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.
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"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is by now one of the best-selling books of all time." (Fortune)
This is one of my top ten books of all time for lifelong contemplation.
Key themes of Proactivity; Setting and following priorities; Re-scripting according to principles; Win-Win; Listening to understand others; Synergy; and Renewal are fundamental, timeless and universal.
Dr. Covey's approach is unequalled in breadth and depth, while being entirely accessible to any human being. Everything he writes complements everything I've learned in life, while laboring to uproot any weeds that have grown in my internal garden. Having Dr. Covey read the material to me personally... it's the icing on the cake!
I read "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" when it first appeared decades ago; read it a second time five years later; and now, thanks to Audible, I've begun a profound study and contemplation of the material, that would have otherwise been too tedious to handle, given my other time commitments, as well as the fact that, since my work is about 90% in front of the computer, my eyes tire quickly before printed material in my non-work time.
I organize my listening in two ways: listening in the logical, step by step, chapter by chapter method on the one hand, imagining myself attending a 7 Habits seminar or class; and listening for hours at a time as I lie down to rest/relax/sleep on the other. The result is I end up hearing the material over and over, provoking thoughts and contemplations about where I am in life, where I want to go, and what I need to do to get there. I expect the process to last about six months. My goal from the reading: A complete paradigm re-adjustment for life.
This book has my highest recommendation for any person anywhere.
The material in the book is great and I highly recommend it. This audio version, however, is very difficult to listen to because the author speaks so slowly and pauses so often. I had the feeling that I could have listened to the unabridged version in half the time if read by another narrator. I found myself zoning while listening to the book, rewinding it so I could listen to it again, and by the time I got to the part I had missed, I was zoning again.
My 3 star rating is based on the audio itself, not the content. I highly recommend the book itself, and I may even buy the abridged version so I can refresh myself on the material.
This book provides excellent insights into dealing with others through
introspection. It touches on Victor Frankel and others who provide examples of how to turn adversity into assets. This book is not a traditional self help book, but a companion to guide the listener into ones self.
insight by author is very good, but the person narrating the book is very plain. I read one review that suggested getting the abridged version. I ignored that advice and am regretting it. I am positive it would have been more captivating than listening to this narrator reading the authors 20 ways to say the same thing. p.s. I have been unable to finish listening to this book
Sadly this book is contrarian to a lot of what goes on in our society. Thus I constantly have to "try" to practice these principles. But the trying is worth it. I have used this book as a standard for turning around the cultures of two manufacturing plants after I was hired from the outside. Those turn-arounds were only accomplished because the principles in this book work and because, if patiently applied, they give a management team a common vocabularly for they way they treat each other and their associates. My only function was to act as catalyst and insist that these principles be practiced. After a couple of years, in both cases the stress levels were way down, the morale was way up, and the performance was beyond anything known before and certainly beyond expectation. In my current assisgnment we're saving over $3M per year (450 people) and the roots of that accomplishment are in this book. It's a book to listen to, to absorb, and to go back to over and over again. An annual tuneup by listening to this program, is typical of those who REALLY try to adopt the 7 Habits (and model them). It's tough to be a perfect practitioner. One can only read and try...
If you really want to change your life for the better, read this book. I would suggest not listening to this in the car, but in the quiet of your home and make notes as you do. You will truly change the way you go through life and the way you understand other people.
These are great principles to learn for life, but it could be delivered in a different more direct method that will not take 14 hours
I would advise to buy the book...this version was hard to follow and not very good. I was disinterested and bored fast...although the paper version is excellent the audio version gets a low rating.
Steven Covey's message is as valid now as it was when the book was first published and listening to it on audiobook is great way to refresh those lessons we thought we wouldn't forget after reading it so long ago. My only critque of the audiobook is that Covey mispronouces words so often that it causes one to wonder why he would narrate his own book. I recommend the audiobook if you have read the book before and are willing to listen to his original pronunciation.
I have listened to this book multiple times. I gave it to each of my children for christmas. I have encouraged my co-workers and even the chaplain to not only read it but start a study group using it as a base. The information contained is not 100 percent perfect as there are terms that seemed to disagree with what I understood them to mean but they are infrequent.
The principles he chanpions and the methods suggested are right on the money!
I suggest you also get the paperback version as it is cheap and you will want to make notes.
The author does an exceptional job of reading his matereial. The listener can feel the emotion and emphasis the author intended as he not only reads the book but adjusts things enough so that you can visualize the diagrams as he reads.
It is so much more interesting listening to it then it ever could possibly have been reading it.
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
"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.
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.
"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.
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