The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
One of the joys I get from listening to audiobooks, versus reading a print book, is hearing the languages and accents of other cultures. However, I picked up Graeme Simsion’s “The Rosie Project” only because I kept hearing about it. I was very happy when the lilting tones of an Australian man came out of my car speakers, and as the story moved along, the man became much quirkier (and funnier) by the minute.
Don Tillman is a genetics professor in Australia, and he is a thoughtful, socially awkward perfectionist. We begin to see that Don may be bordering on autistic, without admitting it. He wants to find the perfect wife, yet going on dates usually ends in disaster, and he devises a 16-page, multi-question survey for women to take to find his perfect wife. The criteria are nearly impossible to meet (no smoking, no late arrivers, must have high talent for ice-cream tasting, etc.), and the methods Don uses to narrow his candidates are hilarious (the accent of audiobook narrator Dan O’Grady helps too)! Don’s best friend, also a professor, tries to help by basically ignoring Don’s Wife Project Survey and setting him up with women, including Rosie. Rosie is a gorgeous redhead who Don is attracted to but she fails almost every category of the Wife Project. They do have a reasonable conversation and he, in his endearing way, gets interested in helping with what he calls the Father Project. Rosie is not sure who her dad is, and her mother has died, and so the unlikely pair of Don and Rosie begin an adventure to scientifically prove who the man is.
“The Rosie Project” is a delightful romantic comedy, and the sequel (which Simsion says he didn’t intend to write, until his great debut success) “The Rosie Effect” has just been released, so once you finish Don and Rosie's first adventures, get on the wait-list for part 2. I highly recommend Rosie for a good laugh.