Audiobook Review: THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion



Format: Audio; 7 hrs, 32 mins
Narrator: Dan O’Grady
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Released: October 1, 2013
Source: Review copy from Publisher

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.


THE ROSIE PROJECT was a cute and quirky story about an unconventional romance between a brilliant, socially awkward genetics professor and the woman who is totally wrong for him – at least on paper. I listened to the audiobook which was narrated by Dan O’Grady. He captured Professor Don Tillman’s persona perfectly.

Don Tillman was a unique main character I couldn’t help loving. Highly intelligent yet socially inept, Don based his way of life on rigid routines and scientific facts. After years of unsuccessful romantic pursuits, Don is convinced he’s either unlovable because of his quirks, or incapable of loving someone else because his brain is wired differently. (That made me sad!)

In a final attempt to find a partner, Don creates “The Wife Project,” a scientifically-based method of attracting the most suitable “candidates.” Enter Rosie. On paper, she’s completely wrong for Don as a possible Β mate, but he agrees to help her with her own project – finding her biological father. His relationship with Rosie is an eye-opening experience for Don, and he learns a lot about himself, friendship, and love.

I enjoyed THE ROSIE PROJECT. It was something different than what I usually read, and I caught myself giggling many times. Don was a memorable character, and I was rooting for him throughout the book.

Sweet, funny, moving. Give it a listen!

Rating: 4 Stars

Disclosure: I received a copy of this audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.