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  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

  • Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
  • By: Stephen R. Covey
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Covey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,717
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,616

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I don't understand these other reviews

  • By Scott on 08-29-10

I don't understand these other reviews

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-29-10

Too religious? Irrational? Morality? What book are these people reading?

Does the author mention religion? Yes. He clearly states that he believes in God. That takes up approximately 2 sentences in the entire book (though he says a little more in the afterword). He also mentions that all enduring religions AS WELL AS all enduring philosophical systems agree on certain principles of human maturity and interaction, and those are the principles he bases the book on. But is The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg religious, or even spiritual? Because that's by far the primary principle in the book.

Now, I guess you could say some parts talk about morality, but not in the sense of "you must love your neighbor" or whatever. And yes, the part about being honest could be seen as morality, but considering the whole point is that honesty is a requirement for having people trust you, it strikes me that many of these negative reviews may be written by people who wanted a quick fix, a set of numerical steps on how to be successful.

But that is not what this book is about. The point of this book is that you will never be content in your life if you are looking for contentment OUTSIDE OF your life. It all has to come from within -- that is, your character, who you are. There's nothing moral about that. There's nothing religious about that. But there's also nothing easy about it. This book is work. Lifelong work. And a lot of people simply are not ready for the implications. The first time I read it I didn't realize how far away from the objective I was. But as I've grown and reread the book, I've discovered how deep it goes.

Of course, none of this is scientific. None of it is rational. That isn't the point. We aren't solving sudoku or splitting atoms. We are dealing with human emotions, and there's nothing rational about emotions. But there can be a solid approach to controlling our lives, and that's what this book is all about.

I just wish they'd hired a professional to read it.

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  • The End of Faith

  • By: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Brian Emerson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

This important and timely book delivers a startling analysis of the clash of faith and reason in today's world. Harris offers a vivid historical tour of mankind's willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs, even when those beliefs are used to justify harmful behavior and sometimes heinous crimes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling and important – highly recommend

  • By Ronald on 11-29-06

Good Book, Poor Narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-07

Sam Harris makes a compelling case that tolerating religion is no longer an option in today's nuclear world. His assessments will have you nodding in agreement while his quotations will have you gasping in horror. There are only two real problems with the book itself. First, the last chapter toys dangerously with promoting supernatural experiences. Second, Mr. Harris believes that all atheists will espouse his philosophies. For example, he can't fathom why anyone would oppose stem cell research, the death penalty, and legalizing narcotics on anything other than religious grounds. It's a shame that he weakens his otherwise strong arguments by making such presumptuous statements.

Brian Emerson's narration, however, is nowhere near to the level this book deserves. While his voice is pleasing, and while his tone implies his own conviction and his accent gives an air of authority, his annunciation is extremely poor, and he often doesn't even bother pronouncing the last syllable of a word--especially "Islam" which invariably comes out as "Iss". It detracts from a message that needs to be heard.

In the end the book is well worth reading, but the paper product is far superior to the audio. Still, if the audio is the best you can do, it is worth the time (and money).

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  • Fast Food Nation

  • By: Eric Schlosser
  • Narrated by: Rick Adamson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,777
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 587
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 586

To a degree both engrossing and alarming, the story of fast food is the story of postwar America. Fast Food Nation is a groundbreaking work of investigation and cultural history that may change the way America thinks about the way it eats.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Should be required reading for all

  • By Bruce on 01-03-05

Eye-opening

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-07

Drawing on impressive reasearch, numerous interviews, and strong deduction, Scholsser paints a picture of a world forever transformed by a fast food industry that has exploded from its humble beginnings to near world domination. While Schlosser at times seems to decry progress in general, there is little doubt that most of his conclusions are accurate if occasionally overstated. But far from a diatribe against fast food, Schlosser presents the facts in a relatively even-handed manner. Unfortunately, Rick Adamson's narration often drips with cynicism even where none seems warranted by the text. At other times he'll dramatically under-emphasize the kicker of an anecdote. He has a good voice, and in general he does a good job, but I've heard better. And it's a shame, a blemish on this otherwise solid work.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful