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The Circle Audiobook

The Circle

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Publisher's Summary

The Circle is the exhilarating new audiobook from Dave Eggers, bestselling author of A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award.

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. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO.

Mae can't believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world - even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman's ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

©2013 Dave Eggers (P)2013 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

“Eggers's novel begins with an almost giddy tone, re-created perfectly by narrator Dion Graham. Pulling every tool from his kit, Graham describes the inner workings of the world's largest Internet company as it develops a new identity operating system that will allow even easier access by users across different platforms…But--as the listener hears in Graham's increasingly horrified tone--this Google-like utopia quickly becomes a dystopia when Mae realizes what the Circle really has in mind. Listeners will be reminded of Orwell's 1984." (AudioFile)

“A vivid, roaring dissent to the companies that have coaxed us to disgorge every thought and action onto the Web . . . Carries the potential to change how the world views its addicted, compliant thrall to all things digital. If you work in Silicon Valley, or just care about what goes on there, you need to pay attention.” (The Wall Street Journal)

“Page-turning. . . . The social message of the novel is clear, but Eggers expertly weaves it into an elegantly told, compulsively readable parable for the 21st century. . . . What may be the most haunting discovery about The Circle, however, is readers’ recognition that they share the same technology-driven mentality that brings the novel’s characters to the brink of dysfunction. We too want to know everything by watching, monitoring, commenting, and interacting, and the force of Eggers’s richly allusive prose lies in his ability to expose the potential hazards of that impulse.” (Vanity Fair)

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    Sally Salisbury, NC, United States 05-14-16
    Sally Salisbury, NC, United States 05-14-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Disturbing ending"

    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.

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    Justin Rogers 05-11-16 Member Since 2012
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    Can we do it in a thousand years? What if you wish to cycle together ❤

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    rockero 05-09-16
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    "awesome book"

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelsey L Quinn CORVALLIS, OR, US 05-09-16
    Kelsey L Quinn CORVALLIS, OR, US 05-09-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Facebook meets Orwell and 2001 a Space Odessey"

    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.

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    Joseph Dalton Sr. 05-08-16 Member Since 2013

    Escaping the real world in a book.

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    "Validates my opinion that social media is ruinous!"
    Would you listen to The Circle again? Why?

    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.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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?


    Have you listened to any of Dion Graham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first and it was an excellent interpretation of the characters and provided life to the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I did not listen in one siting, however I completed it rather quickly.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    mosesdavis 05-07-16
    mosesdavis 05-07-16
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    "Wonderful and SCARY"

    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!

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    M. Oetting Berlin 05-06-16
    M. Oetting Berlin 05-06-16
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    "A very helpful reflection on data and privacy"

    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.

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    Vashti Peterborough, ON, Canada 05-06-16
    Vashti Peterborough, ON, Canada 05-06-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining and relevant utopia/dystopia novel"

    The story has a good pace, and the male narrator does an impressive job of expressing a female protagonist. There seem to be a few minor plot gaps (unless I simply missed a detail here and there,) but overall I enjoyed the story and appreciated the ideas it expressed. A very current take on the utopia/dystopia/speculative future fiction genre that acknowledges many of the relevant factors involved in a society's acceptance of domination.

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    Nancy Benkusky 05-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    "As subtle as a club"

    This story is about as nuanced and subtle as a club. Narration was excellent, however.

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    Steve SUNRISE, FL, United States 04-26-16
    Steve SUNRISE, FL, United States 04-26-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Only dead fish go with the flow."
    Where does The Circle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Upper 25%.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Circle?

    Too many to mention or decide on.


    What does Dion Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Puts life into the characters. The story feels like it could happen,


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It justified my fears of giving too much information away in social media of today. While it sounds good and nice, there is a big downside.


    Any additional comments?

    It was entertaining, but I could see Mae giving her life and freedoms away in order to be told what to do. Sad world, but still entertaining read. Looking forward to the movie.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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