With multiple awards under his belt, including an AudioFile Magazine Golden Voice and Booklist's "Voice of Choice", narrator Dion Graham does not disappoint with his effortless performance of this story from the New York Times Magazine, adapted from Dave Eggers' novel The Circle. Mae has an enviable job at a social networking company, and slowly, she becomes seduced by a culture of constant updates and a seemingly unlimited chain of social connections. Graham fully engages listeners' attention with his attention to realism, and he works in subtle nuances of menace as Mae discovers the dark side of always being connected.
A million people, a billion, wanted to be where Mae was at this moment, entering this atrium, 30 feet high and shot through with California light, on her first day working for the only company that really mattered at all.
A story from The New York Times Magazine, adapted from The Circle, a new novel by Dave Eggers.
©2013 The New York Times Company (P)2013 The New York Times Company
The summary of the story was accurate, but did not give justice to this short story; filled with mental and voyeuristic action. Loved it!
Mae. I identified with how she was comfortable keeping her thoughts and actions to herself, but was challenged later on in the story.
I was taken aback by how fast he was talking, at first.. But, as I kept listening, his delivery made perfect sense. I wasn't ready, but he kept my attention with every word he spoke.
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Half way through this chilling story my skin began to crawl. Vampires, zombies and Cthulu have never really done it for me, but this modern tale of true believers in a technologically unlimited world will keep me awake tonight. Eggers engineers a flawlessly incremental slide into smiling, wide-eyed hell, and Dion Graham rings the perfect notes of mindless sincerity to turn your stomach and whiten your knuckles during the ride.
Say something about yourself!
Not what I was expecting. It is an interesting take on technology and social interactions. Of course its just a preview, but I will probably end up getting the full book to see what happens.
Eggers offers a haunting look at technology and it's affect on us with "We Like You So Much and Want to Know You Better". I listened with little to no knowledge of what the actual story was. What I got from it at first, seemed like a coming of age story, later it morphed into a sort of modern societal drama.
I've read/am reading Eggers and this story was refreshingly different. It's a short story, and as such requires a different sort of storytelling to have an impact. If you go into this expecting the "stream of consciousness" narrative normally provided. You might be disappointed.
I enjoyed Dion's performance because he didn't intentionally change the tone of the surroundings as the story became more subversive. There was a very... almost awkward normality to his method that added to the creep factor. The strangest moments were made even more odd, not because the conversation intensified, but rather because it remained so matter of fact.
Show us what you know.
I listened to this short in two sittings....and found that every single scene, every single detail mattered to the conclusion. The plot evoked disturbing realities (in a very humorous way) of our "connected" world. Made me think!
The plot worked amazingly well. I was impressed with the depth of characterization (especially as this was a short), the pacing, the secondary characters. I think I'll enjoy it every bit as much a second time through....which I may very well get to sometime in the future. It deserved five stars THAT much.
I finally got around to listening to this and am so glad I did. Have to get the book now. I imagine it is what working and Zappos is like. Before anyone goes into a fury of upset over that, given some many seem to have had a big gulp of whatever koolaid that company is drinking, think about it - the naming of rooms to be "fun" the social network stuff, the relentless we are a family and a community stuff... whenever I hear about the Zappos cult and how it gets praised to the sky as such a great place to work and such a brilliant company, I imagine a scenario very similar to this story... And I am scared - wouldn't take a job there for anything, well - I would if I were very desperate. The way they have all this foreced socialization and bonding and "making work fun" nonsense like cubicle parades and relentless extracurricular after work activity. Whenever i hear about it I feel like some ugly brainwash is going on and it is the opposite of what people should be thinking about in terms of an employer... the true definition of creepy, though I know the drones there are "very happy"... I am sure that company, or at least companies like that, were some inspiration for this. Scary stuff and all too close to our reality.
I really liked this short story by Dave Eggers. It definitely implies a social message and has me now interested in reading the entire book, "The Circle."
The narrator, Dion Graham, performed it perfectly.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
Just to over the to fanatical for me plus I did not like the hyped up narrator at all. Thank goodness it was short.
I think I got this for free, which is great, because it's good enough to listen to, but not good enough to pay for - in my estimation.
This is basically "Brave New World" + "Dilbert", applied in the modern super hi-tech company corporate world, where every action of an employee is monitored, graded, ranked and subject to review.
It's a decent idea and the writing is decent, but the flavor and execution is a bit lacking. I suppose my main problem with the work is that the superficially polite grilling that the main character constantly endures is also wearing on the user -- perhaps it is because (like so many others) I have to listen to such nonsense as part of my job, that I don't want it in my fiction?
I wouldn't recommend this, but that's not because it is bad in and of itself, just because I think there are so many other works that are more worth a recommendation.
I really wanted to like this. The premise of the book is so exciting and I wanted to like this in audio form because I feel, in some cases audio makes the experience so much better. First, I didn't understand why a man was narrating when the protagonist is a woman. Second, I couldn't get over how fast he was reading. I'm sure that it makes sense and it's probably because of the frenetic pace of the industry and the people and so on, but I had to stop listening. I tried 3 times to listen but couldn't get through it. I think I'll be buying the hard copy.
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