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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

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"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is by now one of the best-selling books of all time." (Fortune)

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Too much fluff

Generally a good book, but contains too much fluff. Could have been a lot more leaner, while still providing the same values. A great book to hear though.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Poorly Edited

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Love the book. Alas, THIS audibook is poorly edited. At around 1:30 mark, it jumps from middle of chapter 1 to middle of chapter 7. Haven't listened further yet. Will modify review if/when I find further discrepancies.

18 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Jim
  • Murphy, TX, USA
  • 06-07-08

One of the all-time classics

Dr Covey is a man of character and demonstrates that in his book. I read this book several years ago and loaned it to someone but never got it back. I've been traveling a lot lately and decided to download this to listen to while traveling and really enjoyed the refresher. Key points that really hit home around Win-Win or Walk Away resonated with me again and the key points to business and personal relationships really renewed my perspectives.
I would have preferred this book not be so long, 11 hours is a bit much and possibly could have been condensed but I'd be afraid it would lose its impact. Regardless, great book but misses 5 stars for me for length.

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  • Sunil
  • Ypsilanti, MI, USA
  • 05-21-05

Mind Expanding!!

If you are looking for a simple, linear formula to fast success, this is not your book. However, if you are convinced that sustainable success cannot be realized through a singularly direct approach, this book can provide the necessary foundation. The religious references do not suggest that God is the key to success. They are provided as examples for developing a solid internal foundation on the road to external success.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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7 Habits

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.

24 of 30 people found this review helpful

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monotone narration

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

48 of 61 people found this review helpful

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Restoring the character ethic -- A must read!

The release of this first unabridged audio edition of "The 7 Habits" could not have happened at a better (or worse) time.

The time-honored principles so marvelously organized by Dr. Covey cover every faith and philosophy, where principle-centered treatment of and respect for all people are at their very core.

Every person who is a manager or leader should read (listen to) this book. The book's original subtitle, "Restoring the character ethic," is the best way to overcome the problems that have happened in recent years with accounting scandals and other violations of trust that companies and other organizations have inflicted upon their stakeholders.

Recommended reading/listening:

1) All of Dr. Covey's subsequent books that go into greater depth about each one of the seven habits.

2) Dr. Covey's long-awaited follow-up to this work, "The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness," which adds a higher dimension to effectiveness, as he mentions in the updated afterword of this edition of "The 7 Habits".

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Most insightful book

It is a wonderful feeling to come across a book where you feel that you really got your money's worth and that you really are learning something new and exciting that would greatly improve the way you think and live. Dr. Covey really got me thinking about so many things that I could really improve on and just what he said about not "getting in the thick of thin things" alone is worth every penny. I want to be a better husband and a better father to my children and strongly believe following the principals he identified will greatly help me achieve that.

50 of 64 people found this review helpful

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LIFE CHANGING

I have listened to this one over a dozen times and can't get enough. The material is easy to understand but so challenging that you must listen several times to even start to take it all it. Dr. Covey's book has helped me double my income in 18 months and has helped me improve my marriage tremendously with habit 5. By far the best program I have ever listened too!

92 of 120 people found this review helpful

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  • J
  • 08-14-13

A great book to read again and again

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It is very easy to follow book and sets the stage for action. If you want to change for the better this book will help you in the right direction.

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  • Martin
  • 01-14-14

Brilliant book, but a bit lengthy

What did you like best about The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People? What did you like least?

Some great ideas & concepts in this book, but far too long for my liking. Much prefer the abridged version. All of the ideas with less of the analogies.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Painfully slow for me!

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  • Neil
  • 04-11-09

If only Stephen hadn't read it!

No doubt an excellent `book`, the Seven Habits are acclaimed in albeit every circle of management through to personal improvement program titles, the problem with this specific version is that it has been read by the author. Stephen?s voice is mind numbing to say the least; I keep finding myself so very easily distracted and simply unable to follow this one. The man?s tone is monotone and I find his pace constant and rather dry. Unlike most books I?ve listened to where the author self reads ? which often I think enhances, this is clearly the exception to the rule. Someone should have listened to this and said, it would be better read with some enthusiasm, tone and variance. For me no doubt the title itself is more than worth a read, and I probably will `read` it, but the book is only given a 2 out of 5 by myself given the production of it?s audio version.

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  • Paulo Matos
  • 11-25-13

Crappy self-help book unbacked by evidence

What disappointed you about The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People?

This is a seriously bad self-help book.

7 Habits of Highly Effective people. Who are the highly effective people? Where is the evidence that this helps at all?

It's also full of religious munbo-jumbo. At one point he says he prayed for his son with his wife to help with his son's issues. Really? Is that an habit of highly effective people? I doubt it.

This is the authors truly biased view of what the world should do with advice coming directly from a modern version of the people but disguised enough that's not 'in your face'.

Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen R. Covey again?

No.

What three words best describe Stephen R. Covey’s performance?

Biased, poor and boring.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • 03-13-11

awful

Nothing wrong with the book or the habits but this audio book has a crucial flaw - its read by the author who just isn't up to the job in my humble opinion. A few other reviewers mention this also so you've been warned!

20 of 29 people found this review helpful

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  • searl
  • 08-27-17

great book I will need to read it regularly

as I am reading my mind wanders into all the ways I can implement positive changes in my life so I will need to keep re reading this book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Gavin U
  • 08-17-17

No need to review. It's life changing

Most of the world seems to know already, but I just discovered this book. Totally life changing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris G
  • 07-25-17

Great Book!

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This is a great book, very well read by the author. I highly recommend it!

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  • Michael O.
  • 12-24-15

Great book, insightful

How strange. A writer who is a Christian who writes a book based around "fundamental principals" mentions his faith briefly (and is inclusive of other faiths and none). Those who dismiss this book on that fact alone have missed out. Their loss. Contrary to some others I like his narration as well. maybe it is because I am British, but I found it a measured and steady delivery for what is quite a long listen.

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  • Philip
  • 05-17-13

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!

11 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • 01-25-13

A book to live by!

I skim read this years ago when it was first released, thought it definitely had the right maxims for living effectively. Sadly, I had little time to go back and reread it. With my long commutes, it was great to revisit this unabridged version and really try to understand the essence of what Covey conveys. A great shame that he passed away last year as I would have liked to have met the man himself.

Well worth listening to several times.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-19-17

excellent

Great book. couldn't stop listening as soon i started. the lessons learned are totally universal and are sure to help anyone reading

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ally
  • 09-13-17

Amazing!

I will listen to this over and over! So many nuggets to implement. Loved it

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Chely
  • 08-31-17

Extraordinary resourcefulness!

Love it and enjoy every chapters of the book! I strongly recommend it!! It is a must for entrepreneurs, families and kids!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-31-17

loved it

a fantastic narration to a great book. i will be looking for more from Stephen Covey

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Joel
  • 07-30-17

Very long but very good!

I'm an imature mellenial and I loved this book. pehaps if it was a little bit shorter than I would read it once a month.

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  • Dan
  • 10-08-16

powerful life changing book

An essential book to read if you wish to thrive in this ever more competitive world.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • MRM
  • 01-12-18

great book!

awesome book and a must listen. the author has really done a great job in his audio adaption as well

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  • Dana Malcova
  • 12-16-17

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE FOR EVERY HUMAN

Stephen Covey was one of the most inspiring humans who ever lived. Feeling blessed to have been granted access to his interpretation of the essential principles for creating a unique purposeful life by leveraging our power from within. This is an ultimate must-read for every human - regardless where you come from and where you are going to.

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  • Jeremy
  • 10-03-17

A lot of fluffying but could be useful

The ideas in the book seemed to be considered but took along time to get to the point. It preached a lot of religious beliefs as an archetype of the perspective human which I did agree with.

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  • Samantha
  • 07-17-17

well written and delivered

well written and delivered by the author. my only criticism is it could have gone to a producer afterwards to take out some of the pops and hisses on p and S sounds.
otherwise it was fluid and continually made relevant to me.