The Rosie Project: A Novel

By Graeme Simsion
Read by Dan O’Grady

7.53 Hours 10/01/2013 unabridged
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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.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A Wall Street Journal bestseller

A USA Today bestseller

A Los Angeles Times bestseller

Selected for the October 2013 Indie Next List

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2013 in Fiction

An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013

One of Amazon Best Book of the Month for October 2013

An October 2013 LibraryReads Pick

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Don Tillman helps us believe in possibility, makes us proud to be human beings, and the bonus is this: he keeps us laughing like hell.” Matthew Quick, New York Times bestselling author
“Charming and delightful.” Ayelet Waldman, New York Times bestselling author
“Move over, Sheldon Cooper. There’s a new brilliant, socially inept scientist poised to win over a huge audience, and his name is Don Tillman, in The Rosie Project...bursting with warmth, emotional depth, and intentional humor.” Entertainment Weekly
“Full of heart and humor, Simsion’s debut novel about a fussy, socially challenged man’s search for the perfect wife is smart, breezy, quirky, and fun.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“Simsion’s attention to detail brings to life Don’s wonderful, weird world. Instead of using Don’s Asperger’s syndrome as a fault or a lead into a tragic turn of events, Simsion creates a heartwarming story of an extraordinary man learning to live in an ordinary world and to love. As Don would say, this book is ‘great fun.’” USA Today
The Rosie Project…has been touted as a ‘publishing phenomenon,’ an ‘international sensation’…The hype is justified. Australian Graeme Simsion has written a genuinely funny novel. The Rosie Project is a classic romantic comedy.” Washington Post
“Sometimes you just need a smart love story that will make anyone, man or woman, laugh out loud.” San Francisco Chronicle
“If you’re looking for sparkling entertainment along the lines of Where’d You Go Bernadette and When Harry Met Sally, The Rosie Project is this season’s fix.” NPR
“A sparkling, laugh-out-loud novel.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Narrator Dan O’Grady deftly portrays university professor Don Tillman and the multitude of lively and interfering people around him…Audio is the best way to fully engage in and enjoy this delightful story.” AudioFile
“Don Tillman is as awkward and confusing a narrator as he is lovable and charming.” John Boyne, bestselling author

Reviews

Reviews

by Lauren M 9/13/2017
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If Sheldon Cooper wrote a book...

Loved this book and narration! A light story that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Unintentionally hilarious scientist, Don, navigates, what is to him, a confusing world of emotions and irrational thinking to find love. The humor catches you off guard because it’s so deadpan, and the subtle observations on human interactions and customs are funny too. I can’t imagine this book in anything but audio, specifically read by Dan O’Grady, who delivered everything perfectly. A cute story, showing how people can change and that love rarely makes sense. A light, entertaining, and enjoyable listen - definitely recommend.

Author

Author Bio: Graeme Simsion

Graeme Simsion is a former IT consultant and the author of two nonfiction books on database design who decided, at the age of fifty, to turn his hand to fiction. His first novel, The Rosie Project, was published in 2013 and translation rights have been sold in over thirty-five languages.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 7.53
Audience: Adult
Language: English