Audiobook Review: The Rosie Effect
A Rapid Review
Publisher: Simon & Schuster | December 2014
Format: Audio Download | 9 hours | Rating: 3½ stars
Audio Listening Level: Easy
The Rosie Project was an international publishing phenomenon, with more than a million copies sold in over forty countries around the world. Now Graeme Simsion returns with the highly anticipated sequel, The Rosie Effect.
At the end of the first book, we leave Don and Rosie happily married and living in New York. Don is a professor of genetics, and Rosie is finishing up her PhD and preparing to enter medical school. We pick up ten months later when Rosie announces that she is pregnant.
From the first book, The Rosie Project, we know that Don is a socially challenged individual whose often inappropriate, although innocent, actions indicate he probably has Asperger’s Snydrome. Adding a pregnancy into the mix gives Don a whole new set of challenges. He now begins researching children with the same zeal that he researched potential girlfriends. For example, following children at the playground is not a good way to learn about them! Well, you get the picture; I won’t spoil the fun.
These are the same likable, fun characters back for another adventure; sort of like tuning in to your favorite sitcom ever week, you pretty much know what to expect. I enjoyed the book and found it entertaining, but it was little too much like the first book and got predictable after a while.
The audiobook was delightfully narrated by Dan O’Grady, whose voice and accent I now associate with the quirky Don Tillman.
This was a quick, easy listen. A good choice for the car or while multitasking. This would also be a good choice for readers new to the audio format with its fun, simple, and easy to follow plot.
Source: Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster.
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