• The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People & The 8th Habit (Special 6-Hour Abridgement)

  • By: Stephen R. Covey
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Covey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Release date: 05-22-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • 4.1 (691 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This new audio set is a very special abridgement of two of Stephen R. Covey's best-selling business books, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 8th Habit, read by Dr. Covey himself. We've condensed the content of two entire books into just six hours of audio, but you'll still enjoy Dr. Covey's lessons on powerful personal change and how to incorporate his ideas into your life to fulfill your ultimate potential.
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"The 7 Habits have the gift of being simple without being simplistic." (M.Scott Peck)
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By R. Whitten on 12-07-05

Very good

I've been avoiding the "7 habits", since I tend to be an anti-joiner, and it got real popular, almost "cult" like. Also, I tried to tackle the book a long time ago, and got bogged down right away.

This is a great listen, as well as great content. I listened to the "6 hour" version, but now I'm thinking I should get the 12 hour version.

One warning about this version -- particularly near the beginning the adbridgement is really lame. A professional-sounding announcer (not a compliment, from me) introduces each snip, which can be amazingly short sometimes, "sound-bite" sized. It seemed like they quit this annoying habit (!) about a third or half the way through (or I just tuned it out).

Even so, if you want a bit more than a "taste" of the 7 habits, I recommend this book -- it has the potential to be life-changing. I'm wondering if I should go get a "7 habits" organizer. Not sure I ready for that, but it sure inspires me to do some kind of follow-through so that it's more than just a read.

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By Subrat on 06-25-12

Wish had it earlier - although we all know it!

Would you consider the audio edition of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People & The 8th Habit (Special 6-Hour Abridgement) to be better than the print version?

Yes...This book is a encyclopedia of the self help literature from the past centuries. The author has summarized the main teachings about the topic into seven basic tenats. The stress is on self improvement and principle change - supported by not just vague or ambigous, open to interpretation ways to improve one self, he teaches specific examples in daily life, touch points in our work/life where we can start making changes and see expected results. The best part of the book - this does not teach you to be pretentious, or one of the 'How to manage your perception' prescriptions, it states that to achieve harmony and as a result being effective, one needs to make fundamental changes to one's guiding principles and the rest follows. The author cites great examples and suggestions.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People & The 8th Habit (Special 6-Hour Abridgement)?

The discussion on going from perosnal level of effectiveness to greatness!

What does Stephen R. Covey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The expressions of speech, first hand knowledge from the master and above all a great well paced peep into a great way to organise one's self and beyond.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Emotional bank Account

Any additional comments?

One thing missing was if there was some complementing material with the audio file, especially where they base the discussion on graphs and diagrams, it is better to have the visuals as well..Maybe in future, for books where they talk of conceptual models to explain something, the audio file could be accompanied with perhaps those few pages from the book, so user doesnt miss out on anything at all.

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By Amazon Customer on 08-23-16

Not what it is advertised as

What disappointed you about The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People & The 8th Habit (Special 6-Hour Abridgement)?

This abridgement is not as stated. It is actually 'The 8th habit'. Do not buy this Audio Book.

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By Joan on 10-11-16

Very poor follow up to the original book

Self-indulgent with poor content.
I couldn't bring myself to finish and I am an avid listener of audiobooks.

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By Stephen on 04-18-17

just the 8th habit no mention of 7 habits

just the 8th habit no mention of 7 habits
title implied it would be about all 8

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By Anonymous User on 06-05-17

Fantastic, while I listened I felt my life change.

Every so often things really rock your world. They resonate, they make sense and you feel the pieces of the puzzle click into place. Everything about the 7 habits made sense. I instantly felt myself aspiring to be my best self, I felt shifts and changes. I listened to this audio book over a few weeks and as soon as it finished I started listening from the beginning again. Fabulously writing and beautifully read. A must read. Thank you, I am so grateful for such profound teachings.

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