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Publisher's Summary

On the cusp of 50, Adam Sharp has a loyal partner, earns a good income as an IT contractor and is the music-trivia expert at quiz nights. It's the lifestyle he wanted, but something's missing.

Two decades ago, on the other side of the world, his part-time piano playing led him into a passionate relationship with Angelina Brown, who'd abandoned law studies to pursue her acting dream. She gave Adam a chance to make it something more than an affair - but he didn't take it. And now he can't shake off his nostalgia for what might have been. Then, out of nowhere, Angelina gets in touch. What does she want? Does Adam dare to live dangerously? How far will he go for a second chance?

Graeme Simsion was born in Auckland and is a Melbourne-based writer of novels, short stories, plays, screenplays and two nonfiction books. The Rosie Project began life as a screenplay, winning the Australian Writers Guild/Inscription Award for Best Romantic Comedy before being adapted into a novel. It went on to win the 2012 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript and has since been sold around the world to over 40 countries. Sony Pictures has optioned the film rights, with Graeme contracted to write the script. The Rosie Project won the 2014 ABIA for Best General Fiction Book and was ultimately awarded Australian Book of the Year for 2014.

©2016 Graeme Simsion (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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If music be the food of love play on...

Would you consider the audio edition of The Best of Adam Sharp to be better than the print version?

Readers of Graeme Simsion's latest book The Best of Adam Sharp may be surprised by the initial differences to the Rosie books, but they will not I think be disappointed. The Best of Adam Sharp is easily approached but is ultimately profound commentary on love from the male perspective, strongly plot driven with music sex, food and wine for good measure.

To draw a parallel to the film Love Actually, which weaves the stories of several pairs of lovers, the Rosie books would be the Hugh Grant/Martine McCutcheon story; mismatched lovers, funny and slightly silly. Adam would be the Allan Rickman/Emma Thompson story; older, sadder but ultimately more insightful.

The construction of the book is effortless and self assured, keeping the listener engaged, taking them from 80s Australia to the present day UK and France.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Best of Adam Sharp?

Perhaps because of my own age, I was left with a profound sense of longing, nostalgia and ultimately contentment with my lot, which lingered well after the book had finished.

Which character – as performed by David Barker – was your favourite?

It was lovely to have the soothing tones of David Barker with his Mancunian narrating the book and making the character of Adam.

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Sensational

Another great book from the pen of Graeme Simsion. Intricacies of human relationships explored masterfully.

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Unique take on forbidden love

I did enjoy the authors use of music as the medium the character explored his feelings through. I felt connected to Adam throughout. The book was a very honest and open minded look at issues surrounding forbidden love.

I waited for about 12months after listening to The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect as I had read reviews this book was different. Be prepared for something fresh, it's not a comedy. It's well written and just as clever in how the story is woven together.

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  • Roderic
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  • 11-01-2017

Great story, well told... thanks for the music

I enjoyed this book immensely. The pace is less frenetic than the Rosie books but the wry humour in the narrative is the same. There is a lot to connect with in the character of Adam.

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Another fabulous book!

The only thing i don't like about Graeme Simsions books is that they finish! After his 1st 2 novels i could wait for the 3rd and he doesn't dissapoint.

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Missed the mark on this one

As a huge fan of the Rosie books, I was disappointed by this one. The book starts off okay, however it just doesn't seem to get any better. Didn't enjoy the strange turn of events, in fact I think this is what ruined the book for me.

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Very intriguing

So different to his previous two books, but still a great listen. Would have love the music to be part of the audio book

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  • NickyB
  • 13-10-2016

So many songs, so many memories

the music that fills this book is from the best times in my life,

i loved the story as well and could relate to the characters

Being a Rosie and Don fan i really looked forward to what Graeme had in store for a follow up novel and found this book to be a 'great read' (listen) The narration (and the accent) were both great 😀👍

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  • Constantlistener
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The Best of Adam Sharp - Not a Bung Note In It

What made the experience of listening to The Best of Adam Sharp the most enjoyable?

Readers of Graeme Simsion's latest book The Best of Adam Sharp may be surprised by the initial differences to the Rosie books, but they will not I think be disappointed. The Best of Adam Sharp is easily approached but is ultimately profound commentary on love from the male perspective, strongly plot driven with sex, food and wine for good measure.

To draw a parallel to the film Love Actually, which weaves the stories of several pairs of lovers, the Rosie books would be the Hugh Grant/Martine McCutcheon story; mismatched lovers, funny and slightly silly. Adam would be the Allan Rickman/Emma Thompson story; older, sadder but ultimately more insightful.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Best of Adam Sharp?

The construction of the book is effortless and self assured, keeping the listener engaged, taking them from 80s Australia to the present day UK and France.

Perhaps because of my own age, I was left with a profound sense of longing, nostalgia and ultimately contentment with my lot, which lingered well after the book had finished.

Which character – as performed by David Barker – was your favorite?

It was lovely to have the soothing tones of David Barker with his Mancunian accent narrating the book and putting us in the the head of Adam Sharp.

If you could rename The Best of Adam Sharp, what would you call it?

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