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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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    "Interesting read!!"

    Very interesting plot and plot progression. All I wanted was to see what would happen because the possibilities were endless, which gave way to some frustration getting through some of the rising action but the other elements of the story made up for it! Great story overall, very all encompassing.

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    Bookneeders 05-29-17
    Bookneeders 05-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing idea but..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would since the idea of the book is really good, and I think that in terms of an audiobook, it really turned gripping. The voice was perfect for the story and I just hoped it was a bit more fast-paced...


    Has The Circle turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No really. I am not that big on sci-fi. And I am trying to enter a bit into it, but it's still not as appealing to me, as for example fantasy.


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

    I really enjoyed the main character in terms of voice. It was just perfect!


    Could you see The Circle being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Well... It was already and to be honest I'm afraid of how that turns out. I definitely will give it a try but I am not that excited...


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carmel 05-29-17
    Carmel 05-29-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Not a great book"
    What did you like best about The Circle? What did you like least?

    I did not like a lot. I've been listening to a long of really long books the past few months. So when this one introduced its characters and started slow I was patient. In the end I did not really connect with any character very much because I kept waiting for the book to get to get better and the plot to come into focus. It never really did.


    Would you recommend The Circle to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Unless they were young and really into social media, and even then probably not.


    What aspect of Dion Graham’s performance would you have changed?

    Fast paced reader. The performance fit the book so kudos to the narrator for working well with the topic.


    Did The Circle inspire you to do anything?

    No. I found this book to be mostly a waste of time.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm an IT professional and some of the topics in the book is why I decided to listen. That said, it was not really worth the time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jen Nokesville, VA, United States 05-27-17
    Jen Nokesville, VA, United States 05-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Ridiculous"

    The actual overall score is more like 2.5 stars.

    My sister and I both listened to this and agree that it's pretty ridiculous. Mae is annoying, silly, and selfish. There is no way a girl like her would ever get to the place she got in that book.

    That said, Dion Graham narrated it very well.

    Don't waste the credit, though.

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    Tara MT Gibson 05-26-17 Member Since 2014
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    "What?!?"

    Ok great story but the... when.... why... yeah I can't say anything without giving away the ending. Dear Eggers I will definitely buy any alternative endings that you write. 😁

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    3xcharm 05-26-17
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    "Facebook Meets The Firm"

    Eerily familiar and realistic tale about singularity. I wonder how people will look back and review this book in 50 or 100 years? It's fascinating how easily anything can be justified.

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    Caroline 05-24-17
    Caroline 05-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "great story and a great naration."

    the story hit too close to home and makes one think about the giant tech companies taking over our privacy. must read for anyone who has smart phone or social media a count and definitely if you have both

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    Victoria johnson 05-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Thought Provoking"

    This book is a must read for all ages. It strongly foreshadows of technology in a dynamic way. Leading you down a very slippery slope, that is as terrifying, as it is inspiring.

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    Hegerty 05-24-17
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    "Scary real"

    We are so close to this. Kind of wish May had a backbone, but the young ... Something to think about each time you "share" info on the net. Whose is the shark?

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    Bell 05-23-17
    Bell 05-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    Had higher hopes for this story. Enjoyed it but it was so superficially written. I read it with the intention of going to the movie, which I may or may not do after finishing the book. Overall, disappointed. It just didn't seem to develop.

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