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
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"heartwarming, engaging, funny"
It is rare to find audio books as engaging as this one. It charts the view of the world from the perspective of a man who has aspergers, and his attempt to find a wife. The subject matter did not sound like it would appeal to me, but I was blown away by how entertaining and engaging this book was. I laughed out loud on a few occasions which was unexpected. It is a heartwarming book because you get fond of the characters and the storyline was brilliant, as was the narration. It had a great ending that tied up all the loose knots and closed the story. Loved everything about it.
The characters were very broad and crudely drawn. Don is a typical oddball who is clearly somewhere on the autistic spectrum (while the book never specifies this, it makes several clumsy and thinly veiled attempts to hint at what I can only presume is the non nuanced caricature of a person with Aspergers that lives inside the author's mind after having watched every available episode of the Big Bang Theory) and "needs a woman to shake things up". His best friend is a particularly unpleasant sex pest and the reader is just expected to go along with his unpleasantness with no acknowledgement to how harmful his behaviour is. Rosie is a typical "manic pixie dream girl" whose sole job is to come into Don's life and turn things upside down in order to develop Don's character and make him a better person. All we really know about Rosie are some very preliminary and sketchy facts about her parentage and who she is. Oh and she's hot, we know that about Rosie too. Her character doesn't develop at all and the reader is expected to believe that a person like Rosie would end up with Don because, of course, Don is the protagonist and she's the female lead. Rosie could literally be anybody. Rosie's identity is whatever it needs to be to further Don's story. I know this is told in the first person so we're getting Don's side of things but that is such an easy way out and such a common and disappointing trope in this kind of romantic story.
No, it was a complete waste of time.
Be warned, if you are not especially interested in love stories, steer clear of this book. If you're not interested in anything that borders on ableism and relies on the super played out trope of a woman who exists solely to make a man a better person, run the other way right now. I was lured by the amazing reviews and I only wish there had been a review like the one I just wrote to save me the credit I spent on this book. This is the kind of lowest common denominator airport garbage read that I usually try to avoid but I didn't know that because, shockingly, everyone loves it. Hey, everyone loved the Davinci Code too so really I should have known better. In the immortal words of Cher, "if I could turn back time".
"A fun listen"
I loved the characters in this book - worth listening to for the cocktail making alone!
I really enjoyed the gentle, life-affirming nature of this story - reminds us to enjoy the simple things in life and not to sweat the small stuff.
A real feel-good book. Would definitely recommend.
"Tears, laughs and enjoyment"
I found the insight into autism really interesting and the characters are very likeable.
In my top 5
"Entertaining and enjoyable listen"
I really enjoyed this audiobook, particularly because my boyfriend also enjoyed it and so we listened together. It was entertaining, made us laugh and had an engaging reader, and it's not often we find something that ticks all the boxes. I listen to a lot of audiobooks, and this is an easy listen, great entertainment and something a bit different from my usual listens. I bought it entirely based on the reviews here and I'm glad I did.
"Unusual and hugely entertaining"
Story of the dog in the night
Great Aussie accent really is the perfect "voice" of Don
I tried to but although impossible, I looked forward to returning to it.
For anyone who knows someone with Aspergers this is great. Funny without being patronising - really enjoyed this book...more than anything in a while!
"Really funny and lovely"
Loved all of it. Funny, quirky, interesting. I'd heard the writer interviewed about the book on the radio and thought I would give it a go and was so pleased I did. One of my favourite listens of 2013.
Loved Don, his struggle with himself during the book was heart breaking, but funny and touching too.
I don't normally listen to male narrators, but I loved Dan's narration. He really embodied Don.
Yes! I listened for hours at a time, which was great.
I did not think this would have been my cup of tea, but I loved it, so to others who are not convinced, give it a go!
"Really engaging story delivered expertly"
One of the most enjoyable I've had the pleasure of listening to.
Strong resonance with "the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime" by Mark Haddon both in terms of it's subject and perspective and warmth of portrayal. But although it may not be obvious at first Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby as it also deals with another, more often than not, very male condition.
Don without a shadow of a doubt
The final third put a lump in my throat
Yes - it was really amusing, a perfect book to listen to while walking the dog.
I loved that this was a book that made me laugh out loud and also gave a great insight into how people think who are on the autistic spectrum..
Yes - I listened as often as I could until it was finished.
I was very pleased with the main character's personal growth. I really enjoyed the satisfying way the story ended. I don't want to spoil it!
My favourite character is Doug because he reminds me of someone I know and like very much who has Aspergers, and I hope I have learned a little about the difficulties my friend faces in his daily life. Doug's personal growth inspired me to accept some things about myself.
The book is full of amusing scenes, but they reveal things about Doug's character and his strengths and challenges.
Highly recommended. Excellent performance. Really excellent.
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