The Last Lecture

  • by Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
  • Narrated by Erik Singer, Randy Pausch
  • 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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How to Live

Love, love, love this book! Dr. Pausch, in his dying, tries to teach us all how to live. His bravery in the face of pancreatic cancer is so inspiring, I forgot the deep sadness I feel about his impending death. Having lost my best friend to pancreatic cancer last year, I know this disease, which makes it so much easier for me to "get" the uniqueness of his spirit. I was blown away by his love for his family and truly touched by his love for life. The 4 1/2 hours it takes to listen flies and you find yourself wanting more. Don't miss this book, it's incredible. Quick note to Dr. Pausch - I don't believe in the "no win scenario" either, keeping you in my prayers :>) Thanks for sharing so much of yourself -
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- Kelli G


There is soooo much to gain from this book. It will take many "listenings" to reap some of what is here. Well worth it!
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- Joe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-08-2008
  • Publisher: Hyperion AudioBooks