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)
Blind listener reading everything, especially mystery/thrillers and sf&f. Restricted to audio so picky where credits spent. #BooksRule
This was a decent enough easy read, but not the action or pace I expected after reading the reviews... Better than average, and deserves a 3.5 star rating, but don't get half star options in the rating system, and it's notquite good enough for a 4... The story concept was fascinating, but never really explored it the way that would have heightened its appeal... At times it moved slowly, and kept going from idea to idea w/o really digging into them... Maybe related to the aspects of the drug and its effects... A lil mirroring perhap??? I bought the book bc I'm enjoying the new tv series, but the book falls short of the tv series appeal... The narration did make the book better than it would have been otherwise... I'm disappointed mainly bc I expected more which could be me more than the book... That being said this isn't a book full of thrills as the reader might expect... More thoughtful introspection and window into flaws of the main character, than a romping adventure thriller... Woulda preferred a better read for the credit, but worth it all the same... Intrigue is maintained, but more for the fact that you keep expecting it ramp up as hints it will do, but stays a bit vanilla in the end...
I loved watching the movie and TV series, however, the language was much better in those forms.
I was disappointed that an author would need to use weak language to sully a story. I haven't finished it and will not because it is offensive to me.
With the book, movie, and tv shows. I think reading the book once will suffice.
If I tell you, would you still read it?
Eddie Spinola of course.
It was exciting to hear the abilities what MDT-48 allowed for the users to have.
If you watched the movie and deciding on reading the book...the endings are different so don't worry.
Learned to walk & speak normally after the hit & run accident. Then, narrated "The Rational Male" (115,000 words ) written by Rollo Tomassi
Listen with confidence! Excellent performance much like the paste 25% of The Rational Male audiobook by Rollo Tomassi
Audiobook addict but if I go through the trouble to write a review, I must feel VERY strongly about it.
if you want this for the movie experience, you will be disappointed. I'm glad I listened, but it was different.
Fantastic narration, memorable characters, and mind-bending plots get me every time.
It's such a...clever idea--intelligence augmentation via science. And it's one that takes many forms: sometimes it's an imbeded computer chip; sometimes, surgery; in this case, it's an innocuous, little pill, known as MDT-48, a bit of mega-tech chemical engineering, the result of which is a pill with a kick that is waaaay more powerful than, say, ten-thousand Adderall. (Can you even imagine?) It's the hydrogen bomb of brain stimulants. Take just one of these pills and you will feel like that guy Plato writes about, who climbs up out of the cave he's been living in his whole life and sees the sun for the first time. A lifetime of shadows fades away under the glaring light of knowledge. Thus, the MDT-48 that author Alan Glynn conjures in this mind-bending novel is nothing less than superpowers in pill form, and if the explosive growth of "high-focus" drug prescriptions in the last decade is any indication, he has tapped into the kind of science-fiction that many would love to see become reality.
But, as indicated, the premise of "Limitless" (orginally titled, "The Dark Fields") certainly is not without precedent. Perhaps the most famous incarnation is "Flower's for Algernon," published decades prior to "Limitless" (and available for download right here on Audible). In "Flowers," Daniel Keyes' mentally challenged protagonist, Charlie Gordon, goes from barely literate to intimidatingly brilliant under the careful direction of a surgeon's scalpel. The transformation is slow but utterly fascinating as this childlike creature becomes aware that everything he thought was true about the world and his place in it was nothing but delusional fantasy fueled by his own pitiful ignorance. One cannot help but root for such a person in this kind of situation, and the same may be said about Alan Glynn's Eddie Spinola, the not-so-bright-after-all hero of "Limitless."
Both novels offer unreliable first-person narrators, who have left behind diaries that become, essentially, discovered documents for the reader. The story already has happened; nothing can change the outcome, and these dismal artifacts are all that remain. Yet, the ride is thrilling (if somewhat maddening). One can imagine all too clearly what it would be like to obtain super-intelligence--like winning the genetic lottery--and what one would do with it. Perhaps, like Charlie, one would use it to gain respect, or like, Eddie, simply to become rich and powerful. Eddie's world, it must be noted, is polluted with far more corruption and intrigue than Charlie's, and obfuscating and menacing forces always seem to be opposing Eddie on a level that even his newfound abilities have trouble deciphering. In both novels paranoia and blind urgency pervade the shift in perspective that comes with sudden knowledge. Nonetheless, with all of the fallout, one cannot help seeing these works as prophetic.
Fred Berman's narration is flawlessly executed and adds limitless appeal to the experience.
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