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 bestselling 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.
A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Like his famous Back to the Future character, Marty McFly, Michael J. Fox and his career moved at lightning speed. Then, at age 29, a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease nearly stopped the actor in his tracks. Three decades later, Fox opens up about how the slow progression of his disease has taken its toll. Initially, he was able to keep his diagnosis a secret, and even after he went public in 1998, he continued acting along with his charitable work. As the founder of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, he’s become the upbeat public face of the disease, but in No Time Like the Future, he bravely confesses how the increasing severity of his condition—coupled with a spinal tumor that forced him to relearn how to walk—has caused him to face his own demise. We were floored by Fox’s openness in exploring his physical and emotional struggles, especially the painful realization that he’s no longer able to act professionally. His narration is warm and familiar and his candidness is inspiring, especially when he talks about his undying love of his wife, actress and food writer Tracy Pollan. Through it all, the ’80s icon imparts a vitally important message about embracing hope even when the future’s uncertain.