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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
I would like to have been able to have listen to this book for longer than 30 minutes but Covey's narration is so awful I just couldn't bare to listen a second longer. I found his voice so annoying and his tone so condescending that I wanted to pelt my phone out of a window.
This is such a shame as the book has very good reviews from other people who obviously were not as irritated by Covey's voice as I was.
Make sure you listen to the sample first is all I'll say with this one!
"Makes a difficult to read book more digestible"
I started reading a hard copy of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People but found it extremely helpful, but also very hard going. I then got the audiobook and I'm making much better progress.
In terms of the book itself, it provides great structure and context to simple things that you may already be doing in your life. However with this structure in place, it gives a great framework for taking more control over your life in order to help you achieve your goals.
"Needs a different narrator, read the book instead"
The author does no justice to the book, it does not flow - just seems to take ages to get to any point. It could easily have been covered in a third less time by a decent narrator (and maybe with some enthusiasm). Also, albeit a minor bugbear, there's a few sections (start and end) that mention God too much - I understand the author is religious but (and this may not make sense to others who are religious) agnostics are put off by statements that say we cannot master something, that's only for god to do!
It does have decent things in it, just takes too long and can be preachy.
I felt like I'm reading what I do already and saw it with a new perspective. Good read.
"Changed my life 180 degrees."
Have read this book in the 90's (in Spanish, my mother tongue) and in the noughties in its original English.
This piece is one of those that you do not finish, you just abandom temporarlily.
Folllowing its advice and principles make such a difference in the way I look at things; I cannot stop recommending it to anyone who wants to pursue a more fulfilled life. Listening to it is an amazing way to keep the message alive in my mind.
"Great, timeless, advice for a better life"
This book is well worth listening to, the 7 habits may not make you the highly effective individual you seek to become, but the detailed explanation of each principle offers a useful perspective on getting more out of life, no matter what your environment or background. It is a little slow, but otherwise it is great, and because it is being read by the author you are hearing this as it was intended to be read.
I have listened this book every day when I go to work in the train. It is the best book I have ever known in personal management field. In short, it is a hand book of life. We can actually use the principles in this book in our every day life. No matter what religion we follow, it can go with all the values because it points out the universal principles. This is a must to listen book. I recommend everyone to read this book, and has a beautiful life.
"Effective book - easy to listen to, easy to follow"
I bought this audiobook to listen to in the car and what a great choice that was. The book is structured well and is segmented so as each "habit" is broken down into its component parts
I have listened to this book fully twice and a few of the sections a couple of times more. I have already modified my habits at work and at Home with some very interesting, positive outcomes
I would recommend this audiobook to anyone but especially to those who are frustrated at work or at home with certain aspects of their life. It has been one of my best purchases
This is the second book I downloaded from Audible. It is easy and convinent. Listening to audio books is fantastic and same as reading a book. I was listening to it while I was doing other activities.
"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
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