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  • The Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (848)
    Performance
    (773)
    Story
    (784)

    When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

    Darwin8u says: "A solid, just not great social network dystopia"
    "The Circle: no discernible beginning or end."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you're into shallow characters, ambiguous plots and sex scenes that would make a pre-pubescent squirm and an adult shake their head at the obvious vie for "shock" factor—then you'll LOVE this book. Far from a story arch, there is just hours and hours of babbling from a doltish protagonist, long explanations of the "amazing Circle campus" probably taken directly from the WSJ coverage of the new Apple campus speckled with stomach turning sex scenes. The plot is "pulled from the headlines" as in, which pleasantly allows the author to add no new creativity or thought into character development, etc.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything not written by this author, and probably nothing on a "best seller list" as each time I try to plunge into "modern lit" it's like sticking my hand into a grab bag of mediocrity.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dion Graham?

    Yes, when I decide that I spend too much money on audible books each month and I want to be forever turned off to literature—new and old. Actually, I just threw up in my mouth a bit when I wrote out the word "literature" and in any way correlated it with The Circle. I'm sorry, I really am.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The end. Not because it wrapped up the past 8 hours rambling into any kind of meaningful lesson or story, but because it meant I could delete this book from my library and scrub my mind with some Fitzgerald.


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