The Circle [Audiobook Review]

Title: The Circle
Author: Dave Eggers
Narrator: Dion Graham
Genre: Fiction; Dystopian
Pages: 504
Audio: 13.6 hours
Year: 2013
Publisher: Random House Audio
Source: Personal Collection
Book Rating: 1/5
Audio Rating: 2/5

Summary:

When Mae gets a job at The Circle (think Google on an even bigger scale) she thinks her dreams have come true. But she soon finds that meeting The Circle’s expectations are harder than she anticipated. Constant internet contact, hyper-socialization, and an inability to escape any of it leave Mae at a crossroads. Will she accept the new age and help “close The Circle” or will she fight back?

My Thoughts:

Unless Dave Eggers is your hero, you can skip this book. It’s about ten times longer than it needs to me. It barely has a plot. It makes it’s point and then makes it again and again and again and again. I wish I’d put it down when I was two hours in like I almost did.

I thought this would be the book for me – a somewhat-dystopian book about social media – but it clearly wasn’t. This was my first Dave Eggers book and I certainly haven’t been convinced that I should go back and read any of his others. I think I’ll stick with McSweeny’s.

Audiobook Thoughts:

I thought it was an odd choice to have a male narrator for this one. The main character is female. The book is in third person but it is told from her perspective only.

2 thoughts on “The Circle [Audiobook Review]

  1. While I liked the overall book a bit more than you did, I completely agree that it was toooooo long! I’ve also been wondering about the audiobook narrator choice, it just seemed weird to have a man telling me the story.

    Please don’t give up on Eggers… may I suggest Zeitoun. It’s a very different story, but so good and thougth provoking.

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