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
great story. funny. plausible. loved the characters. loved the reader. looking forward to the sequel.
This love story is predictable but still fun. The narrator is a brilliant genetics professor who is a social disaster. It seems clear he suffers from Asperger's Syndrome. In the story, he is scientifically trying to find his perfect mate, and at the same time working with a post-grad to help her find her genetic father. This woman, Rosie, is everything his perfect mate should not be, but sparks fly... This is a light summer read that kept my interest and made me smile.
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
Don has a quirky view of life. Every single person I know has some Don traits. I laughed and laughed because Don never sees his own faults and is just impossible to deal with, until Rosie comes along.
The project, the teaching, the food schedule and more all make me laugh because a part of each of us is in Don. Ultimately the only thing he desires is to be needed and loved. Isn't that what all of us want?
The voice lent credibility to the character. Awesome performance!
Listen with someone else, the giggles will cause you to stop and collect yourself from time to time.
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.
The combination of the story line and the excellent reader
The oddball's search for love.
Everything. Good pacing, Excellent voicing
Rosie. I want to know what she is like and what drew her to Don
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.
didn't read the book
Very good book. Made me laugh out loud several times. It was light and fun to listen to.
See, I am a sucker for the oddballs, the awkward, and the loners.
Poor Don Tillman . . . He just can't attract a mate. Sure, on paper he is a catch: intelligent, physically fit, a great cook, an apartment with a balcony and an amazing view, but it just isn't working. Sure, he gets approached, goes out on plenty first dates; it's the second dates that are hard to come by. A smooth operator he is not. He isn't, as they say, a people person. In fact, he is downright awkward, prone to say the wrong thing at exactly the wrong time. His problem: he doesn't pick up on social cues, that tacit knowledge of social interaction most of us picked up on when we are children. And while it is true that some of us are better than others at picking up on these social ticks, almost all of us are better at it than our Don.
But at least he knows he has this problem and he is determined to not let that hinder him from achieving his goal and being the scientist that he is he comes up with a plan: the Wife Project.
What follows next is the stuff of romantic comedies. Is it a bit formulaic? Sure. But then again so was "When Harry Met Sally." And that doesn't stop it from being one of my favorite movies. You go in knowing where it is all going to end. The payoff is in the journey not necessarily the destination. And it is as whimsical and fun as just about anything you will read this year.
I love books!
First time author, born in New Zealand who lives in Australia. A witty, well-written fairly short listen about a geneticist who is nerdy, emotionally stunted who is looking for the perfect woman for a life partner. This book is really entertaining, easily keeps your interest and is engrossing enough to keep at it and finish quickly.
This is definitely in my listen again list. BTW Audible should create a lists option in the app. Don is such a lovably infuriating guy who will simultaneously make you laugh and a little sad.
The speed dating scene was really funny. "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."
Also everytime time he correctly (bc obviously he would never be wrong) determines someone's BMI I chuckled.
Questions for the "Wife Project".
The narration is superb and a follow up story to...well, if I tell you that would spoil the fun, would be awesome. This quirky book will make your heart melt and your face hurt from smiling and laughing.
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