I haven't seen this movie in at least 15 years, but it seems like the movie follows the book very closely. I very much enjoy that Mia Farrow is the narrator for this audio CD. She is wonderful. The book is so scary and suspenseful (even though I had already seen the movie). I loved it and enjoyed it very much. How much scarier this must have been in 1967!!
What can I say, Rosemary's Baby is a classic. I've read the book when I was young and saw the movie when older, so this offered a walk down memory lane along with a great horror story. Rosemary's Baby is a story of a young married couple who are offered an apartment in one of Manhattan's Upper West Side dream buildings. Of course they have to take it! It's almost immediate when strange things start happening, from the odd, older tenants to a seemingly happy and hopeful young woman jumping to her death from an upper-story window. And we won't mention how Guy is surprisingly offered the lead role in a play when the main actor is stricken blind. It just gets better and better from there. Who's sold their soul to the Devil and who, actually is the Devil? Hmmm...
One must remember that the story is based in the late 1960s, so there are no cell phones, etc., but you really don't miss our modern conveniences in this story. Also, in the unabridged audio CD book, Mia Farrow reads the story for us. I'm not sure WHY they have her do it, because seriously, she sucks, but my guess is it's because she played "Rosemary" in the movie. If you can get past that, you'll enjoy the audio book.
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....
The young couple. The new neighbors. The suicide. The amulet. The doctor. The herbs. The anagram. The baby.Rosemary's Baby.
In 1967, when Rosemary's Baby was first published, Ira Levin's masterpiece gave horror an innocent new face. It caused a worldwide sensation, found fear where we never thought to look before, and dared to bring it into the sunlight. Now, Rosemary's Baby is back to terrify a whole new generation of readers
This is rightfully hailed as a masterpiece of horror fiction because it takes a concept that is, on the surface, chilling but unrealistic, and makes it absolutely believable. 'Rosemary's Baby' tells the tale of a young couple in New York City who move into the perfect apartment to start anew a perfect life. What they don't realize, however, is that dark forces are at work planning their every move to fit a sinister, overwhelmingly evil, purpose. The book is counter-written so as to seem almost casual and flippant, which only serves to heighten the sense of credibility and terror to the story. Rosemary is likeable and smart as a main character, and as a reader one genuinely roots for her during the increasingly paranoid narrative until the final shocking, stomach-churning finale. This novel is all at once funny, dramatic, and horrifying, and a story you'll fly through yet never forget. Be sure to check out the classic film-version as well - it follows the book almost word-for-word and is a wonderful adaptation!
Rosemary's Baby is a must-have for any horror fanatic's collection. While the film based on the novel gets all the attention, the book is very well written and difficult to put down. Definitely a quick read.
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!
This book was an easy read. I loved how the author interwove the names of plays and books he had written into this story. The plot was good and I look forward to seeing the movie and reading the sequel to this book.