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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"Beautiful but not for me"
The book is very thought-provoking when it comes to human thoughts and behaviour but I found Don’s way of thinking too narrow and irritating but his best friend and Rosie kept my interest.
I think the books humour was a little too dry for me but I was very intrigued to know how it ended. I would be more inclinced to recommend this book to my more mature and possibly male friends, definitley not for sci-fi or romcom readers.
Dan O’Grady was a pleasure to listen to, even though the book wasn’t for me I think it was partly him that kept me going, then Rosie!
The Rosie project inspired me to be more spontaneous yet organised at the same time!
"A Good Listen"
I would not listen to the Rosie Project again probably because I would like to listen to other stories.
Any book involving the complexities of the autism spectrum.
Rosie being the most beautiful women in the world.
It certainly made me laugh and was very touching at points.
I liked the narrator's reading voice and style and I would definietly recommend this book.
"You'll want to marry him yourself,"
"I listened to this as an audio book through Audible. It's much more enjoyable than I expected. Reviews weren't great but it was on offer. I'm so glad I chose it. Don, the leading character, is such a fun guy. The book follows his efforts to find a partner despite being autistic, and not knowing he is. Reviewers made snippy comments about the unlikely ness of his lack of insight, and generally about inaccuracies in the portrayal, but I loved this book, and Don, and all his adventures. It was funny and sad and romantic. For me, right up there with the best rom-coms. Read it!"
"Fab! Funny, Serious, Thoughtful, want more like it"
This novel is just perfect for audio listening.
Written in the first-person, and spoken by Dan O'Grady just the way I imagined the main character would speak.
A lovely slightly off-the-wall story. Giving insight into the way an individual with possibly some sort of autistic leaning may think and approach life.
I just loved the main character and enjoyed being privy to his thoughts, and reasonings.
This book is sensitive, funny, and in the midst of all, shows some really good sides to human nature.. something I like to be reminded of in the midst of the mayhem of our lives.
"An excellent novel: perspective of an ASC Man"
Insightful, Funny, Romantic
He understood that his routines weren't as important as his feelings for Rosie
Escaping out of the loo window and climbing down the face of a building with no safety harness!
It is too long to do this, but I found it hard to stop listening.
If you have experience of someone with Autistic spectrum condition this is the book that presents a fantastically optimistic viewpoint. It may not be possible for everyone to develop as he does, but I'd much rather be him at the beginning of the book than Don!!
"A very funny insight into life with Aspergers."
Absolutely, my friends have all been told about it with strong recommendation to read. I suspect they may be fed up with me recommending it by now.
I was unsure about the narrator to start with and to be honest I nearly didn't get this audio book for that reason. Oh what a shame that would have been. After a short while I adjusted to his voice and he read it perfectly.
This is a funny adult version of A Curious Incident in the Nighttime, in that it portrays the life of a highly intelligent man who doesn't even realise that he has a problem. It is insightful and funny. If you want a picture of someone with Aspergers, then this is it, insightful and funny.
Though if you are someone who operates of efficiency and logic with poor social skills I am not sure that you would see why this is so amusing.
Things that would be unbelievable for another character don't feel unbelievable because they are all explained by reason or logic.
The best bit is then unexpected funny side to a man who lives everything by efficiency and logic.
I enjoyed almost all of the book, and laughed, no guffawed out loud numerous times. The only thing that was a little weak was the ending. Mind you had been dreading it coming to an end. Which might have lead to high expectations. But that is no reason give this a miss.
I listened to this book on the go, in the car, at home, while cooking. I just couldn't stop myself. All the while telling myself I should savour it. Just hoping the end wasn't round the corner.
A perfect summer read. Deeply intellectual literature ... no.
Insightful... yes, funny ... absolutely.
I loved it.
"A very funny, charming story, brilliantly read.."
I downloaded this on a whim - and ended up extremely glad that I'd done so. It's very funny, well written, occasionally thought-provoking and performed superbly by Dan O'Grady. I ended up listening to it in one sitting.
I've seen the book compared to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, but The Rosie Project is written to be lighter and funnier - a romantic comedy with an unusual twist, in that for its protagonist the definition of love itself has to be tweaked.
While the amusing, sometimes painfully awkward social situations that Don creates (a couple of times I actually laughed aloud, which I rarely do) are the main appeal of the book, the story itself is very engaging, and the characters feel real and interesting and easy to care for. (Credit has to be given to O'Grady for further bringing them to life.)
I'd recommend it to anyone.
"Laughed out loud - excellent story."
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, despite the fact that it isn't what I'd normally go for. It is hilariously funny and I laughed out loud a number of times. It gives an interesting insight into the mind of someone with mild Asperger's syndrome.
Loved it. Try it. If you don't like it, return to audible and get your credit back.
"IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT"
Yes. I keep a folder of books for repeat listening. This is one I will come back to - especially when in need of a good laugh.
This is about a high-functioning Asperger's genius and his very logical approach to finding a girlfriend who will meet his pernickety requirements. His inability to understand why his extremely detailed questionnaire would be a problem gives rise to some great humour.
The narrator was superb. His rather dead-pan Australian accent was perfect for the main character.
Tried to eke it out, but was unsuccessful - galloped through it.
Asperger's seems to be a very fashionable topic for writers at the moment: but don't be put off. This one is a very different take on the subject, and extremely funny. Highly recommended. I will be looking out for more from this author.
"Excellect. Funny, sad, and heartwarming"
Yes. Because it is a feel-good listen; very well written and nicely read.
This made me both laugh and feel a little tearful at times.
It's a short book but it packs a lot in and keeps you wanting to listen to more. I've never come across Graeme Simsion before but will certainly go for more of his books. Dan O'Grady is just brilliant and I will look out for more of his narration (not something I've ever been moved to do until now). Can't recommend this highly enough for a spirit-lifter.
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