Nothing wrong with the book or the habits but this audio book has a crucial flaw - its read by the author who just isn't up to the job in my humble opinion. A few other reviewers mention this also so you've been warned!
"Terrible pop psychology for Christians."
One of the most awful personal development books I've ever read (listened to), I'd give it zero stars but I don't think that's an option. I knew it was going to be bad as soon as he brought God into the equation; speaking as an Atheist I'm not looking to link my personal development with religious values or beliefs. This aside I think the book was supposed to be full of pithy insightful anecdotes that gave you those 'Aha' moments. You'll hear how the supply of golden eggs will dry up if you don't also maintain the goose, how you can't be a concert pianist without starting as a beginner and going through each stage of development and how your lawnmower will only last half as long if not properly maintained...Genius but what could he mean? Only goes to prove one of my long held views that book sales and popularity are no guarantee of quality. Big mistake buying this one; in future I shall continue to subscribe to the school of contrary public opinion. Buy at your peril or if in early developmental stages.
"Brilliant book, but a bit lengthy"
Some great ideas & concepts in this book, but far too long for my liking. Much prefer the abridged version. All of the ideas with less of the analogies.
Painfully slow for me!
"Good concept, shouldn't be read by the author..."
While the concept of the book is a good one, and some of the concepts are good, the author reading it was a TERRIBLE idea - he might come up with good ideas for people, but he just is a dreadful narrator
Add to this the fact that there are points where it comes across as a bit too "you have to be part of the church to be truly successful", which for non-Christians might put them off, even at the end he states that the church is a HUGE influence on his life, and when he talks about "spirituality" it's clear that he's talking about a "relationship with god"
This book could do without several things:
1) the author being the narrator
2) the preaching
3) the number of examples which just ramble and take away from the flow of information
The way I look at this is that if you're looking for some ideas, and you're in the church, then it's great, but if you're not Christian, or not that religious, then a good chunk of this book will just annoy you, especially the ones that feel like "his life is so wonderful because of god"
What makes the preaching extra ridiculous is that the most successful business men (e.g. Bill Gates) are atheists, and thus god and the church are completely irrelevant to actually being highly effective, unless you consider one of the richest men in the world not effective!
"If only Stephen hadn't read it!"
No doubt an excellent `book`, the Seven Habits are acclaimed in albeit every circle of management through to personal improvement program titles, the problem with this specific version is that it has been read by the author. Stephen?s voice is mind numbing to say the least; I keep finding myself so very easily distracted and simply unable to follow this one. The man?s tone is monotone and I find his pace constant and rather dry. Unlike most books I?ve listened to where the author self reads ? which often I think enhances, this is clearly the exception to the rule. Someone should have listened to this and said, it would be better read with some enthusiasm, tone and variance. For me no doubt the title itself is more than worth a read, and I probably will `read` it, but the book is only given a 2 out of 5 by myself given the production of it?s audio version.
"Crappy self-help book unbacked by evidence"
This is a seriously bad self-help book.
7 Habits of Highly Effective people. Who are the highly effective people? Where is the evidence that this helps at all?
It's also full of religious munbo-jumbo. At one point he says he prayed for his son with his wife to help with his son's issues. Really? Is that an habit of highly effective people? I doubt it.
This is the authors truly biased view of what the world should do with advice coming directly from a modern version of the people but disguised enough that's not 'in your face'.
Biased, poor and boring.
"A book to live by!"
I skim read this years ago when it was first released, thought it definitely had the right maxims for living effectively. Sadly, I had little time to go back and reread it. With my long commutes, it was great to revisit this unabridged version and really try to understand the essence of what Covey conveys. A great shame that he passed away last year as I would have liked to have met the man himself.
Well worth listening to several times.
Definitely the worst ever Audio book ever! Boring, badly read with a poor or non thesis throughout. He has no referential material to back up his claims that influential people use these habits. He only references his children. Oh it's so bad
"Generally very good"
I had read a number of mixed reviews before purchasing this audio book and am glad I decided to buy it.
As noted in other reviews, it does touch on religion a little much for a book on effectiveness however do not let that put you off.
It is in some ways a little long winded and could have been condensed however the topics covered are very interesting.
"I reckon just 1 could change your life"
I'm going to give it another listen but already what I have learnt has begun to change my life. If you listen to one audio book this year, make it this.