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The Rosie Project: A Novel | [Graeme Simsion]

The Rosie Project: A Novel

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....
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Publisher's Summary

An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don's Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie - and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges.

©2013 Graeme Simsion (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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    Margaret Switzerland 11-03-13
    Margaret Switzerland 11-03-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A fun listen"

    I laughed out loud a few times, listening to this sympathetic rendering of a male college genetics professor somewhere on the Asperger's continuum helping a less controlled and controlling woman find out who among numerous doctors might be her biological father. Doesn't sound like a funny plot, but it manages to poke gentle (and sympathetic) fun at both the professor and those who follow "standard social protocols." The narration is spot-on.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Gretchen United States 10-03-13
    Gretchen United States 10-03-13 Member Since 2012

    Use books for escape- typically avoid nonfiction. Enjoy action-romance, espionage/military, sci-fi. Skilled writing is most important.

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    "Not a typical romance - so much more"

    I fell in love with this story in the first 30 minutes, stayed up late listening, and grabbed every free minute until I finished it.

    The book mentions the movie "As Good As It Gets," which is the quickest way to provide an idea of its premise; however, I enjoyed it so much more than 'As Good.' A scientific professor, Don Tillman, doesn't recognize Asperger's syndrome in himself, even though he can see it in others. He just knows that he doesn't fit in. The book's main characters are all flawed, but likable, in this humorous, touching story of a man who bravely challenges himself to find happiness. His journey to self-awareness took me on a fun, poignant journey of my own.

    I didn't notice the narrator until he attempted an American accent (the story takes place in Australia), but it did not bother me - somehow it only added to the charm of the story.

    I will be listening to this one again - and looking for more Simsion titles.

    25 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Mon San Francisco, Ca 11-08-13
    Mon San Francisco, Ca 11-08-13 Member Since 2010

    12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!

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    "Special, Sweet Read"
    What did you love best about The Rosie Project?

    This was such a sweet read, and I loved it. Don and Rosie from the get go are interesting , funny and lovable. Don, a successful geneticist who falls somewhere on the Aspergers continuum is searching for the perfect partner so he begins the wife project - a questionnaire designed to eliminate unsuitable matches. Is it successful? Of course not. And here we meet Rosie - the wildcard. She never completes the questionnaire and finds it insulting. In fact she only meets him because a fellow colleague recommends Don to assist her in determining her real father. She smokes, she drinks, she has wild red hair, works at a bar, is mathematically illiterate and Don in all his awkward weirdness becomes the man for her and she for him. Don is so sweet and falls hard - this is a quirky, funny love story and I am sad it ended!


    Have you listened to any of Dan O'Grady’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No and he was great. His voice added to the story- he was Don.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! I smiled and laughed and lost sleep!


    Any additional comments?

    Totally worth the credit.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 01-11-14
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 01-11-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Pure fun all the way!"

    Take an autistic genetics professor using a questionnaire to find the most suitable wife, add a beautiful, relationship-shy young woman who meets almost none of his requirements for a potential wife, add an Australian accent, and you have so many laugh-out-loud unforgettable moments! This story grabbed me from the start and never let go. You gotta love Professor Don Tillman and his new-found friend, Rosie. You gotta root for them all the way. And along the way, you just gotta have fun! If you need a pick-me-up after too many somber reads, this is the book for you. Not just fluff, it is well thought out and very entertaining. The narrator is a natural. Highly recommended.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 11-08-13
    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 11-08-13 Member Since 2005
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    Excellent story with outstanding narration. Don has Aspergers, is a respected genetics professor at a prestigious Australian university and wants to find a wife. The story is told from Don's point of view and is everything I want in a story including a twist at the end. Social norms and subtle nuances of adult interactions baffle Don and lead to amusing prose. Fun, light read.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Alameda, CA, United States 10-18-13
    Margaret Alameda, CA, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Truly A Comic Novel"

    After so much chick lit, The Rosie Project took me by surprise. It's not chick lit. It reminded me of the Adrian Mole diaries, by Sue Townsend in the 80's and 90's, and is in that much rarer and much more traditional genre - the comic novel.

    The protagonist, Professor Don Tillman, has a flaw, as all great comic protagonists must, that has prevented him ever getting a second date with a woman. So he embarks on "The Wife Project" to find a compatible woman and instead meets Rosie, a completely incompatible barmaid/Ph.D candidate, on a quest to find the identity of her father.

    I laughed and winced and rooted for Don as he fell under Rosie's spell, against his own better judgment (which he analyzes in agonizing detail) and the hours flew by.

    I can't remember the last five star rating I gave a book. I usually top out at four. But I listened to this book straight through and have to say if it isn't five stars, then I don't know what is.

    Highly recommend.

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    ellcee Great Lakes area, USA 01-31-14
    ellcee Great Lakes area, USA 01-31-14 Member Since 2008

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    "This entertained the hard-to-entertain me."
    If you could sum up The Rosie Project in three words, what would they be?

    (so) entertaining
    (so) interesting
    (so) insightful (is that a word?)


    What did you like best about this story?

    I've never found stories featuring characters with Asperger symptoms funny. Someone in my life has the syndrome and life with that person is too difficult to be very funny to me, but The Rose Project's main character is portrayed as working very hard to live a good life and to use his differently wired brain. I recognized the characteristics and was cheered by Don's self-acceptance and his courageous use of his strengths.


    What about Dan O'Grady’s performance did you like?

    I liked Don O'Grady's matter-of-fact delivery. He has a good story to deliver and he does the job, sounding interesting the whole way through.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole story moves me.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll seek out more books by this author and more narration by Don O'Grady. That says a lot about how much I enjoyed this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jeri Woodland Hills, CA United States 10-17-13
    Jeri Woodland Hills, CA United States 10-17-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Oddly Sucks You In..."
    What did you love best about The Rosie Project?

    This is one of those stories that make you feel as if you CAN feel someone elses life. And reminds you that you can"t!! Normally I like my romance novels a little hot - this book was not at all. Yet the characters made my heart hurt. I loved it.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    S. Kreed The Rockies 10-14-13
    S. Kreed The Rockies 10-14-13
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    "What a recorded book should be"
    What made the experience of listening to The Rosie Project the most enjoyable?

    The combination of the story line and the excellent reader


    What did you like best about this story?

    The oddball's search for love.


    What about Dan O'Grady’s performance did you like?

    Everything. Good pacing, Excellent voicing


    If you could take any character from The Rosie Project out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Rosie. I want to know what she is like and what drew her to Don


    Any additional comments?

    This is what an audio book should be like. I have countless books in my library that I could not listen to due to overly smooth inflections or ridiculous over-enunciation. If I could get past the voice, the problems with the story are often too much for me. The Rosie Project combined an entertaining story with a light heart and excellent voicing. I will be searching a long time before I find another one of these.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    MK Orlando, FL, United States 04-10-14
    MK Orlando, FL, United States 04-10-14 Member Since 2009

    bargain shopper

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    "Loved it!"

    I usually listen to non-fiction, yet decided to lighten up and listen to a good romantic novel. I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed this audiobook. The narrator was terrific and I found the story very entertaining. It is a sweet story with some laughs throughout. I highly recommend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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