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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Audiobook

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

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Publisher's Summary

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.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

© and (P)2004 FranklinCovey

What the Critics Say

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

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    Mr. M Metwally 05-27-05 Listener Since 2003
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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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    Jim Murphy, TX, USA 06-07-08
    Jim Murphy, TX, USA 06-07-08 Member Since 2016
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    "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.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Hugh 03-14-08
    Hugh 03-14-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Solid Principle Based Content"

    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.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Sunil Ypsilanti, MI, USA 05-21-05
    Sunil Ypsilanti, MI, USA 05-21-05
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    "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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    cpmis 12-16-04
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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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    MJC 02-11-13
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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.


    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    matthew williams 04-12-09 Member Since 2013
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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

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    KIMBERLY_KINDLE MITCHELL 10-24-04 Listener Since 2004
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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!

    91 of 118 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 04-23-17
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 04-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I did not expect to like this book"

    I really did not expect to like this book. I generally find the self help genre weak and I expected this title to be one more christian based positive thinking book. There is a tiny bit of faith-based stuff in the afterward, but it strives to be any-god-will-do. Mostly it is detailed, ordered, steps to, over time, improve your effectiveness.

    The Seven Habits (plus the new eighth one) are:
    Be Pro-Active, Set Goals, Prioritize, Think Win-Win, Listen, Synergize, Maintain, & Inspire
    This list seems a bit trite, but the author takes care to build each concept upon another. It is more realistic than most self-help books and does not promise a quick fix, or riches, or power, it instead suggests an effective pattern for somewhat steady improvement. This system goes beyond having a "open mindset" to having an "abundance mindset". This does not mean an abundance of stuff, but noticing that many situations are not zero-sum, and that win-win net-positive situations are often, if not almost always, possible.

    Of course doing all the things the author suggests is non-trivial, but they are generally good suggestions for making progress once you are committed to change.

    The writing and narration is quite clear, folksy, and pleasant, and far from the exuberance of some books in this genre. Some may find the folksiness a bit slow and boring, try speeding it up.

    BTW - some reviews mention chapter ordering issues that seem to have been fixed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J 08-14-13
    J 08-14-13
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    "A great book to read again and again"
    Where does The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Margaret
    morpeth, northumberland, United Kingdom
    4/27/10
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    "The message is simple"

    Like others on here I initially found the voice monotone and dry with none of the usual punch and uplift found in other personal improvement readings. But on reflection I think that this bland style works better in the long run. It allows you to listen, really listen to what he is saying rather than be short term uplifted. A long book taken at what seems a leisurely pace but I do not think it could have been shortened and still get the message across. This is a casserole not a microwave meal.

    30 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    waterlooville, hampshire, United Kingdom
    8/20/09
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    "good stuff"

    i thought this was interesting and useful book. The behaviours (habits) make alot of sense
    It is a tad preachy at the end. If your in a toss up between this and how to win friends and influence people i think the later is better

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Triplecat
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    1/23/09
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    "Highly recommended."

    I'd known about this book for a long time and it was always on my list of books to read (listen to). I found the 7 habits fascinating. The age of the book does come across and it is a little preachy but Stephen Covey's research, conclusions and insights are staggering in their depth. Although you come away feeling that a lot of what he says is common sense, the vast majority of people, including myself, would never think in those terms. Stephen unravels what it is to be human and how to make the most of that gift. I can't believe anyone listening could fail to benefit hugely from the experience.

    33 of 36 people found this review helpful
  • Stair
    Northumberland, UK
    5/23/12
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    "Get over the hangup - does NOT push religion"

    There are a few reviewers who have written off the book because the author happens to merely mention - in one sentence in the prologue - that he is a Christian. Surely the problem is no more than if he had mentioned being an atheist? - Anyway it is irrelevant to the content of the book and has no bearing on the concept, which is well researched and solid. The author has presented to boards of directors of major international companies and organisations and they wouldn't buy into crap and this is in no way wishy-washy or spiritual, the principles are well set out and argued.
    I let the voice - which some may find jarring - pass over me and listened to the content which was what I bought it for after all.
    Very insightful and well organised.
    As an open minded individual - as far as one may be - why are so many people so touchy as to junk an entire book that is well reviewed by many business leaders and thinkers (and others) simply because an author mentions that he/she has a belief system? Very odd methinks...perhaps there may be something in it. Must look deeper myself perhaps - shall look in the relevant Audible category for a scholarly work without a strong agenda in either direction methinks! - Any suggestions anyone?

    54 of 60 people found this review helpful
  • Leon
    Chippenham, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
    6/16/06
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    "7 Habits, constructive change not quick-fix"

    I took the time to listen to the unabridged version. Audible could do with reviewing the encoding but other than that the book was excellent.

    This book is required reading for managers in the 21st century as is the 8th habit. This was an easy listen (even the unabridged version) and Stephen Covey is a great narrator. I'd recommend this book to all.

    71 of 82 people found this review helpful
  • Atif
    East ham, London, United Kingdom
    3/23/11
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    "Helped me focus on who I am"

    brilliant book.Layed out principles that are common for all people and essential for success. it helped me to re-focus on what is important for me in life and how to reprioritise my life around my principals.
    A must listen for anyone and everyone

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom
    8/2/07
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    "Life changing"

    You can now have your cake and eat it. Having read a lot of management books, this is the one that will change your outlook on family and work. You will learn over time to do things differently and take control of those aspects of your life that at the moment might be controlling you.
    The book is very readable and listening to Stephen Covey is even better.

    34 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • bookwormbadger
    Gloucestershire
    3/18/11
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    "A great listen"

    A very empowering book with lots of easy to do, useful ideas for leading a happier, more fulfilling life. Well worth a listen.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    SixmilecrossUnited Kingdom
    4/13/10
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    "Must Read"

    If you have not yet read this book then you really should. It has been very influential and contains a wealth of ideas. If you only read one personal development book it should be this one. The audio book is well read by the author and is easy to follow and quite entertaining.

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Michael O.
    12/24/15
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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