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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,335 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Schlessinger Narrator: Laura Schlessinger Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2004 ISBN: 9780060754174
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In her most provocative book yet, Dr. Laura urgently reminds women that to take proper care of their husbands is to ensure themselves the happiness and satisfaction they yearn for in marriage.

Women want to be in love, get married, and live happily ever after. Yet disrespect for men and disregard for the value, feelings, and needs of husbands has fast become the standard for male-female relations in America. Those two attitudes clash in unfortunate ways to create struggle and strife in what could be a beautiful relationship.

Countless women call Dr. Laura, unhappy in their marriages and seemingly unable to understand the power they have over their men in creating the kind of home life they yearn for. Now, in The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands, Dr. Laura shows you how to wield that power to attain all the sexual pleasure, intimacy, love, joy, and peace you want in your life. With real-life examples—and real-life solutions—Dr. Laura’s simple principles have changed the lives of millions. Now they can change yours.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The duties of a modern wife as described in a runaway bestseller.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “The most controversial self-help book of the year.”

    Independent (London)

  • “In her newest book, Schlessinger relies upon her experience in private practice, radio, and letters she received from men and women in tackling the issue of women who mistreat their men and suffer the consequences of unhappiness.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Dr. Laura gets back into the battle of the sexes in this new offering…Schlessinger's core point: be nicer and more nurturing to your spouse, and he will be nicer to you.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn S | 2/16/2014

    " I often felt like she was yelling at me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meggin | 2/12/2014

    " Not totally sure what to rate this book. I DID enjoy it, and thought she made a lot of really awesome points. In particular, I thought that she hit the nail on the head when she talked about trying to put your husband first, put yourself in his shoes, not complain about how hard your day is the second he walks through the door, etc. On the other hand, I felt she maybe took it a little too far. There are TWO people in a marriage, and I think it's up to both of them to contribute to the well-being of the marriage, not solely the wife. Also, by the end, I felt like she was SO redundant. So, overall, some good points, but it was sort of a drag to finish it all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susanna | 2/8/2014

    " I am three quarters of the way through this book and I love it. I think this is a wonderful book that has inspired me to be a better wife and a better person. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 L. | 2/2/2014

    " I liked this book because I can appreciate when someone tells it like it is. I agree with a good 95% of what the author said in the book, especially about what the feminist movement has done to women in actuality. The movement was supposed to give us numerous options in life, but now the pendulum has swung so far the other way that we are basically expected to be men...ha, and men to be women, go figure. The good thing about this book is its ability to make you puff up and have some pride in your gender for all its unique-ness, not its unisexness. I like that she calls women out about their be- Yes, we have be...its not just men. We have a tendency to want to blame EVERYBODY else for our misery, this book will make you want to change your thoughts and ways...before those ways head you into divorce. If you read this book with an open mind and heart, you will get what the author is trying to do for you, and you will benefit. Please give it a try. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kira | 1/25/2014

    " A useful, abrasive perspective on women's roles and opportunities. Take it with a grain of salt. The advice is not one size fits all, but could be used for self evaluation on some level. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Theresa | 1/19/2014

    " I didn't like this book. A) it didn't apply to me (very different kind of woman she is writing about) and B) she only wrote about one kind of woman!!! Why did I read it? I don't know. Why do people stop and look at a car crash? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Pia | 1/13/2014

    " Read this a few times. Gives great advice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M | 1/7/2014

    " Finally a professional who says there is something to staying together 'for the kids'...even for the married couple! Marriage can be rewarding when it's not all about "me." Vindicating, yet motivational. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie | 1/6/2014

    " True principles that I agree with; just didn't like being hit over the head with them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea Fife | 1/2/2014

    " This book had such a unique perspective on how to be happy in a marriage. I appreciated Dr. Laura's candor, and I am going to try to actually implement some of the changes I think I could make in order to be a better wife. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marta | 12/12/2013

    " Take this book with a grain of salt, but for the most part, I really enjoyed it and agreed with it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 12/4/2013

    " I boought this book as a gift for a friend and read it first. I thought she had some really interesting ideas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janalyn | 12/1/2013

    " Be prepared to hear it the hard way if you read this book, and make no mistake- i don't agree with everything in this but I do agree with 99% of it, and I think if you are open to a happy marraige, you should read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 11/30/2013

    " Good book! Gives me some things to work on. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adeelizabeth | 9/20/2013

    " I would recommend this book to any girl in a relationship as long as she takes it with a grain of salt. Dr. Laura offers the extreme cases, but some good and helpful advice as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steph Barrus | 9/12/2013

    " I'm not a huge fan of the way Dr. Laura writes...it's very casual. But I do like how she includes stories from people who call into her radio show. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danni | 8/21/2013

    " This book had a lot of interesting ideas that I plan to impliment. She did spend quite a bit of time bashing women though. I don't really think that was needful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angel Price | 7/24/2013

    " FABULOUS!!! If you want to understand your husband and figure out how a guy is really thinking, this book is awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 7/7/2013

    " I think this is a book that you either like or hate. I liked the message to stop nagging your husband. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amber Cable | 11/7/2012

    " Frankly, I don't think my husband would want me to follow every rule in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 2/7/2012

    " She is annoyingly in-your-face about it, but she knows what men need and isn't afraid to harangue us women to stop nagging, start loving, and let our men be MEN, or prepare to be cheated on, lol! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 1/29/2012

    " Funny book, she needs to write one for the husbands now! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 11/11/2011

    " Most of it I felt I've already learned. It's real basic in how to treat your husband kindly. I just got bored. Some of it a lot of women do need to read though and I did learn from reading this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawni | 9/12/2011

    " A lot of what she talks about seems like common sense to me but I realize that common sense isn't so common. It is good to read over and over throughout life to remind and re-examine ourselves as our roles as women and wives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa T | 6/20/2011

    " I liked the idea of this book, although I quickly tired of the endless examples. I think Dr. Laura has some very valid points, and that if the book were re-written with her points clearly expressed and limited examples - then it would be much improved. Could be a terrific 50 page book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 5/14/2011

    " I didn't want to like it, but I thought it had some good points. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 5/12/2011

    " Just what you'd expect from Schlessinger. Some good points and suggestions. Some parts made me want to punch her. Not a good read if you're a feminist! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jodie | 5/5/2011

    " There was some good information here, but mostly I was bored. I felt she tried to make it more exciting with intense examples from her radio show. Some good info, but not the best read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 5/4/2011

    " This is like rewinding 50 years of progress. Dr. Laura is a moron. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 5/4/2011

    " I highly recommend for all married ladies!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristen | 4/14/2011

    " If this book is about what wives SHOULD be like then I NEVER want to get married - it sounds AWFUL!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 4/13/2011

    " This book is awesome! Dr. Laura totally tells you how it is and how to make marriage amazing! If you are happily married, unhappily married, soon to be married, or even thinking about marriage, READ THIS BOOK! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tatrd | 4/12/2011

    " Give him "guy time", let him act like a man, don't whine to him, use sex for yourself too. He has feelings and emotions. Tell him you're proud of him and how hard working he is and he'll slay dragons for you. "

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About the Author

Dr. Laura Schlessinger, a licensed marriage and family therapist, is one of the most popular talk-show hosts in radio history and the only woman to win the prestigious Marconi Award for syndicated radio. She is the author of twelve New York Times bestsellers, writes a daily blog, and is a regular Newsmax columnist. She is heard daily on Sirius/XM Channel 155 live, and her program is streamed and podcast on www.drlaura.com. Dr. Schlessinger has her own YouTube Channel (YouTube.com/drlaura). She is also the skipper and driver of a racing sailboat program that won the 2010 international race from Newport Beach to Cabo San Lucas. She and her husband live in Southern California.