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Publisher's Summary

This new audio set is a very special abridgement of two of Stephen R. Covey's best-selling business books, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 8th Habit, read by Dr. Covey himself. We've condensed the content of two entire books into just six hours of audio, but you'll still enjoy Dr. Covey's lessons on powerful personal change and how to incorporate his ideas into your life to fulfill your ultimate potential.

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"The 7 Habits have the gift of being simple without being simplistic." (M.Scott Peck)

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Great content, could be more engaging

Can get a bit slow at times but all in all a very interesting read.

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Chuckling or sighing

Would you listen to The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People & The 8th Habit (Special 6-Hour Abridgement) again? Why?

Maybe. I most likely will not listen to it within six months, but I may in the future to refresh what I heard if needed.

Any additional comments?

The chuckling or sighing is annoying. It is as if the reader either chuckling or sighing when he says something "amusing" in his mind. This takes away from the message which was delivered. However, I like the conversational style of delivering this message/book. I also enjoy the material covered.

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Useful and Engaging

Would you consider the audio edition of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People & The 8th Habit (Special 6-Hour Abridgement) to be better than the print version?

Not better. If you will only get one or the other, you need to get the book. However, using both print and audio is great.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. It is useful listening to a section and having some time to reflect before listening to the next section.

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  • Aleigh
  • MATTHEWS, NC, United States
  • 11-05-12

What a mess!

This audio book meanders all over the place and never gets to the point. With a specific title like this, I assumed it would be broken down into clear chapters and lessons; but no. This is a huge missed opportunity and a waste of time. He just goes on and on about "voice" and how contemporary companies are terrible for not letting people be their authentic selves. Very disappointed.

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  • Anthony
  • Rosamond, CA, United States
  • 10-02-12

Good but weak

What did you love best about The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People & The 8th Habit (Special 6-Hour Abridgement)?

Not woven too well. Hard to pick out the seven among the eighth habit even though I knew them well. It was more confusing than enlightening.

What did you like best about this story?

He attempted to add the seven habits and eighth together but just didn't pull it off as I expected.

What does Stephen R. Covey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice emphasizes points that he intended to make that you wouldn't read.

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

Put it all together from the seven and that's how you go from good to great. Mostly, find your voice so you can help others find theirs.

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Excellent as Covey used to be

Would you consider the audio edition of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People & The 8th Habit (Special 6-Hour Abridgement) to be better than the print version?

I read the 8th habit in print version but this audibook is a compilation of this book plus a walkthrough the other 7 habits. Thats why I enjoy it so much

What did you like best about this story?

The compilation and walk-through the 8 habits

Any additional comments?

Widely recommended

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  • Kriss
  • Boise, ID, United States
  • 08-15-12

Excellent Advice!!

If you could sum up The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People & The 8th Habit (Special 6-Hour Abridgement) in three words, what would they be?

Stephen Covey will remain a legend!! Even though he isn't around to continue adding to his infinite wisdom, his teachings will flutter through the minds for all eternity. Remarkable individual!!

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Great book

A must read for anyone interested in serious self-improvement, Covey in a very hands-on fashion shows how change is done - or done wrong.

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It surely helps me

I have some self-help books, but I only read them and did nothing. This book is a little bit difficult for me as my poor English skill, but I am sure those theories (habits) the author stated are "true" and help me lot!
I try to do what he mentioned step by step.

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BORING !

What did you like best about The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People & The 8th Habit (Special 6-Hour Abridgement)? What did you like least?

Oh. My. Goodness !!!! This 6 hour - yes, SIX HOUR - abridgement nearly killed me 35 minutes in. Mr. Covey is so excited about this 8th habit... but he surely doesn't get to the point. Do yourself a favor and: 1. go to a brick and mortar or Public Library 2. Peruse through a copy of this title, zeroing in on the table of contents. 3. Scan and return to the shelf.
God Bless us, every one!

What was most disappointing about Stephen R. Covey’s story?

Far too long for this subject matter.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen R. Covey?

No one should be subjected to reading this sleeper, unless he/she needs the money desperately.

What did you take away from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People & The 8th Habit (Special 6-Hour Abridgement) that you can apply to your work?

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