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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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Great story far ahead of its time

great story and just can’t imagine why this has not been made into a movie.

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  • Michael
  • Walnut Creek, CA, United States
  • 11-08-17

Very Good Dystopian Fiction

I really like good dystopian fiction, and was surprised I had never heard of this book. It was one of the better written dystopian novels I have read. I liked the prose, the quite dynamic character development, as well as the interesting world presented. This is a pretty light dystopian story (not like The Road), and it not overtly political (like Animal Farm, 1984, or Brave New World). Some of the material is frankly sexual so may not be appropriate for young readers, otherwise it feels targeted for young adults, but was fine for mature readers. The end was a bit rushed and not fully satisfying. Overall the prose, the world and the characters were well worth the read.

I was surprised this author had also written both “No Time for Sergeants” and “Deathtrap” which were odd favorites of mine, as well as “Rosemary’s Baby”, “The Stepford Wives”, and “The Boys from Brazil” which I also liked.

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As a dystopia it could definitely be more dystopic

Plot-wise, it's not that bad. But as a dystopia, it could definitely be more dystopic. I don't want to go into any details now so as not to spoil anything, but this is one of those rare books that I believe should have been 50 pages shorter (not necessarily literally 50 pages, but you get what I mean). I felt that many details were nicely written and incorporated into the plot, but the general, darker, dystopic aspects of the book seem to be lacking originality. Otherwise, the book is easy and pleasant to read, at least as pleasant as dystopias go.

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This perfect day

I have always loved this book. I have read it at least four times. Thank you

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Well done.

Wanted to revisit this story and I was so glad to find it on Audible. The story is as good as I remembered and the performance was out of this world!!!👍👍

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Best Dystopian Novel Ever!

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.

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I am practically obsessed with this book.

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.

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my favorite book even as a child.

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.

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  • Kerry
  • Toluca Lake, CA, United States
  • 04-12-15

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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  • Gexbert
  • Overland Park, KS USA
  • 07-02-14

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.

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