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Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Michael J. Fox

Narrated By: Michael J. Fox

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: March 2009

Duration: 6 hours 0 minutes


There are many words to describe Michael J. Fox: Actor. Husband. Father. Activist. But readers of Always Looking Up will soon add another to the list: Optimist. Michael writes about the hard-won perspective that helped him see challenges as opportunities. Instead of building walls around himself, he developed a personal policy of engagement and discovery: an emotional, psychological, intellectual, and spiritual outlook that has served him throughout his struggle with Parkinson's disease. Michael's exit from a very demanding, very public arena offered him the time-and the inspiration-to open up new doors leading to unexpected places. One door even led him to the center of his own family, the greatest destination of all. The last ten years, which is really the stuff of this book, began with such a loss: my retirement from Spin City. I found myself struggling with a strange new dynamic: the shifting of public and private personas. I had been Mike the actor, then Mike the actor with PD. Now was I just Mike with PD Parkinson's had consumed my career and, in a sense, had become my career. But where did all of this leave Me? I had to build a new life when I was already pretty happy with the old one.. Always Looking Up is a memoir of this last decade, told through the critical themes of Michael's life: work, politics, faith, and family. The book is a journey of self-discovery and reinvention, and a testament to the consolations that protect him from the ravages of Parkinson's. With the humor and wit that captivated fans of his first book, Lucky Man, Michael describes how he became a happier, more satisfied person by recognizing the gifts of everyday life.


  • Dave G of Lake Hopatcong, NJ

    A great uplifting book to read or listen to. It makes you feel much stronger after learning about his outlook on life. A definite learning experience for all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Joan Morabito

    Fabulous book. Very interesting to learn more about the diagnosis, how it was finally made, and the results. Until this book, I really knew very little about the diagnosis of PD and even little about how he dealt with it. A great read.

  • Anonymous

    He reads too fast and is very hard to understand. Had to concentrate too much to be driving in rush hour traffic.

  • Anonymous

    I loved this story. It was a bit difficult to follow Michael J. Fox as the narrator and there was a bit of distracting paper shuffling in the background. Also the story was a bit disjointed at times, but he is such an incredible man with an amazing attitude.

  • betty

    I have always been a fan of michael j fox through his years as an actor, but this book gave me a look into the man and his life with parkinson. i learned a lot and enjoyed the read.

  • Anonymous

    You don't want to listen to this audiobook, but go buy the book and read it! I love MJ Fox, but you can't understand his speech.. it is awful.

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