Randy Pausch was a professor of Computer Science, Human Computer Interaction, and Design at Carnegie Mellon University. From 1988 to 1997, he taught at the University of Virginia. An award-winning teacher and researcher, he worked with Adobe, Google, Electronic Arts (EA), and Walt Disney Imagineering, and pioneered the Alice project.
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. Simultaneous release with the Hyperion hardcover. (May) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
'Pausch's last lecture [which over 6 million people have viewed online] arrives in the form of a hardback book which holds all the potency of his original talk But this book is something concrete [Randy s] heart is in there, and it is the loveliest of gifts.' - Sunday Telegraph 'Young people love him, old people love him, academics love him, parents love him, cancer patients love him.' - The Courier Mail A final message [which] explores the deeper lessons of life. - The Launceston Examiner 'the hottest book in the country now.' - The Age