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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  67,054 ratings  ·  1,603 reviews
Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse, an ordinary young couple, settle into a New York City apartment, unaware that the elderly neighbors and their bizarre group of friends have taken a disturbing interest in them. But by the time Rosemary discovers the horrifying truth, it may be far too late!
Published (first published 1967)
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Briar Graovac In my opinion, the book is actually a tough read. I find something about Ira Levin's writing style very off-putting, which is sad to me, because I…moreIn my opinion, the book is actually a tough read. I find something about Ira Levin's writing style very off-putting, which is sad to me, because I genuinely enjoy his ideas and the nuances he picks up on the power differences between the genders. But I still find his books a tough read.

That said, the dialogue from the movie is word-for-word in the book. Roman Polanski didn't know directors were allowed to change things when adapting books for movies.(less)
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I knew from a young age that I probably didn't have the maternal instinct that is necessary to raise a child. I hated dolls- they creeped me out, and instead of dressing up the ones I was given as gifts- the dolls sat in the corner in various stages of undress- while I wheeled my cat whiskers around in a baby carriage- showing off his cute bonnets and frilly dresses. He was the best dressed kitty in the neighborhood. And if my parents were not convinced then, that I would never give them grandch
Feb 09, 2011 Mariel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I'm afraid of karma
Recommended to Mariel by: the movies
This is why I will never have children.
holy mother of fucksticles
4.75 This is no dream, she thought. This is real, this is happening. stars.
Rosemary's Baby

Rosemary and her husband Guy are moving, looking for an apartment to have their children. When a place opens up at Bramford, they do all they can to get it, but it may have been the worst decision of their lives...

Rosemary and Guy have been married for several years, Guy is a failing actor, he just can't find any jobs. Rosemary is a housewife and only thinks about having chil
Disclaimer: I am not marking this review as containing spoilers, because honestly, it's the 21st century and if you know nothing about the book or the movie, then that's just sad and shame on you (unless you don't like scary things, in which case you shouldn't even be on this page). If you don't want to know anything about the story, then please stop reading here.

Disclaimer 2: This is probably going to be a long review because I have a lot of thoughts. If you don't want to read a long review, th
Stefan Yates
I would like to start of this review by posting a special NOTICE for folks who own this novel from THE STEPHEN KING HORROR LIBRARY and have not read the novel before. DO NOT read the forward by Stephen King until after you have read the novel. I love King. I love King's analysis and opinions on things. But this is the first time that I have read something written by Stephen King that made me want to punch the man in the face. I don't mean that literally of course, but it's the best way that I ca ...more
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3.5 stars
I really quite liked it! It wasn't scary but there was a nice tension throughout the book and a great climax.
If you like the movie, there's a good chance you'll enjoy the novel as well. Both are very similar and Polanski's Rosemary's Baby is easily one of the best horror adaptations out there.

Overall, a good way to start the #SpookyBRB month!
This is more like it.

Prior to reading this, I was a month and 800 pages into George R.R. Martin's Storm of Swords, a sprawling epic with dozens of characters and several storylines.
After stumbling across severe spoilers, and still 400 pages to go, I threw in the towel. I was burnt out on the story, and was getting much more excited about my to-read pile than the book I was reading. It was time to stop.

This is what I needed: A nice & tidy, straightforward story.

Man, it has got to be over 30 y
4.5 Stars

I admit that I'm a little torn on what to rate this book, so I split the difference, although I'm really tempted to go all StarSearch up in this piece and do 4.75 stars. (Wait, did they have a 5 star rating system? No, I think it was only 4. Crap. Well, anyway, you get the point. That is, unless you're younger than me and don't even know what StarSearch is. In that case, you're a jerk, and go away.)

Anyway, I'm torn because, having seen the movie before, I think that Roman Polanski naile
This book was simply fantastic! Great scary read for Halloween that gave me the creeps throughout. Most everyone has probably read this great classic, so I won't go into the details of what it was about. I will say it had a lot of surprises for me and kept me on the edge of my seat, so I can see why it turned into a classic horror movie as well. Just beware if you hear some strange chanting in or near your abode. Make sure you know you're neighbors, let alone you're own husband and always keep a ...more
Franco  Santos
Buen libro. Está catalogado como clásico de la literatura del terror, pero por mi parte tengo que decir que miedo no me dio. Quizás las últimas cincuenta páginas me hayan incomodado, sin embargo no pasa de eso.


Es una novela muy rápida y amena, con mucho diálogo. Ya al principio Ira Levin nos siembra el misterio y nos invita a creer en cosas que están más allá de nuestra percepción de la realidad.

En fin, entretenido, para pasar el rato. Se lee de una sentada.
Light reading to get you in the mood for Halloween. I didn't find it scary, though. I could stay up reading it late at night without getting the creeps or having weird dreams. It was even kind of funny, especially in the end when she looks in the bassinet and what she does afterward. Maybe it would have been scarier if I had read it back in the late 60's when it was written.

One thing that caught me off guard every time was how the author kept referring to the black elevator operator as "Negro bo
Chad Bearden
I'd seen the film "Rosemary's Baby" many years ago, so before I cracked open the book, I already knew what it was about, and its 'shocking' ending. I remember the ending of the movie making me laugh out loud, not because it was too silly, but because it struck a perfect tone of absurdity and creepiness. As I started the novel, I was afraid know the ending would dampen my enjoyment of the read, but fortunately, Ira Levin employed such a deft touch in this work, that there is a sense of fun that k ...more
Coos Burton
Un clásico del horror con todas las letras. Había visto la película hace un bueeen tiempo y me quedé enamorada, así que desde que me enteré del libro lo quiero leer. Gracias al grupo de lectura "Letras macabras", tuve un empujoncito para hacerlo y lo disfruté mucho, aunque me despertó muchísima ansiedad. Diría que tengo una relación amor-odio con el libro porque por momentos me dieron ganas de tirarlo lejos de mi vista, pero luego buscarlo y continuarlo a ver qué pasa (a pesar de ya saber la his ...more
I really like this story. It is a bit dated now seeing how many movies and books came out on the subject of possessions, demons, and ghosts, but it is still a really nice classic book that most of us can enjoy. I like how in this book each chapter reveals a bit more to the whole drama and it keeps you wanting more. It does not just unload the facts and move on with character developments. Instead it makes the characters behave in a way that is constantly changing based on the information they ar ...more
Dec 21, 2012 Kathryn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Horror
Recommended to Kathryn by: Alondra and Jesse
4.5 stars.

For a book I was afraid to read at night because it felt so dark and sinister, I could not put this book down today. I think I have a record reading speed with this one.

There is a very dark feel to this book. Once I started to read Rosemary's Baby, I began to feel like something wasn't right with the picture Levin was painting with Rosemary, Guy, Minnie, and Roman. The constant mentioning of certain things made a point to the reader, (if you're paying attention), how important those
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OMG, so scarily NORMAL! Like, "Oh, here's your new apartment, meet your new neighbors, and by the way, we worship Satan every other Wednesday. Hope you can make it!" Love it. Also a kick-ass NYC novel.
Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors)
I decided to read this book after seeing it mentioned in several places. And I must say it was worth it. The starting of the book,the introduction of the characters were natural. The build-up of the story created a feeling of gradual rising of horror. It was like some intense opera-style music was playing in the background. Throughout the story,one can feel the pressure. There is always an it's-not-what-it-seems feeling in each and every situation. But I must say that I didn't like the ending. M ...more
Εξαιρετικό βιβλίο ! Δεν είναι τρομαχτικό με την κλασική έννοια του τρόμου αλλά σε τρομάζει το που μπορεί να φτάσει ένας άνθρωπος αν του υποσχεθούν ότι όλα όσα ποθεί θα γίνουν πραγματικότητα . Καλογραμμένο , με πολύ ωραία αισθητική , ευκολοδιάβαστο και με αρκετή αγωνία . Παρόλο που είχα δει παλιότερα την ταινία απόλαυσα το βιβλίο και το διάβασα με μεγάλο ενδιαφέρον .
A classic psychological thriller made especially for 1960s Baby Boomers. In some respects it is a quaint little time capsule and in others it is a strong, compelling, frightful Morality Play.

The "quaint" part is great fun. Rosemary and Guy inhabit a world wherein mothers-to-be can drink alcohol but are cautioned against reaching for that third or fourth cocktail...until they have some food "on their stomachs"; wherein pregnant women are discouraged from smoking but may spend all nine months in a
OMG this book! Peter really liked Stepford Wives & suggested we read this one, by the same author, right after. And, well, it is really captivating. It's been a couple days since we finished and I still find myself thinking about it a lot. The morning we finished reading it I woke up thinking about Rosemary's Baby. This guy is just a really effective writer.

I didn't really find it SCARY at all, like: it doesn't make me afraid to be alone at night, it doesn't give me jumpy feelings, I'm not s
Fairly short pop novel about a satanic plan to hijack a woman's womb. Reads quickly. Levin didn't write literature, but he has a nice turn of phrase now and then. The book would probably be suspenseful, if I hadn't already seen the film. On that note, it's amazing how closely the film follows the book.

The idea that a secret coven of satanists could be conducting black masses in the apartment next door seems a bit silly today. But I grew up a Southern Baptist in the 1980's, and we took this stuf
Jessica Phillip
Nov 22, 2007 Jessica Phillip rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: eh. . . people who liked the movie, I guess.
Shelves: horror
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 yo ...more
My new purse book.

Rosemary's Baby is one of my all-time favorite movies (and yes, Polanski's an ass, but I first saw the movie as a child, long before I knew anything about Polanski's crimes, so I can only please ignorance, and then it's not like you can turn off love." If you love the movie, you'll enjoy the book - the introduction tells us that Polanski used the book as a second script and often consulted with Levin on even the smallest details ("What kind of dress would Rosemary be wearing h
Kevin Cambronero
Todos ellos brujos…

No fue para nada lo que pensaba. Me decepcionó. Al ser un clásico del terror, esperaba algo mejor, o algo que siquiera fuera de terror; ya que el miedo, para mí, no estuvo presente, al menos no de la forma que se pensaría.

Estuve todo el libro esperando que llegara el momento más impresionante que diera un giro a la trama y me mantuviera interesado, pero nunca apareció.

Los personajes son insípidos, todos ellos. En los últimos capítulos sentí mucha lástima por Rosemary, pero al
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Rosemary's baby is considered a classic of horror literature but the truth is I've never heard of it until Goodreads recommended it to me (yeah I know, shame on me). I read many positive reviews both for the book and the movie so I had high expectations about it, sadly it was sort of a disappointment.

Don't get me wrong the book is very well written and it was enjoyable most of the time, there are a lot of dialogues that carry on th
Lord Beardsley
And by amazing, I mean AMAZINGLY AWFUL!

This novel makes 'The Wicker Man' look like cinema vérité, and YES I am referring to the shiteous remake starring Nichoals Cage. If you love kitsch and over-the-top sensationalistic pulp fiction, plus Satanism hysteria: here's the book for you! Ira Levin writes like the best hack writer of all time. This is a guilty pleasure times...oh...a bazillion! Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse are the world's corniest, annoying couple ever. By the end, I'm actually glad the
Rosemary's demon babies
we'll make our nightmares come true
demon babies
we'll do the same to you

When your neighbors are kinda weird
and bring you milkshake drinks
just close your eyes and tell yourself
that that tannis root don't stink

I like grimoires!
I like spooky chants!
I love black candles!
Andrew John Woodhouse dance!

I've got my broomstick!
I fly through the air!
I play the recorder!
And I've got yellow eyes and red hair!

Is everything all right in here?
Yes, Minnie!

Demon, demon, demon
Letto quasi vent’anni fa, il modo più raffinato che mi sovviene per definirlo è dire che è una cagata pazzesca. Immaginate un po’, quindi, cosa non sarebbe uscito dalla mia tastiera se non mi fossi imposta di moderare il linguaggio. :-D

All’epoca ebbe, però, un discreto successo, anche per via del film diretto da Roman Polanski, con Mia Farrow e John Cassavetes. Ma da qualsiasi parte la si rigiri, una stronzata resta una stronzata, nonostante utilizzi il tema classico della vendita dell’anima al
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Levin graduated from the Horace Mann School and New York University, where he majored in philosophy and English.

After college, he wrote training films and scripts for television.

Levin's first produced play was No Time for Sergeants (adapted from Mac Hyman's novel), a comedy about a hillbilly drafted into the United States Air Force that launched the career of Andy Griffith. The play was turned int
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