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
didn't read the book
Very good book. Made me laugh out loud several times. It was light and fun to listen to.
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.
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.
Interesting story, great characters, well told, well narrated. From the unusual perspective to the true-to-life tale, this book kept me very interested but also made me laugh out loud. A great recommendation for any entertainment. Sorry to reach the end.
Just a book fool.
OH MY GAWD OH MY GAWD OH MY GAWD!
Seriously one of the most enjoyable and enlighting novels I have read in such a long time. Hilarious from the get go, Don kept me smiling and warmed my heart into a puddle by the end.
Completely unlike any love story I have encountered and I couldn't give it a higher recommendation. Please don't pass this up you. I feel like a better person for having met this book.
Thank you, Don Tillman, for reminding us all what it means to be human and in total irrational love.
**ALSO Narrator is perfect!
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
Halfway into this book I realized it was going to be one of my all-time favorites. It's hilarious, smart, and absolutely beautiful. Graeme Simsion has created an incredibly touching story here. It was so wonderful that I lost half a nights' sleep because I couldn't pull myself away.
Dan O'Grady deserves a round of applause. His narration was absolutely perfect, and really brought the characters to life.
The main character reminded me very much of Benedict Cumberbatch's portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, and this story was exactly the sort of character development I've always wanted to see on that show. It was very satisfying.
Lawyer, reader, writer, performer. Just love listening to books and talking about it!
Very cute easy listen. Picture an Aussie Sheldon /Spock who logically deduces that he should marry but hates wasting his time on incompatible women so he designs the perfect test to find the perfect wife. In walks the delightfull Rosie with a project of her own, who, if she were taking the test, would utterly flunk it. When you are in the mood for something that will make you smile, read this!
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.
This is my only critique really, it's that while I like the narrator's voice overall, in this story, when he read women's lines, his voice went so quiet that I couldn't hear it. I was repeadedly messing with the volume trying to keep up with the story--too quiet, too loud.
And this may be an issue with the mixer--credited at the end, and I thought, "that's the guy that made this so hard to hear!" It could probably simply have been "mixed" better for a consistent volume.
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.
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