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Publisher's Summary

This program is read by Michael J. Fox.

A moving account of resilience, hope, fear and mortality, and how these things resonate in our lives, by actor and advocate Michael J. Fox.

The entire world knows Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, the teenage sidekick of Doc Brown in Back to the Future; as Alex P. Keaton in Family Ties; as Mike Flaherty in Spin City; and through numerous other movie roles and guest appearances on shows such as The Good Wife and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Diagnosed at age 29, Michael is equally engaged in Parkinson’s advocacy work, raising global awareness of the disease and helping find a cure through The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, the world’s leading non-profit funder of PD science. His two previous best-selling memoirs, Lucky Man and Always Looking Up, dealt with how he came to terms with the illness, all the while exhibiting his iconic optimism. His new memoir reassesses this outlook, as events in the past decade presented additional challenges.

In No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality, Michael shares personal stories and observations about illness and health, aging, the strength of family and friends, and how our perceptions about time affect the way we approach mortality. Thoughtful and moving, but with Fox’s trademark sense of humor, his audiobook provides a vehicle for reflection about our lives, our loves, and our losses.

Running through the narrative is the drama of the medical madness Fox recently experienced, that included his daily negotiations with the Parkinson’s disease he’s had since 1991, and a spinal cord issue that necessitated immediate surgery. His challenge to learn how to walk again, only to suffer a devastating fall, nearly caused him to ditch his trademark optimism and “get out of the lemonade business altogether.”

Does he make it all of the way back? Listen to the audiobook. 

Barnes & Noble Best New Books of the Year - 2020

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books 

©2020 Michael J. Fox (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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Inspiring, beautifully presented and thankful for your words. I too am going through a health issue, not the same illness as yours but an illness all the same. I’ve been fighting it for over a year and only recently have had a small, pea size amount of success. But in its wake, I’ve lost my job and the unfortunate battles with the insurance company some days feel like too much. I appreciate your struggle and your strength, it has inspired me to keep fighting on. Thank you! ❤️

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Wonderful!

I loved reading this inspirational book! I was having some difficulty hearing all the words clearly so I changed the speed to 0.8, and every word was easily understandable, and the pacing was fine.

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FIRST REVIEW!

Michael J Fox is the GOAT!!!! (greatest of all time) Long live the legend!

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Just what I needed!

Amazing story - boosted my hope for better days to come in this Covid-19 crisis and my own personal struggles. Thanks for sharing it, Michael!

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Very appreciative to have listened to this book!

This book was released at such an opportune time. I appreciated Michael J. Fox sharing his difficult experiences, happy moments with his family, his outlook on life, living with Parkinson’s, and thinking about the future. I especially enjoyed listening to him read his own book, it made the experience so much better, and it was great to hear his humor, too! Thank you for sharing your life with us.

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Hoping for more revelatory prose.. or perhaps

a deeper analysis of mortality. It's instead an autobiography of Fox's challenging 20 years or so since diagnosis and a saccharine look at the value of family.

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Emotional and Honest

I've listened to all of Mr. Fox's books and have enjoyed them all. This one, in particular because of it's timeliness, was the best. There is nothing sugar coated, yet it remains oddly upbeat, even though it hurts to hear much of. Highly recommend.

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Fantastic

I both listened and read. Hearing Michael narrate was an added bonus to a story of an incredible and continued journey. Thank you for sharing and Congrats!!!!

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Really good listen.

You don’t need to be Parkinson’s patient enjoy this book. Michael J Fox is in an articulate and thoughtful author with a sharp, self deprecating wit. His life lessons and stories can be insightful for anyone facing challenges. And isn’t that all of us?

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Profound

I very much enjoyed listening to Mr. Fox's memories, stories and struggles due to PD. I thought at first that it may be hard to understand the slight slur in his speech but it turned out not to be a problem. Thanks you for sharing with such honesty and thank you for all the great devotion you and Tracy lend to fighting PD. You were part of my experiences learning the U.S. culture through TV in the 80s and have remained a constant in entertainment, and now, in being an amazing human. For that, and for this book, I thank you!

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