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.
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.
I strongly recommend this book for anyone living with or personally has a terminal illness. Moreover, this book is so packed with commonsense wisdom, I would recommended to be read by all regardless of their circumstances. I appreciate the author's style of communication, his vulnerability and candor. I'm know that I will listen to this book again and again. Walter
I listened to this on my flight to Vegas and back. There was so much hype about this book. TV, Radio, even billboards. I expected the book to be a certain read but it was different than what I expected so it took me awhile to get into a good frame of mind to finish. It was as if I wanted cookie dough ice cream and I got neopolitan. Ice cream is great but it wasn't what I was expecting. Good read still. Kept putting myself in this guys shoes and was thinking how I could teach my children about the future without me. God speed Randy.
If Randy himself had done the audio on this, it would probably be easier to handle. But the choice of readers cast makes Randy's words (already a bit righteous), even harder to swallow. I had to constantly remind myself that this book wasn't written for me, but for the author's children. Consequently, it shouldn't be read by anyone but his children. It should be their private memoir in my opinion.