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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (174 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Felicity Huffman, Patricia Wolff Narrator: Shelly Frasier Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN: 9781400173327
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Most dating books are written for women—what a mistake that is. Women know how to date … it’s men who need the help! At last: a blithe, bold, and bawdy guide to building a better boyfriend.

At some point, every guy—player, geek, mama’s boy, “regular Joe”—meets a woman who makes him want to be a boyfriend—a good boyfriend. Problem is, unless he’s had some first-rate training (by a previous girlfriend, a sister, a mom), he probably doesn’t even know what that means. Felicity Huffman and Patricia Wolff come to the rescue with a rollicking and whip-smart handbook to navigating the minefield of male-female relationships.

Directed at men (though, of course, it’s women who’ll buy it, then leave it at their boyfriends’ places—accidentally on purpose), A Practical Handbook for the Boyfriend lays out the manly steps involved in becoming a good boyfriend while still maintaining guy-dignity. It covers issues like:

  • Who decides when you become a boyfriend? (Answer: She does)
  • How to look like you’re listening, even when you’re not (If you’re busted, just say “You’re so pretty, I’m distracted”)
  • Ten things never to say on the first date (#4: “I just did that to freak you out”)
  • Finding the middle ground between too cool (think third grade) and too eager (think surprise visits)
  • Why becoming a good boyfriend is a lot like training for the A-Team.

Filled with humor, ribaldry, common sense, and assorted outdoor skills, A Practical Handbook for the Boyfriend is the next dating guide to dominate the bestseller lists.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andre | 1/14/2014

    " A remedial course in being a boyfriend. Some things felt like I was learning two many pieces of fruit I have, total, if I have 3 and Liana has 4. Other things, well, I was frankly interested reading (particular, the notes about what you *shouldn't* put up with or ask for). All in all, it was worth a read, just borrow it from someone who has a copy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 12/26/2013

    " This book is AWESOME!! Perfect gift for girlfriends when they break up with guy - better than Ben & Jerry's! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kara | 12/25/2013

    " A must read/listen for guys! Gives a good generalization of what most women are looking for in a bf. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Denim | 12/10/2013

    " I felt a little bit like I was cheating with this one as I actually listened to it on audio. But what fun that was. I wanted to listen/read this book to get some good insight for the male characters in my writing. I got that, but I also got a couple dozen laugh out loud moments in every chapter. I wish I could actually get guys to read this. I'm guessing more women will pick it up than men, but if they do, they should definitely coerce the men in their lives to at least skim some of it. This is the new Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, only funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/29/2013

    " I thought the book was funny and held some truth, but my boyfriend thought it was rubbish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy Neal | 11/26/2013

    " My daughter ordered this book and I borrowed it from her. Very funny! Very true! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 11/11/2013

    " I bought this book for my boyfriend with the intention of personalizing (by writing in the margins my thoughts)it. It turned out pretty well, and my bf loved the conversation openers that my comments led to. This book is actually almost spot-on with the exception of a few generalizations that don't quite fit. The tone of the book is humorous while still delivering clear, concise information. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Miss Jessica | 11/3/2013

    " I didn't finish this for two reasons. First off, I thought it was going to be humorous given that it's written by an actress. It wasn't funny. It was actually trying to be serious. Okay, fine. Except, the psychology of men and women that the author is not really qualified to write about seriously was so overly generalized and sexiest I couldn't finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshua Jorenby | 10/16/2013

    " Not bad, but it isn't necessary to end near every thought with a pithy one-liner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shauna | 9/30/2013

    " Really funny book. All the things a boyfriend should know that a girlfriend tries to give 'hints' about. You just have to lay it all out for them before they ever get it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 9/3/2013

    " So hilarious and true you'll want to stuff it under your boyfriend's pillow so he gets the hint! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keri | 8/20/2013

    " This was a great book...very interesting and funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 7/9/2013

    " Hysterical! I wouldn't exactly call it a great read, but it was entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 6/28/2013

    " A funny, if cutesy, guide for men on being in a relationship. Not sure how well it goes over with men, but I know a few women who would be a lot happier if their boyfriends flipped through this very quick, very readable book and took a bit of Huffman and Wolff's advice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ciara | 5/21/2013

    " I very cute book. I at first misread the title, but after reading it I found it funny and smart for what they were telling boyfriends about us girls. Of course they tend to generalized things so I would one day like to go back and make comments and share. Buy for sons or just want a laugh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shianne | 5/11/2013

    " Bahahaha! Witty and delightful! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deborah | 1/31/2013

    " Great pics...not so interesting info. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oi Yin | 12/8/2012

    " A lovely, humorous look into the world of women for those clueless fellows who never seem to understand what tips the scale from doting girlfriend to crazy ex. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 11/7/2012

    " Entertaining little collection of tidbits on boyfriendism. Good mix of humor an practical advice. You know, toilet seat philosophy, breaking up methods, key exchanges, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Akmal Firdaus Abdullah | 3/17/2012

    " Awesome and fun to read. Can be for boys and both girls. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Daneen | 2/5/2012

    " It is very rare that I do not read an entire book; however, I did not finish this one. Never "worked" for me. There were some funny items, but this book certainly does not pertain to all relationships. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan Schwent | 10/19/2011

    " My gf got me this for our one year anniversary as a gag gift (I hope). Funny stuff is contained within its pages along with some practical advice. I look forward to theatrically pulling it out and looking at it during tense relationship moments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 7/17/2011

    " I need to get this book back so I can lend it out to more people. You don't necessarily have to use it as a guide, but it is a fun, entertaining read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monk | 7/10/2011

    " Someone got me this book a while back when I was in a funk about being single and it was pretty damned funny. Aimed at both men and women alike as an audience, it has as many surprising insights as it does belly laughs. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dale | 5/20/2011

    " Cliched tripe. Not sure why I expected anything else. This was very much an impulse grab. Next time I will resist the impulse. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 2/12/2011

    " Kinda Lame! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 2/5/2011

    " This is one of the most hilarious but oh so accurate books out there. I recommend this to anyone who wants a good laugh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas | 2/1/2011

    " When it wasn't treating men like dogs on a leash or complete morons in general, it wasn't bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 9/27/2010

    " I could see how this would be handy for anyone with a boyfriend, although I maintain that the "she doesn't want a solution to her problem, she wants you to empathize" does not apply to me. I am better at offering solutions and appreciate the same. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 7/18/2010

    " My daughter ordered this book and I borrowed it from her. Very funny! Very true! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 3/31/2010

    " Entertaining little collection of tidbits on boyfriendism. Good mix of humor an practical advice. You know, toilet seat philosophy, breaking up methods, key exchanges, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 10/1/2009

    " Hilarious! Great read, from start to finish. It gives some fresh ideas on dating and the "game" that guys play to get the girl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 6/19/2009

    " This book is AWESOME!! Perfect gift for girlfriends when they break up with guy - better than Ben & Jerry's! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 4/26/2009

    " My gf got me this for our one year anniversary as a gag gift (I hope). Funny stuff is contained within its pages along with some practical advice. I look forward to theatrically pulling it out and looking at it during tense relationship moments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 2/23/2009

    " A funny, if cutesy, guide for men on being in a relationship. Not sure how well it goes over with men, but I know a few women who would be a lot happier if their boyfriends flipped through this very quick, very readable book and took a bit of Huffman and Wolff's advice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 12/29/2008

    " It starts out pretty entertaining and tongue-in-cheek, but with plenty of good advice. About halfway through, though, it starts getting into the more serious stuff, so I kind of just skimmed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/24/2008

    " I thought the book was funny and held some truth, but my boyfriend thought it was rubbish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shauna | 8/11/2008

    " Really funny book. All the things a boyfriend should know that a girlfriend tries to give 'hints' about. You just have to lay it all out for them before they ever get it. "

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About the Author
Author Felicity Huffman

Felicity Huffman won an Emmy in 2005 for her performance on Desperate Housewives, and a Golden Globe in 2006 for her lead role in the film Transamerica. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, actor/director William H. Macy, and their children.

About the Narrator

Shelly Frasier has appeared in many independent film and theater projects in Arizona and Southern California and has done voice-over work for commercials and animation projects. She trained at the Groundlings Improv School in Hollywood and South Coast Repertory’s Professional Conservatory in Costa Mesa, California. She has performed at theaters throughout North Hollywood and Orange County. Recent performances include Blue Window, The Battle of Bull Run Always Makes Me Cry, The Haunting of Hill House, and a British farcical version of A Christmas Carol. She resides in Hollywood.