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 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.
While the author's narration leaves something to be desired, his messages are universal and extremely helpful in every day life. I listened to this book 6 months ago and since then, things just seem better. Listen, be happy.
DEFINITELY! For me, the audio version gave me an entirely new look at a book that has been on my shelf for years. It sent me back to the hard copy book to harvest new insights from concepts I only THOUGHT I fully understood.
This book has stories in it, but it is non-fiction. The question I'm answering here is: What did you best like about this audiobook?
In addition to my other comments, I LOVE the fact that the audiobook has indexing for virtually every "New Heading" (as Covey calls the bold headings within chapters). Many of the books I listen to from Audible are indexed at a chapter or 2-chapter level. This might be OK for a novel. But, not for a technical, managerial, or teaching type of book. I love to be able to quickly find some exciting idea in the hard copy book.
As far as the actual content, I love the stuff in Part Two. So few business people understand leadership and leaders. Books try to teach people how to be leaders and innovators. Maybe leadership can be learned from a book. But, from the experience of my own career, I know it's better to have in in your DNA, and then learn by living it in your life.
I'm retired from Lockheed Martin. I worked for Martin Marietta through the 1980s, left in the 1990s to be a part of the Internet revolution, and went back to Lockheed Martin when the stock market tanked in the early 2000s. I was saddened to find that the Company gave people who were managers the title of "Leader". Covey really explains the difference well.
Managers can efficiently direct teams chopping through a jungle. But, only a leader can see that they are in the "wrong jungle".
It is not a popular position to be in when you identify problems, not even if you have a workable plan to get on the right track! To me a book like this is very important because it has been accepted for years by managers. Quite likely, they skimmed over much of Part Two, or they just did not comprehend it because their mind-set and paradigms blinded them to it.
But, now that I've listened to the book on Audible, I see things I did not even recognize while reading it.
So, now I have a well accepted book I can use to help managers I encounter understand the value of leaders and how to work in synergy with them! Where managers usually try to squelch leaders (who have the courage to speak up), or fire them, or at best, ignore them and hope they will go away.
When the actual author reads his creation, I prefer it. I might even put up with a less than "professional" reading style to be able to pick up on the author's own enthusiasm, understanding, and "spirit", flowing from his personal intonations in reading his creation. This is especially evident with Stephen Covey. He's a great speaker and teacher.
About 2 hours into part1 of the audio, I was blown away! Covey is reading from the last chapter of the book: Inside-Out Again.
I must admit that I have not truly learned "self control". I've been realizing this more acutely recently. In fact, I also have listened to (and recommend) "The Willpower Instinct" by Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D. See: http://www.audible.com/pd/ref=sr_1_1?asin=B006T4APLU&qid=1362685785&sr=1-1 to find the audiobook.
On page 310 of the hard copy of the 7 Habits book, Covey speaks of something he found in a book in a college library. He says: "It basically contained the simple idea that THERE IS A GAP OR A SPACE BETWEEN STIMULUS AND RESPONSE, AND THAT THE KEY TO BOTH OUR GROWTH AND HAPPINESS IS HOW WE USE THAT SPACE." Covey goes on to say this hit him "like an inward revolution". ... "It was like I had become an observer of my own participation. I began to stand in the gap and look outside the stimuli. I reveled in the inward sense of FREEDOM TO CHOOSE MY RESPONSE - even to become the stimulus, or at least to influence it - EVEN TO REVERSE IT." (Emphasis mine).
Later on page 317 Covey states: "Change - real change - comes from the inside out." Then he quotes Amiel: "... So long as we are able to distinguish any space whatever between Truth and us we remain outside it. The thought, the feeling, the desire or the consciousness of life may not be quite life. To become divine is then the aim of life. Then only can truth be said to be ours beyond the possibility of loss. It is no longer outside us, nor in a sense even in us, but we ARE it, and it IS we." (End of quote from Amiel. Emphasis mine).
Covey continues: "Achieving unity - oneness - with ourselves, with our loved ones, with our friends and working associates, is the highest and best and MOST DELICIOUS FRUIT OF THE SEVEN HABITS." (Emphasis mine).
I highly recommend the audio version of The 7 habits of Highly Effective People to everyone, especially those who have read it before.
I must confess that I used to just think it was a good Management book, where now I realize that it's a GREAT BOOK on being a Leader and how to work with managers. Since the latter are in the majority (vs. leaders), and with the economy currently in a MAJOR slump, managers and leaders (like the cowboys & ranchers) should be friends. Or maybe even operate in SYNERGISTIC UNITY! (Emphasis mine).
I have no doubt the content of this book is valuable, and I'll be finishing it in hard copy. The author-reader's delivery was just awful and, for my own sanity, I had to stop listening. Simple words were mispronounced (i.e., "picture" was spoken as "pitcher"). Cadence was choppy. Intonation was flat. But the last straw was the author-reader's announcement of "New Heading" at every transition. Even now, I cringe thinking about it. A more skilled reader would have been able to make those transitions without offering the listener a roadmap.
Mom, Science Teacher, Kid at Heart. My 52 mile drive to work gives me time to finally stretch my brain. Audible has been a wonderful treat! Thanks Bob!
If you know a graduate- gift wrap this book. If you know anyone in their 20's- this book is a MUST read. I came upon it in my 30's when our principal introduced "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Kids" to our school. I've now read it three times and I continue to learn new lessons. This book is a beautiful way to center yourself and hone in on what your want to stand for-your mission in life. Like a good parent, Stephen Covey coaches you to be your best self. If every child and adult practiced the habits in this book the world would be a better place.
This is the bible on effectiveness. Easy read. It was an opportunity for reflection on the quality of interactions with other people and the hurdles to attaining the desired outcome.
Commuting 2 hours a day to and from work allows me the pleasure of listening to many books where I would otherwise not have time to read
I sure wish Steven Covey would have written a book detailing how the 7 habits are used with the Franklin Covey planner. I have been using the planner system for 14 years now and would love a refresher course. This book is the foundation of personal organization.
Everything that says in this book, make sense. I just dont understand why I act in the other way must of the time. I recommend this book to everybody, it is a mine of knowledge, it will help you in your professional and must important in your personal life.
To be honest, I was a bit hesitant to get this book because of the reviews, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I was even afraid to finish the book too soon, as there were so many insightful and inspiring messages that I never wanted to miss.
I was also worried about the narration but his reading was so excellent that I couldn't stop listening.
[I realized how much we differ even if we are looking at or thinking about the same thing. ]
I now wish I read it sooner, as it would have helped me a lot with a lot of things.
I am not even married yet, I am not even spritual but this book is just perfect, you do not have to have kids or to be involved in religious stuff to understand what he has to say.
I am definately going to get his next book - the 8th habit. [no doubt at all], I can't wait!
his 7 habits and the explanations make sense, I had to agree with him all the time while I was listening, and I loved the way he conveyed his ideas with lots of explanations and examples.
You will have to listen to what he has to say before you truly understand why he is saying what he is saying, I guess.
So, I guess this book will be worth it! Just get it!
Even If you do not agree with me on this, you will later on I guess.
There are so many things to learn!!!!!!!!!!!!
I enjoyed the overall content of the book although, as other reviewers also noted, I could have done with fewer references to God and the bible. What made me downgrade my rating though, was the annoying narration by the author. I've been listening to 6-8 audiobooks a month for the past year or so and the narrator can really make or break the book - this one breaks it. And he makes his living doing public speaking events!?! By the third or fourth hour I thought I would scream if I heard "pitcher" for picture or "comp-LEE-mentary" for complementary (does he think we don't know the difference between complementary and complimentary?) again. Just goes to show there are some (many!) authors who should not narrate their own books...
"All I could ever ask to become."
We'll written book and well read. Pleasure to listen to and a lifetime challenge to meet with the prescription it provides.
No. His voice just made me switch off & want to sleep.
I have found similar books such as 'how to win friends & influence people' really engaging but this just bored me. It felt long winded & I just switched off every time I tried listening. Not sure if this was down to narration, content or both. It may have had some interesting point's but it didn't keep me interested enough to get to them. Wasted purchase as I gave up trying to listen to it.
"Incredible wisdom that just keeps on giving..."
The thrill of constantly finding new ways to deal with challenges and express points of view. Adopting a new and sustainable and profitable paradigm shift.
Having to stop and rewind and take notes about every 5 minutes. It's so densely packed with useful material.
Essential reading for the entire world.
Yes, its quite important to know such things, but its more important of course to use them. So I think that there are more chances to use information wnen you read it or hear.
I think 8th habit will be similar.
I liked win win technicue, because i never heard about it
Situation in underground when kids were playing but their father was not paying big attention to them because his wife died in hospital
Its bit long hours to listen
"Hard going but slightly easier than the book"
I have tried to get through the print edition of this book on several occasions as it is supposed to be a self management classic. However I found the preachy style a bit too much, and the time it takes to get to the actual "habits" way too long. Some might say that is because I just want to know the techniques, not change my whole life, and am missing the main point of the book, but you do need to start somewhere and the first few chapters of the book don't leave you with much action to take.
The audio book was easier to manage but still hard going for the same reasons, but at least I could get on with other tasks while ploughing through it. I have now achieved my goal and will probably take away some lessons, but I would have liked to have got them in a more accessible and enjoyable way.
This is a classic and I would and have recommended it to many people. It's down to earth and believable and full of possibilities.
This is very inspiration and fills one with a "can do" feeling. It's a classic and perhaps the first "motivational" book. It's full of sound common sense and exercises to get you going. It also deals with the objections that always arise. It's plain and simple which is what I like most about it.
Although written so long ago it's still relevant to today. I believe this should be on school curricula
"Must read book, preferable in the college life."
Very good, time tested, practical self help book ever written.
Importance of making a effort to know people by name and addressing them with name.
good and effective narration.
Very good book to read now and then, just to reenforce the ideas.
"An effective way to cover a leadership essential"
Yes - I think I would probably need to listen a couple of times to get the most from it - like many good stories there is always more to hear from a retelling. However it can get a bit repetitive and heavy going so I would want the ability to dip in and out.
I'm only just starting to use audiobooks from leadership development point of view - I don't have a big enough personal library to make a meaningful comparison
No - it's too long to begin with. I listened while driving to work & was able to stop and start without losing too much, though I have to listen to small chapters again from time to time
I listen to this book over and over again. I don't think there has ever been a book written as powerful as this.
This book probably has some good points, but when does he bring them uuup? This book is so long and so boring and everything is said over and over and over again. I do not understand why this book is such a classic.
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