I was worried with some of the other reviews complaining about the author's pronunciation and speed. However, after listening to the book I found his pace was actually very good for the material (and yes, probably a bit slower than most audio books, but not by much), and I really didn't notice any pronunciation issues.
Overall, the book is excellent. Was it a life changing book? Probably not, but still an incredibly good book that really does cause you to look at your own life differently and others' opinions differently.
I would strongly recommend this book to others.
Yes, if I had to! It talks about being proactive etc.
His voice and how he told stories of his kids and wife to make the point clearer for the listener
Green and clean!
No, I found this book painful to listen to:
Although there are some good pearls of wisdom in the book they are too far and few to make this process worth it, just drags on too long.
No, I would rather recommend the abridged version, I think I would have enjoyed the abridged version much more and got it out the way.I found myself rather listening to other books and avoiding this one.
I dont think so.
Good message, but hard to follow with his long drawn out stories and manner of speaking.
Get the abridged version life is too short.
I don't quite understand what all the hype is about. The book is good but not great. It seems to cater more to parents and adults. It helps with raising kids and families. I don't think it is that applicable for singles in their 20s or below. That is not to say it's not a good way to live because it it, but I don't think it is anything you do not realize on your own.
Overall, I don't understand why it is any more popular than other self help books.
Highly recommend this book to anyone. Need to be willing to work through the assignments he gives and really think hard about what you want in life. Great book.
...for those looking for a long term (not quick) fix to their lives. Mr. Covey makes no secret that this is hard work and takes time to create a new habit. Every time I listen to it I learn something new. I can appreciate his affinity for the character (not personality) ethic. While I've tried countless other books and audio programs that preach more the short-term personality fixes, I keep coming back to "The 7 Habits..." If you're interested in working on the part of your iceberg that's below the surface of the water (stealing a metaphor from Mr. Covey), and not just the tip, then this is the book for you.
So much useful, deep and inspiring philosophies here that it borders on overwhelming.
The rest of this review is filling my 15 word quota.
There was some good information in this book. But it could have been done in a much shorter time frame. Repetitive.
I started this book because it's been around so long, (1989), and it's so popular that I've seen references to it in comics, tv and movies, that I thought I'd give it a read, or "listen" in this case to see what's the buzz. (I had the audio book.) All in all I enjoyed the book and thought, over all, there is some solid advice that can be gained from it. I've even determined to incorporate the basics of the concepts into my life. I would recommend this book to a friend.
That said, I only gave it three stars for a couple of reasons. The anecdotes about family members seemed to drag out a bit for my taste, and I don't believe any of them ended in a non-positive way. Which isn't realistic. For instance, part of the wisdom the book teaches is that sometimes you just need to let your children live their own lives, and accept it. Then goes on with an example where a parent did just that, and the child ended up deciding to go to college after all, exactly what the parent wanted. A few examples thrown into the mix where the subjects actually had to live with things that didn't go their way in the end would have been a bit more realistic. Secondly, a little less specific religious references would have been less distracting. I believe this book would benefit most anyone of any religion or spiritual disposition, as the author states early in the book. I personally just didn't find the reading of his beliefs as beneficial to the books basic concepts. Maybe and abridged version would have earned more stars from me. Lastly...and it didn't affect my rating or liking of the book, some of the jargon is dated...naturally being published first in 1989. Again, that shouldn't cloud the premise 7 habits. Overall, good habits.
I will have to say this book has opened my eyes to a better way to live my life. I look forward listening to it again. It is like a great movie I am sure I will get many new things from it every time I read it. Great for anyone that communicates with another person. Especially your wife and children, the most important people in my life.
The win win process
No laughing or crying but it really made me think about what is most important to me in this journey called life.
I hope that when you read it you will tell ten more about it.