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February 21, 2015 / Leslie

Audiobook Review: The Rosie Effect

A Rapid Review

RosieEffectThe Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

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.

Audio production:
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.

An Under My Apple Tree Rapid Review
Source: Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster.
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  1. laurelrainsnow / Feb 21 2015 11:47 am

    Yes, I found the second book underwhelming…and in parts, irritating. LOL Thanks for sharing.


  2. Suko / Feb 21 2015 1:40 pm

    Leslie, thanks for sharing your thoughts about this audiobook. I haven’t read (or listened to) any of the Rosie books. I’m interested in The Rosie Project.


  3. BermudaOnion / Feb 21 2015 5:37 pm

    I have both Rosie books in print and need to find time to get to them!


  4. Louise / Feb 21 2015 6:17 pm

    I read and loved The Rosie Project, but for some reason I haven’t been interested in the sequel at all, perhaps not wanting to spoil the memory.


  5. diane / Feb 22 2015 7:34 am

    I’m one of a few people who did not like the first Rosie book, so don’t plan to read this one. Sorry the experience wasn’t better for you.


  6. Mary / Feb 22 2015 9:00 pm

    I enjoyed the first book in audio format and may get to this one eventually. Thanks for your thoughts on it.



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