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The Rosie Project

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Graeme Simsion

Narrated By: Dan O'Grady

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: October 2013

Duration: 7 hours 34 minutes


“I am thirty-nine years old; single, intelligent, fit, in excellent health and I have a relatively high status and above-average income as an associate professor. Logically, I should be attractive to a wide range of women. In the animal kingdom, I would succeed in reproducing.

However, there is something about me that women find unappealing. I have never found it easy to make friends, and it seems that the deficiencies that caused this problem have also affected my attempts at romantic relationships. The Apricot Ice-cream Disaster is a good example.”

These are the words of Don Tillman, an odd, charming, highly successful Professor of Genetics, whose long history of ‘not fitting in’ has convinced him that he is not wired for romance. But at weekly dinners with his elderly neighbor and valued new friend, Daphne (Don can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand), she convinces him to re-evaluate his prospects.

And so, in the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he embarks upon The Wife Project, designing a questionnaire to help him find the perfect partner: a punctual, non-drinking, non-smoking female who will fit in with his regimented lifestyle.

When Rosie appears on the scene, it is clear that she fits none of his selection criteria: a spontaneous, outspoken barmaid who smokes and curses, and simply adjusts the time on Don’s clock when he complains that they have fallen off his carefully planned schedule.  Yet an unlikely partnership blooms when Don agrees to help Rosie search for her biological father. As Rosie pushes Don out of his comfort zone again and again, he finds to his surprise that he may be having fun.  But can a real relationship take root if Don isn’t wired to feel emotion like everyone else? Graeme Simsion’s moving and comic novel, sustained by a remarkable narrative voice, takes the reader on an immensely satisfying journey as Don seeks to see more within himself than he ever thought was possible.


  • Kristen N

    This book is immediately charming, with enough plot intrigue and great character development to make the listener care about the Project and it's players. The narrator gave a great performance.

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  • Jen C

    Engaging entertaining and smart writing. Loved the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Bobbie T

    Super cute story! Funny and easy to "read" with clever little twists to keep you waiting and wanting to see the various projects unfolding. Loved the reader!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Heily Aktuglu-McGowan

    The Rosie project book was Awkwardly hilarious! Brilliantly written!!

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  • Dale Meck

    Such an enjoyable read...when I wasn't smiling from ear to ear, I was laughing out loud! The narrator was spot on, which only added to my delight with this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Susan M.

    Hilarious book

  • Nancy Krehlik

    This book was both heart wrenching and delightful. I enjoyed it very much!

  • Lisa Carroll

    My family, two teenagers included, listened to the Rosie Project on a long road trip. It was enjoyed immensely by all!

  • Jennifer Mahan

    It was charming and a fun easy read. I didn't realize it took place in Australia until I listened to the audiobook. It was fun to listen to it with the Aussie accent.

  • Kim Murphy

    It did not read as a chick lit novel and very witty. I was enthralled from the first chapter. I had audible moments of laughter and "awwed" more than once and I have never done that.