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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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    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
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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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    Alan 09-30-14
    Alan 09-30-14

    Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.

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    "Liked the movie better."

    I liked the movie much better but it was worth the money. I recommend it especially if you haven't seen the movie because once you read it you will want to see the movie and I'm sure you'll enjoy the movie much more.

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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!!!


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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.


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    Amazon Customer 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!!!

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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.

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    Rich Verde 12-16-14
    Rich Verde 12-16-14 Member Since 2014
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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

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    Andrew Springfield, OR, United States 04-09-13
    Andrew Springfield, OR, United States 04-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "No, drugs really aren't good for you"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story seemed quite realistic; quite plausible.


    0 of 5 people found this review helpful

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