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
"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)
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.
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.
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!
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.
The added details, and change of storyline from movie.
The change in storyline kept me listening.
I would try another.
Movie was already made...wouldn't change a thing.
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.
I love to watch a good movie, go to the book and get more depth and character development. Unfortunately the opposite is what i experienced here. If you love the movie, you will HATE this book. The movie added more to the story and character than I got from the book. And the ending in the book was HORRID!! Sign of a bad story is when a pivotal character is added in the last chapter to clean up a story. Here they ad the character without any information on who he is and how to rectify the situation, then END!!! I couldn't believe it...
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 This book is a tragedy... The good guy, whatever that may entail, dies in the end. If that kills it for you drama queens, so sorry... It is in my, not so grand opinion, that the movie sory-line was way better.
#2 Great idea! The idea was fantastic, probably why they made a movie about it, but the book falls way short of leaving the reader satisfied.
#3 Ignore #1 if you plan on listening to this book...
Final Note: The movie makes this book shine way more than it should. Great idea, but deals you a deuce in the end when you think you have a winning hand...
With an ending substantially differing from the movie, the book posits a situation where a drug designed to enhancing cognitive ability is also mortally addicting. In the end, the protagonist dies, so it is realistic. The subject of drug use is presented in a way that makes identifying with the protagonist - why he turned to the drugs - very easy to understand - as I suppose you could identify with users of other controlled substances, given sufficiently challenging circumstances.
The story seemed quite realistic; quite plausible.
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