Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

I finally got around to finishing another book.  Actually this time it was an audio book.  I always thought books on tape were for old people.  Not sure why I thought that, but I did.  Now I can download books to my smart phone, that doesn't make me old, that makes me technologically advanced, right?  Whatever, I can listen to a book while I drive or while I clean house or whatever.  I like it. On the the book!

This book was strongly suggested by my local librarian.  She said I MUST read it and when I reminded her that I didn't have time to sit down and read a book these day because I'm busy with Netflix, she suggested I download the audio.  I reminded her that was for old folks and secretly downloaded it anyway.  She was right.

Don Tillman is a single guy from Melborne, Australia.  He's a quirky genetics professor who is very set in his ways.  Same meals, same routine, same everything every week.  His life is scheduled on his white board for maximum efficiency.  With the help of his only friends, he decides it's time to start looking for a wife.  Dating in the traditional sense is not an efficient use of his time, so he creates a questionnaire for potential mates to complete.   After a few awkward dates, he's not found Mrs. Right, but he's managed to update some of the questions to rule out less than optimum candidates.  In comes Rosie, a disorganized woman with her own issues who catches Don's attention.  Don offers his assistance to Rosie for a genetics project and it's a world of adventure and disrupted schedules from there on out.  This is a funny book that only mildly pulls at the heartstrings.  I would recommend downloading the audio if you can.  Dan O'Grady does a great job portraying the emotions and feel of the characters.  Disclaimer:  there is some profanity in this book, so be aware.  For me, it wasn't enough to make me not want to continue listening.  There is a sequel, The Rosie Effect.  I'm listening to it now and love it just as much as the original.  All in all, I give The Rosie Project two thumbs up!


  1. Sounds like my kind of story. How many hours is the audio version? I don't have time to read either, because over there!

  2. I think the audio was about 8 hours long, give or take. Each chapter is about 8-13 minutes long. This is perfect for my commute, if you have a shorter commute, this won't really do you any good, but you can listen while you load the dish washer and tend to your garden or while you are on a run. Whatever fits into your lifestyle.


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