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)
A wonderfully executed dystopia that hits eerily close to home in our present day. Knowledge is power, but who's and under what terms?
I found it hard to get into this book in the writing form. So went to audio. I found the sentence construction difficult to read. As for the audiobook mush better. The performance was fantastic.
I loved the book until I got to the ending. It was terrible, it left me wondering what happened to May and was the circle completed? Did Annie live or die? I'm really upset with the way it ended.
Really good book. This is a scary glimpse into a possible future world we may be heading towards. interested to see how true the movie is to the book.
This is a very interesting book, about a tech company which would best be described as if Facebook, Google Twitter, and Apple merged into one company, this would be The Circle. Where they control 90% of the market share in everything. With a Steve Jobs as the CEO. Just imagine the power and information all those companies have today, separately. Now imagine them being one company.
The story isn't very action backed, but still interesting. It's like a new Renaissance is occuring web 3.0 where sharing everything and connecting everything together is the new norm, but a select few aren't accepting of this new Renaissance.
Fantastic! Living in today's jet set plugged in over connected world, this book made me think twice about my relationship with technology. It's An enlightening and eerie perspective on the eradication of privacy and the consequential decline of individuality. Very thought provoking. I highly recommend it!
While Eggers leaves some to be desired in the way of character depth and tying up loose ends, this book is ultimately full of interesting possibilities and accurate, back-handed critiques of the current tech and social media landscape. Totalitarianism is alive, modernized, and unstoppable in the Circle.
If you like 1984, Brave New World, and other dark prophecies of human society's future, then read this book to the end. Don't let the surface Utopianism fool you- there is a darker story worth your time, and it unfolds in quick and surprising ways.
This was a great story about technology, society and the limits of the government. I hope that the movie is just as good as this book.
Narration was on point and good. The story gave me loads to think about and in particular the amount of time I spend and how pervasive social media is in my life and the role of privacy. Still the main character Mae did not seem to deal with the apparent conflict in the book. It seemed more like a study in being brainwashed. Weak ending but I am looking forward to the movie.
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