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
“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)
wish it could have been narrated by more than one person. one person for each character would have made the story more clear.
I bought the audio book after the nyt article on Amazon. The story was above average. But the voice performance by Dion Grahm was excellent. Not over the top like some when they shift between accents and tones trying too hard to have the cast's voices to be noticeably different but taking away from the listening experience. But he hit all the voice changes fluidly. Even more impressive was his pace and inflection perfectly meshed with the author's intentions I can only assume.
Not a life changing story but a good story with a great performance. Not a regrettable purchase
Great story. The dialogue helps you understand the unique philosophy driving the plot.
Eggers clearly has some way of seeing the future because so much of The Circle has come to fruition with recent announcements about Google (the Alphabet) and Amazon's "severe" culture.
Definitely a must-read. A cautionary tale for all us to consider before it's too late.
I really enjoyed this book and had high hopes as I do in real life for some ideas or solution of how we fix what we have done. I guess this or just to make us think and have awareness and remember to live a real life....excellent story.
This is such a good book! A friend told me to read it, and although I didn't find it an intellectual challenge, I did find it fascinating and possible. I am one of those people who dread the daily onslaught of e-mails, social media postings and friend requests, both personal and professional. Do we really need to feel "connected" to everybody who asks? This book illustrates how the internet can, and will, take over your life if you allow it! A dystopian future indeed, and it could happen! Great listening.
The performance was amazing! Definitely made this book worth listening to. The book was well written and different from anything I've ever read. I couldn't stop listening.
Wow. Really? and No Way....well I tried for 3 words but it is actually 4. The concept of the book is very real and this story is great for book club discussions.
I like that the book touches on the fact that although advances in technology help our everyday life, it is at the expense of our privacy and personal space.
He does a decent job at switching tone for each character. Additionally, I almost forgot that it was a man reading when the narrative was from the female lead (Mae's) perspective.
Holy moly! I love how it ended.
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