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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; First Edition edition (April 8 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401323251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401323257
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.2 x 18.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Made famous by his Last Lecture at Carnegie Mellon and the quick Internet proliferation of the video of the event, Pausch decided that maybe he just wasn't done lecturing. Despite being several months into the last stage of pancreatic cancer, he managed to put together this book. The crux of it is lessons and morals for his young and infant children to learn once he is gone. Despite his sometimes-contradictory life rules, it proves entertaining and at times inspirational. Surprisingly, the audiobook doesn't include the reading of Pausch's actual Last Lecture, which he gave on September 18, 2007, a month after being diagnosed. Erik Singer provides an excellent inflective voice that hints at the reveries of past experiences with family and children while wielding hope and regret for family he will leave behind. The first CD is enhanced with photos.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on Nov. 29 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Last Lecture is a book filled with living-life-to-the-fullest advice from a college professor. While to some this might sound as interesting as reading a doctoral dissertation, you'd be surprised.

The author, Randy Pausch, a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon who was diagnosed with terminal cancer, writes so well that you'd probably let him teach you about computers too. Some things he talks about include: remember to laugh, seizing every moment, overcoming obstacles, appreciate the gifts you recieve, and enabling the dreams of others.

Although the author died this year, his wisdom will no doubt be around awhile in this very enlightening book. Other books in this genre I liked include Finding Happiness in a Frustrating World.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Coach C TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 13 2008
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Like all great people, Randy Pausch was a better person than any written text will ever represent. In my many College and University experiences I have had the privilege to listen to a few last lectures from my favorite professors in the past. All have been moving, all have inspired. But this "Last Lecture" is something different altogether. Pausch was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2006 and was given only several months to live, which makes his message all the more inspiring. Pausch gave his last lecture in Sept of 2007 and died July 2008.

As for Pausch's words, they will uplift you, they will inspire you to get your priorities straight and accomplish those life goals that you've always planned to do but always found excuses to avoid. Though similar in message to the recent movie "The Bucket List", I think Pausch's message is much more immediate. Why wait until you know you're dying, go do it now.

What really comes across in the text and even more so having watched his lectures online, is that Pausch was a guy that really got it. He loved being alive and he truly believed that he was blessed to be on this earth. Get this book for a friend or loved one that is going through some hardship, guaranteed they will feel better about themselves afterwards.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pearl Dacks on Sept. 14 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am a grandmother with two young (37 & 40 year old married children ). I also work as a Palliative Care Volunteer in a dedicated Hospital Unit which I have done for 15 years, our Unit generally serves a 'geriatric'group of patients but now and then we do have Patients under 55...this book struck 'home' with me and made me think about the younger patients and their family members (both their own parents and their own young children) that I've worked with over the years. This kind of volunteering is probably (for me) the most difficult and this book brought to mind most painfully and vividly that which happens to other Familys is one which can only be one step away from your own. Randy's book was a perfect vehicle with which to share with my own kids that 'they' are not invincible and that this could (hopefully not) be their own story. I gave each of them a copy and simply inscribed it with the words "some Life Lessons". Grown up children simply do not believe, for the most part that they, as well as us, are indeed fortunate to greet each day while others do not have that same luxury.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Bohdan Sirant on June 19 2008
Format: Hardcover
This quick read consists of 61 great mini-lectures, generously sprinkled with autobiographical anecdotes about growing up with many touching and inspirational family memories ["One rule in our house is that you may not ask one-word questions."]. Randy Pausch uses these stories to illustrate life's lessons about parenting, self-esteem, dignity, duty, integrity --and of the importance of dreaming and helping others achieve their dreams.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Wuetherick on Jan. 8 2009
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I really enjoyed reading this book (even if I spent time with tears in my eyes), because as a father of a young child (who also happens to work in academia) I could imagine very clearly exactly what Randy was going through. I could imagine the goal to give one last lecture (one final 'hurrah') for your colleagues, I could imagine trying to leave a legacy for my son who is too young now to remember me, I could imagine being in exactly Randy's place. Since reading this book I have lent it to several other people, each of whom really appreciated reading it and who in turn have given it as gifts to others!
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By I. Dobson on May 8 2008
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Ironically the one thing that Randy Pausch has going for him in this book is that he has a terminal illness. Not only does this give him some credibility and public appeal (the main reasons I found the book), it also gives him the ability to sift through the extraneous details of his life and distill it down to a few salient points. A bit like Dr Phil but not as glitzy and "in your face". The author actually dictated his thoughts to another writer who then helped organize them into this short and easily readable book. Those of us with young children have already thought about many of the points he raises but this essay helps to put it all together. Furthermore it is a good book to read in a night or two and pass on to someone you know who is overwhelmed with irrelevant worries or simply moving too fast through life to get the "big picture". No big words or difficult philosophical issues to hurt your brain, just good common sense and a touch of humor from a prof with a clearly humorless disease.
A great book for the book club crowd.
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