The Rosie Effect

Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
Series: Don Tillman, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (3,368 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times best-selling novel The Rosie Project, starring the same extraordinary couple now living in New York and unexpectedly expecting their first child. Get ready to fall in love all over again.

Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back. The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York. But they’re about to face a new challenge because - surprise! - Rosie is pregnant.

Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he’s left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie.

As Don tries to schedule time for pregnancy research, getting Gene and Claudia to reconcile, servicing the industrial refrigeration unit that occupies half his apartment, helping Dave the Baseball Fan save his business, and staying on the right side of Lydia the social worker, he almost misses the biggest problem of all: he might lose Rosie when she needs him the most.

Graeme Simsion first introduced these unforgettable characters in The Rosie Project, which NPR called "sparkling entertainment along the lines of Where’d You Go Bernadette and When Harry Met Sally." The San Francisco Chronicle said, "Sometimes you just need a smart love story that will make anyone, man or woman, laugh out loud." If you were swept away by the audiobook that's captivated listeners worldwide, you will love The Rosie Effect.

©2014 Graeme Simsion. All rights reserved. (P)2014 Simon and Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"[N]arrator Dan O'Grady is every bit as engaging as he was the first time around." ( AudioFile)

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The Same But Different

Simsion portrays Don’s perspective of life with the same charm, but is unable to recapture the humor of the first book. One sees from the beginning that Don’s attempt to fix relationship problems will fail since the problems are caused by Rosie’s subterfuge and internal struggles rather than his own misinterpretations. Don’s attempts land him into the kind of trouble that cause more cringing than laughing.

Still, I found myself listening to the entire book in one day, missing much needed sleep – a sure sign of a good book. If readers are able to put comparisons to the first book aside, they will find Simsion’s writing fresh and his ability to write dialogue entertaining. His insight into Asperger’s syndrome is fascinating as well as enlightening.

Overall, don’t skip this because it doesn’t offer all of the humor of the first book. If you are able to push comparisons aside and listen without expectation, you won’t be disappointed.

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The bad reviews are true, alas....

This second installment of Simsion's "Rosie" series lacks everything that made the first book ("The Rosie Project") enjoyable--namely likeable and original characters, insights on Asperger's syndrome, and a romantic and suspenseful plot. It's a perfect example of what happens when a one-off author is pressured by a publisher to produce a sequel and has nothing to say or give. I'd read all the negative reviews of "The Rosie Effect," but went ahead and ordered it anyway....a complete waste of a credit.

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started off slowly but picked up midway

I really enjoyed The Rosie Project, so wanted to try this one. At first I was disappointed. It redeemed itself midway through and was enjoyable to the end.

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Another riveting, heartbreaking extension of Rosie

I love the fact that Don finds love - and I am heartbroken that he thinks he cannot be a father to anyone due to Aspergers....I love the fact that he has friends and someone somewhere extended their friendship and appreciation for Don to him. I am also disappointed in Rosie and then appreciative of Rosie in this book... - as I have said, there is "Someone for Everyone" and I love to believe that.

It seems like people now more than ever are isolated - socially and by media. Their world is really narrower whether they admit that or not. I love books like this, that make you think outside the box and narrow definition of normal. Don wants love and happiness like everyone else, it's just that intellectually he has a hard time connecting with his emotional side, a reality I am afraid exists for most Asperger's and autistic leaning conditions. I think Don was very lonely and doing his best to live in this world in the best way he knew how. We all need to do more to reach outside of ourselves and realize that "normal" comes in many forms. Ostracizing and setting people aside and ignoring these people different from our version of "normal" drives many to act out and do crazy things in order to vent and connect in some way to something or someone. They like so many others, wait in the wings to enrich our lives, if only we would let them.

I believe this book shows what an enrichment Don is and will be to all those who surround him and of course shows the humor and predicaments he gets in - from others ignorance. In the end loved it, and will definitely listen to both again.

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Loved the first one....

The sequal focused on how truly terrible a couple they really are. It was not endearing like the first. I came out of this book very much disliking Rosie.

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Not a total loser

I loved the first book: The Rosie Project. I just liked this one. Heavy subject needed to be lightened up a little.

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Don and Rosie.. It's Not The Rosie Project

I downloaded The Rosie Effect yesterday evening and listened into the night, so I am worthless today at work. (What am I thinking when I start new audiobooks at bedtime?).

Rose and Don are pregnant and they have a houseguest. Don continues to spark the readers interest and has amusing moments with his antisocial personality. Rosie is charming, but just doesn't make the story sing.

This novel lacked something as compared to the first in the series, The Rosie Project. We are not apt to laugh and make fun of Don as in the first novel. His quirky personality is what we loved. The author gives the reader the perception that Don is handicapped and mentally ill. (Which of course he is, but that's no fun).

It's so rare to experience a 5 star follow up to a sequal, and this sequal is no different. Narration is consistent with the first novel, and very good.

Keep in mind, I am among the pickiest of readers, and I did enjoy the novel. For most audible listeners, it is probably worth a credit.

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A better than book one amazingly

With misgivings I began reading The Rosie Effect It wasAs engaging as the first but with more plot twists new characters and more emotional appeal Sign me up for the Baby Project please

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Laugh out loud funny!

This is real entertainment. Don and Rosie have issues, but somehow they manage to cope--because of or despite efforts of Sonia, Lydia, George, Gene, Dave, and Dave the Calf to aid or derail various plans. It's hard being "not average." But it's also worth it. A wonderful narrator helps make this fun.

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The Big Disappointment Effect

Let me start by saying I LOVED the first book, the Rosie Project. I loved the writing, I loved the narration, and was blown away by the whole thing - which isn't easy to do. I was practically an unpaid sales person for it, evangelizing it's virtues to anyone who would listen. I couldn't wait to get back into this world. Unfortunately this book is just the antithesis of the first one. Instead of brilliantly articulated, cleverly revealed, intellectually riveting and just flat out funny narratives and plot points, this is, well, none of those things. I cannot imagine a reason how someone who created such a brilliant, deep, engaging, intellectual, and downright spectacular book could be the same person who created this train wreck. The entire "story" seems to be based upon more and more absurd, implausible presumptions and the worst of the worst plot tricks, the good ole' "keep a secret when you know you should confess" and even worse, "I have to tell you something" which is then interrupted before the crucial information can be communicated. REALLY!!!??? THIS, is what we get? To top it off, it's about birthing and babies and mommy and daddy themes which are sickening on their own, but the cliche's thrown around here are seem straight out of educational children's books, just dressed up with fancier words. I wanted to love this book as much as I loved the first one. But, not only did I not love it, it was painful to listen to, unpleasant, uncomfortable, frustrating and at times just plain bad. Yes there is some humor in it, but it gets lost in the mess of a plot.

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