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.
Say something about yourself!
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.
"Don't believe the hype"
Overall I am sure this book is good for some people and the fact that it has been in the best sellers list for a long time is either emperor's new clothes effect or that is does work for some people. However for me it simply irritated, whether it was the narration, the constant references to a "higher power" or simply the process that the book uses to get between sections of playing inane musak. All of this meant that whatever messages i was supposed to take away were lost
More business books but nothing like this one.
dull dire boring
I hope not!!!
"Essential reading, but the pace may frustrate you"
The 7 Habits seem obvious when they're spelled out to you but, as tends to happen so much these days, the clutter of modern life gets in the way of what you know you should be doing and leaves you with just enough time to manage what absolutely must be done. There's no time for reflection or any of the mindfulness we hear about. Forming habits takes time. Repetition and time.The repetition and slow pace of this audiobook is much criticized, but for me, this is exactly what's required for a meditative tome to work. The narrator is the author, which always improves delivery of any text, to my mind. He knows the subject intimately and delivers his message clearly and faultlessly, allowing you to work, drive or simply relax, without needing to give it your full attention. You won't miss anything because key points are reiterated, elaborated on and, yes, repeated so a full understanding gently assimilates in your subconscious, as if you knew the 7 Habits all along.I'm going to listen to this book several times, and I recommend you do too. It's well worth your time, if not your full concentration, because the potential upside to making even 1 of the 7 Habits stick could be life-changing. And who doesn't wish for that?
The author has a slight lisp, which is endearing but thankfully not distracting. I find his delivery is as lively as you'd want it to be; erudite and authoritative, warm and friendly. And American, of course.
"Excellent audio book
Personally I listen several times to this book and every time I 'm Learning some things new. Dr Covy is one of best speaker in world.
"For me I think I would have preferred the book."
Very good content, would have just preferred the book version as I like to be able to easily go back over ideas once I've read them.
good book though,. p.s. if you don't like his voice just speed it up a little can make things sound more evenly paced.
slow, painful, monotone narration. This book failed to engage me and the first few chapters didn't teach me anything new. from there I have really struggled to listen much further. There are better books out there. If you are looking for some good sound advice to help you become more successful then try Dale Carnegie's How to win friends and influence people. that will give you more useful information. this book however, is a big let down from the short Youtube clips available out there for this title which are free and cover the subject in 5 minutes.
"Great book takes self development to next level"
Steven Covey covers each principle really well and ties it all into the idea of personal and public effectiveness leading to mastery (greatness).
"Quantum leap forward in my awareness"
I believe deeply that my life will be profoundly changed by the insight from this book.
Having it being read be the author (as in other books) is a great bonus.
"Generally very good"
I had read a number of mixed reviews before purchasing this audio book and am glad I decided to buy it.
As noted in other reviews, it does touch on religion a little much for a book on effectiveness however do not let that put you off.
It is in some ways a little long winded and could have been condensed however the topics covered are very interesting.
"I reckon just 1 could change your life"
I'm going to give it another listen but already what I have learnt has begun to change my life. If you listen to one audio book this year, make it this.
"Thought provoking and immersive"
I chose this on audiobook for my daily london commute and what a great book.
Read by the author, this book made me feel like I had an incredible mentor as my companion.
I had sampled 3 books before this one and returned them as they simply didn't engage me. This one stood out.
I was bookmarking like crazy throughout and will be revisiting it a lot to perfect my habits.
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