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Chasing Daylight: How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life

How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life
Narrated by: Michael Kramer
Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
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At 53, Eugene OKelly was in the full swing of life. Chairman and CEO of KPMG, one of the largest U.S. accounting firms, he enjoyed a successful career and drew happiness from his wife, children, family, and close friends. He was thinking ahead: the next business trip, the firms continued success, weekend plans with his wife, his daughters first day of eighth grade.

Then in May 2005, Gene was diagnosed with late-stage brain cancer and given three to six months to live. Just like that.

Now a growing darkness was absorbing the bright future he had seen for himself. He would have to change his plans, quickly, and capture what he could of his last diminishing days.

Chasing Daylight is the account of his final journey. Starting from the time of his diagnosis and concluded upon his death less than four months later, this book is his unforgettable story.

With startling intimacy, it chronicles the dissolution of Eugene OKellys life and his gradual awakening to a more profound understanding. Interweaving unsettling details of his battle with cancer with his moment-to-moment reflections on life and death, love and success, spirituality and the search for meaning, it provides a testament to the power of the human spirit and a compelling message about how to live a more vivid, balanced, and meaningful life.

Inspiring, passionate, deeply insightful, Chasing Daylight is a remarkable mans poignant farewell to a beloved world.

©2006 McGraw-Hill (P)2006 McGraw-Hill Education

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A great food for thought

None of us are immortal, some of these principals should be incorporated in our lives.

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inspirational and insightful

this was a dfficult a topic but handled so beautifully. inspiration from the true meaning of our lives and how to have a conscious meaningful death. worthy. I 😀😀❤👍

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  • Stacy
  • 05-01-15

Best book I've read in forever!

I loved this book! So encouraging and inspiring! Will read it again and again

Thank you, Gene, Corinne and family!

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  • Jay Kinder
  • 25-01-16

What an incredible book!

This isn't a story about death. It's a story about how to live. This book changed how I will live my life. So happy it was suggested to me.

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  • TT-GL
  • 27-05-13

Solid Listen

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would. I imagine there are several stories like this but this one is very compelling and well written.

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I think it is important to cherish your life. This helps puts things in perspective and focus on what is important. I am happy he wrote this book as it is an important lesson to hear and hear again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-08-19

Great book

Highly recommend thus book. It gripping, to hear what this man went through and how he died. Makes you think of your own mortality.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-06-19

Life-changing

As a CPA who manages a (much smaller) firm myself, this book has been both profound and life-changing. I had not cried from reading a book in decades until this one. I actually took my wall calendar down and went a few months out and numbered each day backwards from the selected day.... you never know, I might not even make it that far but my goal is to live in such a way as to value each day like it's a precious and finite resource (and it is) ,I believe the consequences would be profound for both myself and those in my sphere of influence. The consequences on my life since picking up this book have already been profound.

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  • Ali Stewart
  • 08-03-19

Thank you, Gene and Corrine

I’m thankful to have been introduced to this book by my father, a wildly successful banker who is not yet dying. I imagine your message will spark important conversations for us.

I’m also thankful, because it is my life’s work to care for children and their families when they are admitted to the hospital. I’ve been with many families as their child takes his/her last breath, and I’ve also worked with families when a child is facing the death of a parent. I’m forever grateful for your insight.

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  • Seth G.
  • 04-03-19

Powerful

I don’t consider myself particularly spiritual and this book was excellent and thought-provoking.
Gene O’Kelly is resting in peace.

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  • Inventor
  • 28-12-18

came as a referral

came as a referral from a CFO. Makes me think is it worth it because was is to late.

spend time with family and friends accomplish great things

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  • The Walrus
  • 12-08-18

A Honest Reflection

I appreciated the depth of truth that the author dug to as he wrote about this coming experience. True to his character the book was clear and concise. Though I wish there was more shared about his life before the diagnosis and not what was related to career, I still found it to be an experience worth every listen.

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  • Alina
  • 27-07-18

Highly recommend

Perfect book for a difficult time. So grateful he made the time in his last months to write it. What an amazing person.