@natesrandomisms Believer (27yrs), Husband (15yrs), Dad (3yrs), Son (35yrs), Broken neck survivor.
Very insightful and very different perspective of living.
The authors clear desire to pass on something great to his children. Love......
The stories about Disney.
How can you not get a tear or many tears in your eyes over this book.
An excellent book that goes back to the basics, the things we "learned in kindergarten" to help us really focus on what's important in our lives. I can really appreciate one of the lessons Professor Pausch brought up time and again in this book. Self-esteem is earned. It's not the result of having equal outcomes in life. Hell, it's not even the result of never keeping score in a baseball or soccer game. It's earned through experience and yes, sometimes failing. I really appreciated the passion and love Professor Pausch exhibited in these simple stories. It's a motivating and thought-provoking book.
A top listen. (Even though it's so emotional that it was hard to read again)
None. Once you read the book you'll understand why.
CMU has the actual Last Lecture on You Tube. Read the book first! It's the only way to be prepared for what you are watching.
The book, the video, and everything around this story is very emotional as well as inspirational.
I was brought to tears several times while I listened. Thinking of not only about myself in Randy Pausch's position but rather about how he used it as in opportunity to leave nothing behind.
At the time I listened to this book the first time I was reading several management training books. I stopped listen to them after the first 30 minutes of the Last Lecture. It was eye openning to see Randy's ability to influence people by just good deeds and selfishness.
Sometimes, I believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
I can't find words to express how much this novel touched me. I kept nodding sentence after sentence, I couldn't agree more on Randy's perspective of life. My favourite quote being:
Experience is what you get, when you didn't get what you wanted.
No matter the age, everyone should read this novel.
Interests in Design/Engineering, Architecture, & History
Expected more inspiration, expected more insight. Some how this book didn't really move me nor inspire me to carpe diem. it rang more of a man's reflection on his great life.
It was the first audio book I have read. It was different. I was able to follow with the book a feature I like. The reader was easy to follow.
Actually the story was an autobiography. The narrator was the main character and his story included excerpts of his life that were relative to my life.
The narration by the author made you feel like you had personal interview with Randy Paush.
It's important to appreciate your life, because it can be gone in an instant.
As other reviewers have mentioned, I feel badly giving a pass on this audiobook, because it is well-intentioned. But I feel this was a waste of money, and wanted to warn others away. I honestly could not get through even half of it, I was so bored. There is a whole chapter on the author agonizing over whether to spend the time apart from his wife and family to do the last lecture; I had to agree with his wife that he just should have skipped it. Football coaches, astronauts, stuffed animals at carnivals to get the girl -- to me, it was cloying and trite.
Membre since March 2008.
I just finished this book for a second time and it still remains among my all time top 5 books.
There is something about hearing this man's life that just speaks to me. He did not do anything grandiose but what he did do he did it in a grandiose way.