Audiobook mini-review: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. A delightful chick-lit written by a man.

Title: The Rosie Project
Author: Graeme Simsion
Narrator: Dan O’Grady
Story rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Audio rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall rating: 5 of 5 Stars


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.


The Rosie Project was such a delightful and adorable book. I enjoyed it a lot. The main character Don found himself in hilarious situations and I constantly giggled and laughed out loud.

Probably the reason this book is so refreshingly different from other chick-lit stories is that it’s male POV written by a man. Don was such a wonderful protagonist. I’ve seen that some readers criticized the author because in their opinion he made fan of Asperger syndrome, but I don’t think so. He wrote a heartfelt and kind story about a man, who is different, but at the same time I’m sure that a lot of readers can relate and find a little of themselves in Don and his social awkwardness.

My thoughts about the audiobook:

The audiobook is narrated by Dan O’Grady and I enjoyed his performance immensely. He has a lovely accent. It’s funny that I say this since I’m a foreigner. It looks like my English became American. My poor school English teacher. All her efforts to make me speak British English have failed. Lol.

Anyway Dan O’Grady did a great job here. Not only he brought to life Don, I enjoyed his female voices, and I’m very picky about female voices performed by male narrators.

I urge you to pick up this charming feel-good story.

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7 Comments on “Audiobook mini-review: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. A delightful chick-lit written by a man.

  1. A chick-lit, written by a man started by a man? oh you are right, this sounds like fun
    😀 I think I have this on my TBR but it’s been on there so long I kind of forgot what it was about

  2. I’ve had this book on my wishlist for such a long time but haven’t gotten around to it. I need to fix that. 5 stars is high praise! Thanks for the review, Ksenia. :)

  3. It’s been a long while since I read this book but I’m glad to see you enjoyed it. I’d not actually thought of it as chick lit at the time but it is and it’s refreshing for it to be written by a man and for him to get it right as well.

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