The insights into the purposes and harm being caused by the big internet companies (Google, Facebook, etc) are nothing short of profound and are very moving.
The author's insights into how big companies work also remind me of the book "The Organization Man" from the 1950s, and his fiction-based warnings of where we're so rapidly heading are both shocking and very well-written.
As someone who worked in R&D for a major multi-national company for his whole career, I found this books' insights to be very compelling and nearly overwhelming in both their accuracy and depth. Google is different from other companies, but not *that* different.
Mae Holland, the central character, is very convincing and illustrates how a big company can take a new employee and remake him/her in their own image. This process is similar in many respects to my own development working for my corporate employer - I retired a few years ago after a successful career.
The narration was very effective in developing a better understanding of the book's content, much more so than a traditional text-based book format.
SECRETS ARE LIES
SHARING IS CARING
PRIVACY IS THEFT
I can't recommend this book highly enough - it is must reading for everyone in these rapidly changing times. But where do we go from here, and how would we get there? It may already be too late to change direction.
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
This is the creepiest book since 1984 and 2001 A Space Odyssey. It hits a little too close to home in 2016 and lies on the edge of the uncanny valley and 5 years from now.
Escaping the real world in a book.
Probably not, but I would recommend others to do so. My favorite quotes are; "knowledge is power" and "knowing is only half the battle". This book exemplifies these statements well. We know Newton's Third law; for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Society must realize that we are responsible for our actions and that there are consequences for every action and choice we make.
This story is reminiscent in my opinion to John Henry and the Steam Drill, the battle between man and machine. we are analog beings creating a digital world and if we're not careful we may create ourselves out of usefulness. The sad reality of social media is the removal of the human element. Just as Kim Kardashian stood on the stage with Prince during a concert tweeting about the experience instead of enjoying the experience. Would her actions have been different if she knew it would be the last time ever? We only get one chance at some of life great joys, is it better to document those experiences or live them?
This was my first and it was an excellent interpretation of the characters and provided life to the story.
No, I did not listen in one siting, however I completed it rather quickly.
I listened to this book primarily due to the upcoming movie release. I enjoyed the story, but honestly I hope the screenplay focuses on the loss of privacy and introduces a bit more drama and the impending loss of humanity as a societal norm. The irony is that as much as I dislike social media, this review is another variant of it, the difference I suppose is that i'm sharing my experience afterwards not during the experience. Live life like it's your last chance.
I loved how they spoke about the need for technology and all the wonderful things that having technology will allow us to do. The more they kept explaining the other things that technology could do became very scary. Very well written and the author carries the reader just fast enough where you can process these things actually happening. Great book!
I very much enjoyed the book's clear-eyed vision of the potential dystopian future which the silicon valley might end up preparing for us. I just found the ending a little abrupt and unimaginative. Dion Graham's vocal performance is extraordinary and really helps bring the book's ominous themes come to life, not to mention the wide range of characters.