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This Perfect Day | [Ira Levin]

This Perfect Day

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".
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Kerry Toluca Lake, CA, United States 04-12-15
    Kerry Toluca Lake, CA, United States 04-12-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Modern version of Logan's run"

    This story was riveting and could hardly put it down. Great details and descriptions. Great futuristic story excellent Highly recommend.

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    Aaron Singapore, Singapore 03-16-15
    Aaron Singapore, Singapore 03-16-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent story, terrible narration "

    Always liked this book a lot, despite the slightly clunky ending.
    Unfortunately the performance is very stillted, flat, and weirdly breathless for no reason.

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    NMwritergal 07-12-14
    NMwritergal 07-12-14
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    "Fantastic Book with One Serious Mistep"

    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.

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    Gexbert Overland Park, KS USA 07-02-14
    Gexbert Overland Park, KS USA 07-02-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Good premise, but falls apart at the end"
    What did you like best about This Perfect Day? What did you like least?

    I liked the idea behind the story, it was interesting to explore the topic of technological harmony.


    What could Ira Levin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    What about Kevin T. Collins’s performance did you like?

    The reading performance is quite good, with distinguishable voices for all the main characters.


    Was This Perfect Day worth the listening time?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 08-25-14
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 08-25-14 Member Since 2012

    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!

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    "THIS WAS JUST NOT A BOOK FOR ME"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    YOUNGER PEOPLE MIGHT. I COULDN'T GET THRU THIS BOOK. I AM GOING TO RETURN IT.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ira Levin again?

    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.


    What three words best describe Kevin T. Collins’s voice?

    TOO AWARE OF THE READING...SORRY MORE THAN THREE WORDS.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    FRUSTRATION AND BOREDOM.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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