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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.

©2004 Franlkin Covey (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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  • J
  • 08-14-13

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.

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  • William
  • SALEM, OREGON, United States
  • 03-25-13

One of the best books on self improvement ever

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

The information is fairly intuitive when one thinks about it, but this book helps you see it clearly and how to apply it to your life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People?

The gap between stimulus and response (what changed Mr. Covey's life when he found that realization) as being the determinant of our power over our life, the four quadrants and the story of the rambunctious kids (Mr. Covey had thought that the dad was just not supervising them very well, but then came to find out that their mom had just passed away--Lesson, consider other circumstances that may be causing people to act a certain way, rather than immediately judging them for it). The use of the personal mission statement, and ensuring that it is aligned with your goals and that of the organization.

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

Slow, low-energy

What insight do you think you’ll apply from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People?

I already apply a lot of the principles and insights from this work to my life. In particular, staying conscious about the gap, the four quadrants, and aligning my mission statement to what I am trying to accomplish.

Any additional comments?

I can't recommend this book highly enough... I gave it overall a 5 stars only because I can't give it more...:)

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Out of Order!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Hey, this is a good book to digest. However, Part 1, was out of order. Here I am listening along to the intro, and all of a sudden it told me I was in the last chapter. Highly confusing.

Once I got to the meat of the 7 Habit Sandwich, it was really good info that I'd like to take home and work on. Stephen Covey has great information, however, his delivery was a little dry, and I would find myself in a daze. Better to listen to on a long walk than on a long commute.

Has The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People turned you off from other books in this genre?

Nope.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His delivery was dry.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Several things, especially about the time management.

Any additional comments?

I don't know how to fix it, or if it has happened to anyone else, but it downloaded out of order. So watch out for that.

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  • Dawn
  • Henrico, VA, United States
  • 10-05-12

Please Deliver Us From Author Readings!

What didn’t you like about Stephen R. Covey’s performance?

I have no doubt the content of this book is valuable, and I'll be finishing it in hard copy. The author-reader's delivery was just awful and, for my own sanity, I had to stop listening. Simple words were mispronounced (i.e., "picture" was spoken as "pitcher"). Cadence was choppy. Intonation was flat. But the last straw was the author-reader's announcement of "New Heading" at every transition. Even now, I cringe thinking about it. A more skilled reader would have been able to make those transitions without offering the listener a roadmap.

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  • Mijin
  • Seoul, Korea (South)
  • 12-12-10

Inspiring and awesome!

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!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • J
  • 10-28-09

Greatest management book ever written

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.

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  • Matthew
  • mantachie, MS, USA
  • 03-13-09

The Best Book I've ever read!

This book is Amazing, if your real with yourself and listen to what he is saying it will have an impact on you, for life, for the good. It has changed my life as well as my thinking of it. I'm 23 and I thank God I heard this before I got old and set in my thinking. I would honestly have to say this has to be one of the best books I've ever read!! I wouldn't trade anything for it! Thanks

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Amazing Insights

Just listening to this book once can help you be a better person. You find yourself incorporating many of the principles automatically from just having learned them. I am on my second time through it and plan to re-listen until I can master the principles. I can see how some might get board with the first part of the book, which helps prepare you for the principles taught later. If you're serious about improving yourself, your relationships, and those around you, (just from having known you), I would recommend this book.

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  • Patti
  • Chittenango, NY, United States
  • 04-02-06

Better To Read

Twenty years ago I bought an abridged audio-cassette version of this book and could not get through it. Yet over and over I would hear this information referenced, so I gave this version a try. I did listen the entire way through, and I am convinced of the value of the information, but I also need to say it would probably be better to have read the paper book.

Hearing a novel is different than listening to this type of information. I preferred having the author narrate it, as he best understands his points and examples. But it was awkward to hear "new heading" when I wanted to see how one section ended or connected to another section.

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  • Rick
  • Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • 03-14-06

Paradigm

I first heard about this program from a millionaire investor, who was holding a seminar (3day $2400!)he refered to this book many times, it almost seemed to be his religion. I had just received my complimentary 1/2 month subscription a week before, and had recalled seeing many versions of this on audible. At lunch on the final day I asked him for advice and he promptly told me to read this book... whatever, I go to this site and read the reviews - they were so dissapointing I almost didnt get it. so I got the 1 hour abridged version - amazing. I debated the 7th or 8th as my next purchase. 1 review said that the 8th 'rehashed' the seven habits, so I purchased that one. I listened to 2 hours and skipped through the rest of the chapter listening briefly to get the gist ...no mention of the seven habits... I was so dissapointed. I went and purchased the 7 habits (although I was worried that it would be a disapointment). I was worried abut Coveys naration, because a review mentioned this as an annoyance. I was worried I would feel ripped off like I do after buying so so many books, and because some of the reviews said so ...But knowing how much faith the investor put into this work I purchased it. This is what I learned. 1)Stephen narrates this book with passion and meaning, this makes the difference betwen effective and greatness. 2)This book has impacted me like no other book before, yes its common knowledge - but no its not. 3)The whole foundation of that seminar was built on this book! ...My advice to you - blah make your own decision. I, myself am sure(darn)happy I took that chance. I guess it all depends on your paradigm. Goodluck!

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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.

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  • Joe
  • 08-25-10

Terrible pop psychology for Christians.

One of the most awful personal development books I've ever read (listened to), I'd give it zero stars but I don't think that's an option. I knew it was going to be bad as soon as he brought God into the equation; speaking as an Atheist I'm not looking to link my personal development with religious values or beliefs. This aside I think the book was supposed to be full of pithy insightful anecdotes that gave you those 'Aha' moments. You'll hear how the supply of golden eggs will dry up if you don't also maintain the goose, how you can't be a concert pianist without starting as a beginner and going through each stage of development and how your lawnmower will only last half as long if not properly maintained...Genius but what could he mean? Only goes to prove one of my long held views that book sales and popularity are no guarantee of quality. Big mistake buying this one; in future I shall continue to subscribe to the school of contrary public opinion. Buy at your peril or if in early developmental stages.

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  • Conrad
  • 06-07-11

Nothingness

Definitely the worst ever Audio book ever! Boring, badly read with a poor or non thesis throughout. He has no referential material to back up his claims that influential people use these habits. He only references his children. Oh it's so bad

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  • Richard
  • 03-10-11

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

In the first half hour I was surprised and disappointed the author matched ideal human principles to those of god, and described using faith and prayer to help him and his wife understand and maintain those principles.
I wanted sensible advice, not a lesson in spirituality. This discredited the author as a serious teacher for me.
I didn't see any warning of this in the synopsis, nor on wikipedia. This title should also be included in the spiritual and religion sections. Beware.

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  • stuart
  • 05-08-13

Awful narration!!!

I would like to have been able to have listen to this book for longer than 30 minutes but Covey's narration is so awful I just couldn't bare to listen a second longer. I found his voice so annoying and his tone so condescending that I wanted to pelt my phone out of a window.

This is such a shame as the book has very good reviews from other people who obviously were not as irritated by Covey's voice as I was.

Make sure you listen to the sample first is all I'll say with this one!

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  • 10-11-10

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Everyone to listen to this! most enlightening book and author.

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  • George
  • 05-24-11

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

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  • Carl B.
  • 02-20-18

Amazing

Eye opening. I was able to understand the types of negative and positive people that have passed through my life. I could never I stand some types of people and why they do thing( that was because we look through different lenses and huge factor of how much pi we have and are aware of)
This book has changed my perception and given me a sense of understanding for people that have many negative centres.
Thank you.

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  • Dan
  • 02-12-18

Way too religious to be effective.not a fan

as a secular person, I do not wish to hear about the mantras of any faith to be effective, it was misleading and didn't open up about the preaching until I was already underway into the listen. I usually give positive feedback but between the droning voice and the affliction towards being faithful to a deity, it was upsetting to consider that I wanted to improve upon myself and not hold a blind opinion I know you can learn from religious beliefs but it is not my desire to change my own in order to become effective? I have had many good books on here but this is the worst one for me to date. I'm now on the hunt for a better one, the organized mind was good without having to throw a belief at you every chapter. each to their own but label it as such rather than misleading others for thinking it's a productive cycle. granted there are aspects of many religions that may actually help but not believing that it's the will of someone else that will get you to be effective... that is the opposite of what people looking at the title are trying to achieve (betterment for their own purposes.)

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  • Emeka Ofokansi
  • 02-07-18

Great revelations

Easy to understand and very practicable. Enjoyed every bit of the book. Great composition and execution.

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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.

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  • Luke
  • 07-10-17

very inspirational read.

i hope i can live by these principles and follow the 7 habits of effectiveness

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-10-17

Excellent book.

Fantastic content. A true "must read" book. Highly recommend this to anyone in business or anyone who wants to become more effective.

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  • BradM
  • 07-08-17

Interesting but a bit heavy going

Lots of different concepts being discussed. some I was famiar with, others not as much. I will have to listen to it a few times I think ro take it all in.

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  • Lance
  • 07-06-17

Quality read!

Wonderful wonderful book! A guide to an effective and full life. Thank you very much for this!

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  • Alexander
  • 05-09-17

A non religious Bible.

This book is huge but so rewarding, heavy but interesting. I recommend reading small parts bit by bit; you will absorb the information more thoroughly. This is a personal development Bible. Study it, read it like a textbook, not a novel, to gain the most wisdom possible.

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  • Morgana
  • 05-08-17

This took a while...

I absolutely loved the content, this is a valuable resource to keep calling upon throughout your entire life. Mr Covey had a couple of speech quirks that I found distracting (may he rest in peace), but otherwise it was an awesome ride.

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  • Sam
  • 04-22-17

boring and overrated.

this was the most long winded book ever. couldn't finish it. so bored with his monotone out of date style.

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  • Melanie
  • 03-17-17

Life-changing book

This is a life-changing book, capable of transforming your relationships, your work practices, your habits - if you'll let it. However, if you don't apply the principles taught, the most you will get out of this book is some nice ideas.