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
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.
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.
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.
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.
What fun it is to find a book that makes you laugh as much as this one. Unconventional love stories like this are the best. And now to download the sequel!
Book-lover and outdoor adventurer, with a long commute & serious addiction to audio-books.
One of my favorites
The main character is so likeable and unique, and the book is, while bittersweet, ultimately uplifting without being sappy.
The narrator is perfect.
This is the kind of book I can safely recommend to anyone. Everyone I know who has read it has loved it.
This is a very charming book that gives insights into Aspergers. It is a page turner and wise in many ways--for all of us, whoever we are.
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