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With multiple awards under his belt, including an AudioFile Magazine Golden Voice and Booklist's "Voice of Choice", narrator Dion Graham does not disappoint with his effortless performance of this story from the New York Times Magazine, adapted from Dave Eggers' novel The Circle. Mae has an enviable job at a social networking company, and slowly, she becomes seduced by a culture of constant updates and a seemingly unlimited chain of social connections. Graham fully engages listeners' attention with his attention to realism, and he works in subtle nuances of menace as Mae discovers the dark side of always being connected.

Publisher's Summary

A million people, a billion, wanted to be where Mae was at this moment, entering this atrium, 30 feet high and shot through with California light, on her first day working for the only company that really mattered at all.

A story from The New York Times Magazine, adapted from The Circle, a new novel by Dave Eggers.

©2013 The New York Times Company (P)2013 The New York Times Company

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  • David
  • 26-10-2013

My kind of horror story

Half way through this chilling story my skin began to crawl. Vampires, zombies and Cthulu have never really done it for me, but this modern tale of true believers in a technologically unlimited world will keep me awake tonight. Eggers engineers a flawlessly incremental slide into smiling, wide-eyed hell, and Dion Graham rings the perfect notes of mindless sincerity to turn your stomach and whiten your knuckles during the ride.

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  • Janae
  • 01-10-2013

I was taken aback

What did you love best about We Like You So Much and Want to Know You Better?

The summary of the story was accurate, but did not give justice to this short story; filled with mental and voyeuristic action. Loved it!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mae. I identified with how she was comfortable keeping her thoughts and actions to herself, but was challenged later on in the story.

What about Dion Graham’s performance did you like?

I was taken aback by how fast he was talking, at first.. But, as I kept listening, his delivery made perfect sense. I wasn't ready, but he kept my attention with every word he spoke.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely!

Any additional comments?

More, please!

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  • Joss1685
  • 15-11-2016

a chilling and interesting book

wao well, it was pretty harmless at the beginning but damn poor may, I mean i understood she worked for a tech company but party points and everything shared? I mean, I understand thats how society is working at rhisbpoint but that you really dont have a choice over that and should do it, was like people really think like that? damn for me it was scary to know that kind of possible train of thought.

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  • Amanda
  • 21-04-2014

Interesting...

Not what I was expecting. It is an interesting take on technology and social interactions. Of course its just a preview, but I will probably end up getting the full book to see what happens.

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  • James
  • 31-01-2014

Modern Modernity

What did you love best about We Like You So Much and Want to Know You Better?

Eggers offers a haunting look at technology and it's affect on us with "We Like You So Much and Want to Know You Better". I listened with little to no knowledge of what the actual story was. What I got from it at first, seemed like a coming of age story, later it morphed into a sort of modern societal drama.

If you’ve listened to books by Dave Eggers before, how does this one compare?

I've read/am reading Eggers and this story was refreshingly different. It's a short story, and as such requires a different sort of storytelling to have an impact. If you go into this expecting the "stream of consciousness" narrative normally provided. You might be disappointed.

What does Dion Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I enjoyed Dion's performance because he didn't intentionally change the tone of the surroundings as the story became more subversive. There was a very... almost awkward normality to his method that added to the creep factor. The strangest moments were made even more odd, not because the conversation intensified, but rather because it remained so matter of fact.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Show us what you know.

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  • Red Apple Reader
  • 29-11-2013

Compelling (disturbingly so!) Short Story

Wow!

I listened to this short in two sittings....and found that every single scene, every single detail mattered to the conclusion. The plot evoked disturbing realities (in a very humorous way) of our "connected" world. Made me think!

The plot worked amazingly well. I was impressed with the depth of characterization (especially as this was a short), the pacing, the secondary characters. I think I'll enjoy it every bit as much a second time through....which I may very well get to sometime in the future. It deserved five stars THAT much.

Highly recommended.

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  • Sasha J.
  • 02-07-2018

Great book

Great book. Was hooked and purchase the other part. Futuristic in a way . .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-2018

corporate

that's corporate for you. I love it so far. it's well written and very informative. This kind of culture is good for robots. They don't have to think for themselves.. But you gave me only one chapter?

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  • Diana
  • 16-02-2018

Frightening glimpse into the Future

This is a really good story with frightening implications of just where we could be headed in the future as a society.

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  • B-Dizzle-My-Schnizzle
  • 04-10-2017

Very Interesting

As always, thank you to the authors, narrators, and the publishers for a freebie. Much appreciated.

This edited reading of some of the book was enough to get me to buy the entire book (which I am enjoying very much). Narration is solid, the story is very good so far, a critique of the Utopian (or should I say Dystopian) tendencies of what we give up in privacy for the conveniences and "fun" that technologies like social media bring.

As one who recently quit Facebook, I can attest to just how creepy social media can be when all sorts of strange "coincidences" start occurring like finding out friends of friends are connected even though the 1st and 3rd degree of such "connections" don't even know each other and have never met. How strange to find some of my family and friends buried in a few layers of "friends". Throw in just how much stuff is targeted using the information gathered and and fed back to each of us in ads and sooner or later the only analysis possible is that way to many companies and people know way too much about me, my likes and dislikes, and who I know and how I know them.

This excerpt very much reminded me of the recent Black Mirror episode where everyone is rating each others and how quickly that leaves steals the humanity from us while actually imprisoning each of us into a virtual prison of persona that is both shallow and inauthentic.

Can't wait to see what the full book brings!

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  • Sweetestmoondust
  • 24-01-2015

thought making

a really thought prevoking story. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to any one like me who is a geek freak.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-09-2016

Fascinating

I cannot wait to read Waiting for Autumn as I was captivated the whole way through.

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  • hazanne
  • 04-06-2016

consummerism

Enlightened story about how an innocent young girl is manipulated into the mass market consumption that is frighteningly current.

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  • Katy
  • 22-10-2015

Yeah, good story 👍

This was good and fun. Thought provoking etc
I felt like It ended very suddenly probably because I was enjoying it so much.
Worth. A listen :-)

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  • UsefulThings
  • 08-05-2015

1984 type short for the age of social media

An enjoyable short story about where social media is taking us.

The narration was pretty good, and I enjoyed the way the characters were brought across.
I will be looking into listening to "The Circle", which this was adapted from.