Thursday, July 13, 2017

Audiobook Review: The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project By Graeme Simsion
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Release Date: Oct. 1, 2013
Format: Audiobook narrated by Dan O'Grady
Summary Via GoodReads

My Rating: ★★

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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.
This is one of those books that I like, but I just don't have a lot of feelings about. I just feel kind of "meh" about it. It's a quick enjoyable read, just not my favorite.

I loved all the banter between Don and Rosie and how they go on this adventure together to figure out who her father is. I loved when they were sneaking around stealing DNA from people. Even going as far as posing as waiters to collect DNA off glasses. I loved these scenes, and you could really see where they were starting to connect. I think these scenes were my favorite part of the book. I also liked the budding romance between them. Don is a little odd, but Rosie kind of likes him the way he is, and I think they balanced each other out well.

I honestly thought Don's friend Gene was going to be Rosie's father, so when we do find out the truth towards the end of the novel I just felt it was a little anticlimactic. It just felt really rushed and it wasn't like either of the characters cared all that much about it anymore, even though that was the main premise of this novel. Maybe that was the point, for them to experience this journey, maybe the end result was not that important.

I did the audio for this, and while I thought the narrator did a good job I was not expecting him to be Australian. Not that it was a bad thing, it was just unexpected. I was curious why an Australian was cast to do the narration, so I looked it up and the author is also an Aussie, so it kind of made sense. I also feel like it gave me a better feel for who Don was and the setting of this story.

I think if you are looking for a nice carefree book with a romance subplot this is a good one to try.

Have you read the Rosie Project, what do you think?

Happy Reads Everyone!