A lot of professors give talks entitled "The Last Lecture". Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can't help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy?
When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave - "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" - wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have...and you may find one day that you have less than you think"). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.
In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared for generations to come.
This recording includes an interview with the author.
©2008 Randy Pausch; (P)2008 Hyperion
This is simply an inspirational and poignant story of living positively when you wonder how it is possible.
Randy Pauch was a gifted speaker. Before downloading The Last Lecture as an audible book, I'd seen the video of his presentation. Even if you listen to the book, you should acquire the video and watch it. The narrator of the book is good and possibly presents the book better than Randy himself would have, but to get in touch with the real Randy Pauch, you should view the video. Then, the audio book will be even better.
I have long heard about The Last Lecture and was looking forward to reading it. This book is the writer's story about how he came to write the lecture, but it does not include the lecture, itself. It would be more appropriately titled, How and Why I wrote the Last Lecture. It was interesting, but disappointing because the title raised expectations that were not fulfilled.
This book and Randy's story is just "life changing" and very happy to have had the chance to listen to it! If I find out I am going to die, I hope to go out with as much love, class and bravery as this man does! WOW!
This was a wonderfully painful book to listen to. With my first child being born in a month, and listening to the thoughts of a deceased father of three for his children ages 6 to 18 months, it was gut-wrenching to say the least.
But it is very worth it.
Maybe I identified with it because I'm also a college professor in a related field, but I have to think that any thoughtful person would enjoy this book and how it makes you think about what's really important in your life.
A great use of the credit!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book it was well written and wonderfully read. It really makes you stop and think about what's important in life.
You have to take this book for what it is; one mans last words to his children, in the guise of a book for the masses. At points, however emotionally draining, this is a journey through the last thoughts of a man at the sunset of his life. This book has value if only for the sociological study of a man in the position of preparing his family for his death. The lessons in this book, however youthful, are profoundly heartfelt, genuine, and priceless. A fantastic read.
This is a well written, colage of a man's life...last thoughts as it were. The author reads and in that way twells his own story and takes you one bit at a time through some very delightful and thought provoking territory.
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