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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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    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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    Veronica Samek Michigan 05-03-17
    Veronica Samek Michigan 05-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I hate the main character"

    Great idea, good detail of a near dystopian. It was slow. Very little happens. But above all I hated the main character. She was completely unlivable and dumb.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-03-17 Member Since 2013
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    "terrible ending , very abrupt and incomplete."

    Could have gone 100 ways, but it ends abruptly and very anticlimactically. Narrator was very good though.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cort Crandall 03-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Ending sucks"

    The narrator was great. The story was okay, not a great ending. It feels like it just ends

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Lankford 03-23-17
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    "Good concept, but..."

    ...it made its point, over and over. Would have made a terrific short story or novella. The ending is predictable, even though the author seems to think it wouldn't be. But, hey: we've all read 1984!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Antonio O 01-20-17
    Antonio O 01-20-17
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    "There's horrible futuristic tech stories and this."
    What disappointed you about The Circle?

    The grinding daily stats, rather than feeling distracted and drawn away from the day to day, I felt more reminded of what was left behind in the office.


    Has The Circle turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just this one.


    What about Dion Graham’s performance did you like?

    He's performance is great.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    If you are a sane person, the story is made to shock you, not in a good way, likely as an warning of the possible future that were headed into. This is 1984, self imposed by the population under the guise of an goody good tech company that squeezes the very life essence out of you and all of earths population. If you work in the tech industry be ready to get stressed out as much of what you'll hear is day to day stats and the ever present pressure to please and meet deadlines. Get ready for a possible love hate relationship with the content of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this is my first book review. Its well written but its tough to get through as it conflicts with my personal ideals and established boundaries. Finished the book so I could have an informed opinion just to write the review. But rest assured I'll be returning it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 12-27-16
    Mark 12-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Lackluster story with unlikeable characters"

    The characters were poorly written and unlikable, with no proper climax or wrap up to the story. If the book is intended to have a sequel, I would most likely not purchase it. Overall the book left me thinking I has wasted my time with it, and throughout I felt I wanted the character of May to get a clue and get a life.

    I will not hold any of this against Dion Graham who did an excellent job with the narration.

    I would have given a much higher rating if this was meant to have some message. Knowing the story, I will only rent the movie (from the library where no money goes to the author) an I am hoping that I will be like most books to movie, and that they loosely based the movie on the book and made it actually work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Trent 12-26-16
    Trent 12-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great social commentary but..."

    There is so much to unpack, yet so little time. The concept was phenomenal but I would say the development from one idea to the next and the final outcome was a pretty underwhelming.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    R. B. 12-15-16
    R. B. 12-15-16
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    "Mediocre-at-best dystopian novel"
    What would have made The Circle better?

    A less transparent and predictable plot. Better characters.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Neuromancer


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

    The narrator did a fine job. All of the characters were unique and recognizable. The characters themselves were one-dimensional which he was not able to compensate for.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Pretty disappointing and forgettable dystopian novel of a Facebook/Google/Apple hybrid trying to take over the world in the most laughably obvious way possible. The characters were frustrating in their lack of development (all are neurotic and needy millennials) and the "climactic" scene towards the end of the book fell completely flat. The book also ended on a strange note where the outcome of the plot is not made completely clear. It is clear the author was trying for a 1984-style plot but did not come close to the classics of the genre.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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