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Limitless Audiobook

Limitless: A Novel

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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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    Larry Fort Madison, IA, United States 03-03-16
    Larry Fort Madison, IA, United States 03-03-16 Member Since 2010
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    "drove me crazy."

    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

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    Dalton 09-28-15
    Dalton 09-28-15
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    "never a dull moment"

    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.

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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 2016
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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.

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    Chris 03-12-15
    Chris 03-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrible ending"

    Never thought I would say this but the movie was better. The ending seemed as if he was ready to get it over with.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mr Dre 02-05-15
    Mr Dre 02-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "awesome book"

    The narrator was great. really good with the voices. His tone was that that would keep you listening and not falling asleep. I enjoyed the movie, so I checked out the book. The book is miles better than the movie. just awesome. different ending that was kindve disappointing but the overall book was excellent.

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    MrKF 01-21-15
    MrKF 01-21-15
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    "Different Than The Movie But Still Good"

    I loved the movie that was based on this book. Having seen the movie first, I decided to read the book as well. While the basic flow of the story is similar, the book and movie have a lot of differences. While I have to admit that there were many elements of the movie that I felt were better than the book, I also very much enjoyed reading the book.

    I like one reviewers observation that this was a modern-day Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I think that is right on. And while the obvious moral of the story might be "drugs are bad," I also thought that the story was quite a good metaphor for our modern society, in which we seem like we always have to be busy, always moving, always doing something.

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    Rich Verde 12-16-14
    Rich Verde 12-16-14
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    "Dissapointed"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who has not seen the movie


    Would you ever listen to anything by Alan Glynn again?

    Probably not


    What didn’t you like about Fred Berman’s performance?

    No problems


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, it spawned a great movie


    Any additional comments?

    Movie was 100x better

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jon 07-16-14
    Jon 07-16-14 Member Since 2014
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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!!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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