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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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    5 out of 5 stars

Here Be Witches

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?

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Well Written, Great Fun

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!!!!!!

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Gerry
  • Auburn, AL, USA
  • 03-08-07

Excellent reading of a classic

This audiobook is even better than the movie and even more enjoyable for being read by Mia Farrow.

14 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Mia Farrow Breathes New Life Into Levin's Baby

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!

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • KZ
  • 07-02-18

Most unsatisfying ending I've ever read!

I'm not one of those people who's read a million and one books with another million sitting on the shelf, but I've read my share, and I'm not exaggerating about the ending. Absolutely nothing was resolved and it wasn't even a cliffhanger type of ending (though to be fair, I don't like those either). It feels like the plot builds and builds to a climax, sort of teeters on the edge for a while, then falls back on its rear end and ends right in the middle of a scene.
Now that I've panned the ending, I should probably say a little about the rest of the book. I was ready to give it a good four stars right up until the so-called 'end'. The main character is believable and likeable, and the plot doesn't rely on her making unrealistically stupid decisions. All the other characters are very well-written as well, and there's some really nice foreshadowing in the first act. Toward the end, I was really rooting for Rosemary and occasionally cheering her on out loud. The only thing I didn't like about the earlier parts of the book was how scenes sometimes seem to cut off right in the middle. A character will ask a question and then suddenly the scene changes to a few hours later. It made things a tad confusing in the audio version, but didn't detract from the story, at least until the ending does the same awkward cutoff.
The narrator is absolutely great. Something about her voice puts me in mind of a cozy 50's rom-com or something like that. It's very incongruous to the darkness of the plot, but delightfully so. And when things get rough, she's a better actor than Guy Woodhouse any day. She's not afraid to literally scream a line if it's appropriate in the situation, and it's completely believeable when she does it. She's far and away the best thing about this audiobook.
BOTTOM LINE: I recommend this book if you aren't the type to get emotionally invested in the plot/characters. Otherwise the ending will probably just depress or annoy you.

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  • Jazzi
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • 06-05-18

Great American Horror

Rosemary's Baby is one of those timeless tales that is just as relevant today as it was at the time of its original release. I highly recommend this book to every fan of the horror genre.

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EXACTLY LIKE THE MOVIE

I really didn't enjoyed this. it is so so close to the movie. I thought books were supposed to be better?!😢

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Absolutely amazing!

The novel does not disappoint at all, quite the opposite. Since I watched the movie so many times, it is impossible to tear them both apart. But I can imagine they work pretty well isolated from each other, but even better in a continuum. As you listen, it’s impossible not to associate Mia Farrow’s unique performance with the imagery, the set, the whole atmosphere of the movie. And the novel better explains certain passages that were not as developed in the movie. To put it blankly, the movie was incredible, the novel is absolutely amazing and Mia Farrow’s performance of innocent, somewhat shy, and yet, very lovely, fragile and yet incredibly strong (even though with no awareness regarding her own strength) Rosemary is an absolute delight! The tones and pitches she is able to carefully display throughout the narrative are undoubtedly the work of an extremely intelligent and sensitive artist, with a performance so unique and yet very realistic (SPOILER ALERT:

if you can apply such word to a story in which a woman is expecting the son of Satan.).

And in a very strange way, the author ends up bringing up themes of utmost relevance such as the burden of a patriarchal society upon women, the price one might pay for putting a blind eye not only to his/her instincts, but to evidence as well, the stigma regarding any woman’s allegedly “inappropriate” behaviour and the medicalisation of such in order to delegitimise her thoughts and opinions and how deceiving and dangerous can a mother’s love and inner expectations for her children be. It’s the stuff from which sociopaths, or

(SPOILER ALERT:)

Satan’s son in this particular case, are made of.

It is remarkable that so many years laters the novel is still so significant to women (and the matter regarding women’s rights and their everyday castration, or, to better put it: histerectomia and lobotomisation) and to society as well (by highlighting how many men try to lobotomise their espouses - and many other women - every single day, and how many espouses let them because the truth is hard to swallow, much harder than tannis root, and why would one swallow something that would take them away of their comfort zone, of what is expected of them? Rosemery tries, but eventually, fails. Not only because of other’s discouraging of her opinions, alarm and behaviour, but because once a baby is in the picture, it is very hard NOT to look the other way, not to feel guilty for doing the unexpected, and to actually admit to yourself that “Well, so much for motherhood! I literally - or not so literally - gave birth to the devil!”).

It is still such a modern book, to hell with the sanctity of the Church, that’s easy to mess up with, many books have done it. But this book dares to break with the sanctity of motherhood, parenting and the whole “how delightful it is to have a baby”, as well as many mothers’ deliberate blindness regarding their own children (and the possible consequences it may have). “Oh boy, boy...” the possible extent of its backfire!

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Five Stars despite the narration

Still one of the best thrillers .The kind I like ,subtle and creepy. Mia isn't much of a narrator but she doesn't ruin the book.

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Mia Darrow did an outstanding job

Wow! Mia Darrow did an outstanding job narrating this story. I prefer this audiobook over the movie--which I loved.