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)
The slick and incessant way we willingly hand over our information and our right to privacy, our right to be left alone, is brilliantly laid out before us in this not-so-fictional book. The use of metaphor and allegory is clever. The shallow-innocence, energy and group-think of the millions is both maddening and real. The insidious power of social media is front and center in this novel. A must read.
Very enjoyable!! reads like YA but with the subject matter of a "Black Mirror" episode. It's a great social commentary into the role of "social media" in are lives and "group think" and how it would look if EVERYTHING was connected through it.
also it's funny commenting on the book BC of the subject matter in it very "hall of mirrors"... Well hopefully this comment will get me into the "t2k" and raise my "social raw #" (book joke)...
Interesting exploration of today's technology-based society that will have you pondering where you land on the connectivity spectrum. More a piece of fiction woven into a philosophical treatise. This is the first work of Eggers' that I have read so perhaps that is his standard. Nevertheless I enjoyed it immensely and only gave it four stars because a few pieces were a bit predictable. I will definitely listen to more of both his work and that of the narrator. Those of you who choose to read or have read this book may find it amusing that this is the first review I have submitted on Audible ... smile, yes 😉
Much of the build up in this book was frustrating and at some points just straight up lame. But I'm glad I powered through, the second half is pure dystopian excellence even if some of the twists were a bit obvious
The story was well written, with good character building, and many examples about the positive and more negative effects of where online social networking could go, but it lacked a good ending. It felt as though just as everything came togeather, the author just ran out of ideas, and quit. The ending was abrupt and unsatisfying. otherwise worth the read or listen though.
The narrator is amazing! His use of tone inflection really gets you into the mood of the book. And the plot! It's very interesting! Think 1984, but in the 21st century. 5/5 would highly recommend!
The grinding daily stats, rather than feeling distracted and drawn away from the day to day, I felt more reminded of what was left behind in the office.
No, just this one.
He's performance is great.
If you are a sane person, the story is made to shock you, not in a good way, likely as an warning of the possible future that were headed into. This is 1984, self imposed by the population under the guise of an goody good tech company that squeezes the very life essence out of you and all of earths population. If you work in the tech industry be ready to get stressed out as much of what you'll hear is day to day stats and the ever present pressure to please and meet deadlines. Get ready for a possible love hate relationship with the content of the book.
I think this is my first book review. Its well written but its tough to get through as it conflicts with my personal ideals and established boundaries. Finished the book so I could have an informed opinion just to write the review. But rest assured I'll be returning it.
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