Shortlisted for the 2014 Indie Awards
The downloadable, audiobook edition of Graeme Simsion’s prize-winning romantic comedy The Rosie Project, read by the actor Dan O’Grady.
Meet Don. Don is a genetics professor who just might be somewhere on the autistic spectrum. He looks a little like Gregory Peck and is getting married. He just doesn’t know who to yet. But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman. And it’s definitely not Rosie. Absolutely, completely, definitely not .Rosie, meanwhile, isn’t looking for love; she’s looking for her biological father. Sometimes, though, you don’t find love: love finds you...
©2013 Graeme Simsion (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited
I started listening to this and thought oh no, here we go, Curious Incident... revisited. But it grabbed me. I rapidly found myself brightening up at the thought of my next opportunity to rejoin Don and Rosie. Wondered what they were up to while my back was turned. It is a light romance superbly done, and the themes explored apply to us all. This book could have so easily have been a clod-hopper, but it was a very elegant dip into what makes for solid relationships and the myriad things that can trip us up. I had a smile on my face pretty much from go to whoa.
The story was so different to anything I've read (the only other book related to an autistic character was Mark Haddon's The curious incident of the dog in the night-time). I loved how he saw the world -- it really made me think about how I see the world and how others might see it.
There were many moments that made me smile. When he tried to think like a 'normal' person and in the end insulted Rosie. So bittersweet! And the DNA collections were just hilarious.
No. Loved his narration.
This is one of those books that I started listening to with no expectations and in the end loved it.
A really delightful story where the marginalised triumph. Listen for pure pleasure as the rule bound hero makes his way toward a fully rounded life, detecting a suitable partner in a scientific fashion while dodging the bullets of academic political machinations so familiar to anybody connected to a university. I cant wait for the film. Especially for the golf club dinner episode.
What a powerful insight into how some people think. Absolutely loved this.
He really makes you feel like you're listening to the main character himself. Well read.
Lots of laughing.
Great story, suspenseful and filled with endearing characters. Well narrated (except for the Chinese student's accent). Great listen overall.
I laughed out loud at this book & it's also brought a tear to my eye! Brilliantly read. The best book I've heard in a while
Storyline, characters, narrator...the whole package.
The humour - laugh out loud moments. Very Australian humour though, so be warned if you are not an Aussie as it may be a bit parochial.
His voice is perfect for the character Don. I wish I could find more books narrated by him.
Don. He's an absolute gem...read it and see why!
This book was chosen for our bookclub and I was dubious about it when I read the blurb...but it is right up there in my top book selection.
This is one of the Best Books of 2013/14. Having an ASD son and being Aussie I had to keep reminding myself this was fiction not a bio it is so well written. I never have a problem with this when I I listen or read a book, the line is never blurred but with Don I wanted to shout at the him like I was at the theatre watching an interactive play and that is the brilliance of this book. The characters are completely engaging and all floored. You start out thinking Don is the most extremely floored but when it gets right down to it, is he really? What you see it what you get and that is so refreshing it scares! The only problem I had was when I came to the end of the book that I will have to wait for later in the year for the sequel to be released. PLEASE Audible bring it on ASAP with same narrator as well, PLEASE!!!
I think both are excellent. The story is strong in itself, but also really well read.
The main character Don. The fact that he takes everything literally and that he observes the behaviour of people around him so accurately makes him a great character. It didn't only make me laugh out loud several times, but it also made me realise how strange certain phrases and some conventions actually are.
He just was Don, no doubt about it.
It made me laugh out loud several times. I was also very touched by the difficulty Don sometimes has to cope with.
An excellent novel which will make you smile, laugh out loud and make you understand Asperger's (and autism in general) a bit better.
This book made me laugh out loud countless times, and then in one short sentence pulled the rug from under my feet and had me on the verge of tears. It is both brilliantly written, and beautifully read as an audiobook. Don, the centre of the book, could so easily be a caricature, but Graeme Simsion brings him alive. In order to do so Simsion sucessfully pulls off a couple of hard tricks. Don has a major problem understanding regular human interaction, so the reader has to view all the other characters in the book through Don's eyes. Instead of this being a limitation, the author uses it to great comic effect (as a reader, one has to stand back and imagine scenes through the eyes of the people Don comes across, notably in The Jacket Incident). It is also a way of holding back information that is gradually revealed, thus moving on the plot. Equally Simsion could have fallen into the trap of making Don a boring person through his lack of insight into himself and those around him, but as the novel progresses we realise just how complex Don is as a human being. He is the creation of an author with real empathy, compassion and insight. The plot is knowingly written as a romantic comedy, but there is pain just beneath its surface, and the fact that the reader just gets glimpses of this pain, gives the book real depth. Dan O' Grady, who reads it, gives a perfect balance between the slightly monotonous tone of Don's voice and more depth in the voices of the other characters; again this is not easy to pull off. Without question I will read or listen to this book again. It was a pure joy, and I envy anyone coming to it afresh.
Sometimes an audible story comes along and it hits all the right buttons for you. This one did it for me! It's original, brilliantly written - I wanted to memorise so many phrases. And walking the dog, I was bursting into spontaneous laughter. Superbly read as well. Wonderful!
"Made me laugh!"
I loved this book. I know that some people slam it because the main character is stereotyped, but he's such a lovely character and in spite or (perhaps because of) his quirks, I was rooting for him every step of the way.
Gentle humour (sometimes very clever), wonderful observations, and an a-typical "love" story.
Sometimes we all need something that simply makes us smile and that's what this book did for me. I've already recommended this to several people.
"An absolute delight"
I listened to this during my lunchtime walk around the park. People must have wondered why I had a massive grin on my face. Easily the most charming and funny book I have read for years.
"Just loved it and its a romcom?"
How could I enjoy this so much? Great question. So not my thing. well it clearly was I loved it. it was witty and brilliantly annoying. The main characters were so flawed and quirky.
the narration was excellent and enhanced the humour greatly.
Generally a light easy read I can only say it was a pleasure and it will remain as a book to return to if I am ever feeling blue and just want to feel nice and warm in side.
Don't like romcoms? you will like this
Not my usual book preference, but I bought after reading good reviews. This is a really sweet, delightful tale. Having close contact with people on both Aspergers and Autistic spectra - I found this really fascinating. Our 'hero' has absolutely no idea how his reactions and responses are viewed by other people, he knows he is a 'bit odd' (aren't we all), and he does manage to modify his behaviour. I really enjoyed reading this, it is written in the first person and is fascinating.
"Couldn't stop listening!"
Once I got into it, I really loved this book. The characters come alive and you care what happens to them. In particular I liked it for the insight it gives you to those on the autistic spectrum. There are so many of the characteristics of those with Asperger's Syndrome that are really well reflected, but it's told in a light-hearted manner.
"Great Fun, Good Story, Brilliant Characters"
The Rosier project won't take you long to listen to. I couldn't wait for an excuse to get out and put my earphones in.the dogs got more walks over the last few days than for months previously. The central character has the wonderful honesty that anyone familiar with ASD will recognise immediately. The story is told through his voice and the dry deadpan description of the other 'neuro typical' characters is hilarious. On another level it's a rather sweet love story stealing unashamedly from plenty of other clichéd love stories but with a major twist.
This is well written, well read, great fun and a little thought provoking. Just about all I ask from any book.
"An incredible first novel from Graeme Simsion."
What an enjoyable read, my favourite book of the year so far. An incredible first novel from Graeme Simsion.
Quirky with realistic and likable characters; a predictable romance told beautifully, with perfectly pitched humour and fabulous insight of Asperger's syndrome. A feel-good book!
"Asperger's isn't a fault. It's a variant."
"I may have found a solution to the Wife Problem"
Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Project
Professor of genetics Don Tillman has a wife problem, he believes it is is purely a question of finding a solution, a logical solution and so begins his search for love, and a suitable partner.
“I've sequenced the questions for maximum speed of elimination,’ I explained. ‘I believe I can eliminate most women in less than forty seconds. Then you can choose the topic of discussion for the remaining time.’
‘But then it won’t matter,’ said Frances. ‘I’ll have been eliminated.’
‘Only as a potential partner. We may still be able to have an interesting discussion.’
‘But I’ll have been eliminated.’
I nodded. ‘Do you smoke?’
‘Occasionally,’ she said.
I put the questionnaire away. ‘Excellent.’ I was pleased that my question sequencing was working so well. We could have wasted time talking about ice-cream flavours and make-up only to find that she smoked. Needless to say, smoking was not negotiable. ‘No more questions. What would you like to discuss?”Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Project
His total blindness of his own problem and the fact that he has resolved most problems in his life through logic and study are what makes this a very funny book, like the movie Big the innocence and honesty of the character makes the story shine with freshness and insight of the problems most of us face, but accept as normal everyday human relations.
“I have heard the word ‘stunning’ used to describe women, but this was the first time I had actually been stunned by one.” Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Project
This is s beautiful comedy that has some lovely moments of humanity and understanding that will have you one minute laughing and the next feeling total empathy for Don’s everyday dilemmas, as we begin to experience the world through his eyes
“I haven’t changed my mind. That’s the point! I want to spend my life with you even though it’s totally irrational. And you have short earlobes. Socially and genetically there’s no reason for me to be attracted to you. The only logical conclusion is that I must be in love with you.”
― Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Project
A very good companion to have on a day you are taking the train to work or on a long flight, just be careful you don't start laughing out loud or looking too sad in the company of strangers, you may have to explain the solution to the Wife Problem.
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