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Publisher's Summary

At 53, Eugene O'Kelly was in the full swing of life. Chairman and CEO of KPMG, one of the largest U.S. accounting firms, he enjoyed a successful career and drew happiness from his wife, children, family, and close friends. He was thinking ahead: the next business trip, the firm's continued success, weekend plans with his wife, his daughters first day of eighth grade.

Then in May 2005, Gene was diagnosed with late-stage brain cancer and given three to six months to live. Just like that.

Now a growing darkness was absorbing the bright future he had seen for himself. He would have to change his plans, quickly, and capture what he could of his last diminishing days.

Chasing Daylight is the account of his final journey. Starting from the time of his diagnosis and concluded upon his death less than four months later, this book is his unforgettable story.

With startling intimacy, it chronicles the dissolution of Eugene OKellys life and his gradual awakening to a more profound understanding. Interweaving unsettling details of his battle with cancer with his moment-to-moment reflections on life and death, love and success, spirituality and the search for meaning, it provides a testament to the power of the human spirit and a compelling message about how to live a more vivid, balanced, and meaningful life.

Inspiring, passionate, deeply insightful, Chasing Daylight is a remarkable man's poignant farewell to a beloved world.

©2006 McGraw-Hill (P)2006 McGraw-Hill Education

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Best book I've read in forever!

I loved this book! So encouraging and inspiring! Will read it again and again

Thank you, Gene, Corinne and family!

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What an incredible book!

This isn't a story about death. It's a story about how to live. This book changed how I will live my life. So happy it was suggested to me.

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Solid Listen

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would. I imagine there are several stories like this but this one is very compelling and well written.

Any additional comments?

I think it is important to cherish your life. This helps puts things in perspective and focus on what is important. I am happy he wrote this book as it is an important lesson to hear and hear again.

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A Honest Reflection

I appreciated the depth of truth that the author dug to as he wrote about this coming experience. True to his character the book was clear and concise. Though I wish there was more shared about his life before the diagnosis and not what was related to career, I still found it to be an experience worth every listen.

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Highly recommend

Perfect book for a difficult time. So grateful he made the time in his last months to write it. What an amazing person.

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Listened twice and still thinking about it...

I listened to this over 2 or 3 days and then listened again. Then, I asked my wife to listen. Then, we'll listen again, together. I could feel Mr. Kelly speaking to all of us.

Now a critique...

This is not meant so much as a negative directed to the author or story, but simply an observation of the consequence of the circumstances under which the story was written. It stops rather abruptly - as if in the middle of the story. I wanted Mr. Kelly to share something profound, but the story just kind of stopped, mid-stream. But as I think about it, that really drives home the message, doesn't it? Here we are going through life, thinking we've got things to get done, people to go see, stories to tell, makeup dates with our kids, etc., etc., etc... but then life just stops. And, that message is most profound of all.

As you can see from my review, I'm still trying to figure out what to make of this book. And how to learn from it and apply the message. At one point, Mr. Kelly says "Do it now... Do it now..." And, gosh, I can hear his words and I'm almost friggin' tearing up as I write this.

If one way to judge a story is by how much you continue to contemplate its message after you finish it, then this book rates at the top of my list.

Thank you to Mr. Kelly for writing it. And, thank you to his wife, Mrs. Kelly for finishing.

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gut punch

i listened to this on the brink of my 40th birthday. My circles will be drawn and tended to. The sooner you listen to tgis book, the better and more lasting impact it can have on you and your loved ones.

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Focus

Focus on the moment because we don't know how many monents we have. If we knew how many minutes we had, our focus eould change. This bopk gives you that perception from someone who had that experience.

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In awe of Gene and his family.

Most will benefit from listening to this book. I desire to live more in the moment after taking in the O'Kelly's tragically enriching life-experience and will definitely be listening to Gene's story about being at peace with and making the most of his sudden cancer diagnosis again.

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Convicting. Emotional.

The book offers a glimpse of what living intentionally can do and puts into perspective what truly matters.

It's not exactly what you do, but how you choose to do it that.