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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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What not to expect when you're expecting

Ira Levin's Rosemary's Baby is a classic horror tale of a young, recently married woman who becomes increasingly suspicious that her neighbors and eventually her husband are all part of Satanic cult. The tale unfolds innocently from the typical ups and downs of a young married couple struggling to make it in New York. While all the clues are in full view, Levin teases ever so slowly the denouement with Rosemary always offering alternative explanations for increasingly bizarre behaviors. Ultimately, maternal instincts win out.

Levin crafts a slow burn story such that reader may be inclined to scream at Rosemary to be wary, but she is always falling back onto rational explanations, all the while, the inescapable conclusion is becoming more and more apparent.

Given her starring role in the film adaptation, Mia Farrow is perfect as the narrator with not only a professional actress' talent, but her extensive familiarity with the material making for a delightful listen. Although surprisingly short, the plot is neither rushed nor sparse.

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Audio quality is horrendous

Good story, Mia Farrow was a fine narrator but the sound quality absolutely ruined the story. In my headphones it sounded as if Mia was recording in a can, in the car there was the same empty sound with an added echo.

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Hail Mia! Hail Ira!

This is excellent... and Mia Farrow's performance is brilliant. I understand now why this novel was the bestselling novel of 1960s.

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Deliciously creepy!

As a huge fan of the film, I was thrilled that it was faithful to the book. The tension builds slowly and with increasing anxiety. Quite effective!! Mia Farrow delivers a stellar performance.

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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?

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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!!!!!!

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Excellent reading of a classic

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

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Bad mixing?

Mia Farrow did a commendable job with her performance, but it was a nightmare how the volume would explode whenever Rosemary screamed, or when Minnie talked at all.
Also it kind of grated on me that Farrow gave Minnie some kind of Long Island accent, even in sections where the text is describing her accent as Midwestern, and I think her character is from Oklahoma?
Solid 4 if you don't mind the volume problems.

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Half good

The first half of the book is absolutely horrible. It's pure banal drivel which I assume exists to be a contrast for what follows -- but runs painfully for fully half of the book. The second half is a proper horror novel. Full of conspiracy and paranoia.

Farrow's narration is also half good. Some characters are fantastic and it's hard to believe it's the same voice actor. Others are wooden and stilted. Most of the 3rd person narration is the 2nd category. At the apex, Farrow does not let her skill as a scream queen go to waste.

Extremely mixed bag.

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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!

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