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Mostly common sense
on February 13, 2010
This audiobook by Stephen Covey is delivered by Covey himself, and appears to have been written specifically for the audio format rather than abridged from the print book.
Covey presents mostly good advice, but I personally found the vast majority of it to be just common sense (put family first, be a good role model, prioritize, be proactive, be willing to change, be patient, honor committments, really listen to people, avoid hurtful comments, aim for win-win outcomes, spend time one on one, have family meetings, have fun together, etc.), and it also has a bit of a cookbook feel. I had some of my existing ideas reinforced, but I didn't learn much.
In terms of his tone, Covey is certainly well intentioned, but I find him somewhat preachy, and he asserts his opinions and advice without supporting evidence or arguments (other than occasional anecdotes), so this book is clearly in the genre of self-help rather than philosophy or empirical social science.
If your family has serious problems, this audiobook might help, but I'd consider other resources also. Surely there are other books out there which offer deeper and more transformative insights? If your family is already functioning fairly well and you just want to enhance it, this book may come across as too shallow to be of much help.