Having practically memorized the film from so many viewings, and finally reading the physical novel last Halloween, it did admittedly strike me as mildly redundant to re-re-revisit Rosemary's Baby in the audio form. But with the promise of Mia Farrow--Rosemary herself!--narrating, the woman whose lovely vulnerability made me fall in love with the film in the first place, I couldn't pass it up! And I was not disappointed.
Levin's book is truly gorgeous in its simple, precise writing filled with small pockets of darkness and peculiar shadows on the wall--he leaves clues scattered all over the book, and even though I've watched/read this story countless times, it is marvelous to revisit a master of suspense and slowly discover all the ways he's tipping us off from the beginning.
I adore Mia Farrow's narration. Her voice is naturally soothing and lovely, and she's a natural with creating characters. Rosemary's words replicate the sweet, slightly squeaky timbre heard in the film; meanwhile Minnie Castavet speaks in a raspy, amusingly accented whine without copying Ruth Gordon's performance (with a few exceptions---my personal favorite is her pronunciation of "preg-a-nent"). In this narration, Mia gets to really encompass Rosemary's entire little life, inside her head and out of it--her dreamy excitement for the baby, her insecurity with her wifely duties, her nostalgia for religion, and at some points, contempt for her husband. Levin's writing is just so damn good (and the film so damn close) that while I listen I feel like I'm watching a new, more in-depth version of the film I know and love.
I'm so thrilled to have this in my library, and I'll probably be listening to it over and over again.
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