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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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    Bryan 04-19-15
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    "Great book"

    Great book. Narrator was very good. I'll leave it at that as to not give away anything to future readers...

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    Chad 04-02-15
    Chad 04-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A terrifying glimpse at the future."

    A cautionary tale about a horrific future where writing this review is the most important thing I do all day!

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    Mr. Berner 04-01-15
    Mr. Berner 04-01-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Brave New World for Millennials"

    Secrets are lies.
    Sharing is caring.
    Privacy is theft.

    Well written book. Would recommend to any adult reader. Should probably be made into a five episode or so mini series.

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    Martijn 03-23-15
    Martijn 03-23-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Serious leaps of conjecture to make a dystopia"

    This is for those who enjoy far fetched conspiracy theories.

    As long as you don't actually know anything about technology you can get a tingle of fear run up your spine of the probability of this happening. This is great fodder if you are a Luddite and fear the internet age.

    All in all, I expected more especially from Dave Eggers, to be fair Dion Graham did a great job, this is purely a story that just fell flat the more it strayed away from probability.

    The characters were also a bit, to give a technical term : "meh". Dion does an admirable job of bringing them to life and changes the voices of the various characters nicely, but still the evolution of the primary character Mia seems a bit much.

    Ok rant over, just don't think this is a modern equivalent of 1984 that's all I ask.

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    Art Lover Colorado 02-24-15
    Art Lover Colorado 02-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "1984 for the 21st Century"

    As good as it gets. Eggers is witty and insightful. If you have children, it will make you want to take them camping or take them someplace away from technology. Is the world he describes possible - absolutely. This is not scifi, just look around. Are you reading this on your phone? I want to send this book to my children's English teacher.

    The narration is exceptional. The reader speeds up at times, giving you the frenetic, overwhelming sense that the main character feels, that you feel.

    Brilliant!

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    FCB No. California 02-19-15
    FCB No. California 02-19-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Worth your time. "

    A well-written book which provides a window into a possible future of the world, one that most people would not choose to inhabit.

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    kdjkmiller Salt Springs, FL, United States 02-18-15
    kdjkmiller Salt Springs, FL, United States 02-18-15

    I am a parent that likes to know what my kids are reading!! Simply don't have the time to read and have a 2 hour commute everyday.

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    "Phenomenal storyline!"

    I love when a writer thinks totally outside the box. Good story, likable characters. The end left some questions. Thanks

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    Laurie V 02-17-15
    Laurie V 02-17-15
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    "Shallow"

    Interesting idea but the characters were so poorly developed that everything seemed very superficial. Read it for z book group otherwise would have abandoned it.

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    Karyn 02-07-15
    Karyn 02-07-15

    Professional journalist, tech writer and editor with three children, now aged 7 and 19 (steptwins). Avid reader and listener.

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    "Worth reading"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend "The Circle" b/c it's a good, timely listen and it's an engrossing story. Especially in Silicon Valley, where I live, it has great relevance. The parallels to Google and Facebook are worth considering. Every time I open the newspaper and read a story about yet another new innovation on the Google or Facebook campuses, I realize just how prescient this novel was. (And yes, I still read the paper version of "the paper." So indeed, I do "open the newspaper.")


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    Kevin Sykora San Francisco, CA 02-01-15
    Kevin Sykora San Francisco, CA 02-01-15 Member Since 2014

    Books, especially audiobooks, are my escape during my commute to and from work.

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    "Interesting story of a believable future"
    What did you love best about The Circle?

    The thing I love best about The Circle is how it presents a possible future of social media that is both believable and scary.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how the story showed the evolution of the main character, Mae Holland, evolved from being hesitant about social media to being completely enveloped by it. That said there were some moments where the story felt predicable.


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

    Mae Holland, the performer (Dion Graham) did an excellent job of conveying the emotions of the main character.


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

    Privacy is theft


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