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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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    Bob 05-16-17
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    "Good narrator, poor story"

    The plot starts off interestingly enough but nosedives. The characters are bland and one dimensional.

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    Liz and Danny 05-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "What just happened?!"

    Throughout this book I kept telling myself something big was going to happen... Long story short, I am still waiting!! Where did the ending go? There was no ending! Was my audio book incomplete? Or did the author have to meet a deadline and finish the ending in 2 minutes? So confused I wish I could say more... however I don't want to spoil it for others! So disappointed.

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    Jasmine 05-16-17
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    "Too Close to 1984"

    Especially with that 3 sentence punching slogan that I can't even remember. It's like the book is trying too hard to be something. It also moves quite slowly

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    Essie Hood 05-15-17
    Essie Hood 05-15-17 Member Since 2014
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    Any additional comments?

    The book has a lot of potential for climactic elements...but ignores every single one. This book reminds me of a timed writing in school. The author has this great story but then runs out of time and frantically has to scribble down the last three sentences to end it. The ending created more questions than the rest of the book combined. If you read this, read it like a partially complete novel.

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    S. Sean 05-15-17
    S. Sean 05-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "May is too dumb"

    Too dumb. Unrelatable. Male characters are stereotypical. Lacking depth. Found the story predictable and boring.

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    KJarJarBinks 05-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "This book had such a great idea behind it, but didn't follow through."

    I was so excited to read this book when I saw the movie trailer for it. Then I started reading it and honestly I think it's my least favorite book ever read. The characters were all so boring, the only one who even had a personality was Annie, and Mae is one of the most irritating characters I've ever read. The plot behind the book was amazing, I just wish we could have followed some more interesting characters and less of a play by play of numbers.

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    allan stockstill 05-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great concept, horrible ending."

    This story took off well and with great potential but soon headed south before falling off the cliff at the end.

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    Miriam 05-15-17
    Miriam 05-15-17
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    "Heavy handed and predictable"

    Very disappointing. Listened to the end because I kept thinking it would get less obvious.

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    James E Underhill 05-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Book to Movie"

    Great story line; could've been achieved in less words. Great movie; it will have a time limit. Poor editing several times between tracks w/change in narrators voice.

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    Bethany Cedar Park, TX, United States 05-13-17
    Bethany Cedar Park, TX, United States 05-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Didn't like the story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I wanted to get this book read before seeing the movie. I wouldn't say the time was well-spent but thanks to audio I did other tasks at the same time.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I didn't buy the evolution of the main character from someone who enjoyed solitary kayaking and being by herself to a person who believed in sharing every moment. From the moment the main character agreed to wear the camera I thought the story lost credibility. I don't believe anyone wants a job that bad. She was painted as being ambitious but even by the end the story she wasn't in the group of 40. Also, when she was not "liked" by 3% of the on-campus voters, she obsessed about it and then just dropped it. There was no explanation how she went from being upset to not thinking about it. Many of the elements of the story were chilling. Specifically, the programs that The Circle was developing and how the public clamored for more. I wonder every day why people don't miss having privacy.


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

    I have no opinion about the narrator except maybe it should have been a woman.


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

    I would not normally see this movie because I didn't like the book and I read the reviews that say the movie is terrible. I will probably see it when it's available for streaming because I am curious about the interesting casting choices, especially Patton Oswalt.


    Any additional comments?

    It's too bad this wasn't a better story. I think it had the right idea. I was a functioning adult before cell phones and the internet so I remember a time when everyone didn't know everyone else's business. I understand that young people haven't experienced a time where it was not common to share your thoughts, photos and whereabouts as public information.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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