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Shortlisted for the 2014 Indie Awards

The downloadable, audiobook edition of Graeme Simsion’s prize-winning romantic comedy The Rosie Project, read by the actor Dan O’Grady.

Meet Don. Don is a genetics professor who just might be somewhere on the autistic spectrum. He looks a little like Gregory Peck and is getting married. He just doesn’t know who to yet. But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman. And it’s definitely not Rosie. Absolutely, completely, definitely not .Rosie, meanwhile, isn’t looking for love; she’s looking for her biological father. Sometimes, though, you don’t find love: love finds you...

©2013 Graeme Simsion (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited

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  • Caro
  • 01-15-14

Lovely book

I enjoyed this very much, surprisingly as it is not at all the kind of book I'd normally download, but I took a chance because of other reviews. I'm very glad I did, it was totally charming and I loved it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Helen
  • 12-17-13

A Fabulous Listen

I'd give this audiobook ten stars if I could. It's funny, original, and keeps you guessing as to what's going to happen next (and in the end). The characters were superbly drawn and realistic, and the situations sometimes slapstick funny, sometimes wry, sometimes full of emotion. Highly recommended.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Rosie
  • 11-27-13

Absolutely Brilliant

My names Rosie ... So I thought i'd give this book a go as i'm pretty sure my now husband and our best mate had a Rosie project on the go also... 'Wife Project' Ware 'Piqué' down and woo her into sense :D bless them. Good friends are sometimes right don't you know.

Beautifully written and Narrated, I have been telling anyone who reads that they need to read this book.

Fantasic characters and the intricacies of their personalities left me feeling quietly awed by the differences in us all as a human race.

I don't think I can convey how much I loved this book.
So ... If you love a good bit of Romance but want something real
This book is for you.

Has laugh out loud bits ;) very important when choosing a book don't you think?

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • christine
  • 04-14-13

An incredible first novel from Graeme Simsion.

What an enjoyable read, my favourite book of the year so far. An incredible first novel from Graeme Simsion.



Quirky with realistic and likable characters; a predictable romance told beautifully, with perfectly pitched humour and fabulous insight of Asperger's syndrome. A feel-good book!



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  • Venetia
  • 04-27-13

Sensitive and smart

What a lovely book. Beautifully drawn characters. A gentle, decent story about an not so impossible dream.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • marwin
  • 01-13-17

Fabulous book

What made the experience of listening to The Rosie Project the most enjoyable?

I was married for 18 years to a man with Asperger's Syndrome. Although I have moved on this book intrigued me - it was perfect in his understanding of someone 'on the spectrum'. I was so glad that I bought it.

What did you like best about this story?

The humour was the thing that I enjoyed the most. I listen to books while I'm milking our cows every day and so many times while listening to this book I have actually stopped milking as I was laughing too much to stand up.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

One of the most memorable parts of the book was Don's experience as a cocktail waiter. Brilliant.

Any additional comments?

I urge anybody to give this book a try, you won't regret it!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • katesPlace77
  • 12-11-16

Great Story

I had had this book in ebook format for ages and as much as I was enjoying it I couldn't fully gst into it which is why I got this format. I am so glad that I did because I was fully immersed in the story due to the skill of the Narrator in voicing each of the characters. This meant that I was finally able to finish what is a fantastic book and I can't wait to read "The Rosie Effect" the next book in the series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Wras
  • 09-07-15

Asperger's isn't a fault. It's a variant.


"I may have found a solution to the Wife Problem"
Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Project

Professor of genetics Don Tillman has a wife problem, he believes it is is purely a question of finding a solution, a logical solution and so begins his search for love, and a suitable partner.

“I've sequenced the questions for maximum speed of elimination,’ I explained. ‘I believe I can eliminate most women in less than forty seconds. Then you can choose the topic of discussion for the remaining time.’
‘But then it won’t matter,’ said Frances. ‘I’ll have been eliminated.’
‘Only as a potential partner. We may still be able to have an interesting discussion.’
‘But I’ll have been eliminated.’
I nodded. ‘Do you smoke?’
‘Occasionally,’ she said.
I put the questionnaire away. ‘Excellent.’ I was pleased that my question sequencing was working so well. We could have wasted time talking about ice-cream flavours and make-up only to find that she smoked. Needless to say, smoking was not negotiable. ‘No more questions. What would you like to discuss?”Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Project

His total blindness of his own problem and the fact that he has resolved most problems in his life through logic and study are what makes this a very funny book, like the movie Big the innocence and honesty of the character makes the story shine with freshness and insight of the problems most of us face, but accept as normal everyday human relations.

“I have heard the word ‘stunning’ used to describe women, but this was the first time I had actually been stunned by one.” Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Project

This is s beautiful comedy that has some lovely moments of humanity and understanding that will have you one minute laughing and the next feeling total empathy for Don’s everyday dilemmas, as we begin to experience the world through his eyes

“I haven’t changed my mind. That’s the point! I want to spend my life with you even though it’s totally irrational. And you have short earlobes. Socially and genetically there’s no reason for me to be attracted to you. The only logical conclusion is that I must be in love with you.”
― Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Project

A very good companion to have on a day you are taking the train to work or on a long flight, just be careful you don't start laughing out loud or looking too sad in the company of strangers, you may have to explain the solution to the Wife Problem.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Julia Hotshot
  • 10-19-13

Fabulous story and beautifully narrated

What did you like most about The Rosie Project?

Quirky subject matter, a Professor with mild Asperger's sets out to find himself a wife and ends up with the opposite of what he thought he wanted but gradually he allows himself to adapt and change (not sure how realistic this is among Aspergics) so that he begins to enjoy living a different kind of life.

What other book might you compare The Rosie Project to, and why?

The Curious incident of the Dog in the nighttime, also: Alex Woods versus the Universe.

Any additional comments?

We did this book for our book club and everyone really loved it

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  • David
  • 08-14-13

not usually my cup 'o tea, but this book...

...is excellent - I love the main character and his lack of social awareness cues, there are parts which made me laugh out loud... Along with so many others, I would definitely recommend this book, even if outside of your normal sphere of preference...

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