By the author of Rosemary's Baby, a horrifying journey into a future only Ira Levin could imagine...
Considered one of the great dystopian novels - alongside Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange and Aldous Huxley's A Brave New World - Ira Levin's frightening glimpse into the future continues to fascinate listeners even 40 years after publication.
The story is set in a seemingly perfect global society. Uniformity is the defining feature; there is only one language and all ethnic groups have been eugenically merged into one race called "The Family". The world is ruled by a central computer called UniComp that has been programmed to keep every single human on the surface of the Earth in check. People are continually drugged by means of regular injections so that they will remain satisfied and cooperative. They are told where to live, when to eat, whom to marry, when to reproduce. Even the basic facts of nature are subject to the UniComp's will - men do not grow facial hair, women do not develop breasts, and it only rains at night.
With a vision as frightening as any in the history of the science fiction genre, This Perfect Day is one of Ira Levin's most haunting novels.
©1970 Ira Levin (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
This story was riveting and could hardly put it down. Great details and descriptions. Great futuristic story excellent Highly recommend.
Always liked this book a lot, despite the slightly clunky ending.
Unfortunately the performance is very stillted, flat, and weirdly breathless for no reason.
I can't believe I didn't know about this book or it didn't come up in all of my searches for adult dystopian or post-apocalyptic books worth reading.
There was one serious misstep 2/3 of the way through--what happened and the blase reaction of the victim...well, maybe in 1970 some dumb male editor didn't consider it a problem but even that I find hard to believe. And hard to believe that Levin wrote it and thought it was ok. I think if the incident had happened early in the book, I would have stopped reading but the rest of the book was excellent.
I liked the idea behind the story, it was interesting to explore the topic of technological harmony.
I thought that the end was poorly developed, after so much oversight of every life in the family it's hard to imagine that the lead character would have so much freedom to pull off the actions at the end. Not to mention he seems to care little for the life he left behind.
The reading performance is quite good, with distinguishable voices for all the main characters.
If I had to do it over again, I think I would pick a different selection. I really enjoyed the first half of the book though...tough call.
AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!
YOUNGER PEOPLE MIGHT. I COULDN'T GET THRU THIS BOOK. I AM GOING TO RETURN IT.
I ALREADY HAVE. I READ ROSEMARY'S BABY, GOOD STORY WELL READ BY MIA FARROW AND KISS BEFORE DYING A VERY BAD BOOK THAT WAS A WASTE.
TOO AWARE OF THE READING...SORRY MORE THAN THREE WORDS.
FRUSTRATION AND BOREDOM.
THIS BOOK MITE APPEAL TO SOME PEOPLE. I DID NOT CARE FOR IT OR THE READING EITHER. IT WAS READ CLEAR BUT I DID NOT LIKE THE VOICE FOR SOME REASON.
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