Summary

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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5 out of 5 stars
By F on 26-05-13

Loved it!

Sometimes an audible story comes along and it hits all the right buttons for you. This one did it for me! It's original, brilliantly written - I wanted to memorise so many phrases. And walking the dog, I was bursting into spontaneous laughter. Superbly read as well. Wonderful!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Stephen on 25-05-13

Superb character

This book made me laugh out loud countless times, and then in one short sentence pulled the rug from under my feet and had me on the verge of tears. It is both brilliantly written, and beautifully read as an audiobook. Don, the centre of the book, could so easily be a caricature, but Graeme Simsion brings him alive. In order to do so Simsion sucessfully pulls off a couple of hard tricks. Don has a major problem understanding regular human interaction, so the reader has to view all the other characters in the book through Don's eyes. Instead of this being a limitation, the author uses it to great comic effect (as a reader, one has to stand back and imagine scenes through the eyes of the people Don comes across, notably in The Jacket Incident). It is also a way of holding back information that is gradually revealed, thus moving on the plot. Equally Simsion could have fallen into the trap of making Don a boring person through his lack of insight into himself and those around him, but as the novel progresses we realise just how complex Don is as a human being. He is the creation of an author with real empathy, compassion and insight. The plot is knowingly written as a romantic comedy, but there is pain just beneath its surface, and the fact that the reader just gets glimpses of this pain, gives the book real depth. Dan O' Grady, who reads it, gives a perfect balance between the slightly monotonous tone of Don's voice and more depth in the voices of the other characters; again this is not easy to pull off. Without question I will read or listen to this book again. It was a pure joy, and I envy anyone coming to it afresh.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Adele on 04-05-14

Aspergers Cliche? No, I loved it!

I started listening to this and thought oh no, here we go, Curious Incident... revisited. But it grabbed me. I rapidly found myself brightening up at the thought of my next opportunity to rejoin Don and Rosie. Wondered what they were up to while my back was turned. It is a light romance superbly done, and the themes explored apply to us all. This book could have so easily have been a clod-hopper, but it was a very elegant dip into what makes for solid relationships and the myriad things that can trip us up. I had a smile on my face pretty much from go to whoa.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Charlene on 09-02-14

Delightfully different!

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

The story was so different to anything I've read (the only other book related to an autistic character was Mark Haddon's The curious incident of the dog in the night-time). I loved how he saw the world -- it really made me think about how I see the world and how others might see it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rosie Project?

There were many moments that made me smile. When he tried to think like a 'normal' person and in the end insulted Rosie. So bittersweet! And the DNA collections were just hilarious.

Have you listened to any of Dan O'Grady’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. Loved his narration.

Who was the most memorable character of The Rosie Project and why?

Don, obviously.

Any additional comments?

This is one of those books that I started listening to with no expectations and in the end loved it.

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