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
This is a romatic comedy, starring an unlikely hero who has some "issues" on the Autism spectrum. Much of the comedy comes from the dead-pan description of emotions and schedules - for example, all characters are introduced with an estimated age and BMI. The overall effect is to give an funny insight into someone with OCD tendencies. All is not lost for Our Hero, who has many good qualities to compensate for his lack of social skills.
My wife has made me sit though plenty of romatic comedies, but this would be one of the better ones.
I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.
I might. The story is pretty predictable. The ending however suprised me. Which is why I would maybe listen to it again. It was money well spent.
The trip when Rosie and Don go to New York. I want to go on that exact trip.
Everybody usually keeps on saying that their favourite character is the main character, however I loved Claudia and Julie.
Gene: he needs to learn some manners.
You'll love it!
"Intellectually stimulating & extremely funny!!"
WOW!! This book blew my mind!! Yes, there is some soul searching, a touch of romance but above all, it makes for an intellectually stimulating, laugh-out-loud read - and I really do mean that in every way!! The most appealing aspect of this book is that it is an excellent read for both the guys and the ladies. My hubby has thanked me endlessly for recommending the book to him; in fact I was so serious about him reading it, I downloaded it to his device and didn't move till he got started with it. And now, the book is getting in the way of our conversations and bedtime - but how can I complain when he's gripped with laughter every 5 to 10 minutes? The book is a real stress-buster, feel-good book.
My criticism: well, I was weary of the male voice (narration), but after 10 minutes, I felt no other voice could have delivered a performance in the context and ambience of the book and the characters!! So I'm afraid, I fail as a critic here and humbly stand my ground - this book is a perfect 5-star read!! I LOVED IT!!
"Asperges can be fun"
I couldn't have enjoyed the book more it is very very funny, at one point I had to seriously consider pulling off the road on safety grounds because I was laughing so much.
It is all about empathy and asks the question are we all really on the spectrum.
My favourite scene features a skeleton, a sex postions book and a Dean.
It also follows the classic rom com formula with very amusing twists.
Kept me awake on the motorway and at night in bed.
Goes into my top ten audio books ever.
"First story i've listened to"
Yes I would listen again.
A really interesting project carefully researched and cleverly writen. Enjoyed totally.
Don - The main character was the best as I have a step-son with the same problems so can easily relate to Don's way of thinking and planing.
Thebook as a whole moved me as to the problems exerienced by the main character (Don)
His feeling of being an "Alien" is one often heard by step-son. Feel for Don. Good to know he managed to combat his therories and live a happier more content life.
Will let my step-son in on the title and idea of the book. He's still at school and recently been diagnosed.
"Funny and touching"
Entertaining story told very plausibly, I think, from an Asperger's perspective. Very funny - really enjoyed. And fantastic narration.
"Sensitive and smart"
What a lovely book. Beautifully drawn characters. A gentle, decent story about an not so impossible dream.
"I'd give this 6-stars if I could"
Loved, loved, loved this book! Didn't want to stop driving until I'd heard it all. It has everything from laugh out loud moments to sniffly tearful moments - more of the former than anything. The characterisation is wonderful - you really root for Don. The performance by Dan O'Grady is just perfect. This book rounded off a wonderful 6 months of 'quirky' books (see my other reviews/ratings) amongst my usual fare of thrillers, and I think was the best of them all.
"Loved this book"
This is not my usual type of book but I really enjoyed it. I loved the story, the gradual "normalisation" of Don without selling out to himself. The narrator's voice was very well suited to Don. I found it easy to visualise the scenes and to sympathise with Don's point of view and also with the other protagonists. I listened to much of this grinning broadly and even laughing out loud at Don's unintentional humour.
"Sensitive and thought provoking"
The Rosie Project is not my usual read but I was persuaded by other reviewers to give it a try and I am delighted that I did. It is a sensitive and empathetic account of how Don sets about finding a wife. As Don has very precise requirements about everything and has little understanding of compromise or the impact his comments have on others his task is a little daunting. I laughed at the list of qualities that a prospective wife would need! It would be difficult to work with Don as a colleague or friend but clearly he has the ability to laugh at himself and a determination to succeed. He also demonstrates great kindness to his elderly neighbour Daphene. All this endears him to a colleague and his wife who support and help him in his endeavors. Don does reflect the characteristics of someone with 'asperger's syndrome', not least because he does not recognise it in himself, but instead of this book being depressing it is uplifting and it has enabled me to better understand and appreciate others with Don's approach to life.
The funny things that Don says without knowing in.
I laughed out loud when Don cooks Rosie dinner for the first time and suggests she finds a book to read, only to discover that they have very different reading interests.
No, but I'd like to.
Close to it. I made time to listen and was really sorry when the book ended and "missed it" when I'd finished it.
"Charming, funny, outstanding"
Possibly my audio book of the year!
It's a great take n a simple story told with comedy and affection. Because of this you really warm to the main character and so much fun comes from him being unaware of things blindingly obvious to reader
Likeable from the start, warm and comic timing
Laughed lots, and felt for the lead often too
Unexpected hit, can't recommend enough
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