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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.

© 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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    Luis Panama, Panama 02-01-11
    Luis Panama, Panama 02-01-11
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    "Things I did know, but i act the other way"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mijin Seoul, Korea (South) 12-12-10
    Mijin Seoul, Korea (South) 12-12-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Inspiring and awesome!"

    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!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lynniemilano Italy 06-18-10
    lynniemilano Italy 06-18-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Keep the message - lose the messenger"

    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...

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Scappoose, OR, USA 03-15-10
    Janice Scappoose, OR, USA 03-15-10
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    "The 7 Habits of Highly Effictive People"

    This book was a required reading homework assignment for a Leadership training event. I loved the book and found myself wishing I had read it years ago. It applies to everything in everyday life. Take the time to read this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J 10-28-09
    J 10-28-09
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    "Greatest management book ever written"

    Some people are just good at managing people, some are great technical workers and some are great entrepreneurs. This book will help the average line worker become a good leader, and an owner of a company get the highest level of efficiency from employees.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi CENTURION, South Africa 01-17-09
    Heidi CENTURION, South Africa 01-17-09
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    "Much easier to listen to than read"

    I tried reading this book and found it read like a text book - what a difference to have Steven Covey himself narate what is written!

    I loved this book, learnt from it and hope that I will be able to put in practise what I have learnt.

    Thank you very much!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jodi Farmington, NM, USA 08-23-08
    Jodi Farmington, NM, USA 08-23-08
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    "Enlightening..."

    I have gained great insight, perspective and focus. I feel like I am gaining the road map necessary to make the right turns in my life.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Brewerton, NY, USA 06-01-08
    Emily Brewerton, NY, USA 06-01-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Very Insightful"

    Completely enjoyed this book. I listened to the audio every time I was in my car. Author gives great tips and excellent life examples so that reader/listener can get a clear understanding of the author meaning. Every step can work in all areas of life. There is so much to learn and apply that I am glad this is an audio book so that I can listen again in a few months.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kara Huntley, IL, USA 03-14-08
    Kara Huntley, IL, USA 03-14-08
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    "A Good Lesson"

    This book has been around for some time and the lessons are still pertinent for anyone who wants to enjoy a more fulfilling life. The only reason I did not give 5 stars is because the author, himself, narrates-which is a mistake- his teeth whistle and his pace was too fast. He should have hired a professional narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Relatable1 06-16-06
    Relatable1 06-16-06

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    "A little let down."

    Maybe it doesn't quite live up to the hype anymore because it has been emulated so much. I find much of the advice here in the realm of common sense, or at least for me. Anyone who enjoys this book may be interested in learning more about Buddhist philosophy, as it is touched on here without being labeled as such. While it is interesting to hear concepts labeled in clever ways, I found some of the catch phrases, devices, and labeling a bit gimmicky. Overall, worth a read/listen. Also beware, not the most engaging narration.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • George
    Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
    5/24/11
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    "Waist of time"

    I found this book very dull and a complete waist of time, there is nothing I could take from listening to this audio book. This book lacks cohesion, not to mention the lengthy monologue. These best sellers are really deceiving . I would rate it zero

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Lina
    London, United Kingdom
    3/6/11
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    "Truly amazing book"

    I absolutely loved this book, once i started I couldnt stop listening, I finished in two days! Its my bible! I would highly recommend this listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Clare
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    7/29/10
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    "Amazed"

    The book has surprised me, I am amazed by how spiritual the teaching is. I have heard about it for many years and I did not realise how it covers so much of the practicality of moving through life and relationships - rather than just business. I have learned a lot which very much enhances the energectic healing, self development and teaching work that I do and reflects my learning of Yoga, Reiki and much more. The language may sound a little self help cliche occasionally but the principles come through loud and clear and are extremely relevant to my life. Gratitude to Stephen Covey and all that has led to this books publishing, this book will add real value to anyone who listens and hears.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pete
    Lymington, Hampshire, United Kingdom
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    "Good but long winded"

    As Chris has said in his review, you could be totally lost in the first fifteen minutes, believe me I was!
    And also I agree the book is a tad preachy towards the end. Basically unlike other self help books this doesn't breeze along in a lighthearted fashion. This is a very very in-depth book (some may argue long winded) that really demands your full attention.

    I have been listening to it in the car and have at times found myself totally lost when I lose focus for a minute or so. This is a very wordy book that demands your full attention for a sizeable amount of time.

    I agree with many of the overall ideas of the habits, but as with so many self help books I found myself picking and chosing the parts that are relevant to me rather than everything Dr Covey talks about.
    And definitely as we get towards the end it does get very preachy but overall I found the book a worthwhile listen. But must confess after seven or eight hours I was thinking "He doesn't half go on a bit". Dare I say it, this may be a self help book that works better as a book to read rather than to listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ralph
    Bexleyheath, United Kingdom
    2/2/10
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    "Unmissable"

    This timeless classic is beautifully read by the Author

    Every-time I listen I learn a little more

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    6/8/09
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    "Simple home truths we all need to hear"

    This book is well read and easy to understand. I am likely to listen to it again, not because it was too complex, but because the principles set out in it are so fundamental that it seems to me appropriate to start each day remembering the principles explained in the book. Don't expect new pearls of wisdom: here you will find all the home truths that pop-psychology omits - the simple truths about human beings - I certainly needed to hear it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • UKJ
    3/16/09
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    "Absolutely Excellent"

    I would recommend this to anyone !

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Luke
    Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
    8/28/10
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    "Good book"

    This is a good book but I have enjoyed others in the same sector far more. I would recommend it but there are others that I would read first.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    Lymm, United Kingdom
    7/18/09
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    "What a lot of fluff"

    The hype around this book is huge but it does not engage me one bit. No intro it just goes straight into complicated deep talking which makes no sense..I listened to the first 15 minutes 3 times and it still lost me. Worst audio book available.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • jason
    BEDFORD, United Kingdom
    12/13/13
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    "Interesting"
    What did you like most about The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People?

    Very interesting and listen and enjoyed listening to the book. Shall listen again in the future.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Didn't really have characters in this book.


    What about Stephen R. Covey’s performance did you like?

    Passionate and enlightened on the subject.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    A little too deep to take in one sitying but I looked forward to the next chapter each time.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good listen thanks

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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