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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change | [Stephen R. Covey]

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. Celebrating its 15th year of helping people solve personal and professional problems, this special anniversary edition includes a new forward and afterword written by Covey that explore whether the 7 Habits are still relevant.
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Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. Celebrating its 15th year of helping people solve personal and professional problems, this special anniversary edition includes a new forward and afterword written by Covey that explore whether the 7 Habits are still relevant and answer some of the most common questions he has received over the past 15 years.

This audio edition is the first ever unabridged recording of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

© and (P)2004 FranklinCovey

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"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is by now one of the best-selling books of all time." (Fortune)

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    Alexandra 02-24-14
    Alexandra 02-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "My expectations were too high"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Morehead City, NC, USA 09-29-09
    Timothy Morehead City, NC, USA 09-29-09
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    "Great principles for life"

    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

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    matthew williams 04-12-09 Member Since 2013
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    "monotone narration"

    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

    19 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Hugh United States 03-14-08
    Hugh United States 03-14-08 Listener Since 2006
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    "Solid Principle Based Content"

    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.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher SOMERS, MT, United States 07-21-07
    Christopher SOMERS, MT, United States 07-21-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Restoring the character ethic -- A must read!"

    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.

    Recommended reading/listening:

    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".

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    M. Mrozek 06-04-06
    M. Mrozek 06-04-06
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    "Employ these principles"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Sandy, UT, USA 04-07-05
    Thomas Sandy, UT, USA 04-07-05
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    "Great Principles!"

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Portland, OR, USA 02-16-05
    Ron Portland, OR, USA 02-16-05
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    "Life changing"

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    KIMBERLY_KINDLE MITCHELL 10-24-04 Listener Since 2004
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    "LIFE CHANGING"

    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!

    69 of 86 people found this review helpful
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    Sunil Ypsilanti, MI, USA 05-21-05
    Sunil Ypsilanti, MI, USA 05-21-05
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    "Mind Expanding!!"

    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.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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  • Margaret
    morpeth, northumberland, United Kingdom
    4/27/10
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    "The message is simple"

    Like others on here I initially found the voice monotone and dry with none of the usual punch and uplift found in other personal improvement readings. But on reflection I think that this bland style works better in the long run. It allows you to listen, really listen to what he is saying rather than be short term uplifted. A long book taken at what seems a leisurely pace but I do not think it could have been shortened and still get the message across. This is a casserole not a microwave meal.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Triplecat
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    1/23/09
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    "Highly recommended."

    I'd known about this book for a long time and it was always on my list of books to read (listen to). I found the 7 habits fascinating. The age of the book does come across and it is a little preachy but Stephen Covey's research, conclusions and insights are staggering in their depth. Although you come away feeling that a lot of what he says is common sense, the vast majority of people, including myself, would never think in those terms. Stephen unravels what it is to be human and how to make the most of that gift. I can't believe anyone listening could fail to benefit hugely from the experience.

    23 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Leon
    Chippenham, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
    6/16/06
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    "7 Habits, constructive change not quick-fix"

    I took the time to listen to the unabridged version. Audible could do with reviewing the encoding but other than that the book was excellent.

    This book is required reading for managers in the 21st century as is the 8th habit. This was an easy listen (even the unabridged version) and Stephen Covey is a great narrator. I'd recommend this book to all.

    65 of 73 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    waterlooville, hampshire, United Kingdom
    8/20/09
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    "good stuff"

    i thought this was interesting and useful book. The behaviours (habits) make alot of sense
    It is a tad preachy at the end. If your in a toss up between this and how to win friends and influence people i think the later is better

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Stair
    Northumberland, UK
    5/23/12
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    "Get over the hangup - does NOT push religion"

    There are a few reviewers who have written off the book because the author happens to merely mention - in one sentence in the prologue - that he is a Christian. Surely the problem is no more than if he had mentioned being an atheist? - Anyway it is irrelevant to the content of the book and has no bearing on the concept, which is well researched and solid. The author has presented to boards of directors of major international companies and organisations and they wouldn't buy into crap and this is in no way wishy-washy or spiritual, the principles are well set out and argued.
    I let the voice - which some may find jarring - pass over me and listened to the content which was what I bought it for after all.
    Very insightful and well organised.
    As an open minded individual - as far as one may be - why are so many people so touchy as to junk an entire book that is well reviewed by many business leaders and thinkers (and others) simply because an author mentions that he/she has a belief system? Very odd methinks...perhaps there may be something in it. Must look deeper myself perhaps - shall look in the relevant Audible category for a scholarly work without a strong agenda in either direction methinks! - Any suggestions anyone?

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Atif
    East ham, London, United Kingdom
    3/23/11
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    "Helped me focus on who I am"

    brilliant book.Layed out principles that are common for all people and essential for success. it helped me to re-focus on what is important for me in life and how to reprioritise my life around my principals.
    A must listen for anyone and everyone

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    SixmilecrossUnited Kingdom
    4/13/10
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    "Must Read"

    If you have not yet read this book then you really should. It has been very influential and contains a wealth of ideas. If you only read one personal development book it should be this one. The audio book is well read by the author and is easy to follow and quite entertaining.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom
    8/2/07
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    "Life changing"

    You can now have your cake and eat it. Having read a lot of management books, this is the one that will change your outlook on family and work. You will learn over time to do things differently and take control of those aspects of your life that at the moment might be controlling you.
    The book is very readable and listening to Stephen Covey is even better.

    26 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • bookwormbadger
    Gloucestershire
    3/18/11
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    "A great listen"

    A very empowering book with lots of easy to do, useful ideas for leading a happier, more fulfilling life. Well worth a listen.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    chipnallUnited Kingdom
    3/10/11
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    "7 Habits of Highly Effective People"

    In the first half hour I was surprised and disappointed the author matched ideal human principles to those of god, and described using faith and prayer to help him and his wife understand and maintain those principles.
    I wanted sensible advice, not a lesson in spirituality. This discredited the author as a serious teacher for me.
    I didn't see any warning of this in the synopsis, nor on wikipedia. This title should also be included in the spiritual and religion sections. Beware.

    18 of 25 people found this review helpful

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