We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
The Circle Audiobook

The Circle

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.
    • 1 audiobook per month
    • 180,000+ titles to choose from
    • $14.95 per month after free trial

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.8 (1990 )
5 star
 (555)
4 star
 (725)
3 star
 (479)
2 star
 (165)
1 star
 (66)
Overall
3.7 (1800 )
5 star
 (510)
4 star
 (583)
3 star
 (447)
2 star
 (179)
1 star
 (81)
Story
4.0 (1795 )
5 star
 (702)
4 star
 (616)
3 star
 (310)
2 star
 (98)
1 star
 (69)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Ricardo Mexico 11-05-13
    Ricardo Mexico 11-05-13 Member Since 2012

    Used to hate audiobooks... Look at me now.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Eggers is better when based on reality"
    What did you love best about The Circle?

    As a developer I liked the expressions used in the book such as "segue". Eggers is sharing the habits of people that live "in the valley" and at the same time making fun of them.

    Also liked how he sets the history in reality and then stretch it from there to plausible scenarios. I think in this respect The Circle is different from previous novels. IS something that could happen, very unlikely, but could.


    Would you recommend The Circle to your friends? Why or why not?

    I prefer Eggers when his stories are based on events. He is a really good story teller. But when he "makes things up" I'm not such a fan. The circle is a nice story but it sounds cartoonish and silly when compared to other Eggers work such as What is the What.


    What about Dion Graham’s performance did you like?

    He is great. He totally nails the different voices in the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Circle. (It really is like a movie title already, you just need to get some young actress in the poster and Sam Rockwell as one of the 3 wise men)


    Any additional comments?

    Nice listen. For me it is not Dave Eggers best.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    EM Goodkind Menlo Park, CA 11-02-13
    EM Goodkind Menlo Park, CA 11-02-13 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    26
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Tongue in cheek with a real life bite"

    This is an over-he-top spoof with tragic overtones, and Dion Graham's often tongue-in-cheek reading really shines. The action moves quickly and doesn't give you too much time to notice some lapses in logic and realism. But the underlying truths are spot on all the way to the reversal at the end.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    PG Pug Pacific Grove California 10-14-13
    PG Pug Pacific Grove California 10-14-13 Member Since 2007

    PG Pug

    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    41
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Awesome rip on Scientology"

    I am amazed that no one has mentioned the very obvious references in this story to Scientology. If you want a scary dystopian read with a villain that is part NSA, apple, google, amazon, Facebook and Scientology this is a fun/scary read. It does seem a bit juvenile, but I think that's part of the point - how the young and innocent can be manipulated by nefarious individuals that talk a good talk. I just hope no one at the Church of Scientology reads this - they may get ideas.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Christina United States 11-04-13
    Christina United States 11-04-13 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    24
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    44
    12
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A horror novel in disguise"

    "The Circle" is quite a topical novel for anyone who lives in the 21st century, which is probably most of us. It studies our society's hunger for permanence and self-validation in an age where the value of privacy seems merely quaint. What does it mean to lose one's self in the sea of public information? Dave Eggers wants to show us.

    The serious topic of "The Circle" does not mean it is a dry read (or listen). On the contrary, it reads like a thriller -- or a horror story -- in disguise. And while the novel is one-sided in its analysis, that doesn't to me take away from its value of surveying the topic. And while, I don't think I'll cancel all my social media accounts as some I have read have done, it does make me pause before I post and ask myself ... why?

    If nothing else, pick up this book for when the topic of privacy and the Internet comes up at your next office party -- unless your office parties are much more fun than mine.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mary Covington 07-04-14 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Things that make you say "hmmm!""
    What made the experience of listening to The Circle the most enjoyable?

    I was so caught up in the drama of this story that I began to wonder, does this really exist? So much realism even though this is "supposedly" fictional. A must read/listen.


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

    No


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Melanie MARIANNA, AR, United States 05-27-14
    Melanie MARIANNA, AR, United States 05-27-14 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    21
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Thought Provoking Novel"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that the book made you think about where society is headed. It presents the good and evil of progress and how far humanity may go to try to perfect itself and its systems.


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

    Yes, I was intrigued by the various characters and Mae's next moves.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend listening to The Circle. Dion Graham continues to be one of my favorite narrators and Eggers tops the list of authors and storytellers for me. This book will definitely make you think about how you use the internet and social media and presents a view of a future that is not all that far fetched.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    BookWorm620 Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-30-14
    BookWorm620 Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-30-14 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    20
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    36
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good Book Great Performance"

    The narrator does a fantastic performance for all of the characters. The story is very interesting, but I must admit I felt it didn't exactly reach its full potential. But I still enjoyed it and so did a friend who is extremely not technology oriented.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    A. 04-18-14
    A. 04-18-14 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "It was okay....."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    not really -- but might become the new Orwell 1984 to some


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    flat


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

    nice voice, good reader, one of the best i've heard, actually


    Did The Circle inspire you to do anything?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    nope...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Joyann Sanz-agero St. Louis, MO 04-10-14
    Joyann Sanz-agero St. Louis, MO 04-10-14 Member Since 2013

    Joy Sanz-Agero

    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Scary Story, Fears of a 1984 Blossom"
    Where does The Circle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really listened to this almost non-stop, though I was annoyed by the reader, who read too fast, and there was no way to slow it down without distorting the voice. It is scary to think that young college graduates like the 'heroine' of this novel can acquire millions of followers through messaging, and photographing everything. In this modern world of cameras on city-streets and at every traffic light, smartphones that are everywhere, the Google-glasses, Insta-grams, Twitter, and everything we do online ourselves with Facebook and Amazon, and the fact that what we do on these internet connected sites is being watched, it is a credible step to The Circle.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How fast one single young woman is persuaded that she was important to the world scheme of her bosses, and how she was an important entity in connecting the world through a Google-like private company. Lots of people already believe that positioning of cameras is essential to preventing crimes, or at least apprehending criminals already. Is transparency a good thing, or not?


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I was caught up in it, and for the first time couldn't stop listening, though I found the speed of the narrator a shade fast for my old ears. Just a shade too fast, as I understand the need to move it along.


    If you could rename The Circle, what would you call it?

    That name is good enough. I am not clever enough to think of another.


    Any additional comments?

    I will not reveal any of the most important, dramatic happenings. You will have to read it yourself to see how the story evolves, or devolves.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ben Eadie 04-09-14
    Ben Eadie 04-09-14 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "1984 meets the Fountainhead"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Circle to be better than the print version?

    A dystopian novel set in the now where current events and habits are taken to a whole new scary level. All of it seems feasible which makes it all the more compelling. There are some stretches with deep sea life living in un-pressurized tanks at the surface but not wanting to give spoilers just sit back and pretend it is possible, it is a fiction novel and in my eyes lets not let reality get in the way of a good story. It has the feel of George Orwell's 1984 with the protagonists from Ayn Rand's Fountainhead. Loved it! One book Ill come back to to read again.


    Which character – as performed by Dion Graham – was your favorite?

    Keldon


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.