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Limitless: A Novel | [Alan Glynn]

Limitless: A Novel

A burnout at 35, months behind on his book, low on cash, and something of a loser, Eddie Spinola could use a shot in the arm. One day he randomly runs into Vernon, his ex-wife’s brother, and his ex-dealer. Now employed by a shadowy pharmaceutical company, Vernon has something that might help: a new designer drug that stimulates brain function. One pill and Eddie is hooked. His book is finished within days; he learns and synthesizes information at a frightening rate; and he can go a long time without sleep or food.
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Publisher's Summary

Now a major motion picture from Relativity Media.

A burnout at 35, months behind on his book, low on cash, and something of a loser, Eddie Spinola could use a shot in the arm. One day he randomly runs into Vernon, his ex-wife’s brother, and his ex-dealer. Now employed by a shadowy pharmaceutical company, Vernon has something that might help: a new designer drug that stimulates brain function.

One pill and Eddie is hooked. His book is finished within days; he learns and synthesizes information at a frightening rate; and he can go a long time without sleep or food. Naturally, he begins to play the stock market. But when Vernon turns up dead, Eddie makes off with the only stash of the drug in existence. Then come the side effects: black-outs, blinding headaches, and violent outbursts he can’t seem to remember.

Alan Glynn’s Limitless is a high-concept thriller for this Adderall age, and a haunting meditation on the allure and the curse of human potential.

©2001 Alan Glynn (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"Alan Glynn has created enough twists and thrills to keep readers up late—even without resorting to illegal and dangerous substances." (The New York Times Book Review)

"A compulsive chemical thriller." (San Francisco Chronicle)

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    Alan st george, UT, United States 10-21-11
    Alan st george, UT, United States 10-21-11
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    "I was skeptical"

    I was skeptical about watching the movie. We all know the story, great preview, sucks when you see it. After watching the movie however I thought "Wow, not that bad." then I thought hey wonder if there is a book. And you know the rest. Like most books its better than the movie and has a different ending.

    The performance by Fred Berman is excellent and he really makes Glynn's story pop.

    In short. Get it!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Kula, HI, United States 03-24-11
    Chris Kula, HI, United States 03-24-11
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    "Good Read!"

    This story kept up my interest. It is one of those books that is hard to stop listening to. I really liked it a lot!
    I also liked the narrator and thought he did a great job. I can see where this would make a good movie as well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 06-27-12
    Aaron 06-27-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining, Slightly different than movie"

    I felt that the narrator was very talented, and had a melodic cadence to his voices which was very easy to listen to for several hours. I also enjoyed his many and varied dialects and characterizations.

    The ending was different than the movie. I liked the movie, and the novel equally well. They were different enough to both be interesting, but similar enough that the one seemed, to me anyhow, to add to the other.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    daniel AUSTIN, TX, United States 10-05-11
    daniel AUSTIN, TX, United States 10-05-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Great Story and Interpretation"

    This story is sort of a modern day Jekyll and Hyde, but rather than explore the downside of one's animal nature taken to its extreme, the most intelligent manifestaion is explored instead. Very interesting. The reading is pretty good as well, as the story takes place in Manhattan and the reader does have an NYC accent and does a pretty good Russian accent when interpreting one of the central characters. Enjoyable and I would recommend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    sofia 04-03-15
    sofia 04-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "amazing story very fun."

    Great writing I felt as if I had been taking MDT my self I was enthralled in Eddie Spagonals life and the character development was excellent.i recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Juan V. PA 09-14-11
    Juan V. PA 09-14-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Good Reader Great Story"

    I purchased the book already watching the movie and as with most the book is way better then the movie. The ending was much more plausible. I could not wait for the ride home to listen to the whole way thru the book. The reader gets you into the story and keeps you going. I have already recommended the book to a few friends and would do the same for you reading this review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris St. Louis, MO, United States 04-14-11
    Chris St. Louis, MO, United States 04-14-11
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    "Good with a great Twist"

    I don't know if it was the narration or the book itself, but there was a sense of superiority that was annoying. Also, there were some points in the book that I was saying, like you do in a movie, seriously? It just had a few too many unbelievable moments where the answer was quite obvious, and yet, the character seemed not to notice the inevitable. Overall, this is a very entertaining book. I am glad I listened before seeing the movie. Be sure and stick with it till the end. It has a great twist.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sean 07-27-15
    Sean 07-27-15
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    "Good story"

    I liked it after seeing the movie I was hooked on what the author intended and not Hollywood. Was impressed, probably won't be for everyone but it was my cup of tea this week.

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    Amazon Customer 04-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Limitless is a stepping stone to the future"

    It deals in neuroscience and how we may transcend in the immediate future . single arity by Ray kurzwell has the science to back up this book. From transcending biological cells to a binary cells and then maybe to reflect to a event horizon of conscious energy... There is your God

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Moshe 04-19-15
    Moshe 04-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A stellar novel"

    I loved this book very much. To avoid spoilers I won't be too specific but the reason it gets 4 stars is because a large portion of the plot surrounds mistakes made by Eddie. But the premise that Eddie couldn't think of preventing things that the pill should obviously enable him to think of is what detracts from the otherwise perfect story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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