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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 Member Since 2010
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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!

    3 of 3 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 Member Since 2008
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron United States 06-27-12
    Aaron United States 06-27-12
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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.

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    Amazon Customer TEMECULA, CA, United States 12-01-11
    Amazon Customer TEMECULA, CA, United States 12-01-11
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    "Not as good as the Movie!"

    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...

    BEWARE!!!

    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.

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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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    Jon 07-16-14
    Jon 07-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story but horrible ending. See the Movie!!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I would have them watch the movie instead. The movie story line is much better and the ending in the movie is exciting. When I finished the book and the last chapter, I felt upset and the feeling that I just wasted my time. I love the story concept but the ending killed it for me.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Alan Glynn? Why or why not?

    Yes, I love the story line just not the ending.


    Could you see Limitless being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Has been done and its a great movie!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James CHEHALIS, WA, United States 12-10-13
    James CHEHALIS, WA, United States 12-10-13 Listener Since 2004
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    "good story, minus the ending"
    What did you love best about Limitless?

    I loved the writing style. A lot. Totally drew me in with the author-narrator's "voice." And the Narrator, Fred Berman, nailed it with his presentation.


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    Wilbur Southfield, MI, United States 02-20-13
    Wilbur Southfield, MI, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good! Movie better"
    What made the experience of listening to Limitless the most enjoyable?

    The added details, and change of storyline from movie.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The change in storyline kept me listening.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Fred Berman?

    I would try another.


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

    Movie was already made...wouldn't change a thing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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