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  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families

  • Written by: Stephen R. Covey
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Covey
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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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.

What the critics say

"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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Great reading

Good Voice , perfect reading.clearly and emotionally. It is really good for studying English. Also really practical book.

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  • Cliente Kindle
  • 2011-01-28

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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  • Noel
  • 2012-07-06

Buy the UNabridged Book

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.

Any additional comments?

Please ask the Covey Institute to record an unabridged version.

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  • A. Ellis
  • 2005-12-04

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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  • V. Wilson
  • 2015-05-14

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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  • Dr. R. H. Moore
  • 2004-03-25

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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  • Marit
  • 2012-02-04

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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  • Matt
  • 2020-08-22

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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  • Nobody
  • 2013-02-14

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.

Any additional comments?

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

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  • Sheenah Deyo
  • 2022-06-14

I have learned so much

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

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  • Corinna Erwin
  • 2022-03-18

Life changing

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