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
The main character Don (a brilliant geneticist who works at the local university) has attributes similar to Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory, his world is ruled by logic, rules, and routine; however since the death of his wife he is ready to find a new mate and decides to start "the wife project" to meet the perfect woman for him. Don ends up meeting a woman named Rosie who needs his help to find her biological father, and ends up challenging everything he knows about what he wants, needs, and who he is.
This book takes a little time to show it's true colors, due to the robotic qualities of the main character it took me a while to get into it, but once I did, I found it funny and charming.
This story is delightful, as are the characters but most enjoyable was having it read to me by Dan O'Grady. His lovely accent took me right to Australia each time I put on my ear buds.
I fell in love with this story by chapter 3. The narrator was fabulous and this was the most enjoyable audio book I have listened to so far.
I loved The Rosie Project. It was so entertaining. I really sympathized with Don--who couldn't sympathize himself. It was just a great book and the narration by Dan O'Grady was perfect.
I absolutely loved this quirky book. The main character, Don, is unlike anyone I have ever read about--and Rosie his perfect compliment. Give this a try, you will not be disappointed!
I have not taken the time to read other reviews , as I didn't need to . This book was absolutely wonderful . It was laugh out loud funny , and I could not help but see myself in so many of the situations . It also came at a time when laugh out loud was very important in my life . With that being said it wouldn't have mattered anyway , as not only was it simply written wonderfully , and the humor was subtle yet very to the point and you are apt to find someone you knew in many of the different character responses . It was laughable to the end but serious enough to have the depth you want in a good story . It was all possible , and the narration by Dan O'Grady perfect , spot on . I cannot imagine anyone else telling the story . Rosie affect , listen to it, read it , you won't be disappointed.
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