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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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    A. W. G. Coleman Highland Springs, VA United States 05-13-17
    A. W. G. Coleman Highland Springs, VA United States 05-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Got this after seeing the movie and really enjoyed"
    Where does The Circle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've only listened to a few audiobooks so I really can't rank it


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Circle?

    The ending. The ending will stick with you for a while


    What about Dion Graham’s performance did you like?

    It was straightforward but he draws you into the story. I especially liked his cadence when reading certain parts that needed to be paced very quickly to get the full effect of how the author wanted you to experience it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not an extreme reaction but it does make you think.


    Any additional comments?

    I know books are always better than movies but I typically don't read a book that a movie is based on. But I was really curious about this book when I heard the ending was drastically different from the movie. I enjoyed it. Definitely worth the 13 hours.

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    05-13-17
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    "It's ok not as thrilling as I hoped the narrator"

    It's not as thrilling as i hoped it would be. The narrator did an excellent job

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    Mallory 05-12-17
    Mallory 05-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Clever and timely"

    Clever story, felt a little too close to home sometimes. the ex boyfriend character, Mercer, was my favorite. Worth the time to read, fun story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Kotula Atlanta, GA 05-12-17
    A. Kotula Atlanta, GA 05-12-17 Member Since 2016

    My commute is so much better because of this wonderful gift my wife gave me.

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    "Creepily fascinating"

    Very fascinating and captivating book. Very much like 1984 but prior to 1984 and set in the modern age. This book was difficult to stop listening to. Good read for a dystopian novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Giantiota 05-12-17
    Giantiota 05-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Just Watch Black Mirror"

    I was excited to start The Circle because I like the concept, but I was left disappointed. Characters were inconsistent and portions where events or new technologies were described went on far too long. Even though the performance was great, I can't recommend this.

    I say just watch Black Mirror on Netflix. It's more concise, focuses on one idea, and has a deeper emotional impact.

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    W. Long New Orleans 05-11-17
    W. Long New Orleans 05-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Snooze"

    Great premise, not executed. Dystopia that didn't elicit anything from me except constantly checking to see how much time there was to go. Rare book that would be better as an abridged version or short story. What a bore.

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    Sue 05-11-17
    Sue 05-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Overall disappointing"

    The story had the potential to be riveting and exciting but it ended abruptly and felt unfinished.

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    Mason W. Stevenson 05-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Wait. What?"

    I was really excited about this book, but I was let down. The author worked too hard in my opinion and overshot what could have been a great thriller. In short, it felt pointless. Sorry mates. Not a book I'd recommend.

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    lb 05-11-17
    lb 05-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Enough already"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I got frustrated with the plot. I found every new issue in this society so stupid. I was on vacation while reading this and had to put it down. It reminded me of one of the many awkward black mirror episodes-- the one where the girl gets shunned off a plane to her bffs wedding because her social media life was in shambles...So if you liked that episode you'll probably like this book. Spoiler alert! I did not like the episode. And in not a fan of this book...But seriously spoiler ahead....This ridiculous plot just got to be too much when the story got around to the main character going transparent. I stopped reading shortly after people start avoiding her. I felt that the protagonist is weak willed and annoyingly dense.


    What was most disappointing about Dave Eggers’s story?

    The unbelievable plot The unlikeable Mae The odd society that could never exist


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

    Francis was on point


    Do you think The Circle needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No thanks


    Any additional comments?

    I hope I can return the book

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    SDKaizen 05-10-17
    SDKaizen 05-10-17 Member Since 2013
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    "are there no female narrators?"

    this story was terrible. i dont understand how it is/was a best seller. regardless, are there NO female narrators left?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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