This is not my normal genre, however, I throughly enjoyed it. I am amazed at how one can overcome the obstacles to leave such an amazing letter for his children and wife. It sure made me wish I had met him at least once. My prayers for his family.
The book is well written and the narrator keeps it interesting. For those suffering with a family member dealing with this horrible disease, Randy's stories will be uplifting.
This is a keeper! Pausch's way of translating his life lessons will surely relate to everyone on some level. It is a great motivator personally and career-wise. It will make you laugh, cry and think about your own dreams and if you lack dreams it will make you want to create dreams to achieve while you still have time!
What a ride! All I can say is that I wish I had known Randy. I thought that this "last lecture" by a man who knew he was dying might be morbid, or that I'd walk into work with my mascara smeared after listening to it in the car, but it is uplifting and funny and makes you think about how you treat other people and what you are doing with your life.
I listened to this book in one sitting while knitting a blanket. It is not a handbook on what others should do if they are in similar situations, but Randy Pausch sharing -- allowing us a peek into how he approached life. I think some of his ideas for capturing his love for his wife and children so that they would have those memories after he passed on are great for those even without terminal illnesses, but just to have to be able to look back on ... for your children's teenage years, and for them to share with their children in the future. It it a very uplifting book from a man with a zest for life and a carpe diem attitude to the very end. It reminds you to rejoice and be glad in each and every day that God allows you to be here on earth.
This was a wonderful book. Although the theme is depressing (he is dying), his outlook on the life he has had, and has left, is inspiring. After listening to this book, I have decided to start journaling. Hey....you never know. Life is definately short and unpredictable. If you have ever heard Randy speak, you will appreciate the narrator, as he makes you feel that Randy is speaking directly to you. A definate recommendation.
I'm sorry this guy is dying but I'm interested in giving an honest review here. This book has far too much hype and not enough substance to back it up.
This is a beautiful story of an incredible man and how he deals with one of life's hardest diagnoses. He meets the diagnosis of an incurable cancer with a plan for his family's future and a way he can continue to be part of it. His life was one of very positive thinking that is a great example for how to live to the fullest even when life is short.
When he was stopped for speeding and his response to the Highway Patrolman. His reaction to the end result was such an insight into a great attitude.
The lecture itself and the description of the response to it. The girl getting the stuffed animal that fit her life situation perfectly.
No problem is insurmountable if you just keep a positive attitude and keep trying to find a way to solve it.
I keep this audiobook by my bedside for times when I feel life is overwhelming. Just listening to this man's attitude facing much worse trials helps me realize each day is another day to work on solving the problem and my blessings outweigh my trials.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - First let me say that for Mr. Pausch to undertake the task of writing this book when he had only a few months to live -- wow, what a great accomplishment by what must have been a wonderful person!
That being said, it's not Mr. Pausch's actual last live lecture, performed in his voice with crowd reactions and applause. It's a book he has written about how to live life which REFERS to his last lecture, and the book is read by a professional narrator. It gives lots of good suggestions about how to succeed, be happy, be a good person, etc., etc. The problem I have is that the suggestions are mostly just good common sense. Then each one is followed up with an example from Mr. Pausch's own life experience. Some examples are better than others, but the bottom line is I didn't really care about his father's medals or how he met his wife or why he took his son to Disney World. Yes, they were good illustrations of the points he was making, but I still found 4 1/2 hours of that to be pretty boring. I put the narrator speed to 1.25 and then to 1.5 to get through the book.
NARRATION - The narrator did a good job, but there was nothing special about his performance.
BOTTOM LINE - This book would be great for young adults just beginning lives and careers on their own, if you can get them to sit down and listen to it. They could learn a great deal from Mr. Pausch's life experiences which would prove invaluable. It would also be a great book for someone diagnosed with a terminal illness, giving them ways to be more positive in those final months. For a healthy adult who is reasonably successful and happy with their life, it could potentially be boring (as it was for me).
It would have been nice to actually see the words of the last lecture
How to win friends and influence people
It was fine
Thank goodness it was quick
An epilogue from the publisher about an update on the family