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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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    Jennie Key 04-21-17
    Jennie Key 04-21-17
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    "Rambling"

    This probably has been my least favorite audible book. I hate not reading something I paid for so I kept at it. I found this book after reading an article about the top 10 books to read before they become no movies. Needless to say, I will NOT be seeing the movie. Narrator was way to dramatic for my liking. Made the book more annoying to listen too. Pointless .

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Whidbey Island 11-17-16
    Jessica Whidbey Island 11-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A creepily accurate look at modern society"

    This book gives me anxiety. It highlights just how much we push to document every little thing we do, no mystery how mundane it may seem. The girl in this story gets hired by a tech company, like a Mashup of Google and Facebook, and throughout the story there are all the glaring annoyances of corporate life. She's expected, well, "encouraged" to attend so many company events on her off time, and post photos and likes and reviews that you get the image that these people live through their social accounts and less through their own eyes. I get anxious because I've heard personally so many of these corporate team building phrases in real life, and I feel for this poor girl!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 10-13-13
    Sarah 10-13-13
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    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book. Sure, it alternated between fairly clever and kind of dumb, but the story moved fast enough that I never felt bored or tempted to stop listening. As others have pointed out, it's a social networking variation on works like 1984 and The Stepford Wives. Except for a few sex scenes, it seemed very YA (not that that's a bad thing...). The narration is fantastic.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kirk Phoenix, AZ, United States 03-08-14
    Kirk Phoenix, AZ, United States 03-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Where to start?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I really wanted to like this book, but the lead character, Mae Holland is so poorly written I could never visualize how someone so utterly inarticulate and incapable of introspection or critical thinking skills was ever hired to work at a firm like The Circle. She came across as shrill and I spent the last half of the book hate-listening.


    What could Dave Eggers have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The characters were never fleshed out. None of them were remotely relatable, let alone likable.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dion Graham?

    I was really unimpressed by Dion's performance. None of the characters had a distinctive voice. Mae seemed to be reduced to some modern derivative of a valley girl with a stilted, snarky voice.


    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Brock DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain 10-10-13
    Brock DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain 10-10-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A fresh, past-paced story"

    As I listen to a lot of books, many of them begin to run together in my mind. I really enjoyed The Circle because it was a fresh, unique story. I know many people will compare it to Orwell's 1984, but to me there is a big difference. Orwell's book, published in 1949, described a futuristic setting 35 years down the road. In The Circle Eggers describes "futuristic" events that could happen very, very soon.

    Eggers writes a fast-paced story that really pulled me in. Unlike most crime novels, where I have a pretty good sense of how things are going to end up, I eagerly listened to see where the author was taking us. I give this book two thumbs up.

    16 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Anna 09-15-17
    Anna 09-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredibly eye opening"

    This books leaves you first thinking "oh this is just some futuristic dystopian novel"and as you continue seeing your reality slowly you come to realise- oh gosh this is MY reality...

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    Sheep 09-08-17
    Sheep 09-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The Circle"

    Amazing and intriguing utopia book. A lot different from the movie but even better! The community and thought of "transparency" and connectedness is really great. Good read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    2009 Doctor 09-05-17
    2009 Doctor 09-05-17
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    "Modern romance?"

    Combine Amazon, PayPal, YouTube, Apple, and Google with power hungry capitalism and you get "The Circle." Very interesting and conversation-starting premise. What exactly is your moral compass with regard to secrecy or privacy?

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    J. Doty Houston, TX USA 09-02-17
    J. Doty Houston, TX USA 09-02-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Creepy Thriller"

    Apocalyptic evil web connection thriller. Boarders on conspiracy theory and paranoid personality issues. I highly recommend.

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    Dorothy S Patton 09-01-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Typical Eggars"

    I say typical bc it is wonderfully well-written and full of wholly unlikeable characters. It's a terrifying vision of social media and cyber-connectivity taken to extremes. Eggars never makes it easy - situations and choices are never black and white, good or bad. Readers are forced to confront the nuances of positive and negative in each scenario. This cautionary tale is definitely worth a listen - do NOT just watch the movie. You'll miss the whole point.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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