Shortly before his tragic Sept. 14 death from pancreatic cancer at the age of 57, actor Patrick Swayze completed work on what would be his final performance: the abridged audiobook version of The Time of My Life, the memoir he wrote with his wife, Lisa Niemi, which was published Sept. 29. (According to Jennifer Smith at Simon & Schuster Audioworks, the three-time Golden Globe nominee completed his work in the recording studio on Aug. 23.) Thanks to the good folks at Simon & Schuster Audioworks, we’re able to share three short clips of the late actor reading from his sadly now-posthumous work.
In the first audio clip from The Time of My Life, Swayze talks about shooting the memorable love scene in 1990’s Ghost with costar Demi Moore. “The best love scenes don’t require what I call ‘humpage,'” he notes.
In the second clip, the actor discusses recovering from the death of a loved one, and finding “a positive way to keep their spirit alive in the world, by keeping it alive in yourself.”
In the third clip, he shares how he responded to his pancreatic cancer diagnosis in January 2008. “Show me where the enemy is and I’ll fight ’em,” he recalls telling his doctor. “Facing your own mortality is the quickest way possible to find out what you’re made of.”
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