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 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 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!
"Funny, touching and gripping"
Full of likeable (and appropriately unlikeable) characters, I enjoyed every minute of this book. Don's autism is played out for laughs in many ways, sometimes over the top, but you still get a sense of a warm-hearted, funny guy. And Rosie too has her faults, making her a believably complex and interesting match for Don.
Very well written, told with affection and humour, I was gripped from the beginning. It's bound to be made into a film (they'd do well to cast Zooey Deschanel as Rosie!) so read it first!
"Funny and touching"
Entertaining story told very plausibly, I think, from an Asperger's perspective. Very funny - really enjoyed. And fantastic narration.
"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!
"Charming and intelligent"
Listened to this as an antidote to a Booker winning chore......
It's a mix of Bridget Jones and The Curious Incident, but the novel works and it is interesting as well as being amusing.
Narration is good - highly recommended.
"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.
"Lovely story with great narration"
My partner and i both really enjoyed this book. Fast paiced and great charicters . We listened in the car and when we arrived we kept listening
"Better than I expected"
This book didn't grab me straight away but I'm glad I persisted, I really enjoyed it.
"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.
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