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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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    Kelly Miller Rancho Murieta, CA 11-02-13
    Kelly Miller Rancho Murieta, CA 11-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "It could be a story about Sheldon from Big Bang"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Rosie Project to be better than the print version?

    didn't read the book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Don


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

    Everything


    Any additional comments?

    Very good book. Made me laugh out loud several times. It was light and fun to listen to.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    S. Kreed The Rockies 10-14-13
    S. Kreed The Rockies 10-14-13 Member Since 2014
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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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    FanB14 05-06-15
    FanB14 05-06-15

    Short, Simple, No Spoilers

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    "Excellent Alternative Love Story"

    Don Tilman is a brilliant genetecist with minimal social skills embarking on multiple quests. Took me about an hour and a half to get into the groove with this one, but delighted I stuck with it.

    As a man with undiagnosed Asperger's, Don begins to stray from his rituals and routines upon meeting Rosie, embarking on a project to locate her biological father. This task however is secondary to his initial venture of creating a logical data base through carefully constructed criteria to locate the ideal wife.

    This book is deadpan funny, interesting, unpredictable, and never cruel or exploitative of Don's personality trait. Well done and wonderful read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MK 04-10-14
    MK 04-10-14

    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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    Douglas Richardson 12-31-13
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    "Fairly entertaining"
    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dan O'Grady?

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeri 10-17-13
    Jeri 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.


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-29-15 Member Since 2014

    I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.

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    "I'd give it 6 stars if I could"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael NAPERVILLE, IL, United States 08-21-14
    Michael NAPERVILLE, IL, United States 08-21-14 Member Since 2015
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    "In My Narration Hall of Fame"

    The first thing that jumps out at me in this book is the narration by Dan O’Grady. As David Aaron Baker is to the Odd Thomas series and Davina Porter is to Claire Randall Frazier in the Outlander series, Dan O’Grady is Don Tillman here. Each of their performances in these books is fantastic, outstanding; there can be no other for these books, good. I mention the narration first because even before the story blooms, their efforts have already captivated me. There are few, if any, narrators I dislike and feel for the most part, all do excellent, professional work. However, the combination of an extraordinary story with a narrator that brings that story to life by truly becoming that character is a rare thing. So, I am very excited to add Dan O’Grady’s performance to the aforementioned short list in my newly created Narration Hall of Fame !

    Did I mention how great the narration was?

    For those of you familiar with the television series The Big Bang Theory, this book will remind you a lot of the socially challenged, Sheldon Cooper character. In this case, Don Tillman, like Sheldon, exhibits many of the classical Asperger’s symptoms. They even have similar occupations, Sheldon the theoretical physicist and Don, the geneticist. The story line revolves around Don wanting to find a partner, which he refers to as the “wife project”. As you can imagine, he undertakes a rigorous scientific approach to this task - - as you would expect someone with this personality trait would do. In light of the book trailer tagline, the art of love is never science , you can envisage the outcome.

    I have to admit, I found many similarities to myself in this character. Not to that severe degree, but I could easily become like Don (who is a little less extreme than Sheldon) if I were to allow myself to (take a look at my profile to understand). Therefore, I am encouraging my wife to read this one and am very curious as to her reaction and opinion. I am eagerly anticipating the sequel to be released in September 2014. This is an outstanding romantic comedy that will appeal to all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Palo Alto, CA, United States 07-17-14
    Julie Palo Alto, CA, United States 07-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Goofy, insightful and delightful"
    What did you love best about The Rosie Project?

    I loved the way the author kept control of the main character's voice and personality. Despite the crazy story, Don never lost his Don-ness.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Don is a great reminder to be more sympathetic toward people who are a bit to the left or right of typical.


    Any additional comments?

    I had to laugh when I learned that the author is an IT consultant.
    I read this after my daughter recommended it, and have already passed on the recommendation to other friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pat C 06-07-14
    Pat C 06-07-14 Member Since 2015

    Book lover

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    "Fun story"

    This book is like an adult version of the children’s books about Amelia Bedelia if you’re familiar with her (she takes everything literally, like when she’s told to “dress” the turkey she puts a little outfit on it).
    The Rosie Project is funny and heart warming. The narrator does not have tremendous range as far as accents or doing females – fortunately the story doesn’t demand these skills to be highly entertaining.
    If you need a lift I recommend this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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