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 | [Dave Eggers]

The Circle

When Mae 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. Mae can't believe her great fortune to work for them - 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...
Regular Price:$35.21
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

When Mae 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. Mae can't believe her great fortune to work for them - 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...

©2013 Dave Eggers (P)2013 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Tremendous. Inventive, big hearted and very funny. Prepare to be addicted" (Daily Mail)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.0 (5 )
5 star
 (0)
4 star
 (2)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (1)
Overall
3.2 (5 )
5 star
 (0)
4 star
 (3)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (1)
Story
2.4 (5 )
5 star
 (0)
4 star
 (1)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (2)
Performance


There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Sort by:
  • Sophie
    London, United Kingdom
    12/2/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great idea which got me thinking"

    I read reviews of this novel comparing it to 'Brave New World' and '1984'. It is indeed a satire on a not-so-implausible-near-future and I certainly couldn't out it down. But it is not a great work of literary genius like the novels of Huxley and Orwell. I have read plenty of other dystopian novels which are much better than this. It lacked literary sophistication and nuance which is fine but the hype led me to expect that.

    It really made me think though and that is a sign of a good novel. How far will social media take us? It even made me question my own use of social media, my motives and expectations.

    I definitely recommend it. The performance is superb and I did extra gardening and housework to make sure I could listen to it as fast as I could.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angus
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    11/4/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Thought provoking but could have been much better"

    The themes in The Circle are interesting, it looks at how a 'Google-esque' company could go about taking over the world, however it is let down through a combination of cardboard characters and a badly structured narrative.

    There are elements in the book that are excellently conceived and quite thought provoking (for example the growing number of screens on Mae's desk, is a simple device, but it works really well) however, whenever it seems as if the book is going to really take-off and become a classic, everything comes to a grinding halt.

    Characters make ridiculous decisions, completely out of character with no explanation as to why (Mae rightly is rightly disgusted by something Francis does, but all this gets forgotten in the blink of an eye), or simply get forgotten about until being crow-barred back in to place for no other reason than plot (the character of Annie is almost omnipresent but disappears for an age and comes back with an inexplicably altered personality).

    The book's pacing is very uneven too, switching between long highly detailed descriptions of the activities of The Circle and brief passages in which major plot are passed over in an instant. An example of the latter is the final plot twist, its consequences and resolution. Without giving anything away, this should be the heart of the book, and could have a featured an in-depth philosophical argument and given a key character a true ethical dilemma. Instead it's crammed (along with a clunky metaphorical scene featuring a tank full of sea-creatures from the deepest parts of the ocean) into the final 20 minutes of the audiobook in a most unsatisfactory way.

    In terms of the audiobook narration, this was fine. Occasionally the narrator would play a line in a way I don't think the author would have intended, but on the whole the performance was good. There would at times be strange pauses in the flow of the narration, this would make you think that a section had finished only to continue a couple of seconds later, which was slightly annoying

    On the whole, The Circle isn't entirely bad, there is a good book trying breakout out - it's just that the poor elements far outweigh the better bits of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Petra
    Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
    9/11/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The googlefication of life"
    Would you try another book written by Dave Eggers or narrated by Dion Graham?

    The story is both relevant and interesting: what would life be like if the boundaries between work and life, public and private sphere disappeared to the extent that our existence became entirely "corporate"? The allusions to Orwell and Zamyatin are obvious, and the model for the titular company is clearly the world of Google: all the perks for workers are really means to bind them more tightly into the company and to make them work harder, to google-fy and apple-sync until there is no longer any world outside the corporate universe and all personal freedoms are yielded voluntarily. Technology becomes the new totalitarianism.And yet the story is so predictable (even the twist at the end can be spotted a mile away), and the characters so mediocre that it's actually hard to care about them. One character in particular becomes the kind of mouthpiece for authorial views that even the most rudimentary creative writing workshop (let alone editorial office!) would have told the writer to kill, modify or silence. At times I felt really quite patronised as a reader: I can think for myself, thank you.However, I can't fault the reader's performance: he did manage to make the characters distinct, and giving a voice to the criminally naive female protagonist cannot have been easy. Really well done.


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

    No, I wouldn't. Listening to the last hour was a bit of a chore.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    This needed editing to fulfil its potential because there is a really good novel in there. Beats me whether the author was resistant to advice or whether it's now okay to publish plodding and predicable material because your name is already "out there" and people buy the books anyway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dan Coleman
    7/14/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "So disappointing"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The near future what Google could become was well imagined. The story might appeal to a social media marketing intern provided they have never read a book before.


    What was most disappointing about Dave Eggers’s story?

    The characters were terrible and unbelievable, there was an incredibly clumsy metaphor crowbarred in, and there was a rubbish twist.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator gave a spirited performance and despite some of his voices sounding like they came from Sesame Street he made the book far more interesting than the material warranted.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The circle and the things the company did were well imagined. Shame it was seemingly a company populated by the most retarded people in a planet full of retards.


    Any additional comments?

    A bad story in a good setting is still a bad story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scout123
    7/13/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A believable and thought provoking Dystopian novel"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this book to several people as it appeals to an incredibly wide audience. Everything we do, and our current consumer habits, are explored in terms of the long term results of our actions. It's very easy for a society to go with the flow because we are told it's best to. If you want to stay a 'seeker' read this!


    What other book might you compare The Circle to, and why?

    Think a mix of 1984 and Brave New World with undertones of The Hunger Games.


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

    The narration was so good, so smooth and kept me as transfixed as the story did that it's difficult to pick a favourite character. Mae is so perfectly flawed that it may have to be her. There is a bit of Mae in all of us.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The circle is good for you, everyone is welcome, no-one can escape.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those audiobooks you make extra time to listen to because it pulls you along into it's world. I read many books and listen to a great many more. Most I enjoy, though some you have to work at. This took no work at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    Brighton,UK
    7/9/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Put your life on hold"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is such a tightly written story with excellent characterisation. It is on the very current theme of modern surveillance underneath glossy worthy motives. The tracking of all your movements, purchases, family and medical history in the name of greater efficiency and life affirmation but the reality is much more sinister. I was totally addicted to this book and listened to it all over a 24 period !


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Circle?

    The twist at the end but the description of the characters and the corporate bubble they inhabited were gripping


    What about Dion Graham’s performance did you like?

    Pacing was excellent, range of tones and accents were pitch perfect


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

    It was and I did (life permitting)


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoy the roller coaster ride

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • maria
    7/8/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "too predictable by half"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Maybe young people with an interest in sf.


    Has The Circle put you off other books in this genre?

    yes.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dion Graham?

    yes, probably.


    What character would you cut from The Circle?

    most of them are superficial and shallow but they belong together all right.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maxine
    7/6/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Could have been a much more interesting book"
    What would have made The Circle better?

    More plausible, three-dimensional characters and more subtlety.


    Has The Circle put you off other books in this genre?

    If the genre is implications of the internet, no. I liked Kiss Me First.


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

    A bit of life. The characters were flat and the plot development heavy-handed, but he did a good job with it.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The basic idea is interesting. Some (not all) the depictions of life at the company were convincing and thought-provoking. The sub-story regarding Annie was good.


    Any additional comments?

    Enough with the marine animals!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-8 of 8 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

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.