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Rosemary's Baby | [Ira Levin]

Rosemary's Baby

She is a housewife: young, healthy, blissfully happy. He is an actor: charismatic and ambitious. The spacious, sun-filled apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side is their dream home, a dream that turns into an unspeakable nightmare. Enter the chilling world of Ira Levin, where terror is as near as your new neighbors and where evil wears the most innocent face of all.
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She is a housewife: young, healthy, blissfully happy. He is an actor: charismatic and ambitious. The spacious, sun-filled apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side is their dream home, a dream that turns into an unspeakable nightmare.

Enter the chilling world of Ira Levin, where terror is as near as your new neighbors and where evil wears the most innocent face of all.

©1967 Ira Levin; (P)2005 HarperCollinsPublishers, Inc.

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    Kim GREENVILLE, SC, United States 05-21-12
    Kim GREENVILLE, SC, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Classically Creepy"

    Mia Farrow did an excellent job narrating this. I highly recommend this classic story of horror and a mother's love.

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    Chico Brazil 07-20-15
    Chico Brazil 07-20-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Excellent story; masterful reading!"
    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook just HAD to be narrated by Mia Farrow. Ira Levin's story plot is so well developed and the characters are remarkable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J.G. New York, NY 07-06-15
    J.G. New York, NY 07-06-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Perfect for fans of the film"

    Amazing hearing Mia Farrow do it. Fans of the film won't be disappointed. Shows what a brilliant adaptation the film was.

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    Thomas Charles Sisneros 01-19-15 Member Since 2012
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    "unlikable characters must be endured"

    this book is approximately six hours long. the first five hours are spent building suspense and characters. Rosemary is a passive dimbulb and every conversation she has is a reminder that everyone in this book is really uninteresting. Finally in the last hour the mystery and conspiracy begin to unwind in a thrilling drama but by that point you are rooting for the antichrist. like maybe instead of going on about wallpaper and laundry soap or whatever these people can open conversations with existential horror

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fatimah Columbia, SC, United States 01-06-15
    Fatimah Columbia, SC, United States 01-06-15 Member Since 2014

    I'm all about the drama in my reading!

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    "Good Listen!!!"

    It was similar to the movie and having Mia Farrow narrate was naturally the right choice as she's the original Rosemary. :-)

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    Eleanor 11-17-14
    Eleanor 11-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Perfect narration for a great story."
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rosemary's Baby?

    The last scene where Rosemary decides not to kill the baby. It was creepy and wonderfully written. You just want to scream at her and yet understand her thinking.


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    Deedra United States 11-01-14
    Deedra United States 11-01-14 Member Since 2014

    I am at that half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lol

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    "Rosemarys Baby"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rosemary's Baby to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version


    What other book might you compare Rosemary's Baby to and why?

    IDK


    Which character – as performed by Mia Farrow – was your favorite?

    Rosemary


    If you could rename Rosemary's Baby, what would you call it?

    The book or the baby?


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book.The characters were believable and well written.I LIKED the 'bad
    people' as much as I did the good people.I wasn't impressed with the husband,but maybe that was how women were treated in the 60's.

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    Rylee 08-28-14
    Rylee 08-28-14
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    "Falling in love all over again"
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    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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    D. Felicia Valente Moore, OK 05-30-14
    D. Felicia Valente Moore, OK 05-30-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, not so great performance"
    What made the experience of listening to Rosemary's Baby the most enjoyable?

    The story line. I read it years ago and enjoyed it and with the movie coming out, decided to listen to it before watching the movie. It's a great story with interesting characters.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mia Farrow’s performances?

    Absolutely not. She speaks so softly that it's next to impossible to listen to the book in the shower (I have a shower speaker) or in my car. I don't have problems with any of the other performers I listen to, just this one. I understand she's trying to portray Rosemary and meek and timid but she could have projected more.


    Any additional comments?

    Other than Mia Farrow's performance and the occasional creepy music, I guess signaling the end of a chapter, it's a great book.

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    Barbara 05-22-14
    Barbara 05-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I was hoping for more..."
    What did you love best about Rosemary's Baby?

    I love the build up to the ending, I also love the ending as well as book 2.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it puts a mothers loyalty to whatever she gives birth to into question.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, not really.


    Any additional comments?

    While I've never found this story to be scary, it is interesting. However, I'd heard from people that the book was different from the movie (and the sad remake), it really isn't any different. I was hoping that like the book "The Exorcist" it would shine a little more light on the story, it doesn't. So if you enjoyed the film, you'll like the book.

    Mia Farrow is an amazing narrator.

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