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
Here is a story that should have been made into a movie. it's one that has its ups and downs and you're along for the ride. Plenty of action as well as cleverly thought out spans of time.
At first, this story seems like a straightforward rewrite of Brave New World. But, there are some very nice twists deeper into the novel. Definitely worth the listen.
Good story. With so many dystopian future stories available now, hard to distinguish this one as unique, but must also keep in mind that this one was written in 1970. Overall a good listen, but I wouldn't consider it great. The way the audiobook is presented takes some getting used to, tho. Parts of the story that are relatively inconsequential are read with the same tone and urgency as the more action/important parts. The story is read rather quickly, had to adjust it down a little.
I first read this book almost 30 years ago in a psy-fi English class. Loved it then and have been practically obsessed with it since. I highly recommend it. This audible edition didn't disappoint.
I've been reading and rereading this book since I was a child. every time I read it I get even more out of the story then the last time.
Kevin T. Collins was great! I could listen to him for hours. He gave the right amount of emotion where it needed to be.
This story was riveting and could hardly put it down. Great details and descriptions. Great futuristic story excellent Highly recommend.
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.
Audio addict with my best friend, an ear-bud.
As compelling as Animal Farm and as dystopian as any reader could reasonably expect. An absorbing and compelling adventure.
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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