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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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    Konstantin 06-05-17
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    "A gripping story with a slightly questionable end"

    I am not sure what I should have expected from
    The ending but the entire book was gripping and I couldn't put it down. The idea of such a company isn't perhaps the most innovative but that's exactly why it is so relatable and why it is poses such deep questions about society today and our relationship with data privacy and governments and the self-centered obsession for approval from others.

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    Russell W. Bonar 06-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Really thought provoking"

    This makes you really think about what technology could do. Keep your eyes peeled, and your heart in the right place.

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    Happy Texan Dallas, TX USA 06-04-17
    Happy Texan Dallas, TX USA 06-04-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Scarily real"

    This story is a little too real and makes me think twice about what I'm putting into my computer. I was a little distracted by the narrator since the main character is female and the narrator was male. By the end of the book however, I could could understand why that choice was made.

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    Brandi M Lane 06-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    I listened to the book after hearing that the movie didn't do so well at the box office. Eggers books are said to far exceed the movies. Although I pray something like the Circle never happens I see it already starting. Kids constantly taking photos and using every social media outlet to leave no part of their lives private. Eggers does a great job of taking the reader towards an alliance with the Circle. I was entranced to hear more. But as usual the ending was not as expected and wrapped up quickly with no real "ah ha!" moment. I think some of the body could've been reduced to give some real meaning to the end. Cautionary tale or path to the future...will depend on the reader.

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    CF WALLER 06-04-17
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    I really enjoyed this listen. The performance was excellent. I highly recommend this to people who like thought provoking fiction

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    Jim 06-03-17
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    narration was great. story was very contemporary. very thought provoking. what future for the world would you choose?

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    Jonathan Jordan 06-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    I was growing tired of the good guys winning. This era needed a modern 1984.

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    Nicole 06-02-17
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    This book was interesting. As we embark on continual connection via social media this makes you wonder if we are heading in the direction of compete transparency. Scary!

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    Ronald E. Vigeant Beverly, MA USA 06-02-17
    Ronald E. Vigeant Beverly, MA USA 06-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "better than the movie"

    Great and scarily plausible story of a tech company connecting the world via the internet. viewed through the eyes of an employee the story shows how ways of thinking can be influenced to the point that we willingly walk into the slaughterhouse. I was reminded of 1984 because of the attitude of inevitably. I loved this book because it never became a melodrama. No villains just real people. The arguments of the pro techies sound as plausible as the anti techies. Great story

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    "a surprising thriller"

    I struggled to get through it , due to its slow build up. however once midway it became very interesting. almost as a thriller towards the end.

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