The Last Lecture

The Last Lecture

Audiobook CD - 2008 | Library ed.
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Random House, Inc.
“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”–Randy Pausch

Alot 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 ling.

In this audiobook, 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.

Publisher: Westminster, Md. : Books on Tape, p2008.
Edition: Library ed.
ISBN: 9781415957066
Characteristics: 4 sound discs (ca. 64 min. each) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Singer, Erik


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Dec 17, 2018

Very good book

ArapahoeAnna May 19, 2017

A worthwhile listen about interesting things Pausch has done. Reminiscent of Richard Dawkins' self-aggrandizing second biography "Brief Candle in the Dark". Obviously, it says right in the title it's a "lecture".

May 28, 2016

A touching series of lessons and memories by a man soon to die.

Oct 30, 2015

The content of this book (reviewed on audio) is inspirational. Agreed (from former comments) is the author's egotism, but hey, the man was dying. Let him have his day in the spotlight.

Sep 30, 2012

I haven't seen the lecture yet, but I had to stop listening to the book. Pausch's egotism became irritating, and the whole book ended up being about how great he lived his life. Although I highly respected his accomplishments the lack of humility ended up being difficult to bear.

Aug 20, 2012

I got this in audio version for a road trip. It is not actually his last lecture, contrary to the title. It is however, his story on what lead to him doing the lecture, his family, and comments about topics in his lecture with the background also. Despite this, it was still very good and quite worthwhile. It was a little over 4 hours on audio, so it killed some time during our long drive. It made my husband and I warm up and appreciate each other more, something needed after being in the car for two consecutive days, at 12 hours a day!

Jan 16, 2010

I started listening to this, but, due to time constraints, I then chose to read the book instead. I'm sure this is still great, based on the same content.


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