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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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    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 2012
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 05-22-14
    Barbara 05-22-14 Member Since 2009
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia Laguna Woods, CA, United States 10-29-12
    Virginia Laguna Woods, CA, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "WOW! A GREAT STORY"
    If you could sum up Rosemary's Baby in three words, what would they be?

    Scary, scary, scary!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked this book the first time I read it when I was a lot younger than now. Now, when I listened to it, it was even better. I'm an avid reader from Audible, and this was right at the top of my listening list. Great story. It's at the top of my "can't put down" books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The "birthing" scene, just great.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Couldn't stop listening. A rare feeling for me. I have listened to many, many books and this book made me scared of sounds in my condo.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a really good listen. But be prepared to listen more than you planned because it's REALLY, REALLY SCARY!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie 02-11-13
    Debbie 02-11-13
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    "Rosemary's Baby"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rosemary's Baby to be better than the print version?

    No, although I did really enjoy it, I just prefer to read things myself. Mia did a fabulous job in my opinon and I do not regret buying this title.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rosemary. She's just a fun character and it is entertaining to see what lengths she goes through to prove that something is not right with things. I've always liked the movie as well as the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Right around the birth of Rosemary's baby.


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

    I don't know.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good audio book and I enjoyed it. I however prefer to read myself, therefore this subscription is just not for me and even if I did love it, I would not pay $14.95 a month (or more!) for it, just not worth it to me. But I'm glad I checked it out and gave it a chance. The two books I tried were good. Thanks! : )

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Foster Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-28-10
    Foster Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-28-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Utterly drab"

    Mundane, verbose, not scary – could not get past the first third. sorry if you like this, but I am personally not into boring novels.

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
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