The Last Lecture
By: Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
Narrated by: Erik Singer, Randy Pausch
Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
Release date: 04-08-08
Publisher: Hyperion AudioBooks
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.
This is a book that will make you think. It’s a book that will make you want to hug your loved ones. It’s a book that will make you appreciate your life a bit more than you did before you started it.
I enjoyed this book a lot, it was full of interesting stories of the author’s life. I just wanted more stories of situations where things didn’t turn out so perfect. Most of us have more of those than the the ones that include perfect choices and endings. I just wanted more of those.
I know the book is about his childhood dreams, but I’m sure he had really dark days and I would have liked to know how he coped with those times. I would have liked more of his wife’s thoughts. Still, I’m glad I listened to the book.