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Rosemary's Baby Paperback – Mar 30 2010
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When published in 1967, Rosemary's Baby was one of the first contemporary horror novels to become a national bestseller. Ira Levin's second novel (he went on to write such fine thrillers as A Kiss Before Dying, The Stepford Wives, and The Boys from Brazil), Rosemary's Baby, remains perhaps his best work. The author's mainstream "this is how it really happened" style undeniably also made the novel his most widely imitated. The plot line is deceptively simple: What if you were a happily married young woman, living in New York, and one day you awoke to find yourself pregnant? And what if your loving husband had--apparently--sold your soul to Satan? And now you were beginning to believe that your unborn child was, in reality, the son of Satan? Levin subtly makes it all totally plausible, unless of course, dear Rosemary--or the reader--can no longer distinguish fantasy from reality! A wonderfully chilling novel, it was later faithfully transformed into an equally unnerving motion picture. In 1997, a sequel was spawned, Son of Rosemary. --Stanley Wiater --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Farrow's soothing reading of Ira Levin's classic returns her to the project that made her a star in Roman Polanski's eerily sedate thriller. Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse move into an ancient Manhattan apartment building and are immediately befriended by a pushy older couple, Minnie and Roman Castavet. When Rosemary becomes pregnant, she begins to suspect that the people in her building are satanists and that she may be carrying a demon's baby. What makes Levin's tale so haunting is how the horror is kept inconspicuous so tensions mount as ordinary events turn disturbing. Caedmon's packaging is outstanding, with inner sleeves listing track lengths and the first few words spoken on each track, making it easier to navigate. Farrow is an ideal choice as a reader for her history as well as her expressive and controlled reading. She doesn't attempt different voices for each character, but she does adapt a flat, nasal tone for Minnie (rather than imitate Ruth Gordon from the film). Subpar sound mars this classy recording: the volume is low and Farrow's voice sounds like it was recorded in a large, hollow space. Levin's thriller was previously recorded by Eileen Heckert in a 1986 three-hour abridgment from Random House Audio. (Nov.)
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Rosemary is a brilliant heroine, real and emotional and it is so easy for the reader to relate. I found myself identifying with her and rooting for her to get through the madness her life takes on after moving into a popular apartment building with a history of evil. Levin slowly closes in on the horror, suffocating the reader as they try to unravel the mystery. The villians are more terrifying than any I have come across in literature because they are real people doing unreal things, which adds an effective creepiness to the story.
This is a terrific page-turner and one of the most twisted and disturbing novels I have ever read. I also like the movie, although I wish it had a darker tone like the book, but have not read the sequel, Son of Rosemary, which is supposed to be awful. It is such a short book, reading it won't take much time. This one is highly recommended.
Levin weaves the plot elements together so masterfully and intricately that the story is indeed flawless. The characters are believable, and the suspense very real. The twists are intriguing and exciting. I cranked this book out yesterday, so it's fair to say that Rosemary's Baby is an easy and fast-paced read. However, though this is a great suspense-type horror book, it is not really necessarily "spooky" or nail-biting per say. If you are looking for a suspensful page-turner that is a quick and simple read, then give this one a try!
The plot revolves around the newly wed Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse who have moved into a huge apartment in a building known as the Bramford in New York. Rosemary wants children and Guy, an actor, wants to further his career. Hutch, a friend of Rosemary, tells her that the Bramford is a "danger zone" because of previous murders, suicides and diabolical deeds that have gone on there in the past. Sure enough many of these atrocities slowly begin to unveil themselves much to the dismay of Rosemary. Guy sees these events as just a coincidence and the elderly occupants who live in the Bramford seem to be all too innocent to be involved in plotting murders or faking suicides.
Eventually everything settles down and Rosemary gets pregnant during a nightmare that has her confused but she gradually calms down to prepare for her new born but not without the smothering attention of her neighbors who pop around twenty times a day to help her out. Rosemary casually begins to notice things in the Bramford or about its occupants in passing and slowly suspicion begins to develop in her mind that all may not be as it seems.
There is a classic mystery lurking behind the more horrific avenues found in this great story as Rosemary slowly unravels the unknown which seems to have a diabolical nature.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I bought this book because of the Rosemary's Baby remake that came out recently (the mini-series). The original movie has always been my absolute favorite film of all time. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Karen A Lipinski
Well, I had seen the 1968 film Rosemary's Baby, and everyone was telling me the book was way better. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2013 by TwilightZone3942
A totally ordinary story about the completely shocking; I was so disturbed after this book I had to put it down and play video games until I felt too dumb to worry about it. Read morePublished on July 7 2004 by Researchette
Rosemary's Baby is a classic horror novel. It is extremely well written and keeps you spellbound turning page after page, not wanting to put it down. Read morePublished on June 4 2004 by Charles J. Rector