Genre: Adult Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Published: October 1st, 2013 by Simon & Schuster
Audiobook, 452 minutes
How I Got This Book: Checked it out from the library
Why I Picked It Up?: Because this sounded like just a quirky, fun standalone story that I NEEDED to listen to!
Book Jacket Blurb: “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.”
So I knew going into this audiobook that I was going to enjoy this story because many reviews described it as quirky, and I just love myself a good quirky story. I did not, however, expect myself to fall so madly, deeply in love with every moment of this book, from the first sentence to the last.
This novel is RomCom at its finest. The story is fun and easy-going, but what really makes this novel special are the characters! The narrator, Don Tillman, is a very eccentric man who is on the Autism Spectrum with some degree of Asperger’s Syndrome (And I love how Graeme Simsion so gracefully and positively portrays Don in spite of his condition. Yes, he has some socially inept moments that add humorous tones to the story, but Don is full-functioning and welcomed into his community of friends and colleagues as someone with extreme intelligence and a good heart.) I absolutely fell in love with his narrative voice, and I loved his logical and informed decision-making. Throughout this novel, Don starts to see the world differently when he sets out to help Rosie with her father search. The personal journey that Don goes on in this novel is heartwarming and heartfelt.
Rosie also adds and interesting and unique dynamic to this story. She is headstrong and determined, yet she is still vulnerable and a bit afraid. While Don is the essence of this story, Rosie is the heart. She has never been slowed down by the roadblocks in her life, but she does feel them. Her strength and determination is admirable, and her realism and heart is authentic. And her friendship with Don is energetic and amusing, especially as the navigate the line between friendship, professional relationship, and whatever else they may be.
The voice narrator, Dan O’Grady, deserves the highest of praise for this audiobook performance. He captures the unique heart and soul of each of these characters and allows them to stand on their own, distinguishably. His voice is energetic (and Australian!), and his interpretation of this text allows for this story to JUMP off the page. As a listener, I was immediately transported into this story and enjoyed every moment of it!
If you are wanting a great summer listen (or read!) that is light-hearted, humorous, and full of unique characters, please look no further than The Rosie Project. This is truly a special book that I hope you will fall in love with just as much as I have!
My Bookshelf Rating:
If you are looking for a quirky story that makes you giggle and smile from beginning to end, I cannot recommend this book to you enough! Don Tillman is such a unique character, and I loved Every. Single. Minute of his story! Dan O’Grady’s narration performance is absolutely BRILLIANT! I was with Don for every step of this crazy and quirky journey for him to find the perfect partner and cheered for him as he learned to let go and live. Truly a fantastic listening experience, for sure!
Love and Wall Clocks,