We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Power of Habit Audiobook

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Regular Price:$28.00
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - Change is hard, or is it? In The Power of Habit, New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg examines just how people and institutions undergo transformation: by changing habits. Narrator Mike Chamberlain (Moonwalking with Einstein) brings just the right mix of objectivity and conviction for a fascinating, life-changing look on how to change. —Diana M.

Publisher's Summary

A young woman walks into a laboratory. Over the past two years, she has transformed almost every aspect of her life. She has quit smoking, run a marathon, and been promoted at work. The patterns inside her brain, neurologists discover, have fundamentally changed.

Marketers at Procter & Gamble study videos of people making their beds. They are desperately trying to figure out how to sell a new product called Febreze, on track to be one of the biggest flops in company history. Suddenly, one of them detects a nearly imperceptible pattern - and with a slight shift in advertising, Febreze goes on to earn a billion dollars a year.

An untested CEO takes over one of the largest companies in America. His first order of business is attacking a single pattern among his employees - how they approach worker safety - and soon the firm, Alcoa, becomes the top performer in the Dow Jones.

What do all these people have in common? They achieved success by focusing on the patterns that shape every aspect of our lives. They succeeded by transforming habits.

In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distill vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.

Along the way, we learn why some people and companies struggle to change, despite years of trying, while others seem to remake themselves overnight. We visit laboratories where neuroscientists explore how habits work and where, exactly, they reside in our brains. We discover how the right habits were crucial to the success of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and civil-rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr. We go inside Procter & Gamble, Target superstores, Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church, NFL locker rooms, and the nation’s largest hospitals, and see how implementing so-called keystone habits can earn billions and mean the difference between failure and success, life and death.

At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work.

Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

©2012 Charles Duhigg (P)2012 Random House, Inc.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (30758 )
5 star
 (18626)
4 star
 (8799)
3 star
 (2557)
2 star
 (491)
1 star
 (285)
Overall
4.4 (26192 )
5 star
 (15378)
4 star
 (7414)
3 star
 (2605)
2 star
 (539)
1 star
 (256)
Story
4.5 (26343 )
5 star
 (16553)
4 star
 (7141)
3 star
 (2061)
2 star
 (374)
1 star
 (214)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Amazon Customer 10-23-17 Member Since 2017
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "too much science"

    the concept sounded good and the general principle is a good one, but there is too much focus on science and not enough about how to put it into practice. I truly felt like the appendix might have been the most valuable part of the book. I know the science is important but I read the book to understand actually how to change and develop habits more than just the mental or neurological science behind them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kuanysh Jaxybayev 10-24-17 Member Since 2017
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A great read/listen, very well written."

    Apart from narrating, which seemed annoying at times, the book itself is a very insightful, almost scientific book on habits. The author does well by repeating the same idea of clue-routine-reward throughout the book without you getting bored of it. Excellent examples on how habits affect our everyday lives and those of companies. Gives an alternative view on things.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ivy 10-23-17
    Ivy 10-23-17 Member Since 2017
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    4
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "yes"

    This book has changed my life!!! This is the second time I've listened to it. First was 2 years ago. I can't imagine where I would be today without knowing the power of habits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Anonymous 10-21-17
    10-21-17 Member Since 2017
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "very helpful"

    Really Liked the content. A new way to think about not only my habits, good or bad, but those of my clients and my volunteer organization. Looking Forward to using the insight to do better in my life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jérôme 10-21-17
    Jérôme 10-21-17 Member Since 2017
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "This book will have a big impact on my life!"

    It was like eating a candy. So good!! I will do my best to apply what I learned in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    ReadRight 10-20-17
    ReadRight 10-20-17
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    9
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Invaluable resource!"

    I cannot say enough about the information contained in these pages. Mr. Duhigg did a great job in researching and presenting compelling evidence of the power of habit in our own lives and in those to whom we relate, whether individuals or corporations or even communities and societies. Whether you would like to have more insight into what drives YOU or how to help others, this book is a must read! Riveting!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sal D 10-19-17
    Sal D 10-19-17 Member Since 2017
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    13
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very insightful"

    interesting and educational. this book gives you the insight into what your habits are and how to approach changing them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 10-19-17 Member Since 2017
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    5
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent"

    Only annoyance is that the stories and examples are - for the most part - too gory and blunt, much more so than the absolute necessity. an amazing book with an overtone of melancholy:)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ninja Jaragua do Sul 10-19-17
    Ninja Jaragua do Sul 10-19-17 Member Since 2017
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "To open your mind "

    This is a great overview about a lot of real cases which can be understood by the habit science. Anyone can now start monitoring his own life to understand control bad habits as acquiring new ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Maria 10-18-17
    Maria 10-18-17
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    6
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "loved it!"

    gave me some valuable insight into the habit loop and how I can change. Definetly recommend..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.