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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.

©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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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 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Ron
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • 02-16-05

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!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Worth it, if you pay attention

I think this book is excellent!! It took me some time to start really processing what Covey was saying. Some of the concepts are not trivial and it takes a lot of attention to really make sense of them. However, I felt this was well worth the effort. My life will be changed dramatically because of this book.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • Chaoyang District, BeijingChina
  • 11-16-08

very disappointing

I wish I had purchased the abridged version. Covey has a cloying, patronizing style and he takes ages to actually say anything. This seems to contradict the essence of a highly effective person. I could have read the book several times over in the time he took to get through the first part. Buried in all of this verbosity are some good points, but the chances are you'll be so bored you'll miss them. The audio version of this book is a major disappointment. Because he refers to diagrams and breaks the subject matter done into sub-sections, it may make better sense to read the book - skipping over the twaddle - in order to distill the parts that are of value.

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Eduarda
  • Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • 08-17-08

Too spiritual

If you're not religious and don't have (and don't want to have) kids, this book won't be for you. Lots of examples related to family, children and god. I found it too 'spiritual' for me. Anyway, in general the book has some good sections which can be applied to any sort of situation.

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  • Lawrence
  • Co.Donegal, N/A, Ireland
  • 04-11-05

Snooze.

I'm not saying that this isn't a good book or that the principals are flawed because they aren?t - in principal it is a good book but the presentation is mind numbingly boring and it is simply too long. After a whole six hours we had just got to habit 3 and I just couldn?t take another six hours. Having said this I?ll probably buy the abridged edition and try again.

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Voice puts me to sleep

The narration makes it difficult for me to sit through. I will need to buy the book and read it on my own. This purchase was a waste for me due to the narrator. Very monotone.

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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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Saju
  • MumbaiIndia
  • 08-07-08

Excellent book

One of the best book I have ever read.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

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It was ok

It was a good book. Interesting read. It just sounded too much reference to religion and God.

8 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-27-17

life changing

Life changing book. I encourage all to spare enough time to read it. Happy reading

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-23-17

Great concepts- difficult to follow

Excellent ideas. A bit heavy to follow. Not sure if it is suitable material for audio book. It needs thinking over presented ideas.

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  • Doc Martin
  • 11-07-17

great book for business and relationships.

Fantastic values and principles on how to conduct yourself in general in any situation. examples and story can be a bit long winded though

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-02-17

Genuinely life changing lessons

The first meaningful 'self-help' book I have read that is much more than a puffed up magazine article. Deep, meaningful and important. Everyone should read this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-23-17

A book that keeps on giving!

I will definitely listen to The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People many more times!

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  • A. S. Wade
  • 10-13-17

life changing

I will re listen to this many times and have bought the paperback too I have found it so good. Read it. You won't be disappointed!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-09-17

Life lessons for everyone - a must-read!

I have known about this book for quite a few years, but never got around to reading (listening to) it, as I thought it would be filled with quick fixes.

I am so glad that I finally did! Nothing about this book is shallow or short-term. It's deep, profound, long-term and (potentially) life-changing. Both theory and practical examples are beautifully laid out, and the narration is fantastic which makes it even easier to get excited and take it all in.

Some of the habits I realised that I was already practicing and it's great to get reaffirmation that they work. Others were new to me and I've already started applying them both in my professional and personal life.

I can't recommend this book highly enough! Read it!

Ps. Just one note on the criticism from some people about Stephen being religious and that some of his advice is linked to that. I myself am an atheist and still had no problem with that at all. Just substitute the religious aspect to something that matters to you. For me personally, that something is connecting with nature.

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  • Gary
  • 10-08-17

could be summarised more

good content but too much detail. would have been easier to digest if was more summarised

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  • Will
  • 10-06-17

5 stars apart from the God bits.

Would have given 5 stars overall, but it came across a bit preachy in certain parts.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-31-17

good book referred by guru

aftet I achieved successful in life and personal, I referred to everyone in the world.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-12-17

OK

it's an OK book, bit too snobbishly written for my liking, seems to right winged if you know what I mean

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  • Nicholas
  • 05-17-17

Most impactful book I've ever read

Will change you way the view the world and your life in it. Read this.

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  • Lorraine Hughes
  • 04-05-17

Gave up

Really couldn't relate to this book and I have given up. Not very relevant and didn't like the constant use of repeated examples

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  • Trevor
  • 05-31-16

great read and very inspiring.

let the journey to a fulfilling and productive life continue. The path is made much clearer by adhering to the words in this book.

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  • Richard
  • 06-10-15

I wish I'd read/listened to this sooner!

Fantastic book and still highly relevant despite its age. It's one to listen to more than once.

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  • Brad
  • 03-05-15

Seriously changed my mindset!

you will probably read a review like this often, but... It has changed my life!!

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  • Jamie
  • 02-11-15

Excellent

Great audible book. Stephen Covey is incredible. I have learnt so much in such a short timeframe. Looking forward to re listening.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Michel Tadebois
  • 05-12-15

A must read

Stephen Covey provides invaluable insight into living life to the fullest.. A must read for anyone who wants a better happier life. A true life changing experience

0 of 2 people found this review helpful