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.
Mia Farrow does a fine job of narrating this novel, as well as putting her own spin on the various characters' voices. Her performance of Minnie Castevet is a highlight--she manages to make her sound simultaneously comical and frightening. Despite having seen the film many times, it was great fun to listen to this audiobook and to picture oneself in poor Rosemary's shoes: Is she suffering from a pregnancy-induced paranoia, or are these neighbors of hers part of a witch's coven?
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Geez, this was a scary listen. You wouldn't think after half a century this demon spawn story would still have the capacity to be so chilling, but there were times when I literally had to switch to something funny or light-hearted (or even boring) while driving, just to keep from being so spooked on the road. The book is obviously dated, sexist and racist (gender roles are still very stereotyped, and while a white man is just referred to as a man, a black man is always referred to as a Negro man), but nowhere near as glaringly as one might expect for 1966, and nowhere near as bad as in Jaws, which was written almost a decade later. This book has a timeless quality about it, and it made me want to re-watch the excellent 1968 Roman Polanski film. Mia Farrow (Rosemary in that film), who as you can hear for yourself in the sample reads a little too fast at the beginning of the book, settles down to a perfect pace after the first few pages and delivers a virtually flawless performance thereafter. Kudos to her and to Audible for making this indispensable classic available! Grade: A.
I liked this audio book. The narrator, who also starred in the movie, does a great job. The story is 70's horror fun. Well written. Story about a witches coven living in an apartment building and they want Rosemary's baby. You've probably seen the old movie but the book is much better. Spooky and a little weird and good listen!!!!!!
I used to give full credit for the wonder of the film version of Ira Levin's, "Rosemary's Baby," to Roman Polanski alone. Now having heard Mia Farrow's narration, I am , for the first time, able to really enjoy the book. Levin's book always seemed to me to be the barest of bones, and left me, like so many horror novels, feeling dissatisfied in the extreme.
Well, my hat is off to Mia Farrow, who manages to bring enough of her Rosemary Woodhouse magic to give this thin volume much more excitement than I ever thought it could have. To me, it is like a different book; a book I now look forward to listening to again. I now actually feel quite enthusiastic about it. If you are considering downloading this, please do...don't bother with the print edition. Let Mia Farrow charm you and run away with your imagination. In my humble opinion, she elevates this to the highest level it will ever reach, off the screen. What a delight!
What a really sucky thing to happen to a nice girl :) I haven't seen this movie so the story was a surprise for me, and although there are a lot of clues as to what's going to happen, the ending was kind of insane- baffling really! Fun listen- I didn't find it scary, but tense sometimes and Mia Farrow was great reading it.
After an hour or so of listening, I couldn't take it anymore. Her voice made me want to dig my eardrums out with a rusty nail, stomp on them in high heels, light them on fire, then feed them to a feral cat.Someday I may try and read the book...but only when Mia Farrow's voice is forever gone from my memory.
Mia Farrow did an excellent job narrating this. I highly recommend this classic story of horror and a mother's love.
This audiobook just HAD to be narrated by Mia Farrow. Ira Levin's story plot is so well developed and the characters are remarkable.
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