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 foreword 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.
© and (P)2004 FranklinCovey
"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is by now one of the best-selling books of all time." (Fortune)
I tried to listen to this book but it was too wordy and author goes off in a tangent a lot. The reader puts me to sleep. This could use some major editing to make it more concise and get to the point.
Many of us might be looking for a quick handbook for life. This is pretty much that, except that it's a lot bigger than a handbook. It's like a textbook for life. It gives you most of what you need to know about life, including methods for successful relationships (personal and business), how to be successful in general, how to improve your spiritual life, and more.
It's a must-read, but it's also a serious read. I don't mean to put you off. Everyone unstressed in personal/spiritual/professional development should read this. You can start at the beginning and get the gist of it or go all the way and get all the detail. Like a good textbook, you can go back to it for a refresher. It is a textbook for life.
That's just my own personal reaction.
No. It is just too boring! An elderly figure recommended it to me. Out of respect I tried it out, but I couldn't stand the endless lecturing. This is by far THE ONLY AUDIO BOOK I COULDN'T FINISH!
I don't think so. The writing style consists of mostly bland description of ideas and principles, very little concrete examples, stories or interesting anecdotes, let alone scientific studies.
Oh, hell no! No plot to turn into a script, and no star would want to be in such a surefire box office bomb.
I would consider that it is easier to get through the audiobook a couple of times if you live a very busy life, however the printed version is always better.
I like the fact that it is an amazing book that you can learn alot from.
That he is straight to the point and provides great quality work.
The 2 x 2 matrix of what is important and what is urgent!
For those who want to understand taking responsibility for your stewardship. shifts in paradigm, understanding others and developing empathy. seeing beyond one's self and becoming more selfaware. I highly recommend this book.
Powerful, Effective Self-help
While a lot of reviewers dislike Covey narrating his own book I enjoyed it. He does have a bit of a monotonous tone that turns his narration from a reading into more of a lecture, but I believe that's the best way to narrate this book.
Also he is the author so you get the feeling that the way he narrates is the exact way he intended the book to be read.
No way. There is so much information in this book that I will need at least 2 more listens to grasp most of the lessons taught.
I find that most self-help books focus on one idea and cover it in-depth throughout the book. Covey tackles 7 ideas in this book and each idea has several sub ideas to them. Because of this the book should probably be listened to several times if your serious about applying his habits in your life. Definitely worth every penny of the cost.
If you do not study and follow this book. Scriptural centered but mentioned much. Like the Bible, if we all followed these simple and effective rules our planet would be a wonderful place.
"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?
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.
"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
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.
"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!
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