The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

  • by Stephen R. Covey
  • Narrated by Stephen R. Covey
  • 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. Celebrating its 15th year of helping people solve personal and professional problems, this special anniversary edition includes a new foreword and afterword written by Covey that explore whether the 7 Habits are still relevant and answer some of the most common questions he has received over the past 15 years.
This audio edition is the first ever unabridged recording of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

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What the Critics Say

"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is by now one of the best-selling books of all time." (Fortune)

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Principles or propaganda?

To begin, let me say that I was expecting good things from this book, given all the positive reviews. I was really interested in learning some insights to success that I had overlooked. Unfortunately, I was able to only get through about 90 minutes of this book before resigning myself to the fact that it had nothing to offer me.

The problems? First, I was excited to see the word "principles" in the title, something that suggested a scientific approach to success, based on facts and logical reasoning, not just some get-rich-quick scam. Unfortunately, the author made sure to dash that hope in the foreward, where he declares that while his principles are universal, they actually come from God. Later, he talks about solving problems through faith and prayer. The religious premise of the book, while mostly disguised as common sense or proven principles, is not something that will help with success.

Later, the author decries independence as being overrated and states that real success comes from "interdependence" and that real fulfillment comes from serving others. This stance is completely unfounded, and actually very dangerous. A book teaching how to achieve success through sacrificing your interests...I didn't stick around to learn the proper technique to sing 'cumbaya'. Undoubtedly, this is another unfortunate result of the author's religious base.

If you are looking for rational, reality-centered principles to living life, do not waste your time and money on this book. If you want to listen to a mixture of pop psychology mixed with new age warm fuzzy religous teachings, enjoy.
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- Noah

Great book bad audio

The material in the book is great and I highly recommend it. This audio version, however, is very difficult to listen to because the author speaks so slowly and pauses so often. I had the feeling that I could have listened to the unabridged version in half the time if read by another narrator. I found myself zoning while listening to the book, rewinding it so I could listen to it again, and by the time I got to the part I had missed, I was zoning again.

My 3 star rating is based on the audio itself, not the content. I highly recommend the book itself, and I may even buy the abridged version so I can refresh myself on the material.
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- Russell B. Ivey

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-06-2004
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio