This audio edition is the first ever unabridged recording of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
© and (P)2004 FranklinCovey
"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is by now one of the best-selling books of all time." (Fortune)
This was my first purchase from Audible and after downloading the book always starts from Habit 3, not the beginning therefore I have missed the first section and consequently haven't gone any further with it.
Hadn't got around to pointing this out to you either, until now...
I would definitely listen to this book again. In fact, I started to listen again to hear things I might have missed the first time. I believe this book is for everyone. It's principles are not area specific. I think families would benefit a lot from this book.
Towards the end of the book he describes his life while writing a book. He lived in Hawaii and spent a lot of time cultivating his relationship with his wife. The way he describes this time is very intriguing.
No, I knew I would need to listen to this book across many opportunities.
Do all the things he asks you to do in the book while you are listening to it. I think this would help you grasp more of the benefits to this book. Even if its a little effort. It will help.
I haven't been able to listen to it yet due to software compatibility issues and I grow weary of calling for assistance.
I hope Audible can provide better connection to google or firefox browsers, because it is really a pain to have to re-establish the connection and re-down load the books.
Simply great. Other reviewers complained about it being too long. I disagree. It's like spending time with a wise elder, the material is so rich.
The audiobook is packed full of wisdom, compassion and practical advice. The kind of book I will turn to again and again. I truly feel that Covey's book is the highwater mark for self-development. I understand now why his words have become part of the American vernacular.
His voice conveys a lot about the depth of his feeling, insight and experience.
Yes, this is the my second time. my first i read the book. Because it is the kind of book that you will have to visit again after a change in your life ether at work, home or with friends.
Start with the end in mindListen first
Everything plus the real example stores
yes there was many the made me remember some things that i could have handed better
If i was a CEO of an organization which i hope to be soon i would recommend that all employees read it. their was only two chapters that had one or two one second glitch.
Listening to Stephen Covey narrarate it himself was like being in his classroom hearing his lecture!
Stephen's crown jewel in Human interaction - how to create effectiveness in both your professional and personal life.
He did it.
The story of the man on the train and the major paradigm shift that Stephen had when realized the reason for the mans lack of attentiveness to his children.
sure - because it is relevant to successful living.
This book is unique.
It is easy to listen to audio book using ipod while exercising or walking.
Think win win is an important concept that all of us could benefit from.
I am an admirer of Dr Steven Covey - he is my leadership development coach. I was sorry to hear of his recent passing away.
The context is very thought provoking and caused me to look inward to find some of life's solutions. It was very well done and I enjoyed it greatly.
I am not really sure how to compare this to another as I have not read/or listened to anything of this nature.
So far I really like listening to books in which the actual author reads the text. It seems that he knows just where to put the emphasis; and where to pause for impact.
Don't let your situation define you.
I think I would have preferred a professional reader. Covey has a bit of a pronunciation problem.
I felt like the examples of the 7 habits were overdone and repetitious. One hour per habit and maybe an extra hour for the intro and conclusion would have been sufficient. Thirteen hours was redundant.
Natural, down-home, and simple
It is a good book with excellent and still relevant ideas but there are a lot of common sense points where I don't think most people would need such a voluminous description.
"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.
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.
"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.
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
"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?
"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
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.
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.
"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 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.
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