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
This was a fabulous listen, poignant yet laugh out loud funny, too (even while running!). I don't laugh that often while listening, in general, so it is a major testament to the book and the narrator that I did so frequently.
Probably not. It was cute but really no different from any other romantic novels.
It was mildly entertaining.
None. Good performance. Ok storyline.
The narrator perfectly captures the written word.
Warmed my heart, and I usually balk at that sort of thing.
He simply nailed it.
The writing was so intelligent, precise, and unpretentious. I feel like I know this character, and was rooting for him the whole time.
it's the best way to spend a working day, and i'm thankful my job is one where i can listen to books all day long.
this book had me giggling in so many places! it was fantastic. gives you a great look inside what it would be like to have a social deficiency.
i haven't listened to the second book because the reviews aren't fantastic and quite honestly, the first book was such a great hit, that i don't want to ruin it by muddling it up with a second book that will undoubtedly not be as good. so i won't. lol
excellent book! two thumbs up! -laurie eller, the kentucky bluegrass
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