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The Last Lecture Audiobook

The Last Lecture

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Publisher's Summary

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand." (Randy Pausch)

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

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    Pam DILLON, SC, United States 04-23-12
    Pam DILLON, SC, United States 04-23-12
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    "The MOST inspiring story I've ever heard !!"
    If you could sum up The Last Lecture in three words, what would they be?

    Razor Sharp Speech !


    What other book might you compare The Last Lecture to and why?

    NONE COMPARES !!


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Too many to start with


    Any additional comments?

    Randy Pausch was a very wise man !!

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    stella ellen 04-17-12
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    "Easy listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Lecture to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Liked them all.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he described painting his childhood bedroom.


    What did you learn from The Last Lecture that you would use in your daily life?


    life is unexpected, live each day


    Any additional comments?

    Listen and share it. Great story.

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    Garret 04-16-12
    Garret 04-16-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Powerful book"
    Where does The Last Lecture rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's one of the best books I have listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not aplicable


    Which character – as performed by Erik Singer and Randy Pausch – was your favorite?

    N/A


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and no. It's a great book and it flows really well but at times it hits you so hard emotionally that you need to take a break.


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    jacques delson, QC, Canada 04-03-12
    jacques delson, QC, Canada 04-03-12
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    "the title has nothing to do with the story"

    the begining of the book very interesting, but quick the author loose the magic that was present to fall in explanation of a family life that we could find anywere in america..........

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    Stacy Flannery Raleigh, NC USA 03-20-12
    Stacy Flannery Raleigh, NC USA 03-20-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Very Powerful"

    Incredibly moving narrative and applicable to living life at any stage. I believe I could listen to Randy's story many times over and gain new insights each and every time, as I move through the different ages and stages of my own life. I would like to have known this man who had such a love of life and learning, and would like to tell him thank you for sharing his gifts with us.

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    MC Montreal, Quebec, Canada 03-07-12
    MC Montreal, Quebec, Canada 03-07-12
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    "great "listen""
    If you could sum up The Last Lecture in three words, what would they be?

    thought i would be disappointed to


    Any additional comments?

    thought i would be disappointed to

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    Valerie tempe, AZ, United States 02-08-12
    Valerie tempe, AZ, United States 02-08-12 Member Since 2016
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    "it will make you think"

    it will make you think about what you are making important in your life.
    sad at times, but moves you to make changes in your life.

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    Joel United States 01-30-12
    Joel United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Lecture to be better than the print version?

    Better? I don't know that it's better as much as it's just a bit different. It is good to hear the actual voice of Randy Pausch at one point. Especially since he is no longer with us. But perhaps it is better. A lecture is normally presented in an audible fashion anyway.


    Did Erik Singer and Randy Pausch do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Doesn't really apply to this.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several.


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    Marilyn Boise, ID 83706 12-27-11
    Marilyn Boise, ID 83706 12-27-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Not a Downer Book"
    Where does The Last Lecture rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was not a maudlin story about a dying man; rather it was an admirable, uplifting expose of Randy Pausch’s last few months on earth. Almost exclusively he dedicated his amusing commentary to recognizing what’s important in our lives… family, honor, and having a purpose for being. He definitely left an impact on me and I'll never forget him.


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    brad miller 12-12-11
    brad miller 12-12-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "Excellent Book"
    Would you listen to The Last Lecture again? Why?

    I plan on listening to this book again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It inspired me. If you are looking to change you life then read or listen to this book.


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