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The Last Lecture Audiobook

The Last Lecture

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"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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    Marilyn Cameron Park, CA, United States 12-27-11
    Marilyn Cameron Park, CA, United States 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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    Teri Queen Creek, AZ, United States 11-27-11
    Teri Queen Creek, AZ, United States 11-27-11

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    "Last Lecture, great book, lousy narrator"

    It's too bad this book was narrated by such a lousy narrator. No emotion in his voice in a book that cried out for emotion and vibrancy. Having watched the lecture and read the book, I got the audible book so I could hear it while on long trips. I was sorely disappointed because the book was read in such a monotone voice that I nearly fell asleep while listening to it. Randy's beginning was just like him and had me in tears. But this narrator was just so...nothing that I cried for the loss of how great this audible book could actually have been, had it been narrated by someone more alive.

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    Melinda 11-22-11
    Melinda 11-22-11 Member Since 2017
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    "A must read!"

    I have listened to this book many, many times. I listen to a lot of books and remove them from my IPOD to make room for new ones but The Last Lecture has a permanent spot on my listening device... I think it should be a must read by all! It is a life evaluating, life changing book and is a must listen.

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    steven palo alto, CA, United States 11-15-11
    steven palo alto, CA, United States 11-15-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Inspiring guidance given by a dying professor"
    If you could sum up The Last Lecture in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring and moving


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Lecture?

    Randy's pursuit of his dreams


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

    Randy


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

    The intensity of the story would encourage you to listen over a few sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    We are all better off from Randy's decision to create this memoir for his children.

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    David 10-22-11
    David 10-22-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Powerful"

    This is a powerful listen, the best story that makes you really think that you don't have forever and you need to get ready!

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    Scott Roselle Park, NJ, United States 09-02-11
    Scott Roselle Park, NJ, United States 09-02-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Life Lessons!"
    What did you love best about The Last Lecture?

    The message itself was one of the best things about the book. It celebrated life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The anecdotal stories along with the message made for a very good read.


    Have you listened to any of Erik Singer, and Randy Pausch’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to either before.

    They were both very good though.


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

    To live life completely.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend!

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    Teri Houston, TX, United States 08-09-11
    Teri Houston, TX, United States 08-09-11 Member Since 2007
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    "disappointing"

    Not the profound tome some reviews had led me to expect, but if you value someone's thoughts merely because they know they are going to die fairly soon, (as opposed the the rest of us, who are going to die, but have less information as to when), you'l like the book.

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    A. Pennisi usa 05-10-11
    A. Pennisi usa 05-10-11 Listener Since 2009

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    "Very good; only one complaint..."

    If only Randy Pausch had felt up to providing the narrative himself! That would have made an inspiring story even better.

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    Angela Penticton, British Columbia, Canada 03-06-11
    Angela Penticton, British Columbia, Canada 03-06-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazingly positive!"

    This is simply an inspirational and poignant story of living positively when you wonder how it is possible.

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