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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best seller - over 40 million copies sold

The number one Most Influential Business Book of the 20th century

One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated listeners for nearly three decades. It has transformed the lives of presidents and CEOs, educators and parents - millions of people of all ages and occupations. Now, this 30th anniversary edition of the timeless classic commemorates the wisdom of the 7 Habits with modern additions from Sean Covey. The 7 Habits have become famous and are integrated into everyday thinking by millions and millions of people. Why? Because they work! 

With Sean Covey’s added takeaways on how the habits can be used in our modern age, the wisdom of the 7 Habits will be refreshed for a new generation of leaders. They include: 

Habit 1: Be Proactive 

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind 

Habit 3: Put First Things First 

Habit 4: Think Win/Win 

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood 

Habit 6: Synergize 

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw 

This beloved classic presents a principle-centered approach for solving both personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and practical anecdotes, Stephen R. Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity - principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates. 

©2002 Franklin Covey Co.

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"When Stephen Covey talks, executives listen." (Dun's Business Month)

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Doesn't replace the book

I often choose audio books because they're books I want to read but haven't yet. "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" is one of those books; I have the book at home, but got busy and haven't yet read beyond the first few chapters.

This was also my first abridged audio book, and in retrospect I would have saved my money and made more time to read the original book; this abridged recording doesn't do the book justice.

The author's reading is only so-so. He reads with many pauses -- probably done to emphasize thoughts and ideas -- but rather than add to the material they just interrupt it a lot.

There are also musical "interludes" between chapters read by a second reader -- a "host" if you will -- that remind me of those TV shows that open with "When we last saw our hero..." This device doesn't always work for TV shows, and I don't think it works here; it just serves as another interruption.

The book version of "The 7 Habits" has diagrams that help illustrate points, and although I'm sure this audio book contains the essence of the book, it's definitely more a supplement than a replacement for it -- I'd recommend spending your money on a hard copy.

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helpful, but...

Covey's book may very well be the best advice book ever written, but I found it un-listenable. I gave up very early in the book. He would have better served his audiobook audience by hiring a professional reader.

I have not had the privilege of attending a lecture or symposium given by him, so I can't relate this recording to his live performance. This book does not lend itself to the live-recording medium. It must be delivered with feeling and understanding by someone experienced in recording written works.

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must read

5/5 on content..although author speaks little slow and monotonously..you can make up for it by listening at 1.25x

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This is well done

I read the book several years ago. As one who usually does not like abridged titles, I was presently surprised that this recording had enough to fulfill my expectations. It was a good review for me and provided some key concepts to remember and adapt.

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I've read the book, use this as a refresher!

I've read the book a few years ago and intended to get this audiobook as a refresher, or should I say, to sharpen my saw. I find it interesting how I've missed out on some of the important points in the book. The print version carries plenty of life learning experiences, both from his own and from others. This audiobook carries with it a good concised lot of those experiences.

The piano musical pieces that fill gaps (that allow listeners to write things down) are a little annoying. Imagine listening through that while driving, even if it's 10 seconds. But, that's just me.

Other than that, I find this a pretty darn good abridged version, that is highly suitable to anyone who wish to renew their efforts to become more effective. As for the first-timers of The 7 Habits, I'd say, try the un-abridged version. You can't be efficient and effective at the same time. Read the book, or listen to the unabridged version, and you'll know what I mean.

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Life changing!

This is an excellent audiobook. The 7 habits are timeless principles and I found all of them true! Covey is doing an excellent job with describing a way to turn our life around. I bought the cassettes 5 years ago at Borders at the WTC and I've listened to it around 20 times! It's rich! It's inspiring! It's true! Covey is one of the great men of our time!

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  • 02-19-19

heavy on southern values

this book is written heavily from the perspective of a southern white Christian grandfather. the opinions and perspectives within are sometimes wise, and other times painfully narrow minded for lack of a diverse perspective. this book is only valuable to someone who thinks life should have a purpose or that a person's greatest aspiration should be to contribute to society.

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Totally different from the book read

Nothing but a summarization broken them in sections with stupid music nobody wants to hear that you want to meat of the matter.

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Not practical

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

practical habits that I can train on having them and that i would see the result

Would you be willing to try another one of Stephen R. Covey’s performances?

no because is this his best selling book, so i dont expect other books to be any better

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

the annoying and unrelated instrumental sounds with annoying high volume compared to when he speaks

Any additional comments?

unhelpful, find something else, i wish i could return the audiobook and get a refund

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  • BC
  • 11-30-07

Good Lessons, painful to listen to

Strong lessons for certain types of people. However, the reader is painful to listen to, the music is odd and this could probably be condensed into bullet/subullet form and should only take about 2 pages to go through.

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  • Dawn
  • 05-20-10

A great refresher of a great book

Having read 'The 7 Habits' many years ago I was keen to get a refresher and this does the job superbly. It would also work well as an introduction to Stephen R. Covey and the 7 habits.

Covey has edited the key points from each of the 7 habits and delivers the book in his characteristic fashion. There are some folksy stories to illustrate points, a dash of humour, and plenty of thought- and action-provoking material.

The 7 habits are often quoted, particularly on juggling priorities and tasks, yet this audiobook reminded me that much of what Covey is dealing with works at a much deeper and more meaningful level.

Highly recommended.

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  • Anon
  • 04-07-13

Essential reading for a successful life

Outlines the natural laws and principles for a successful life in a simple way. Following this guidance will increase both your happiness and your effectiveness. Knowledge, skills and desire form the basis of understanding on how to move forward. Unlease or release yourself from the shackles others have put on you...this is essential if not mandatory reading for anyone seeking personal development.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-11-18

A truly great book!!!

The mindfulness and insight of this book is in absolutely incredible!!! My small words of appreciation will not do this justice!

I will be recommending this book for a very long time.

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  • OBBB
  • 07-07-14

excellent investment

What made the experience of listening to The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People the most enjoyable?

Easy to understand and articulated well.

What about Stephen R. Covey’s performance did you like?

Interesting person to listen too.

Any additional comments?

A must have for anyone interested in developing themselves

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  • Simon
  • 04-27-11

The fantastic Stephen Covey as always

Great listen!

I have long been a fan of the 7 habits since a friend gave me a CD with an hour long seminar of the principles.

I have listened to many of the audio books since and this one is great. Just enough detail and not too long. Not for everyone as Stephens slow explanation I know annoys some people. I for one like it as you get chance to contemplate what he is saying and identify with the material.

Simon

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-28-20

Timeless and Inspiring!

I’m constantly looking for self-help books. This book has been highly recommended to me for a while, but I have been told that this has been written a while back, and so I chose to buy other books that were written in the last 5 years instead.

I have been so wrong all this time! This book is timeless!

I can tell that a lot of self-help books written recently are actually derived from the learnings here.

Thank you Stephen Covey for sharing this to the world!

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  • Lyndsey C.
  • 11-27-19

Absolutely brilliant

One of the best books ever written. The minute it finished, I just want to start listening to it all over again, it was that insightful.

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  • Manoj Mistry
  • 11-30-18

Wow, I’d forgotten so much

Back in the early 2000s I had downloaded the unabridged version of the 7 Habits.
I used to listen to the audiobook each time I drove, which was a lot at that time.
It took me a while to start to internalise the principles but once I did I saw my career take off.
I then stopped listening to the book, and over the recent years when I’ve thought back to the principles I thought I could recall the intent behind all 7.... I was VERY wrong.
Having now loaded this abridged version I’ve realised that I stopped habit 7 sharpening the saw... Again Stephen R Covey is able to convey the intent succinctly.
Im definitely glad I’ve got this audiobook.

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  • Rohan
  • 08-07-17

Uninspired

I couldn't even continue to listen due to how boring and uninspiring it was unfortunately

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  • Rod Featherstone
  • 04-09-15

AWESOME!!

Loved it. One to listen to multiple times. It's the sort of information that should be compulsory.