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
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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.
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.
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.
The free preview was so good i HAD to get to download the full version . I'm so glad I did. I listened to the novel in one day. I've listened to almost 500 books. over the past 3 years since being a stay at home mom and this is one of my top 10 favorites
I wonder if this is what it's like to work at one of those " fun tech company campuses". Somehow I feel as though the main character was being indoctrinated into a tec cult? But instead of drinking Kool Aid, she was asked to give her life over to the proliferation of superfluous information.
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.
Eggers book is excellent - downloaded this not knowing it was part of THE CIRCLE. It's a great entry, tease for the book but I wasn't a fan of the narrator's approach. The writing is strong and doesn't need the narrator's ironic vocal styling. A great read and a nice short piece as well
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.
a really thought prevoking story. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to any one like me who is a geek freak.
"Yeah, good story 👍"
This was good and fun. Thought provoking etc
I felt like It ended very suddenly probably because I was enjoying it so much.
Worth. A listen :-)
"1984 type short for the age of social media"
An enjoyable short story about where social media is taking us.
The narration was pretty good, and I enjoyed the way the characters were brought across.
I will be looking into listening to "The Circle", which this was adapted from.
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