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Summary

Rosemary Woodhouse and her struggling-actor husband, Guy, move into the Bramford, an old New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and only elderly residents.

Neighbours Roman and Minnie Castavet soon come nosing around to welcome them; despite Rosemary's reservations about their eccentricity and the weird noises that she keeps hearing, her husband starts spending time with them.

Shortly after Guy lands a plum Broadway role, Rosemary becomes pregnant, and the Castavets start taking a special interest in her welfare. As the sickened Rosemary becomes increasingly isolated, she begins to suspect that the Castavets' circle is not what it seems.

©2016 Ira Levin (P)2016 Hachette Audio UK

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Insidious classic

Would you consider the audio edition of Rosemary's Baby to be better than the print version?

Yeah, I'm a man so I appreciated having a female narrater, it brought Rosemary alive for me.

What did you like best about this story?

I think it was a classic horror story, I can appreciate how original it must have been when it was first published.

Have you listened to any of Katherine Fenton’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No I haven't but she did a very good job.i did feel that Rosemary was a bit whiny at first but she grew on me.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Some children are little devils (terrible I know, sorry)

Any additional comments?

It felt like the film Annabelle took a lot of inspiration from this book. At time some of the racial references are dated and offensive.

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Great listen!

Wonderfully narrated by Katherine Fenton, the book is much better than the movie. There’s atmosphere and real characters, both adding to a good experience.

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Great story dated language

The story is great the language is very dated in relation to people's ethnicity

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Scary, creepy, foreboding

So good, highly recommend, atmospheric, desperate and shocking. The author captures perfectly the helplessness of a pregnant mother.

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narration is terrible

truly awful narration, couldn't listen, it was painful . started okay but when it came to the different character voices, it was like listening to a kids cheap puppet show.

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For once, the film version is better than the novel, but still worth a listen.

Rosemary’s Baby is one of my favourite all time films and I was really happy to find that the dialogue of the movie is very much true to original novel. Edgy and pretty daring for the 1960’s , Ira Levin’s writing flows along nicely. One annoyance though….well, two….the narrator’s ‘Rosemary’ voice is very high pitched and irritating, and her pronunciation of Sapirstein grated every time she said it 😬
A good listen, all in all though.

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Great Story, Mediocre Narration

Rosemary sounds pathetic and stupid, which she isn’t!
Her lines are read in a very high pitched, breathy tone which I found irritating.

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Finally "read"

Brilliant
Well performed by narrator
Watched the odd bit of the film but never watched or read till now.
Great story lots of intrigue

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Superb, haunting tale

The classic story of Rosemary's baby is beautifully read by a fantastically charismatic narrator.

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Good Halloween listen.

Quite predictable, but I enjoyed it. The ending was really dragged. Enjoyed the descriptions though.