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The Rosie Project

Don Tillman, Book 1
Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
Series: Don Tillman, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,360 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The art of love is never a science.: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs The Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a 16-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers. Yet, Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Although Don easily disqualifies her as a suitable candidate (even if she is "quite intelligent for a barmaid"), he is intrigued by Rosie's own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie and the realisation that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.

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Wonderfully engaging

Wonderful characters all round with a beautifully self aware protagonist. There are moments your heart breaks for Don alongside other times you realise his assessment of people and situations is hilariously spot on. A wonderfully realised character.

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Terrific novel

I have both read and listened to this story ..... I enjoyed it so much! It is by far the best book I have read in a long time. I couldn't put it down! I have read the sequel and am now ready to listen to it too. Having a few male relatives with similar degrees of autism I found it fascinating and liberating. This book gave new insights and is written with brilliant humour that even my clever autistic husband found it amusing!

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Very enjoyable.

The Rosie Project is lovely light hearted and funny story of a man wisth undiagnosed ASD falling in love. I really enjoyed listening to the story and loved the Narrator's Australian accent.

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Simply could not stop listening.

Absolutely brilliant It was such an engaging story that I couldn't put it down.
The best novel I can remember reading.

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Interesting perspective

Not my normal type of read but I enjoyed it. I liked the characters & found the Aspergers perspective interesting. Great look at relationships.

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Great read

An excellent book that was well read. I did not know what to expect from this book but I found it funny, fast paced and although the plot was a bit predictable I would recommend it to male or female readers, especially those who are just a little bit on the spectrum!

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Great story, great reading

Wonderfully interpretive reading of a sensitive and funny story - highly recommended. Shows great insight and understanding of an increasingly common problem.

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Interesting perspective

Liked this book...mostly due to the main charactors mental disposition and the educational opportunity ( although light ) it gave me into the life of people with Aspergers.

It was mostly curiosity that kept me engaged in this book rather than a rich story line.

I thought the narration was of high quality and would recommend this book to people's who a) want a male perspective on relationships, b) like a light humoured read and c) are curious about the vastly amazing mental spectrum of humanity.

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Not my usual cup of tea

An interesting look inside this man's head. I didn't hate it and at times it was enjoyable. Not a bad story

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Very enjoyable

I listened to this book often with a smile on my face. The character of Don Tillman is wonderful and his thoughts alone are hilarious. Okay, its predictable but if you're looking for a break from the intense stuff this is a literary holiday worth taking.

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  • R W
  • 27-02-2019

A bit disappointed

In the first half of the book, lead character Don is portrayed in a childlike way that feels patronising. As Don becomes more self-aware, the characterisation takes on more depth and becomes an easier read. It’s very entertaining in parts, and I expect the 2nd and 3rd in the series to be more interesting than the first, as Don’s life becomes more complex.

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  • Michael Stringer
  • 15-06-2015

Hilarious romance with a rational approach

After 5 minutes listening and a moment of so much laughter that I had to stop the book, I knew that the Rosie Project is a winner. As a person diagnosed as borderline Asperger's Syndrome (actual BMI 23), I quickly empathised with the difficulties that Assoc. Prof. Don Tilman has had through his life.

As the story of a man whose brain works so differently to almost all others, and his long life journey to find his place in the world, including a romantic partner, the book works well. I liked the way the book gently stood up for people who do not conform to the neuro-typical, but did this within the context of a delightfully funny love story. Yes - aspys rule!

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  • Dantheman
  • 08-05-2015

Brilliant!

An education, and a great yarn.

I fell in love with Rosie too, found my self yelling at Don.

Crazy.

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  • maledr5
  • 23-02-2015

Entertain, fun and romantic

Is such an unusual love story. And yet so real. I think in some way we all are Don Tillman. Awesome to read.

Excellent performance.