in March 2018 at the age of 42 this book has given me hope and want to thank Michael from bringing me back from a dark place making me realise I do have a future thank you for all you have done and continue to do for parkinson's research you are an amazing man.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-28-18

openingly honest version of events by Michael j ..

openingly honest version of events in the life of Micheal j fox.. heartbreaking compelling informative a must read

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  • brian
  • 01-26-17

Real insight to marry mcfly and parkinsons

It's always been tough nowadays when I see Michael J Fox on tv wether it be an interview for the Back to the Future anniversary. I have many memories linked to my childhood, happy memories from the wonderfully entertaining films he was in. It was thought provoking as to how he coped with the disease, wonderful to hear he had such an amazing wife through it all and how he didn't let pd stop him from doing what he loved as long as possible. Not necessarily an enjoyable topic but it was am enjoyable book, read by the man himself.

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  • michael
  • 07-15-16

truly inspiration book - 5 Stars

absolutely loved this book, great insite that covers so much interesting parts of his life. really enjoyed that Michael narrated this book himself. highly recommend

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  • Jay
  • 04-12-16

amazing

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!

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  • jane joensen
  • 07-15-14

The not so lucky man ..

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to anyone interesting in MJF and in hearing more about Parkinson's disease.

What three words best describe Michael J. Fox’s voice?

Frail, Boyish, Shaking

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I listened and feel sorry for Michael. I think that he deals with his situation remarkably.

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  • Denis Tamplin
  • 04-10-16

Excellent, truly excellent

I wish I had not waited so long to experience this story. Thank you Michael and thank you Nanna

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  • Bake.
  • 03-19-19

Brilliant

Michael J. Fox's memoir is an extremely well written and well read book. I was so engrossed in every part of his story that I wished the book were twice as long. Perhaps it is, since this is an abridged version.
I give this 5 stars, and this will not be the last time I listen to this audiobook, it brought a lot of clarity to my own outlook on life as a whole.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-06-19

Brilliant

It was so good. Thankyou Michael for sharing your story. It was thoughtful, entertaining and powerful!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-20-18

Absolutely loved this book. Amazing story.

What a story. Love love loved this book. What an amazing man. Michael is a wonderful narrator.

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  • Kimberley Connery
  • 12-01-17

Loved it.

Highly Recommended. An open, honest retelling of his journey from pre-diagnosis through to public advocate for PD. He covers the balancing of disease, coping, working and family. I just wish it wasn't an abridged version!

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  • J Lymer
  • 08-29-17

Wonderfully Insightful

Being Canadian isn't a prerequisite for loving MJF or having an interest in his story. Lucky Man is a great read about living large, taking risks and taking stock. Also a nice reminder to live with gratitude.
Mike Fox lays bare his journey from denial to PD advocate with many funny stories in between.