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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.
77 of 83 people found this review helpful
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.
33 of 38 people found this review helpful
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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I couldn't even continue to listen due to how boring and uninspiring it was unfortunately
Loved it. One to listen to multiple times. It's the sort of information that should be compulsory.