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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

What the Critics Say

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

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    Eduarda Guelph, Ontario, Canada 08-17-08
    Eduarda Guelph, Ontario, Canada 08-17-08
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    "Too spiritual"

    If you're not religious and don't have (and don't want to have) kids, this book won't be for you. Lots of examples related to family, children and god. I found it too 'spiritual' for me. Anyway, in general the book has some good sections which can be applied to any sort of situation.

    34 of 51 people found this review helpful
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    James Chaoyang District, BeijingChina 11-16-08
    James Chaoyang District, BeijingChina 11-16-08
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    "very disappointing"

    I wish I had purchased the abridged version. Covey has a cloying, patronizing style and he takes ages to actually say anything. This seems to contradict the essence of a highly effective person. I could have read the book several times over in the time he took to get through the first part. Buried in all of this verbosity are some good points, but the chances are you'll be so bored you'll miss them. The audio version of this book is a major disappointment. Because he refers to diagrams and breaks the subject matter done into sub-sections, it may make better sense to read the book - skipping over the twaddle - in order to distill the parts that are of value.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence Co.Donegal, N/A, Ireland 04-11-05
    Lawrence Co.Donegal, N/A, Ireland 04-11-05
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    "Snooze."

    I'm not saying that this isn't a good book or that the principals are flawed because they aren?t - in principal it is a good book but the presentation is mind numbingly boring and it is simply too long. After a whole six hours we had just got to habit 3 and I just couldn?t take another six hours. Having said this I?ll probably buy the abridged edition and try again.

    11 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Saju MumbaiIndia 08-07-08
    Saju MumbaiIndia 08-07-08
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    "Excellent book"

    One of the best book I have ever read.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Professor Sombrero 02-28-09
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    "Don't bother."

    I know this book is a classic and Stephen Covey is something of a leader in this field but he cannot read his own writing without putting the listener to sleep. And talk about slow. It took over 1 hour to explain the purpose of the book! A little background is helpful but I don't need a disertation on the difference between personality ethics and character ethics - or whatever he called them. I got the difference after the first 15 minutes or so. I listened to nearly the first two hours and couldn't tell you what any of the habits are. The only other book I've listened to that was worse was The Truth About Managing People.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Nima Heydarian 02-08-09 Member Since 2015
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    "It was ok"

    It was a good book. Interesting read. It just sounded too much reference to religion and God.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 03-01-09
    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 03-01-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Unhelpful, insulting."

    I was expecting insight into how to organize my life better, as the title would suggest. This book was more of sermon on how you should live a moral life and consider that successful. Even then, I was willing to judge it by what it was, rather than what I wanted it to be.

    But still bad. The writer seems like a self-centered control freak who one day found religion and realized he was a self-centered control freak, and so he became a more virtuous, by his standards, type of self-centered control freak, dragging his family into his new vision of reality, and telling everyone else they should be like him, without realizing that most people were never as bad as he was in the first place.

    Those were my impressions. Others obviously felt differently. This is not a book to help you become more successful, it's more of a sermon on the life he thinks you should live, and that life revolves around God and a mythical vision of the past as simpler and more virtuous than the present. If you are a normal person who is pretty decent in the first place, and who values family over materialism and appearances, you are already a better person than he is talking to. That's why I felt insulted--he assumes the reader is bad, and if the reader doesn't become like him, the reader is dragging the rest of the world down.

    So I didn't like it. Others have. But be aware it's not a guide book to organizing life or gaining insights into achieving your goals. It's about changing your goals to his goals and being happy with that.

    66 of 119 people found this review helpful
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    kikoue corco 01-26-15
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    "Excellent book"

    I loved listening to this book. It was really interesting! Really useful in my daily activity.thanks for this really good

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    Gage 01-26-15
    Gage 01-26-15
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    "the lighthouse"

    you can either heed the lighthouse or break yourself against it. that's how this book is.

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    Amazon Customer 01-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Will be listening to this at least 4 times/year!"

    Can't wait to attend a seminar with this info to learn even more! Sound principles that apply to everyone. Has helped me tremendously!

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  • R
    Leicester, United Kingdom
    11/26/13
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    "Excellent, deep, thought provoking"
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    Well worth the listening time, I thought it was excellent at promoting inward thought and self evaluation.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mollymoon1
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    7/21/13
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    "A must read"

    A fantastic book, I would highly recommend this, even if just for listenability, (he does have a very listenable voice!!!). I have listened to this twice already and am trying to fit in a third time, to make sure that I don't forget what he is trying to make me understand and which is a very life awareness teaching as well as a business effective teaching. The world has lost an important guide and I have no doubt that his teaching will endure time and that his contemporaries will continue the good work. Lots of love to Stephen Covey and thanks for what he has delivered.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lawrence
    Farnborough, United Kingdom
    7/1/13
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    "I couldn't"
    What would have made The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People better?

    The author mentioning God put me off


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    This isn't for me. Mentioning faith in God just did not wash with the atheist that is me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hhhhhhhh
    4/13/13
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    "Positive and well intentioned-long when unabridged"

    I found it quite difficult to listen to this book, as although Stephen Covey is an amazing man, I found the content was unnecessarily padded out. perhaps, I need to listen to it more times. Pleased it is the author himself speaking - it makes all the difference to hear the author's voice, as though he is speaking to me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    London, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Great Book"

    A timeless classic which contains a lot of very relevant advice that can still help guide in today's world. I am confident that the values that are contained in the book will still apply in a hundred years time. Well delivered audio content as well that is easy on the ear.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Very listenable"

    I have attempted to read this book many times before but it is very difficult to get into. However, I thought I would attempt to listen to it as an audiobook and it is soooo much better. I feel that he is very insightful and I have benefited from listening to this book. Highly recommend listening to it, not reading it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rachael
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    9/2/12
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    "Might be better to read than listen to"

    I found the narrators tone of voice irritating and patronising at times. The topic was well thought out and the writer does make some valid points. However I was somewhat disapointed as had heard such good reviews about the book but it failed to enlighten me. After a 3rd of the way through the book I gave up and read something more interesting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A
    London, United Kingdom
    8/7/12
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    "Excellent Audio, a must have!"

    I consider this audio book as one of the most important book in my library, the concepts and strategies shared are priceless! I find myself listening, rewinding and re-listening, just brilliant!!! I give this 5 star easily!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • George
    Bourne, United Kingdom
    7/24/12
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    "Must not delay listening to this!"

    This book is a must read. I have read many books on personal improvements, effectiveness, timekeeping, persuasiveness and so on, but most are more about technique. This book is about changing you to a genuinely effective person.
    Stephen Covey takes you through the easy steps to a more fulfilled life. He is a natural narrator and is the first book that I listened to three times. It is thoroughly enjoyable listening to his own personal experiences and told in a very gripping way. Stephen, I am indebted to you!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suhair
    dubai, United Arab Emirates
    6/15/12
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    "great book!"

    this is one of the most amazing books i have ever read. its well worth the download!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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