The Circle

The Circle

Audiobook CD - 2013
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The Circle is the exhilarating new novel from Dave Eggers, best-selling 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Random House Audio, 2013
ISBN: 9780804191166
Branch Call Number: CDBK FIC Egge
Characteristics: 11 compact discs : 14 hr
Additional Contributors: Graham, Dion


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sarah_stevens Feb 21, 2018

An interesting story about privacy, dignity, and exposure in the age of social media. Excellent reader on the audio.

cmlibrary_lcarroll Jul 20, 2017

I have some mixed feelings about The Circle. I loved how it made me feel uneasy about the level of control Big Data now has over our personal information, and it made me very aware of my increasingly large "digital footprint."
It's a very timely book, and very much needed to detail how easily we can sign away our liberties in exchange for convenience. At the same time, the main character, Mae, does little of anything and is certainly no Winston Smith of the digital age. Though the story is told from her perspective, we receive very little insight into her motivations and feelings about privacy. The two main twists in the novel feel gimmicky because we understand so little about why Mae makes these choices.
Overall, I feel The Circle is worth a read, as it's always a good idea to be reminded of the importance of skepticism in the face of a quickly-changing digital world.

Sep 03, 2016

A great read for anyone who is a bit leery(or not at all concerned!) about the growth of social media!!

Oct 03, 2014

Fortunately, this could never happen in real life.

Oct 03, 2014

A satire without irony. The book is readable but as the plot accelerates it blows up into hyperbole which left me utterly cold. It lacks any likeable characters too which ultimately led me to put it down and turn to Wikipedia to see if the book would end up where I expected it was headed. Pretty much it did.

Feb 03, 2014

Paparazzi gone haywire on the average Joe. This is a what not to do for social networking. I was disappointed in Mae ultimate choices at the conclusion of the novel. I thought she would have gone a different, more sensible route.

Dec 12, 2013

From the mixed reviews I've seen of this book I was bracing myself for a let down, but was not disappointed! The story reminds me of 1984, of course, but instead of focusing on society after the abolishment of privacy, it shows the steps leading up to complete digital surveillance. The protagonist is on the inside of The Circle, the company that is slowly taking over the flow of information worldwide. Mae's start at the company is a bit rocky as she tries to fit in, but eventually she becomes one of its most influential employees. Her naivete is frustrating at times (I was always chastising her in my head), however it's a good representation of how people - especially the younger generation - can be easily swept away on the tide of technology, for good or for ill. The ending was abrupt in my opinion, and some scenes that I feel should have been elaborated on or made more exciting or central to the plot were skimmed over or omitted altogether. In general, though, it was a good and worthwhile read. The audiobook version is superbly narrated, and even though a male voice actor is portraying a female protagonist it didn't bother me at all.

Nov 10, 2013

This novel takes George Orwell's 1984 into today's 21st century. This interesting, well written story holds the reader's interest throughout. 8 of 10 stars

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