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Publisher's Summary

Stephen Covey shows you how to apply the acclaimed 7 Habits to the unique circumstances of your family. You'll learn to establish a proven and successful principle-centered framework to build strong family relationships and develop a common language so family members better understand each other.

©1997 Franklin Covey Co.

Critic Reviews

"The ever-present conflict between professional life and family life is addressed...through an excellent blend of principle, common sense, and example. Success is possible in both with the proper sense of priority and balance." (Donald G. Soderquist vice chairman and C.O.O., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.)
"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families inspires us to create extraordinary family relationships, and provides the practical insights to do it." (John Gray, author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus)

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Abridged Vs. UnAbridged

When wanting to address family issues, does one want go about it half-effort by reading the abridged version. It would be great if there was an audio version of the full text.

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What would have made The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families better?

I've read this book before. It was so powerful I wanted to revisit it's teachings again. The abridged version left much to be desired. I felt the potent message was lost. I'll have to dig out the book read it cover-to-cover over the summer.

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Please ask the Covey Institute to record an unabridged version.

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I recommend this highly

Since I didn't grow up in a home with these principles, it was indeed benificial to me as a parent to listen to Covey's teaching of these "7 habits" and give numerous applications and illustrations (from his own family as well as others), giving me mental images to work with. I'd already been exposed to his original 7 habits book, but this one wasn't a waste. This listen was worth the time and is already making a difference in my family.

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Abridged Books Should be Banned from Audible

Loved the book, but listening to it felt a little like being a tourist on a subway that continually goes through tunnels. Just as you are settling into ruminating and savoring the points given by Covey the chapter abruptly stops and moves on to the next point. I was looking for the full audio version of the book but could only find the abridged version. I felt like I missed so much of the essence of the book by not being able to listen to the full elaboration of each chapter.

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Not his best.

Not as inspiring as some of his other work. Regular musical interludes do give time for one to ponder on the issues in question; but Dr. Covey's presentation is a little overbearing and serious. Slightly disappointing.

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Great summary of the habits applied to familylife

I really like this audiobook and wish the unabridged version had been available in audio. I have previousy listened to several of Steven Coveys books and think this one gave a good summary of the 7 principles of effectiveness. The only thing I think is slightly negative is that Covey in most cases uses the same axamples as he uses in earlier books. As one who listens a lot to his teaching it would have given me a new dimention to get "fresh" examples to reflect on.

All in all this audio inspires me and give practical advice to be a better and more understanding parent; to build the "familyteam" :-)

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Not like the book

This seems to be abridged. Also, my listening comprehension skills are lacking... But I'm not sure what any of the seven habits are by listening to a quarter of the book. Just seems like a lot of quotes

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This was SOOOOOO repetitive

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Some new information. I read the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and it was amazing. I was looking for additional insight and applications when I chose this book. All the examples were exactly the same as the in the original book with very little new information. The only way this book makes sense is if you have not read the first book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen R. Covey again?

I don't know. I was craving more based on the first book but this one was such a letdown.

How could the performance have been better?

It didn't seem genuine. In his effort to be sincere, it sounded almost fake.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families?

All of it. I would have added some new stories, ways of applying the 7 habbits.

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I really felt this was a wast of money if you read the original book. TOO much repetition.

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I have learned so much

I have learned so much like he was teaching me this is a must read

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Life changing

A must read if you want to have a successful home Ave relationship with your children.

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  • 01-23-20

Book for different people

Boring. sometimes advices on how to apply different techniques how to share the car for driving, something about sharing house and mortgage and what to do when you have new member in the house aka the child. Nothing special. I was concerned what is inside of it. Perhaps some package yet coming. Sounds like scary scenario of the family relationships Norhing usefuliur in this book. My impression is only good if you have a car and can go around then it's something for me otherwise no value for me. Not true a lot of things and a lot of things has never happened in my life so no comparison.

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  • Ana Jimenez
  • 09-25-19

Great book

I read the 7 habits of highly effective people years ago, when in university and I thought this could not be better than that. The thing is that it goes around the same concept, but now as I am a mum of four has given me a refocus of those same concepts into my family relationships.
Worth reading.

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  • Andrea S.
  • 01-15-19

Brilliant!

Finally a book on practical advice in how to create a great family relantionship, family mission and develop skills and atributes to enrich every member of the family!

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  • attila csaji
  • 10-08-17

learning living with family in the best way

learned a lot from this audio. listening to it 3rd time and will listen again.

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  • MARIA'S ANDROID DEVICE
  • 10-26-16

amazing Mr Covey

I am keeping the book as a personal bible.
I used to suggest this book to all the relatives and friends.

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  • leah thomas
  • 06-19-21

Some of the best advice for families I've heard.

It got me in the first 5 minutes, never give up on your family. keep showing up, keep actively listening, keep working on your own emotions, keep being gutsy. Every family's bible.

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  • rjp
  • 02-18-17

practical

loved it. so many wise and practical anecdotes that will be used in our family

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