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good review for those that have read the books
I think that this audiobook is an excellent review of the materials presented in the full length versions. The information is so important in providing direction and insight in the daily decisions I make it is my intention to read or listen to the book periodically. This abridged version allows me to review the principles that I am already familar with more efficiently. I do feel, however, that if you have not previously read these books you may not get as much out of this version.
The books first, this abridged audio next
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a superb title. It is not truly a book on business, but one on leadership and motivation. Covey’s words are lessons on personal change, that if put into daily practice, will impact our lives positively. Covey teaches us how to relate better to ourselves and to others, and how to always keep feeding our minds and bodies. The 8 Habit is simply the continuation of the previous lessons. That said, these are two books whose concepts will be valid and strong even in 500 years from now.
Now on the audiobook… the unabridged version of either title, is simply too long to listen to. Even while the long audio versions are narrated by Covey himself, you’ll get lost at so many details and you might fall asleep as well, since sometimes you’ll lose track of the points that Covey wants to make. I got the unabridged version of the 7 Habits as a refresher, and in fact I almost felt asleep several times. But then I got this abridged version of the two titles and I loved it.
That said, my recommendation is that if you haven’t read these books yet, don’t buy any audio, get the books first. If you have read the books, then this abridged version will be a very valuable choice.
PS. I urge people reviewing audiobooks on iTunes to comment on the AUDIO and not just on the books. We all can search other sources for content analyses and references, but this is a unique space to help each other with AUDIObooks analyses.
STOP DO NOT BUY
The abridged version is so cut down version of the first 7 habits that it is more of a sales pitch to have you buy the full version. I highly recommend the longer version they are a lot more useful, as the message and books are GREAT but this is too cut down.
SO full marks to the Message and concept – but not this version