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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

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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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    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 61 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher SOMERS, MT, United States 07-21-07
    Christopher SOMERS, MT, United States 07-21-07 Member Since 2006
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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".

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mike M. 06-04-06
    Mike M. 06-04-06 Listener Since 2005
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    "Employ these principles"

    I will admit this audiobook can be a little dry in spots but I must encourage anyone who reads it to practice the principled habits and see how it changes your life. Spend a month practicing each habit and you will see your leadership skills develop. Covey is a bit different from other self development authors because he leaves more to the imagination between the principles and how you choose to practice them. It can make the book more challenging to get through but if you stay on course, it's very rewarding. And I must recommend reviewing the book and chapters with a friend, spouse, or coworker. It can create a very encouraging environment. If you do find yourself stuck between the principles and practices, read Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People"; A fantastic book which lists many methods based on the axioms Covey talks about in this book. I hope this review helps.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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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    Thomas Sandy, UT, USA 04-07-05
    Thomas Sandy, UT, USA 04-07-05
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    "Great Principles!"

    I love this book. Steven Covey does a great job at identifying what is important in life and also does a wonderful job at showing the reader how to aply the habits to thier own life. Great book! A must Read!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Portland, OR, USA 02-16-05
    Ron Portland, OR, USA 02-16-05
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    "Life changing"

    What a great book. I've enjoyed listening to Dr. Covey speak. It's almost like we developed a friendship. I'm quoting him all of the time. This book is incredible... now if only I can live up to this standard!

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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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    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.

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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.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    USMarine 12-11-08
    USMarine 12-11-08
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    "Master Piece"

    For those of you who wrote negativity about this book, it's because you are not smart enough the get it. This book will change you at home and work. Every employee at my company has read or listened to this book. We now all agree that we have created a second home, at our office. It will change your life with no religion involved.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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  • Philip
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    "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!

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Michael O.
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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
  • Martin
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    "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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  • Paulo Matos
    Cambridge, UK
    11/25/13
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    "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.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Jarrow, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom
    3/13/11
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    "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!

    19 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"

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

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Joe
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    "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.

    79 of 118 people found this review helpful
  • Neil
    Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
    4/11/09
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    "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.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Conrad
    Mitcham, United Kingdom
    6/7/11
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    "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

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    chipnallUnited Kingdom
    3/10/11
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    "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.

    33 of 52 people found this review helpful

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