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Audiobook Review

The Rosie Project

Don Tillman, #1
Graeme Simsion
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average rating is 5 out of 5
average rating is 5 out of 5

Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects


Sweet, Uplifting Perfection


💚 This story is pure joy. It's about overcoming your biggest challenges to get what you want and embracing life. Normally, this would be enough saccharine sweetness to send me screaming into the void. However, this is executed perfectly, with wit, authenticity and fantastic characters.

❤️️ I love Don Tilman, I love The Wife Project and I love the unusual slant on the careful-what-you-wish-for theme of this story.

💛 There are definite similarities between this and A Man Called Ove as well as Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.

💜 UPDATE: Since the first time I read this, I've had a lot more personal experience of the autism spectrum and it's only made me love it even more.


🎧 Superbly read by Dan O'Grady, who manages to balance monotone with engaging.


No spoilers for this one. Maybe next time!
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The Rosie Project


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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