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4.56 out of 54.56 out of 54.56 out of 54.56 out of 54.56 out of 5 4.56 (16 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Randy Pausch Narrator: Erik Singer Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9781401391461
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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 titled “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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bluer99 | 5/23/2011

    " My life won't be the same since reading it! U will never see ur life the same way! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jolina | 5/23/2011

    " Some really inspiring stuff in the book. Makes you re-think some things, and re-affirm some stuff you already know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 aDah | 5/22/2011

    " I love a quotation by the author at the end of his book, he said: "I was trying to put myself in a bottle that would one day wash up on the beach. If I were a painter, I would have painted for them. But I am a lecturer, so I lectured.."

    Inspiring~! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gaurav | 5/22/2011

    " Top Class .. Truly inspirational like never before .. Also watch the video..The last Lecture on Youtube .. tremendously moving.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 5/22/2011

    " If you've seen the video of the actual lecture the book doesn't add much. If you haven't seen the video then it's a really good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 5/20/2011

    " Written in first person, by an accomplished professor, with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, reviewing his life and lessons he had learned and wanted to pass along before he dies. I found him a little arrogant and narcasistic, .......! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fabulous | 5/19/2011

    " I absolutely loved this book and took so many simple, wonderful lessons from it that I already find myself using in daily life. I highly recommend this book and am sure I will read it again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 5/19/2011

    " There was a tradition at Carnegie Mellon that a faculty member could give a lecture as if it were their last in life. For this author it truly did turn out to be his last. His thoughts on making the most out of life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 5/19/2011

    " Kind of fitting, that at the end of a term, I'm reading this touching lesson...a real self-help book for the ages...a must read for any educator!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rashmi | 5/19/2011

    " A book full of life! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay | 5/17/2011

    " Meaningful to me, for more than the obvious reasons. If Randy's out there in the ether somewhere, listening, then...thanks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Camron | 5/16/2011

    " One of the best books on living your life to it's fullest potential, understanding what is important, and working towards your dreams. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 5/16/2011

    " Absolutely amazing the story of this mans life is. How he almost achieved all of his lives goals and acomplishments. This book is the most incredible book ever and I am not even finished reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maddie | 5/16/2011

    " I think I listened to this on audio. Kind of said general stuff, but good, I guess. The guy was hot when I watched some of the actual lectures. *shifty eyes*
    Well, now I feel bad because I don't have terminal cancer and I'm being disrespectful. :-S "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 5/15/2011

    " with out a doubt the most humbleing and inspiring book i ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita | 5/14/2011

    " Probably one of the most meaningful and heart-wrenching books I have read. Randy points out numerous good ideas for all of us. I particularly like the part about Being a Tigger - not an Eeyore. Read it. It's fast, entertaining and educational (not in a preachy way). "

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About the Narrator

Erik Singer’s theatrical credits include the title role in The Hostage (off Broadway), A Life in the Theatre, Greetings!, and national tours of Othello and The Taming of the Shrew. He has also appeared on All My Children and As the World Turns, and was the voice of Vincent van Gogh in the A&E Biography about Van Gogh and Gauguin.