audio cd, 11 pages

Published Oct. 22, 2013 by Random House Audio.

ISBN:
978-0-8041-9116-6
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3 stars (46 reviews)

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 …

39 editions

Schon nah dran.

3 stars

Die Struktur ist etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig, so ganz ohne Kapitel, nur Absätze.

Im Prinzip sind wir ja an diesem Szenario schon nahe dran, es ist nur ein wenig weitergesponnen und überspitzt. Ich finde nur, es hätte gerne noch mehr Katastrophen geben können, und das durchaus schon etwas früher.

reviewed The Circle by Dave Eggers

It feels like a caricature of dystopia

2 stars

Content warning discussion of the Circle's technology re: sexual assault (spoilers?)

Don't read it, it's probably worse than the movie

1 star

Just save your time, skip this one, it's baaaad.

The protagonist is so extremely naive, the plot points are only surprising in the way that they always go down the route that's so stupid you wouldn't believe the author actually goes there.

The only redeeming quality is the topic. There is so much potential for a fantastic story, but it's just mind boggling how you could screw it up this bad. The personalities of the characters are bland, the technologies are often outright impossible just to allow certain things to be possible, the story is unbelievable as where the plot points go, the dialogs are weird, the way he portrays women is very weird to say the least (especially the toilet scene with "him") ... I could go on for hours with that, but just don't read it. Maybe watch the movie, but don't waste your time with the book. …

一般,非常一般

2 stars

整点新鲜的我不知道的成吗?读你不如去读新闻专访。

一本2013年的书居然还在那里扯‘天哪天哪the big tech firms are gonna eat all of us alive they are the Wolfs in Sheep’s Clothing’

整篇光描述问题不给解决方案解决思路,也不整点别人没讲过的发展预测

浪费时间。

对tech这些没那么了解的人可能看这个被唬住,也许我不是它的目标人群吧。

Review of 'The Circle' on 'GoodReads'

2 stars

A blunt and occasionally funny satire about the blackest imaginings of a technologically-controlled world. Egger's writing is often stale and predictable, but the ideas (albeit technically far-fetched) save an often entertaining book. It says nothing profound, but, like Black Mirror positions itself as an anthology of the worst possible outcomes of technological advancement. Some fantastic passages about quantification and freedom make the book worthwhile.

reviewed The Circle by Dave Eggers (Lijsters)

Review of 'The Circle' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

However necessary it might be to the plot, it's so frustrating to read novels in which the main character acts less than is acted upon. Come on, Mae, instigate something!

Also, Dave Eggers has an Ayn Rand problem. He seems to be immune to her philosophy, at least, but the style is pure ham-fisted Fountainhead.

The topic is a good one. I guess I'm adding a star in recognition of a worthy study.

reviewed The Circle by Dave Eggers (Lijsters)

Review of 'The Circle' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Skillfully done, occasionally brilliant, at other times superficial, The Circle extends some of the trends of our society to their logical conclusion.

In the real world, the president and congress find themselves deadlocked. Who was it that came up with this separation of powers idea? It's very inefficient. If everyone worked together, instead of at cross purposes, so much more could be accomplished. Privatization is often suggested as a better way, with the voting of the marketplace to enact the will of the people.

Books like Sam Harris's Lying argue that all lies are bad, though it allows for the truth of "I refuse to tell you" as a possible way out of revealing everything. People on the Internet willingly forgo their privacy in the interests of community. Even I let my emails be scanned for keywords allowing targeted ads in return for free Google email. After all, isn't their …

Review of 'The Circle' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

If Facebook and Google were to get married, The Circle would be their direct result of their procreation. The Circle takes the social aspects (and lack of privacy) of Facebook and combines it with the innovation of Google to create a dominant social media platform. Their success was a result of TruYou, a tool that requires people to use their real identity to sign up (including their social security number making it impossible for anyone outside of the US to sign up), many web based companies jumped on board with this innovation, wanting direct access to real data. The effect of TruYou saw the end of internet trolling, identity theft and so much more.

Mae Holland is a woman in her early 20’s that has just landed a job with the Circle thanks to her friend Annie. While she has to start in Customer Experience, a place well below her …

Review of 'The Circle' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This was a quick read - took me about two days (granted, one was a sick day). Some initial thoughts:


  • 1984 meets Office Space

  • Would pair nicely with 1984 in high school assigned reading programs



The novel does a nice job illustrating the importance of maintaining balance in information technology and asking the question of what that balance is. Where is that line between secrecy and privacy? Who owns information? What information is best kept personal and what private information is worth sharing in exchange for a better quality of life or greater efficiency? What information is better left unknown? What happens when we no longer have to wonder about things - when all questions can be answered with a simple web query - how does this affect the human brain and behavior? When does communication cease being meaningful?

While many of the characters and situations are cliches and the …

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