Narrated by: Erik Singer
Listening Length: 4 hours and 39 minutes
Audio Published: April 8, 2008
“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.
Heartfelt. It takes one word to describe The Last Lecture. I’m thrilled to have listened to it in Audio format because if it was a book I could already see the tear stains it would have left.
There so much emotion confided in the words. So much treasure, gems and life lessons that can be found.
This is the first time a book has left me with a question that I don’t think I could ever answer;
What would I say if I had the opportunity to write my last lecture.
I know it’s not a very long review but The Last Lecture doesn’t call for a long-winded overdrawn lengthy review. The book speaks for itself.