Amazing ideas in this book. The author Did a great job of showing the progression of the main character and used side stories to make the character progression more profound. Rearing it a second time helped me notice a lot of subtle details that made me think more deeply about technology and social behaviors that are going on today. However, I did not like how the narrator used certain tones when speaking for characters because to me it did not fit with the character or story. His voice also did not change very much between the characters which made it hard to really enjoy the listening experience.
this is a story where u aren't sure who is good or evil till the end. really good story about the loss of privacy and the inevitable end of the individual.
It's 1984, but this time the totalitarian regime is all sugar coated and working for you, for me and for democracy ;)
The story is just a little predicted...
I typically don't write full reviews, but felt compelled to as a result of this narrator. He is amazing! He somehow makes subtle changes to his voice for each of the different voices required. During a part where a conversation exists between a character who is trembling with fear and panic and another character who is calm and comforting her, he seamlessly switches between these two voices he has created for them, while perfectly conveying each of their vastly different emotions, without ever skipping a beat. I've never realized how much easier a good narrator makes it to follow the storyline. He was excellent and I will specifically seek out more books he narrates, if there are any. The story was also good. :)
This prophetic satire is really chilling. Eggers takes a look into the near future and writes a not too far fetched story about the perils of Socially intrusive media taking away all of our privacy under the false premise that transparency is the cure for most of our ills. This relatively simple to digest story has unsettling implications regarding our collective future. A not so much fun "read".
This is that book that people will recognize thirty years from now as the cautionary tale that was so ahead of its time. The Circle may be too near to the real world event horizon it depicted in its narrative to be fully appreciated until it's too late.
If you don't recognize yourself somewhere in here, you are not paying attention. Fast paced and entertaining, but also a chilling "what if" that may cause you to turn off the Find Friends feature on your smart phone. I did. Do yourself a favor and read this fabulous book.
The Circle is at first is a happy go lucky story about a company that has great programs, benefits, and technologies for its employees and the world at large. As the story goes on you can feel how the Circlers have less and less privacy. Their lives have become so transparent, with cameras everywhere and having to post or zing about every encounter or feeling they have. Very few people in society seem to be able to opt out to this fast paced and interconnected lifestyle. Mae the story's main character ends up having her life recorded and on live feed every second; showing the life she had no matter how dull she thought it was becomes no longer her own. Dion Graham's voice is melodic and a joy to listen to.
Very relevant to our life today, and a visible journey that is taking place. Mae's quest for acknowledgement mirrors almost all of us on Social media. Annie's demise shows the pitfalls of knowing too much.
everyone should listen or read this book! i enjoyed it from beginning to end & made me question a lot of my own social media usage & its effect on me & others