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)
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.
An audiobook a day keeps the mind okay.
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.
One of the first times I would actually recommend the movie over the book. The book was a bit disconnected and the ending is very unsatisfying. Though it is still worth reading, especially for fans of the film and TV show.
this is the first book I've read that I preferred the movie version.
don't get me wrong. the book is great . the story keeps you on your toes. I just felt that the plot let's you down.
narration was top notch. smooth, crisp.
I definitely will listen to it again
really enjoyed this book, have already watched the movie and loved it, found the book was even better.
narrator was easy to listen to and really got into the character.
an overall very enjoyable book.
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
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.
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