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Rosemary's Baby Paperback – May 5, 2014
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Enter Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse, almost-newlyweds, new tenants in an old, luxury building called "The Bramford", famous for its high ceilings and working fireplaces, notorious for its unsavory happenings (dead baby wrapped in newspapers abandoned in the basement). They are warned off by Hutch, an old friend of Rosemary's who knows all about the building's sordid history, but disregard the omens.
Rosemary is a housewife (yes, back in the day there actually were such things) who wants to be a mother. Guy is an actor and a rising star whose talent is overshadowed only by his unlimited ambition. Next door are the Castevets, Minnie and Roman, a delightfully ditzy old couple who just happen to head a coven of witches who have made a pact with the devil. Rosemary wants a baby; Guy wants a leading part in a hit play; the witches want... well, all the ingredients are there for a devil's brew that sets the pot boiling wonderfully for 260 pages.
After a nightmarish impregnation, Rosemary goes through a hellacious pregnancy, presided over by Dr. Sapirstein, a famous "society" obstetrician who assures Rosemary that her pains will go away in a day or two. Hutch's death after a long, suspicious illness jolts Rosemary out of her cocoon of trusting ignorance, and here Levin builds the horror up ever so insidiously until it hits you like a sledgehammer.Read more ›
She certainly doesn't disappoint in this unabridged reading (actress Eileen Heckart did an abridged version several years back) and the years have brought a maturity to her voice that not only brings Rosemary back to vivid life, but infuses the other characters with a distinction and clarity that has you seeing the story play out in your mind as she reads.
Nicely packaged with chapter indexes, it is a great rendering of a great book. And really, having Mia Farrow reading this text is a film fan's dream come true!
Not much of an audiophile, I'm unqualified to rate the recording quality.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I know this is an old book, but I had never read it. It was full of suspense. You never know who the villains are. Not full of gore. Loved it!Published 11 days ago by Debbie Owen
I could not for a second put this book down. What a story! Now I see why it's a well known horror classic, and why it's so highly rated. I wish I'd read it sooner. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Alisha Annandale
This book is a total classic! Quick read that keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time.Published 28 days ago by Jessica Benavidez
Dark and surreal and also kind of funny. Conveys a certain, very specific kind of anxiety that you don't see enough of.Published 1 month ago by Andrea R. Greenwood
Very good book! Better than the movie, because of course, it goes into more details.Published 1 month ago by SarahWeinisch
This book is exactly like the film, as always the book is far better building a more creepier atmosphere, a classic!Published 2 months ago by Jason Tegoseak
I really enjoyed this. The author knows what he's doing. Great story.Published 2 months ago by Thomas St. Marie
If you've seen the movie then you've read the book. It's a good story and for someone who has never seen the movie it's even better because you can use your imagination. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Abby
I thought I knew the story, from hearing what others have said... but I was surprised, especially the ending... Very good read! A classic!Published 3 months ago by Emma Dean