This book is generally acknowledged as a classic, and I'd been meaning to read it for years. Boy, was I disappointed. I suspect it doesn't lend itself well to audiobook format. The introduction seemed to go on forever- it felt like it had been three hours before we got to Habit 1. After that, I just couldn't figure out where I was in the book at any given time- it always felt rambling and disjointed. There are some valuable core concepts in here, but I plan to get them by looking at a summary on-line rather than trying to relisten to this.
The book was particularly ill-served by the audio. I didn't enjoy Stephen R. Covey's voice. Listening to him felt like listening to an elderly relative- you keep politely looking for opportunities to end the conversation, and he just keeps on reminiscing. He also had some very grating pronunciations; I'm not sure if they're old-fashioned or just wrong, but every time he said "manipulative" or "progressing" or even "guru" the emphasis was painfully on the wrong syllable. At one point, I think he said "idealistic" instead of "ideal" and it changed the whole meaning of the sentence. On top of that, the "chapter transition musical interludes" were just bizarre. The first few times I heard them, I thought "That music guy must have trouble getting work now."
On the whole, I was super-relieved to finish this book. If they come out with an abridged version read by someone with a stronger voice, I might give it a shot, but I doubt it.
These are great principles to learn for life, but it could be delivered in a different more direct method that will not take 14 hours
insight by author is very good, but the person narrating the book is very plain. I read one review that suggested getting the abridged version. I ignored that advice and am regretting it. I am positive it would have been more captivating than listening to this narrator reading the authors 20 ways to say the same thing. p.s. I have been unable to finish listening to this book
I have listened to this book multiple times. I gave it to each of my children for christmas. I have encouraged my co-workers and even the chaplain to not only read it but start a study group using it as a base. The information contained is not 100 percent perfect as there are terms that seemed to disagree with what I understood them to mean but they are infrequent.
The principles he chanpions and the methods suggested are right on the money!
I suggest you also get the paperback version as it is cheap and you will want to make notes.
The author does an exceptional job of reading his matereial. The listener can feel the emotion and emphasis the author intended as he not only reads the book but adjusts things enough so that you can visualize the diagrams as he reads.
It is so much more interesting listening to it then it ever could possibly have been reading it.
The release of this first unabridged audio edition of "The 7 Habits" could not have happened at a better (or worse) time.
The time-honored principles so marvelously organized by Dr. Covey cover every faith and philosophy, where principle-centered treatment of and respect for all people are at their very core.
Every person who is a manager or leader should read (listen to) this book. The book's original subtitle, "Restoring the character ethic," is the best way to overcome the problems that have happened in recent years with accounting scandals and other violations of trust that companies and other organizations have inflicted upon their stakeholders.
1) All of Dr. Covey's subsequent books that go into greater depth about each one of the seven habits.
2) Dr. Covey's long-awaited follow-up to this work, "The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness," which adds a higher dimension to effectiveness, as he mentions in the updated afterword of this edition of "The 7 Habits".
I will admit this audiobook can be a little dry in spots but I must encourage anyone who reads it to practice the principled habits and see how it changes your life. Spend a month practicing each habit and you will see your leadership skills develop. Covey is a bit different from other self development authors because he leaves more to the imagination between the principles and how you choose to practice them. It can make the book more challenging to get through but if you stay on course, it's very rewarding. And I must recommend reviewing the book and chapters with a friend, spouse, or coworker. It can create a very encouraging environment. If you do find yourself stuck between the principles and practices, read Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People"; A fantastic book which lists many methods based on the axioms Covey talks about in this book. I hope this review helps.
I love this book. Steven Covey does a great job at identifying what is important in life and also does a wonderful job at showing the reader how to aply the habits to thier own life. Great book! A must Read!
What a great book. I've enjoyed listening to Dr. Covey speak. It's almost like we developed a friendship. I'm quoting him all of the time. This book is incredible... now if only I can live up to this standard!
I have listened to this one over a dozen times and can't get enough. The material is easy to understand but so challenging that you must listen several times to even start to take it all it. Dr. Covey's book has helped me double my income in 18 months and has helped me improve my marriage tremendously with habit 5. By far the best program I have ever listened too!
If you are looking for a simple, linear formula to fast success, this is not your book. However, if you are convinced that sustainable success cannot be realized through a singularly direct approach, this book can provide the necessary foundation. The religious references do not suggest that God is the key to success. They are provided as examples for developing a solid internal foundation on the road to external success.