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by Graeme Simsion

Narrated by Dan O’Grady

7 hours 32 minutes

Don Tillman is a professor of genetics, extremely organized, and believes he’s ready for a life partner (a wife). His best friend Gene, a psychology professor, thinks he’s a tad high strung and perhaps has a social affliction, not that he says so in so many words. We first meet Don when he’s been conned by Gene to give a lecture about aspergers syndrome to a group of young teens. There are aspects of the lecture that leads one to believe Don shouldn’t have had to do any research for the lecture.

Being the person he is, Don sets out to find the perfect wife and thus begins what he calls The Wife Project. It includes a series of questionnaires as a way to eliminate traits like drinking, smoking, and wasting time. When Gene gets wind of the project, he insists Don is too close to the be scientifically objective and takes over the sorting the returned questionnaires. Then as a joke, he sends Rosie to see Don. She’s a wild card, Gene says.

Vivacious, filled with bad habits and any number of traits that make her incompatible, Don quickly dismisses her as a potential wife. To top it off, Rosie has father issues that Don just might be able to help her sort out. And thus starts The Father Project.

Through their interaction over the Father Project, Don and Rosie form a sort of friendship and before Don knows it, well…

As for the Rosie project… well, you’re going to have to read the book.

I was laughing out loud at the go. This was an offbeat book with heart, soul, and just a tad bit of annoyingness that made me want to keep reading, er listening. I will warn you that this is a first person account in Don’s vernacular and is very detailed about his thought processes, it also made him endearing.

Simon & Schuster did a great job at the production of this book and with Dan O’Grady narrating, the book and Don came to life. I loved Dan’s style and pacing, and he made Don lovable.

Would I recommend this book? Heck yeah, but it isn’t for everyone. You’ve got to have a sense of humor about all things organized.