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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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  • F
  • LONDON, United Kingdom
  • 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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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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  • Gavingks
  • Dunbar, United Kingdom
  • 21-09-13

Just loved it and its a romcom?

How could I enjoy this so much? Great question. So not my thing. well it clearly was I loved it. it was witty and brilliantly annoying. The main characters were so flawed and quirky.
the narration was excellent and enhanced the humour greatly.
Generally a light easy read I can only say it was a pleasure and it will remain as a book to return to if I am ever feeling blue and just want to feel nice and warm in side.
Don't like romcoms? you will like this

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Delightful

Not my usual book preference, but I bought after reading good reviews. This is a really sweet, delightful tale. Having close contact with people on both Aspergers and Autistic spectra - I found this really fascinating. Our 'hero' has absolutely no idea how his reactions and responses are viewed by other people, he knows he is a 'bit odd' (aren't we all), and he does manage to modify his behaviour. I really enjoyed reading this, it is written in the first person and is fascinating.

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An absolute delight

I listened to this during my lunchtime walk around the park. People must have wondered why I had a massive grin on my face. Easily the most charming and funny book I have read for years.

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  • Suzanne
  • Innsbruck, Austria
  • 14-05-13

Made me laugh!

I loved this book. I know that some people slam it because the main character is stereotyped, but he's such a lovely character and in spite or (perhaps because of) his quirks, I was rooting for him every step of the way.

Gentle humour (sometimes very clever), wonderful observations, and an a-typical "love" story.

Sometimes we all need something that simply makes us smile and that's what this book did for me. I've already recommended this to several people.

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Great Fun, Good Story, Brilliant Characters

The Rosier project won't take you long to listen to. I couldn't wait for an excuse to get out and put my earphones in.the dogs got more walks over the last few days than for months previously. The central character has the wonderful honesty that anyone familiar with ASD will recognise immediately. The story is told through his voice and the dry deadpan description of the other 'neuro typical' characters is hilarious. On another level it's a rather sweet love story stealing unashamedly from plenty of other clichéd love stories but with a major twist.
This is well written, well read, great fun and a little thought provoking. Just about all I ask from any book.

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  • Lulu
  • LONDON, United Kingdom
  • 06-07-14

Intellectually stimulating & extremely funny!!

WOW!! This book blew my mind!! Yes, there is some soul searching, a touch of romance but above all, it makes for an intellectually stimulating, laugh-out-loud read - and I really do mean that in every way!! The most appealing aspect of this book is that it is an excellent read for both the guys and the ladies. My hubby has thanked me endlessly for recommending the book to him; in fact I was so serious about him reading it, I downloaded it to his device and didn't move till he got started with it. And now, the book is getting in the way of our conversations and bedtime - but how can I complain when he's gripped with laughter every 5 to 10 minutes? The book is a real stress-buster, feel-good book.
My criticism: well, I was weary of the male voice (narration), but after 10 minutes, I felt no other voice could have delivered a performance in the context and ambience of the book and the characters!! So I'm afraid, I fail as a critic here and humbly stand my ground - this book is a perfect 5-star read!! I LOVED IT!!

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  • Petra
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 24-10-16

Charming and intelligent

Listened to this as an antidote to a Booker winning chore......
It's a mix of Bridget Jones and The Curious Incident, but the novel works and it is interesting as well as being amusing.
Narration is good - highly recommended.

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First story i've listened to

Would you listen to The Rosie Project again? Why?

Yes I would listen again.

What did you like best about this story?

A really interesting project carefully researched and cleverly writen. Enjoyed totally.

Which character – as performed by Dan O'Grady – was your favourite?

Don - The main character was the best as I have a step-son with the same problems so can easily relate to Don's way of thinking and planing.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Thebook as a whole moved me as to the problems exerienced by the main character (Don)
His feeling of being an "Alien" is one often heard by step-son. Feel for Don. Good to know he managed to combat his therories and live a happier more content life.

Any additional comments?

Will let my step-son in on the title and idea of the book. He's still at school and recently been diagnosed.

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  • Adele
  • 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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  • Charlene
  • 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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  • Julie
  • 25-05-13

Nerds Rule

A really delightful story where the marginalised triumph. Listen for pure pleasure as the rule bound hero makes his way toward a fully rounded life, detecting a suitable partner in a scientific fashion while dodging the bullets of academic political machinations so familiar to anybody connected to a university. I cant wait for the film. Especially for the golf club dinner episode.

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  • Modupe
  • 13-10-16

Fun read

Story was great. Narrator was excellent. Loved the sustained first-person perspective of the protagonist. Enjoyed every bit of it.

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  • cmtbookies
  • 17-12-15

Laugh Out Loud

If you could sum up The Rosie Project in three words, what would they be?

What a powerful insight into how some people think. Absolutely loved this.

What does Dan O'Grady bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He really makes you feel like you're listening to the main character himself. Well read.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Lots of laughing.

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  • Vinod Ramaswamy
  • 22-05-15

Extremely entertaining!

Great story, suspenseful and filled with endearing characters. Well narrated (except for the Chinese student's accent). Great listen overall.

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  • adi
  • 13-10-14

Enjoyed every moment

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend to any friend, it is fun to listed no, and also gives an insight to the life of people with asperger.

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  • Katherine
  • 15-05-14

The next rom com!

Would you listen to The Rosie Project again? Why?

I laughed out loud at this book & it's also brought a tear to my eye! Brilliantly read. The best book I've heard in a while

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  • Susannah
  • 18-03-14

Fabulous book...don't hesitate, just buy it.

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

Storyline, characters, narrator...the whole package.

What did you like best about this story?

The humour - laugh out loud moments. Very Australian humour though, so be warned if you are not an Aussie as it may be a bit parochial.

What does Dan O'Grady bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice is perfect for the character Don. I wish I could find more books narrated by him.

If you could take any character from The Rosie Project out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Don. He's an absolute gem...read it and see why!

Any additional comments?

This book was chosen for our bookclub and I was dubious about it when I read the blurb...but it is right up there in my top book selection.

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  • Nadine
  • 16-03-14

Just Doesn't Get Any Better!!

This is one of the Best Books of 2013/14. Having an ASD son and being Aussie I had to keep reminding myself this was fiction not a bio it is so well written. I never have a problem with this when I I listen or read a book, the line is never blurred but with Don I wanted to shout at the him like I was at the theatre watching an interactive play and that is the brilliance of this book. The characters are completely engaging and all floored. You start out thinking Don is the most extremely floored but when it gets right down to it, is he really? What you see it what you get and that is so refreshing it scares! The only problem I had was when I came to the end of the book that I will have to wait for later in the year for the sequel to be released. PLEASE Audible bring it on ASAP with same narrator as well, PLEASE!!!