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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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    James Kernersville, NC, USA 04-22-15
    James Kernersville, NC, USA 04-22-15 Member Since 2002
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    "Great premise, horrible execution"
    What did you like best about The Circle? What did you like least?

    When I first started reading The Circle I was very intrigued by where it could have gone. However after waiting and waiting for something to happen, nothing did. The main trouble with the book is that while this is big brother on steroids, we are supposed to believe that everyone, everywhere likes everything The Circle produces. No matter how invasive their products are, people love them and want more. Not just techies, I'm talking everyone, in every age group, in every location in the world. That is just total B***S*** That said, if you want to read about some ways that companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Apple and the like could invade our privacy then you might want to give a listen.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dave Eggers again?

    I would definitely get another book by Dave Eggers. While this book is a dud, the other I read by him "the heartbreaking work of staggering genius" was great.


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

    The vocalizations really added to the feel of the book and the sense of wonder from the people actively involved in "The Circle" although it would have been better to have multiple narrators


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

    It might be interesting to see the settings. They did sound interesting, if a whole lot farfetched.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    DJ Midwest 12-16-13
    DJ Midwest 12-16-13 Member Since 2017
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    "A glimpse of the future? Entertaining narration!"
    Where does The Circle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    in the top 30%


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love Dave Eggers stream of consciousness writing…and Dion Graham narrates Eggers' novels so perfectly….nails it! The story makes you think about the permanent nature of the internet, the transparency of social media, and the future. What if Google swallowed up Facebook, merged with Apple and acquired Twitter? Then took over the world ;)


    Have you listened to any of Dion Graham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He also narrated Eggers' "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" and so many times I'd be listening and I'd laugh out loud..prompting my husband to look at me quizzically ;) Graham's voice so perfectly embodies Eggers writing - they seem to be one in the same inside my head!


    Who was the most memorable character of The Circle and why?

    May was memorable as the main character... in the sense that she was so incredibly spineless…sad to see a character who is so easily manipulated. I kept thinking "in this next chapter she is going to have an independent thought"….


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sure the purpose/intent of the novel is satirical in a way….a dark comedy where Eggers shows what could happen if we don't get a grip on this internet/information overload thing. To be honest, I just love the style of Eggers' writing…I'm a fan no matter what he writes about - and the same goes for Graham's narration. Whatever they do together - I'm in!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey 10-10-13
    Stacey 10-10-13
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    "Teaser Book--Excellent! Unabridged Book--Meh!"

    I always like to see what's free, and I found the teaser of this book to be one that intrigued me. I bought the book immediately. The author challenges the view of pundits who, during the time of "George Dub's" presidency, touted that if you do not support his him, you are disloyal to the country. Imagine that Amazon, Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft all came together as one company and systematically removes free will, gets rid of politicians who challenge it, and sells things in a way that everyone can pressure you to do it too. Eventually, everyone has to register and must vote.

    Imagine that every public official had to go wear a camera every day to show their constituents that they were honest? Imagine that every child has a tag embedded in their body so they could never be stolen again? Much of this seems great, but the key factor is that at some point their is no privacy and everyone must become transparent. In fact, PRIVACY IS THEFT and SECRETS ARE LIES."

    Do you remember the Milgram experiment on obedience to authority figures? If not, please search for it because throughout the story, If you are smart, you can see where this is going. 1984--George Orwell or The Traveler--John Twelve Hawks(Highly recommend).

    A woman named Mae, is the main heroine. Mae is a buddy of one of the top people in the company "Circle", and is grateful to have a job that her friend obtained for Mae. The Circle even pays for the treatment of Mae's father, which gains her loyalty. Mae starts out with two computer screens at her desk. Mae has many opportunities to exercise her moral fiber and falls short every time. I rooted for Mae, but found her to be unsympathetic, consistently foolish, and swayed too much by what others thought of her. Eventually she turned into a vain, selfish, superficial person. The only time I really liked her was when she was a criminal for a night( Read the book if you want to know). She rejects the teachings of her parents for those of a company. Mae is a foolish woman who gives up her identity, privacy, and happiness for a larger dream that never quite fills the void. She continually has relations with a man who not only does not suit her, but also fails to make love to her properly or "finish" with her. I found myself frustrated with her because at 24, I was not that stupid or simple. My mom would have told me to dump him and dump him quick! By the end of the book, she has seven monitors, a camera and headphones so that people can see everything she does.

    I think Edgers wanted this to be a satirical story steered by the questions "When does free will of a Utopia cross the line? Is it worth it to give up our rights and freedoms for the appearance of security? "Should their be a limit?" It's supposed to be satire, but I am not sure it meets that billing. The Circle is not Mr. Eggers' best novels. However, the questions it raise should make this novel a must read for teens and young adults.

    If you buy the book, you will understand the "Meh" in my title. If you don't, you saved a credit. I have tried to a good review of a new novel so I hope this helps you decide whether or not to purchace. However, you have free will to decide on your own....don't you? ;)

    36 of 47 people found this review helpful
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    Lydia LeROy-Williams 07-21-17
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    "good, but..."

    good isten. eh ending. well done narration . the ending felt rushed and didn't leave me feeling complete. I wanted more. maybe that's a good thing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-21-17 Member Since 2006
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    "Facebook takes place of US government!"

    Eager-to-please Mae drinks company Kool-Aid of transparency (compulsory surveillance coordinated by, and available to billions).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle Rumsey 07-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Stronger than the Film"
    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    As this book is a movie, with a handful of actors of which I am a particular fan of, I will say that I did go see the film adaptation, and it definitely fell short of this version. I think listening to it definitely helped me move through the story--had I been reading, I think there were several parts of the narrative that would have slowed me to a stop, simply because things felt a bit slow. If you've only seen the movie, don't count this out as a listen, it definitely is stronger than the film, and it's a very compelling concept. The details that Eggers writes place you right in with Mae and her coworkers, and the performance is solid and entertaining.


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    RReid Long Beach, CA United States 07-14-17
    RReid Long Beach, CA United States 07-14-17
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    "Good novel good reading"

    This novel is very fitting for this technology driven world we live in today. It has a hint of young adult novel but some sex scenes that might not be suitable for younger listeners.
    The reading was hilarious at parts because the male reader needed to sound like a chirpy girl, but overall reading was clear and the voice was soothing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard McGee Riverside, CA United States 07-14-17
    Richard McGee Riverside, CA United States 07-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Starts off strong and finishes abruptly."

    This was a really good story, performance was excellent. My only complaint is the ending. Overall I would recommend it my friends and family.

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    Carl Goodyear, AZ, United States 07-11-17
    Carl Goodyear, AZ, United States 07-11-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Good story. Great narration!"

    I don't recall ever enjoying the narration more than the story, but that was my experience this time. Oh, and the story was good.

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    Amazon Customer 05-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "All Journey, no destination."

    So some great things about this title, I thought Dion did an amazing job with the reading. The story was interesting and kept me coming back...it felt like a 13 hour intro however. I was waiting for a rising action...and as soon as it was presented the book suddenly ends. It felt like I was on a roller coaster that kept going up and up and could see the huge drop coming and was getting more excited...then you got to the top. The cart stops, and they tell you the ride is over. I honestly don't get it. The parts I did listen to were great...just felt unfinished...like so much so that I had to go check to see if it accidently skipped 20 chapters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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