Monday, March 29, 2010

The Last Lecture

The Last Lecture
By Randy Pausch

224 pages
4 hours and 39 minutes listening time

Grade B

If you have not heard of the Last Lecture before, I suggest YouTubing it and watching it. Randy is amazing. He is a man that was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and is terminal. This story is about how him and his family cope and prepare for his imminent death. I guess I wasn't so into this book because I had previously seen an Oprah special about this, and so I knew about it, how it went, and so on. It is not something you forget easily.

Listening to this book, was just reliving the Oprah special. I wanted to cry, but it is hard to do things like that at work. It is also hard not to re-evaluate your life when you read this book or watch the special.

Anyway, I enjoyed this book, but am only giving it a B because it just made me sad, and I don't like books that make me sad. And I think I preferred the Oprah special more than reading the book because Randy is actually a really great speaker.

And for your watching enjoyment, the link to the Oprah special.


Alee said...

I've heard lots of good things about this book. I need to read it! Everyone says it's really moving. Thanks for sharing, and for the Oprah link! :)

Randi said...

The actual lecture itself, although I am sure it was a condensed one, was what led me to want to read the book. I think they are both just amazing.

Candy said...

Someone e-mailed the lecture to me. You're right he was wonderful, but I'm avoiding sad things for awhile.

Keep going, Randi, but how about something with a happy ending?

A Happy, Jolly Girl said...

I've watched the video, and just read the book a few months ago. I thought it was amazing how much he accomplished in his life....what a legacy he has left! It is awesome how many people he is still impiring!!