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)
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...
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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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