• The Circle

  • By: Dave Eggers
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 03-06-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.7 (30 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When Mae 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. Mae can't believe her great fortune to work for them - 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...
©2013 Dave Eggers (P)2013 Random House Audio
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"Tremendous. Inventive, big hearted and very funny. Prepare to be addicted" ( Daily Mail)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Kaggy on 08-16-15

Internet bad guys - so uncool!

This is a rollicking yarn masquerading as a dystopian vision of the future. Given the subject matter I shouldn't be too surprised that this is filled with cheesy characters telling each other how 'awesome' they are and that being thirty was 'like really old!' I did however enjoy hating the Circle with every ounce of my soul and cheering on the rebel characters. Mae is a chillingly dim heroine, but surely there is purpose in this, given the things she gets up to.

The reader did make some of the characters sound like they came straight out of South Park and this made me wonder if the book was actually meant to be funny.

Overall this book lacks subtlety but makes it up by being reasonably entertaining and with an almost nail biting ending. I can see this a being quite a good Hollywood film although I am not sure I would queue round the block to see it.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Judy Corstjens on 05-20-17

A very clunky novel

Clunky, in the sense that 1984 and Atlas Shrugged are clunky, this is a plodding novel tackling sociology and economics in the digital age. I read it in this spirit - as a discussion of the dilemmas we face with big data and social networks: the advantages of transparency Vs privacy and identifiability Vs anonymity, forcing social responsibility and conformity against the individual's 'right' to stay apart, unmonitored and anti-social. To my mind I ended up more in favour of transparency and forced identification; Eggers seems to land few punches in favour of anonymity, despite trying to warn of some dystopian, digital future.

Clunky means the characters are made of cardboard and there is virtually no plot. People behave in unlikely ways and believe unlikely things (in my experience, people are much less easy to lead by the nose than Eggers thinks). Eggers also makes the classic errors of a man narrating as a woman: his heroine, May, enjoys, and is keen to repeat, perfunctory (but hugely satisfying) sex in a toilet with a strange man who has failed to give her his name (and turns out to be... oh, I shouldn't spoil things, should I? ). The only clothes described are when May is 'wearing a red silk blouse and black skirt'. Dave, either do some research into how women think or narrate as a man.

Narration. Professional, appropriately Californian.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Johanna on 09-18-17

Awful narration

What disappointed you about The Circle?

Narration put me to sleep. Incredibly monotonous.

What was most disappointing about Dave Eggers’s story?

I only got half a chapter through it because of the awful narration.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Dion Graham?

Literally anyone else.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

If I could have listened to the narration I am sure I would have loved the book.

Any additional comments?

Would like a refund of credits.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 03-06-17

People don't actually behave like this

The Circle is a thinly disguised critique of internet companies like Google and Apple and the adulation they inspire. However it is continually annoying to read because the main character Mae constantly fails to stand up for herself or exhibit any normal human reactions. Most of the other characters are obsessed by the concept of complete openness and no-one except for Mae's parents, her ex-boyfriend and one other main character value their privacy. Everyone else is like no-one you have ever met. Furthermore, the trolls that infest the internet don't seem to exist in this world. Customer service is consistently rated at over 95% and smiles outweigh frowns by a huge amount. Dave Eggers has created a world with a certain type of human in it to make a fairly sledgehammer point. Therefore he hasn't had to deal with the complexities of real humans. For that reason, I found the book ultimately unsatisfying. It is just too artificial.

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