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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

Critic Reviews

“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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Very compelling distopian storyline

This is a very compelling story, it feels like the sequel to George Orwell’s 1984, taking into account the development of the Internet, Google, Facebook , Twitter, Amazon.
Truly frightening how we coucl all be conned into a totalitarian regime.

Unfortunately the writing is quite mediocre. Too many useless and repetitive dialogues. It feels like this book would have been much better if shrunk by a good 30%.

Still very worth reading because of its warnings and distopian predictions.

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Scary Real! Enthralling!

At first, you think this is the greatest company ever! However, as privacy gives way to transparency, real quality in relationships gives way to preference for quantity of "friends", performing for an audience instead of the way you normally would, and overall fakeness. The belief that "information is a right" and that "privacy is theft" has a severe cost, one which only a select few around the main character understand, and one which completely eludes her as she is drawn further and further into the Circle.

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Must Get!!!

One of the best books I have ever heard! Once you listen to it, it changes the way you interact with social media. It's a really chilling book. It's just heart breaking.

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Page turner

Let's hope the world doesn't turn into this. good read however. : - )

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Great book; outstanding reading by Dion Graham

This was an a very enjoyable read and a good critique of proposed internet utopias. The author did a great job channeling that millennial / internet / social media need for immediate validation and the great book was made even better by Dion Graham's narration. Tiny quibbles is that some of the plot devices seemed a little forced and the ending was a little flat, but I recommend it.

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Amazing performance, ok story

The performance is incredible. I am going to look up other books narrated by Dion Graham.

The story is a bit too linear, predictable, and has an anti-climactic ending. I feel that the author could have develop the characters in more than one dimension. All characters stayed true to their original forms without ever altering the path of their development.

That said, the ideas in the book are interesting and thought-provoking. This book is conceptually similar to "1984" with an update to the technology discussed.

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this is a great book that reminds me of 1985 book

this book took the 1985 book into today's light and where is technology taking us to is all things good that is presented before us should we question technology do we lose our self and privacy for the price of Technology how far will we go for the perfect world great book

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The reader is good however the book is terrible.

There wasn't anything wrong with the reader. I enjoyed the slight voice changes and the pace changes that coincidence with the character but I could not finish listening to this book, 6 hours in and it all felt wasted.
The author wrote the book in a way as if he knew this would become a movie one day and thus the plot was overly simple. There were unnecessary conversations and moments that didn't move the plot or add any value into the characters. Many parts were simply fillers.
Also it felt as if the author has no understanding of technology or the internet. The idea that having your identity attached to your online presence would remove trolls is laughable, that the voice recordings of my phone would allow others to play my voice back to me as I hear it is ridiculous, and so on.
There were 7ish hours left on the audiobook and I just couldn't go through with it. The book sounds like it would be an easy read and probably could be done faster than the 13~hrs. I regret purchasing this.

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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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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!

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